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Shuka Kalantari

Shuka Kalantari is a reporter at KQED, focusing on health and culture among immigrant and refugee communities. She formerly produced The California Report's occasional series, Whats Your Story? The series shared perspectives from under-represented communities across the state. She's a Philosophy and Spanish & Latin American Studies graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received a Masters degree in Multimedia Health and Medicine Reporting from The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism in 2007. You can view her stories shukakalantari.com.

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Centering Pregnancy: ‘Outside the Box’ Prenatal Care (Video)

June 18, 2014 | 7:30 am

Centering Pregnancy: ‘Outside the Box’ Prenatal Care (Video)

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Core of treatment model is medical care, education and support — in a group setting.

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Muslim-American Men in the Bay Area Write About Love

February 14, 2014 | 10:33 am

Muslim-American Men in the Bay Area Write About Love

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Collection ranges from essays on marriage to stories about awkwardness of asking a girl out on a date.

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The Train-Hopping ‘Polaroid Kidd’ Settles in Oakland, Publishes Book of Life on the Rails

May 7, 2013 | 6:00 am

The Train-Hopping ‘Polaroid Kidd’ Settles in Oakland, Publishes Book of Life on the Rails

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Mike Brodie has earned the nickname “Polaroid Kidd” by winning prestigious photography awards for his pictures documenting the lives of freight train hoppers across the United States. Now, while also working as a car mechanic in Oakland, he has just published his first book of photography, “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” which chronicles his years on […]

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Fatwa Against His Life, Iranian Musician to Play at UC Berkeley

November 15, 2012 | 2:55 pm

Fatwa Against His Life, Iranian Musician to Play at UC Berkeley

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Iranian musician Shahin Najafi will perform at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall this Friday, November 16, 2012.

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Women Veterans Suffer from PTSD at Same Rate as Men

January 16, 2012 | 4:04 pm

Women Veterans Suffer from PTSD at Same Rate as Men

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The number of women in the military has doubled in the past decade. According to the Pentagon, about 10 percent of the 2.2 million troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been women. These women are more likely to be in the line of fire than those serving in previous wars — and that […]

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Study May Lead to Better Understanding of Trauma-Related Stress

December 10, 2011 | 6:00 am

Study May Lead to Better Understanding of Trauma-Related Stress

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A new study may help identify individuals who are more vulnerable to stress disorders after traumatic events. The study, published in the December issues of Biological Psychiatry, looked at the level of a stress hormone called cortisol in 296 police recruits when they woke up and then 30 minutes later. Over several years, the study […]

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What Shortage of Nurses? In the Bay Area, There’s a Surplus

December 5, 2011 | 1:45 pm

What Shortage of Nurses? In the Bay Area, There’s a Surplus

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From the 1980s to the 2000s, the number of young people going into nursing schools plummeted — both nationally and in California. To reverse the trend, the government launched recruitment efforts to get more people into nursing schools.

It looks like they did a pretty good job. The number of registered nurses nationwide skyrocketed in the past decade, according to a study released in today’s Health Affairs. Recent grads aged 23-26 increased by 62 percent. There hasn’t been a spike in nursing grads like this in the U.S. since the 1970s.

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Mental Health Care May be Mandated in California, But Most Aren’t Getting Treated

December 1, 2011 | 3:09 pm

Mental Health Care May be Mandated in California, But Most Aren’t Getting Treated

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More than two million adults in California say they need mental health care, but about half of them aren’t getting it, according to a report released Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. California mandates health insurance companies provide equal care for mental and physical health problems. But mental health services are often […]

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What the Health Effects of Pepper Spray Are and How to Treat Them

November 22, 2011 | 9:37 am

What the Health Effects of Pepper Spray Are and How to Treat Them

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One version of the video of UC Davis campus police dousing protesters with pepper spray has almost 1,800,000 and counting views on YouTube. UC Davis student David Busco was one of the students sprayed that day, saying the pain felt like “thousands of pieces of glass shooting into your eyes.” Busco says the pepper spray covered […]

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Apple Founder Steve Jobs Has Died

October 5, 2011 | 5:25 pm

Apple Founder Steve Jobs Has Died

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Apple founder Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.  Apple’s Board of Directors released a statement, from Business Wire: We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all […]

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