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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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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