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Plus, UCSF Medical Center was ranked in all 14 assessed specialties by U.S. News & World Report, and seven areas made it to the top 10 in the nation.  

Brain-health supplements are projected to reach $5.8 billion in sales by 2023, so we asked UCSF experts to weigh in.  

Lonely, older adults are more likely to use psychotropic medications for pain and anxiety, but some clinicians are advocating for fewer drugs and more social connections.

A combination of drugs proved successful in halting cravings in mice engineered for alcohol use disorder, without side effects associated with current treatment regimens.

UCSF patient Rashetta Higgins has been seizure-free for more than two years following surgery guided by imaging that helped pinpoint the source of seizures in her brain.

UCSF’s Facilities Services is reducing watering by 50 percent in response to current drought conditions, which may lead to some patchy lawns around campus.

Get Ready for the California Gubernatorial Recall Election: Make sure your address and voter registration are up-to-date by Aug. 30 to receive a mailed ballot. The Sept. 14 election is unique but reasons for voting remain true: voting is how you make your voice count. Get ready to vote »

Cybersecurity Scams: Find out common ways hackers trick people during back-to-school season. Test your knowledge for a chance to win one of six Amazon $50 gift cards »
Fitness and Recreation Membership Special: Sign up for a Fitness and Recreation membership by Aug. 31 and pay no enrollment fee – a savings of up to $75! Your membership includes access to Bakar Fitness Center featuring state-of-the-art equipment, locker rooms, gymnasium, an Outdoor Exercise Terrace, fitness classes and more. Learn more about this offer » 

Get Help with a Down Payment Through Landed: Landed Inc., is helping UCSF employees purchase a home in the Bay Area through down payment support and financial guidance. Learn more and join an upcoming information session »

Show Your Support for Black Moms and Their Babies: Part of August’s Black Breastfeeding Week, UCSF is partnering with community partners to raise awareness of resources and social support for new moms and babies. Help promote health equity and community by participating in UCSF’s Black Breastfeeding Art and Poetry Contest. Learn contest details and submit your entry »
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Wellness Corner
August is National Wellness month so make a plan to incorporate self-care into your schedule. Relax and do something fun that you enjoy. Visit for info on this month’s Wellness Bingo and other wellbeing resources.
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Throughout the month of August, pick and complete at least five of the activities in the Wellness Bingo Grid in any order. No need to actually stick to a diagonal or the same row or column – wellness is about being flexible too. 😊

Submit your results to be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $25 gift card. 20 winners will be selected!