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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/05/26/delayed-umbilical-cord-clamping-may-benefit-children-years-later/ target=_blank >Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later</a>

State of Health | May 26, 2015

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

A couple extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later, a study suggests. Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose cords were cut ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/05/14/california-senate-approves-bill-that-would-end-vaccine-opt-out/ target=_blank >California Senate Approves Bill That Would End Vaccine Opt-out</a>

State of Health | May 14, 2015

California Senate Approves Bill That Would End Vaccine Opt-out

The California Senate advanced a controversial bill that would require virtually all schoolchildren to be vaccinated following a long and divided debate Thursday morning. SB277 would end the “personal belief exemption” which allows parents to opt-out of vaccines on behalf of their children and send their child to school ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/05/12/measles-can-suppress-immunity-up-to-3-years-increasing-risk-of-other-illnesses/ target=_blank >Measles Can Suppress Immunity Up to 3 Years, Increasing Risk of Other Illnesses</a>

State of Health | May 12, 2015

Measles Can Suppress Immunity Up to 3 Years, Increasing Risk of Other Illnesses

Back in the 1960s, the U.S. started vaccinating kids for measles. As expected, children stopped getting measles. But something else happened. Childhood deaths from all infectious diseases plummeted. Even deaths from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea were cut by half. Scientists saw the same phenomenon when the vaccine came to England and parts ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/05/04/whooping-cough-vaccine-effectives-fades-and-fast/ target=_blank >Whooping Cough Vaccine Effectives Fades — and Fast</a>

State of Health | May 4, 2015

Whooping Cough Vaccine Effectives Fades — and Fast

Lately, Californians have been focused on a significant measles outbreak that just ended, but in in the last five years, state health officials have declared an epidemic of whooping cough (also known as pertussis) twice — in 2010 and in 2014, when 11,000 people were sickened and ...Read More

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Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

KQED Science | April 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

In promoting his new greenhouse gas reduction targets, the governor invokes World War II, climate-change deniers in Washington, and the recycled toilet water in our future.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/20/forget-public-health-the-politics-of-the-california-vaccination-debate/ target=_blank >Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate</a>

State of Health | April 30, 2015

Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate

(Craig Miller/KQED)Over on the KQED News Politics and Government Desk, John Myers hosts a terrific podcast on California politics. The most recent edition (published last Friday) took a hard look at the political debate in California over SB 277, a bill ...Read More

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/31/is-pollution-from-asia-making-the-central-valleys-bad-air-even-worse/ target=_blank >Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?</a>

State of Health | April 30, 2015

Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?

Advocates say the San Joaquin Valley Air District should focus on sources it can control, like farming machinery. (David McNew/Getty Images)By Alice Daniel California's Central Valley grapples with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. The culprits range from its vast agriculture industry to trucks on Highway 99. But one ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/28/breastfeeding-may-reduce-risk-of-breast-cancer-recurrence-death/ target=_blank >Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence, Death</a>

State of Health | April 28, 2015

Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence, Death

(Ozgur Poyrazoglu via Flickr) In a small study, women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer were 30 percent less likely to see a return of the disease if they had a history of breast-feeding. While previous research has found a small protective effect of breast-feeding and breast ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/22/california-vaccine-bill-approved-in-key-hearing/ target=_blank >California Vaccine Bill Approved in Key Hearing</a>

State of Health | April 22, 2015

California Vaccine Bill Approved in Key Hearing

(Craig Miller/KQED) A controversial bill that would require vaccination for nearly all California children to attend school — both public and private — cleared the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday. The bill “still has a long way to go.” The committee voted 7-2 on the bill, co-authored by Sens. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/21/mammogram-in-your-40s-still-a-personal-decision-task-force-says/ target=_blank >Mammogram in Your 40s Still a Personal Decision, Task Force Says</a>

State of Health | April 21, 2015

Mammogram in Your 40s Still a Personal Decision, Task Force Says

The task force pointed out that the net benefits in younger women were small and said women should weigh the pros and cons of screening before making a decision.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/20/forget-public-health-the-politics-of-the-california-vaccination-debate/ target=_blank >Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate</a>

