December 04, 2016

Berkeley Wellness

Berkeley Wellness, in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, is the leading online resource for evidence-based wellness information. We are committed to providing positive health and medical tips to help you make decisions that improve your well being, both in mind and in body.

Since 1984, our partner, the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, has been read by millions of subscribers. This monthly letterhas been rated No. 1 byU.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, and theWashington Post for its “brisk,” “reasoned” coverage of health issues.

The editors and editorial board of both the Wellness Letter and Berkeley Wellness review the latest research to clarify the often conflicting and superficial health information presented by the popular media. We don't promote faddish diets or other anecdote-based regimens. Nor do we repeat conventional medical advice from mainstream health organizations or pharmaceutical companies.

We rely on the expertise of top researchers at the University of California, as well as other physicians and scientists from around the world, to translate leading-edge research into practical advice for daily living.

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Our editorial board

CHAIR: John Edward Swartzberg, MD, FACP

Dr. Swartzberg is a specialist in internal medicine and infectious disease and clinical professor emeritus of medicine at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

BOARD MEMBERS:

James Allison, MD, gastroenterologist at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

John Balms, MD, professor of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, acting-director of the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Stefano Bertozzi, MD, Ph.D, dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and professor of healthy policy and management.

Edward Blonz, MS, PhD, assistant clinical professor of clinical pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, and consultant in forensic nutrition.

Cindy Chang, MD, associate professor of sports medicine and pediatric orthopaedics at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. She is founder and co-chair of the California Concussion Coalition.

Lily Chaput, MD, MPH, internal medicine specialist at the University of California, Davis, Medical Group.

Robert DiMartino, OD, MS, FAAO, vice president and dean of academic affairs at the New England College of Optometry, Boston; professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry.

Warren Dotz, MD, dermatologist and head of the Berkeley Dermatology Center.

John Edelen, MD, cardiologist with the Sutter Health Network, in practice in Oakland and Lafayette, California.

Ronald Elson, MD, psychiatrist with Bay Psychiatric Associations, and with University of California, Berkeley Health Services.

Robert Eppley, MD, president of CalSports & Orthopaedic Institute, and lead orthopaedic surgeon for the University of California, Berkeley, athletic teams.

Ervin Epstein, MD, dermatologist and researcher at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. He researches non-melanoma skin cancers and was the 2005 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Skin Association.

Howard Gruber, MD, pediatrician in Oakland, California, and affiliated with the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Gene Hern, MS, MD, associate clinical professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and medical director for EMS service providers in Berkeley and Contra Costa County, California.

Teh-wei Hu, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and researcher of the economics of tobacco control and health care reform in Asia.

Steven Jacobsohn, MD, gastroenterologist and clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.He established the Inflammatory Bowel Disease clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, where he sees patients and supervises trainees.

William Jagust, MD, professor of public health and neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. He researches brain aging and dementia, and runs the Jagust Lab, a joint research program involving the School of Public Health, the UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Nicolas Jewell, PhD, professor of biostatistics and statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Risa Kagan, MD, FACOG, gynecologist with the Sutter Health Network in practice in Berkeley and Orinda, California.

Brian Kaye, MD, rheumatologist with the Sutter Health Network in practice in Berkeley and Orinda, California.

Richard Kerbavez, MD, ear, nose and throat specialistwith the Sutter Health Network in practice in Oakland and Berkeley, California.

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MS, MPH, assistant professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, and a clinical researcher at the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.

Ronald Krauss, MD, senior scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. He is an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and of nutritional sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.

Joyce C. Lashof, MD, retired dean and professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine and past president of the American Public Health Association.

Guy Micco, MD, co-director of the Program for Medical Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, and clinical professor at the Joint Medical Program of UC Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Norman Moscow, MD, radiologist with the Sutter Health Network in practice in Walnut Creek, and affiliated with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley, California.

Amanda Zibners Naprawa, JD, MPH,health journalist and patient advocate at the nonprofit Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project in Moraga, California.

Kent Olson, MD, clinical professor of medicine and pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and at the Joint Medical Program of UC Berkeley and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He is also medical director of the San Francisco Poison Control System.

William Pereira, MD, MPH, specialist in preventive medicine and occupational medicine, and associate chair of the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.

Robert Peri, DDS, dentist in Berkeley, California, and a specialist in oral health.

Glen Petersen, MD, is a specialist in critical care medicine and lung disease. He practices in Berkeley, California.

Tami Rowen, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist who specializes in care for women with sexual health concerns or disabilities. She is a clinical instructor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

Richard Scheffler, PhD, distinguished professor of health economics and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

James P. Seward, MD, MPP, MMM, clinical professor of environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, and medical director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is also co-director of the UCSF-UCB Joint Residency in Preventive Medicine.

Stephen M. Shortell, PhD, MPH, is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management and Professor of Organization Behavior at the School of Public Health and Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Patty Siri-Tarino, PhD, program director of The Family Heart & Nutrition Center, and associate staff scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

Kirk R. Smith, PhD, professor of environmental health sciences, University of California, Berkeley.

Marilyn Stebbins, ParmD, professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Ann Stevens, MD, FACP, director of the Joint Medical Program at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Laura E. Stachel, MD, MPH, instructor at the Joint Medical Program of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

S. Leonard Syme, PhD, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Jeff Wolf, MD, oncologist and clinical professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Medicine and director of the Myeloma Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Janet Yamada Soto, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, physical therapist at Berkeley Physical Therapy in Berkeley, California.