UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Virtual Reality Enhances Brain Surgery

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals has been re-envisioning the entire pediatric health care experience with technology that most young patients can relate to—virtual reality (VR). At the hospital’s Oakland campus, patient and family anxiety levels are lowered prior to brain surgery with a VR tour of the surgical path to their tumor, guided by the child’s neurosurgeon. Meanwhile VR is used to educate medical staff more thoroughly and communicate clearly about an upcoming surgery. Kurtis Auguste, MD, depart…

Scientists Slow Progression of Debilitating Neurodegenerative Disorder

Chelation Study on PKAN Has Implications for Treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis  An international study led by scientists in Oakland, CA, and Munich, Germany, may offer hope to children and adults with a rare and debilitating genetic disorder, Pantothenate Kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), as well as a potentially new approach to treat other neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The study, which involved…

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Excel in All 10 Specialties in 2019-2020 U.S. News & World Report

  Survey Recognizes Hospitals as 5th Nationwide in Neonatology, Best in Northern California in Four Other Pediatric Fields UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals rank among the nation’s best in all 10 specialties assessed in the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report annual survey of Best Children’s Hospitals, reflecting the quality of care offered to patients throughout Northern California and beyond. Together, the two hospitals in Oakland and San Francisco were ranked fifth nationwide and best in the We…

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