State of Health | April 20, 2015

Forget Public Health: The Politics of the California Vaccination Debate

(Craig Miller/KQED) Over on the KQED News Politics and Government Desk, John Myers hosts a terrific podcast on California politics. The most recent edition (published last Friday) took a hard look at the political debate in California over SB 277, a bill ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/16/disneyland-measles-outbreak-to-be-declared-over/ target=_blank >Disneyland Measles Outbreak to be Declared Over</a>

State of Health | April 16, 2015

Disneyland Measles Outbreak to be Declared Over

The outbreak sickened 134 Californians. (Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) By Alicia Chang, AP The state's measles outbreak that began at Disneyland and reignited debate about vaccinations is nearing an end. The outbreak will be declared over in California on Friday if no new cases pop up, according to the California Department of Public Health. Disease ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/15/vaccine-exemption-bill-stalls-in-sacramento-vote-next-week/ target=_blank >Vaccine Exemption Bill Stalls in Sacramento; Vote Next Week</a>

State of Health | April 15, 2015

Vaccine Exemption Bill Stalls in Sacramento; Vote Next Week

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) A bill that would eliminate the vaccine personal belief exemption stalled before the Senate Education Committee Wednesday in Sacramento. Lawmakers were deeply concerned that the bill would bar too many children from school. The bill's co-author, Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) asked the committee to delay a vote until ...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://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/04/03/ancestry-uses-a-drop-of-saliva-to-find-your-relatives-from-centuries-ago/ target=_blank >Ancestry Uses a Drop of Saliva to Find Your Relatives From Centuries Ago</a>

KQED Science | April 3, 2015

Ancestry Uses a Drop of Saliva to Find Your Relatives From Centuries Ago

This week Ancestry.com released a product that it claims can provide glimpses into the lives of your distant descendants.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/31/is-pollution-from-asia-making-the-central-valleys-bad-air-even-worse/ target=_blank >Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?</a>

State of Health | March 31, 2015

Is Pollution From Asia Making the Central Valley’s Bad Air Even Worse?

Advocates say the San Joaquin Valley Air District should focus on sources it can control, like farming machinery. (David McNew/Getty Images) By Alice Daniel California's Central Valley grapples with some of the dirtiest air in the nation. The culprits range from its vast agriculture industry to trucks on Highway 99. But one ...Read More

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Researchers at SLAC Study Promising Alternative to Morphine

KQED Science | March 27, 2015 | 3 Comments

Researchers at SLAC Study Promising Alternative to Morphine

Researchers are now studying a new kind of pain reliever with less side effects than morphine, using the Linac Coherent Light Source at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/25/frontline-vaccine-war-live-chat-wednesday-325-noon-pt/ target=_blank >Frontline ‘Vaccine War’ Live Chat; Wednesday 3/25, Noon PT</a>

State of Health | March 25, 2015

Frontline ‘Vaccine War’ Live Chat; Wednesday 3/25, Noon PT

Today Frontline hosts a live chat about its film The Vaccine War with KQED's Lisa Aliferis moderating.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/19/why-insulin-is-so-expensive-in-the-u-s/ target=_blank >Why Insulin Is So Expensive in the U.S.</a>

State of Health | March 19, 2015

Why Insulin Is So Expensive in the U.S.

For many decades, the only insulin available to people with diabetes came from the pancreases of cattle or pigs. Insulin from animals is still available outside the U.S. — and cheaper than a recombinant DNA version.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/19/digital-health-explodes-in-austin-a-visit-to-chiron-health/ target=_blank >Digital Health Explodes in Austin: A Visit to Chiron Health</a>

KQED Science | March 19, 2015

Digital Health Explodes in Austin: A Visit to Chiron Health

During the SXSW tech conference in Austin, Texas, this past week, we stopped by the office of Chiron Health, a local company that is helping bring virtual doctor visits to patients.

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