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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/15/meet-the-man-leading-californias-3m-precision-medicine-initiative/ target=_blank >Meet the Man Leading California’s $3M ‘Precision Medicine’ Initiative</a>

KQED Science | April 15, 2015

Meet the Man Leading California’s $3M ‘Precision Medicine’ Initiative

The state of California just launched a $3 million “Precision Medicine” initiative. The project’s leader, Dr. Atul Butte, opens up to KQED about some of the key challenges, including efforts to safeguard patient privacy.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201504151000?pid=RD19 target=_blank >In Drought-Stricken California, How Much Water Does Agriculture Use?</a>

Forum | April 15, 2015

In Drought-Stricken California, How Much Water Does Agriculture Use?

Agriculture consumes about 40 percent of the state's water, or 80 percent of water available for human use. Critics question the viability of growing water-intensive crops like almonds and rice, but others argue the state's water woes are too complex to pin on a single industry.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/13/satellite-imagery-photos-bring-home-magnitude-of-california-drought target=_blank >Satellite Imagery, Photos Bring Home Magnitude of California Drought</a>

KQED News | April 14, 2015

Satellite Imagery, Photos Bring Home Magnitude of California Drought

Last November, to illustrate the severity of the drought, we published these photos of Lake Oroville over a 20-month period. (The lake was “sort of a drought poster child,” wrote Lisa Pickoff-White.) In that same vein, here are three satellite images from NASA of the Lake Tahoe region, ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/education/2015/04/14/should-we-allow-apps-to-collect-private-health-data-for-research/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=should-we-allow-apps-to-collect-private-health-data-for-research target=_blank >Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?</a>

KQED Science | April 14, 2015

Should We Allow Apps to Collect Private Health Data for Research?

From KQED Education Do Now: On March 9, 2015, Apple announced the release of a new tool that enables researchers to build iPhone apps for collecting health data directly from iPhone users. Should we allow apps to collect private health data for research?

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/14/digital-tools-for-health-come-with-hope-hype-and-harm/ target=_blank >Digital Tools for Health Come With ‘Hope, Hype and Harm’</a>

KQED Science | April 14, 2015

Digital Tools for Health Come With ‘Hope, Hype and Harm’

Medicine’s move into the computer age has great potential for improving care. But patients and doctors still face serious challenges in adapting to the rush of new technology.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/14/behold-this-compost-its-aunt-wanda target=_blank >‘Behold This Compost!’ Revisiting How We Deal Our Earthly Remains</a>

KQED News | April 14, 2015

‘Behold This Compost!’ Revisiting How We Deal Our Earthly Remains

The New York Times, in its Science section Tuesday, takes up a matter that touches on the ultimate fate of us all: When we die, what do we want done with these used-up bodies of ours. We all know the standard choices in mainstream U.S. culture: cemetery burial ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/13/9-fresh-ways-medicine-makes-use-of-social-media/ target=_blank >9 Fresh Ways Medicine Makes Use of Social Media</a>

KQED Science | April 13, 2015

9 Fresh Ways Medicine Makes Use of Social Media

Author Emily F. Peters is founder of Uncommon Bold, a San Francisco–based brand strategy studio. Reach her on Twitter: @emilyfpeters. Facebook has 1.3 billion users, more than 900 million people use Twitter, and an hour of video is uploaded to YouTube every single second. In the last decade, social networks ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/13/the-hidden-cost-of-mammograms-more-testing-and-overtreatment/ target=_blank >The Hidden Cost of Mammograms: More Testing and Overtreatment</a>

State of Health | April 13, 2015

The Hidden Cost of Mammograms: More Testing and Overtreatment

Instead of having mammograms according to age, some doctors think screening should be based on a woman's overall risk for breast cancer. (Getty Images) By Patti Neighmond, NPR There's no question mammograms can save lives by detecting breast cancer early. But they can also result in unnecessary testing and ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/04/13/after-driest-january-on-record-how-low-are-californias-reservoirs-visualization/ target=_blank >Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?</a>

The Lowdown | April 13, 2015

Visualization: Now that California’s “Rainy Season” is Over, How Do Those Reservoirs Look?

