Lisa Aliferis's Latest Posts
More than 3,000 Americans die every year waiting for a bone marrow donor match. Federal law has banned compensation to bone marrow donors since 1984, under the National Organ Transplant Act which likened bone marrow donation to organ donation. Yesterday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled that the law no longer extends to […]
Timed to today’s observance of World AIDS Day, California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development released a brief [PDF] looking at over 20 years of hospitalization trends for people with HIV and AIDS. The state’s analysis showed that the number of people living with HIV and AIDS is up most significantly among blacks and Hispanics. Between […]
Today, KQED’s Sasha Khokha outlines how the lack of effective air monitoring policy in the San Joaquin Valley could be harming the people who live there. As she reports, a recent study from UCSF finds a direct link between air pollution and asthma-related ER visits. The study found what researchers call a “linear association” between certain components of air pollution and asthma ER visits. In other words, as air pollution goes up, the likelihood of an asthmatic child heading to the ER goes up, too.
A new biography of Steve Jobs details the choices he made in his cancer treatment. As first reported by Fortune in 2008, Jobs delayed recommended surgery when diagnosed. The day after Jobs died, we blogged about The Daily Beast post that expanded on Jobs’ unusual treatment choices. Now the biography, by Walter Isaacson, includes rich […]
Since Steve Jobs’ resignation as Apple CEO in August, many of the basic facts of his disease have been widely written about. Jobs had a rare form of pancreatic cancer, Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors. The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post both feature solid pieces with additional detail about this disease. The American Cancer Society’s five-year survival rates […]