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Detecting Less-Detectable Infections: A New Genetic Technique Using Plasma Video

Detecting Less-Detectable Infections: A New Genetic Technique Using Plasma

Metagenomic next-generation sequencing can pinpoint pathogens causing infections in patients with immune function challenges and complex conditions, potentially saving lives as well as lowering care costs.
UCSF Post-COVID Clinic Treats Long Haulers News

UCSF Post-COVID Clinic Treats Long Haulers

UC San Francisco’s OPTIMAL Clinic (pOst-covid-19/PosT-Icu MultidisciplinAry cLinic) is one of the first clinics in the country established to provide follow-up care for patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The clinic’s goal is to optimize patient recovery through a centralized resource designed to coordinate with primary care services.
UCSF Precision Investigation of Sudden Cardiac Deaths Reveals Diverse Underlying Causes News

UCSF Precision Investigation of Sudden Cardiac Deaths Reveals Diverse Underlying Causes

Forty percent of deaths attributed to cardiac arrest are not sudden or unexpected, and nearly half the remainder are not due to lethal arrhythmias, according to a landmark study by researchers at UC San Francisco and the City and County of San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Novel Sequencing Test to Uncover Mystery Causes of Brain Inflammation Now Available at UCSF News

Novel Sequencing Test to Uncover Mystery Causes of Brain Inflammation Now Available at UCSF

Physicians seeking a cause for tough-to-diagnose cases of encephalitis or meningitis have a new tool in their arsenal, thanks to scientists at UC San Francisco’s Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics.
COVID-19 Vaccines: Up-to-Date Answers on Safety, Efficacy and What the Future Holds Video

COVID-19 Vaccines: Up-to-Date Answers on Safety, Efficacy and What the Future Holds

From primary care providers to subspecialists who see immunocompromised patients, medical professionals are facing a barrage of vaccine questions.
UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians Document

UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians

Our web portal allows referring physicians to securely access their patients’ entire electronic health record, make online referral requests and communicate with our physicians directly and securely.
Prevent and Manage HIV in Primary Care: New Evidence on What Works Video

Prevent and Manage HIV in Primary Care: New Evidence on What Works

Infectious disease specialist John Szumowski, MD, MPH, unpacks recent data and study results that bear strongly on therapy selection, looking at oral drugs versus injectables, new versus standard meds, and how to make the best call for individual patients.
COVID Long Haulers: Identifying and Managing Patients With Lingering Symptoms Video

COVID Long Haulers: Identifying and Managing Patients With Lingering Symptoms

Predicting which COVID patients will have a post-recovery problem – or what the problem will look like – is tricky. This guide, based on the data, helps doctors follow up in the optimal time frame and by asking the right questions
Our Response to COVID-19: Lessons From the AIDS Epidemic Video

Our Response to COVID-19: Lessons From the AIDS Epidemic

Renowned UCSF HIV/AIDS expert Paul Volberding, MD, who helped pioneer antiretroviral therapy, shares his insights on how the medical community can best respond to the current pandemic. He explains similarities and differences in the health care challenges and emphasizes the value of collaboration.
Overview of Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing Video

Overview of Metagenomic Next-Generation Sequencing

Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, provides an overview of metagenomics next-generation sequencing (mNGS), a clinical test he and his UCSF colleagues have developed that allows millions of DNA sequences to be decoded from a single clinical sample.
Clinical UCSF mNGS Assay for Diagnosis of Neurological Infections Video

Clinical UCSF mNGS Assay for Diagnosis of Neurological Infections

Despite extensive conventional testing, acute neurological illness in hospitalized patients is difficult to diagnose. Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, discusses an mNGS test that identifies pathogens causing neurological infections from cerebrospinal fluid and how a recent multi-hospital study has demonstrated the clinical utility of this test.
Clinical Case Reports and New mNGS-Based Technologies Video

Clinical Case Reports and New mNGS-Based Technologies

Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, discusses cases where mNGS testing saved the life of a patient with undiagnosed neuroleptospirosis, and spared another patient from a potentially unnecessary liver transplant.