Courtesy CA Department of Water Resources Wet winter? Talk about a rusty pipe dream. After the driest winter on record, California is bracing for another hot, thirsty summer. Deep into the fourth year of its historic drought, with no relief in site, the state is frantically trying to figure out ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/12/160115/better_than_survivor_wild_drama_hooks_viewers_on_nest_web_cams?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams</a>

KQED News | April 12, 2015

Better Than 'Survivor': Wild Drama Hooks Viewers On Nest Web Cams

Fans of Boulder County's osprey nest cam saw a bit of drama last season. Two females and a male were living in the nest, when a third female arrived and kicked the original female out. Observers said she bonded with the male. "People called it ... the 'home-wrecker osprey,' " says ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/10/data-shows-bay-area-cleantech-investment-on-the-wane target=_blank >Data Shows Bay Area Cleantech Investment on the Wane</a>

KQED News | April 10, 2015

Data Shows Bay Area Cleantech Investment on the Wane

Investment in the cleantech industry has seen major growth in the San Francisco Bay Area over the last decade, jumping from less than half a billion in venture capital dollars to $3 billion, according to figures from the State of the Valley conference in February. Yet, a closer look at ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/10/23andme-ceo-we-are-now-the-poster-child-for-patient-empowerment/ target=_blank >23andMe CEO: We Are Now the ‘Poster Child’ for Patient Empowerment</a>

KQED Science | April 10, 2015

23andMe CEO: We Are Now the ‘Poster Child’ for Patient Empowerment

Many media pundits wrote off a genetic-testing start-up called 23andMe in November of 2013, when federal regulators ordered an immediate halt to sales of its flagship product. In exchange for a swab of spit, Google-funded 23andMe provided people with direct access to over 200 health reports, detailing their risk of ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/10/oakland-creek-cement-spill-could-take-a-year-to-clean-up target=_blank >Oakland Creek Cement Spill Could Take a Year to Clean Up</a>

KQED News | April 10, 2015

Oakland Creek Cement Spill Could Take a Year to Clean Up

The valve at the center of two investigations into a major cement spill in a creek in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood was inspected nearly a week ago, a spokeswoman for the East Bay Municipal Utility District said. The non-standard valve, which closes in a counter-clockwise direction, may have been opened accidentally or ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/09/weighing-privacy-vs-the-rewards-of-letting-insurers-track-your-fitness/ target=_blank >Weighing Privacy vs. the Rewards of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness</a>

KQED Science | April 9, 2015

Weighing Privacy vs. the Rewards of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Activity trackers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, monitoring everything from how many steps you walk, to the quality of your sleep. Now, John Hancock, a U.S.-based insurer, hopes that health conscious people will exchange activity data for lower life insurance premiums and other perks. Those who ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/08/we-must-be-very-careful-with-human-genetic-engineering/ target=_blank >We Must Be Very Careful With Human Genetic Engineering</a>

KQED Science | April 8, 2015

We Must Be Very Careful With Human Genetic Engineering

Our geneticist, Dr. Barry Starr, weighs in on the current debate surrounding the latest gene-editing technique. Ever since we've been able to alter DNA, there have been discussions about what this means for the human race. In some far off future, when we can make wholesale changes to human DNA, what ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/08/john-hancock-hopes-youll-trade-activity-data-for-insurance-discounts/ target=_blank >John Hancock Hopes You’ll Trade Activity Data for Insurance Discounts</a>

KQED Science | April 8, 2015

John Hancock Hopes You’ll Trade Activity Data for Insurance Discounts

Would you lead a more active lifestyle if it meant lower life insurance premiums? Insurer John Hancock and Vitality, a global wellness firm, are hoping the answer is yes. But there is a condition: They get to track your activity. The practice is already employed in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2015/04/07/how-much-precious-california-water-did-you-just-eat-finding-the-water-footprint-of-your-food/ target=_blank >How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Find the Water Footprint of Your Food</a>

The Lowdown | April 7, 2015

How Much Precious California Water Did You Just Eat? Find the Water Footprint of Your Food

Courtesy LA Times Looking to minimize your water footprint at the dinner table? How about a wholesome meal of eggs, carrots, potatoes and beer? Nutritious and downright water efficient (although perhaps not age-appropriate for the whole family). According to a new Los Angeles Times data analysis, the raw ingredients in that meal ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/07/tracking-your-own-health-data-too-closely-can-make-you-sick/ target=_blank >Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick</a>

KQED Science | April 7, 2015

Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don’t threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/04/06/radio-reporter-busted-by-water-inspector-drought target=_blank >When a Radio Reporter Gets Busted by the Water Inspector</a>

KQED News | April 6, 2015

When a Radio Reporter Gets Busted by the Water Inspector

It began when she hopped onto the side of my bathtub, plastic bag in hand, and told me to turn on the shower. Sue Tensfeldt hates to be called a water cop. And she's not really a cop at all, but she is on the lookout for water wasters. She's a ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/news/story/2015/04/05/159700/will_turning_seawater_into_drinking_water_help_droughthit?source=npr&category=science target=_blank >Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?</a>

KQED News | April 5, 2015

Will Turning Seawater Into Drinking Water Help Drought-Hit California?

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown made water conservation mandatory in the drought-stricken state of California. "As Californians, we have to pull together and save water in every way we can," he said. But if the four-year drought continues, conservation alone — at least what's required by the governor's plan — ...Read More

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