Modern Family Planning in India

When both genders participate, contraceptive practices improve while sexual violence declines —

At roughly 1.3 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world, but will likely surpass China as the most populous nation within six years, reaching 1.7 billion by 2050, according to United Nations estimates.

As such, experts say family planning services in India carry extra imperative. Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have published a rare analysis on one such program, reporting that the program’s comparatively rare combination of increased male engagement and gender-equity counseling with both husband and wife improved contraceptive practices and reduced marital sexual violence among married couples in rural India. The intervention involved rural private providers partnering with the public health system to reach men as well as couples.

The findings are published in the May 11, 2016 online issue of PLOS ONE. … Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


Dr. Anita Raj

Anita Raj, PhD

The first author of the study is Anita Raj, PhD, director of UC San Diego School of Medicine’s Center on Gender Equity and Health.

Dr. Raj is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Global Public Health.

New Biomarkers Might Help Personalize Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Low levels of two genes predicts positive response to chemotherapy and longer survival times —

Metastatic colorectal cancer patients tend to live longer when they respond to the first line of chemotherapy their doctors recommend. To better predict how patients will respond to chemotherapy drugs before they begin treatment, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine conducted a proof-of-principle study with a small group of metastatic colorectal cancer patients. The results, published June 17 in PLOS ONE, revealed two genes that could help physicians make more informed treatment decisions for patients with this disease. …Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

Paul Fanta, MD, MS

Paul Fanta, MD, MS

Senior author of the study is Department of Medicine oncologist Paul Fanta, MD, MS, Health Sciences associate clinical professor in the Division of Hematology-Oncology. Dr. Fanta is a researcher in the Solid Tumor Therapeutics Program at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center.

Read the article in PLOS ONE (Open Access)

Dietary Trans Fat Linked to Worse Memory

Higher consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA), commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, has been linked to worsened memory function in men 45 years old and younger, according to a University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study published online on June 17 in PLOS ONE. …Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

Principal investigator of the study is Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Medicine.

HIV Transmission Networks Mapped to Reduce Infection Rate

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have mapped the transmission network of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in San Diego. The mapping of HIV infections, which used genetic sequencing, allowed researchers to predictively model the likelihood of new HIV transmissions and identify persons at greatest risk for transmitting the virus. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

BPA’s Real Threat May Be After It Has Metabolized

Chemical found in many plastics linked to multiple health threats

Bisphenol A or BPA is a synthetic chemical widely used in the making of plastic products ranging from bottles and food can linings to toys and water supply lines. When these plastics degrade, BPA is released into the environment and routinely ingested… Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Department of Medicine researcher Michael E. Baker, PhD, teamed with UCSD Department of Bioengineering graduate student Charlie Chandsawangbhuwana in the study. Dr. Baker is a research scientist in the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension.

Potency of Statins Linked to Muscle Side Effects

A study from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, published August 22 online by PLoS ONE, reports that muscle problems reported by patients taking statins were related to the strength or potency of the given cholesterol-lowering drugs. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Beatrice Golomb led the study team. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, is professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine.More information:

  • Citation for the new study: Hoffman KB, Kraus C, Dimbil M, Golomb BA. A survey of the FDA’s AERS database regarding muscle and tendon adverse events linked to the statin drug class. PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e42866. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042866. Epub 2012 Aug 22. Abstract
  • Related study: Statins Shown to Cause Fatigue

More Trans Fat Consumption Linked to Greater Aggression

Might the “Twinkie defense” have a scientific foundation after all? Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown – by each of a range of measures, in men and women of all ages, in Caucasians and minorities – that consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFAs) is associated with irritability and aggression…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Laboratory test tubes.
Dr. Beatrice Golomb led the study team. Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, is associate professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. | Read the article online in PLoS One.

Progression of Lung Fibrosis Blocked in Mouse Model

Study points to a phosphorylation pathway that may contribute to the development of lung injury and fibrosis

A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine may lead to a way to prevent the progression, or induce the regression, of lung injury that results from use of the anti-cancer chemotherapy drug Bleomycin… Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


The study investigators are Drs. Martina Buck and Mario Chojkier of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences Program at UC San Diego and the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Martina Buck, PhD, is associate professor of medicine and Mario Chojkier, MD, is professor of medicine. | Read the report online in PLoS ONE

Intervention Effort Cuts HIV Incidence Among Female Sex Workers

Three Division of Global Public Health faculty members are coauthors of the study described in the UCSD Newsroom story, “Intervention effort cuts HIV incidence among female sex workers.”

The Global Public Health researchers are Dr. José L. Burgos, Project Scientist, lead author; Steffanie A. Strathdee, PhD, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health; and Julia A. Gaebler, PhD, Assistant Professor.

Read the published study in PLoS One (free full text)