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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/27/sleep-apps-myths-and-more-strategies-for-a-good-nights-rest/ target=_blank >Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest</a>

State of Health | August 27, 2014

Sleep Apps, Sleep Myths and More: Strategies for A Good Night’s Rest

Sleep apps can help track sleep, but experts say to stay away from too much tech before bed. On Forum, sleep scientists debunked myths, like what the effects are of sugar, alcohol, hormones and health on your sleep.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/26/earthquake-safety-stand-in-a-doorway/ target=_blank >Earthquake Safety: Stand In A Doorway?</a>

State of Health | August 26, 2014

Earthquake Safety: Stand In A Doorway?

Kitchens are a dangerous place to be in an earthquake. Note that the refrigerator moved. (Mina Kim/KQED) I don't like earthquakes, yet I live in quake country. It's a paradox. To mitigate my worry, I err on the side of preparedness. But this post is not to lecture you about creating an ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/23/san-francisco-supervisors-put-soda-tax-on-ballot/ target=_blank >San Francisco Supervisors Put Soda Tax on Ballot</a>

State of Health | August 22, 2014

San Francisco Supervisors Put Soda Tax on Ballot

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a November ballot measure to tax soda and sugary drinks Tuesday afternoon, but not with the unanimous vote they were looking for.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/21/sacramento-patient-does-not-have-ebola-officials-say/ target=_blank >Sacramento Patient Does Not Have Ebola, Officials Say</a>

State of Health | August 21, 2014

Sacramento Patient Does Not Have Ebola, Officials Say

A patient admitted to a Kaiser hospital in South Sacramento has tested negative for the Ebola virus, said Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health in a brief press conference Thursday evening.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/21/in-face-of-ebola-california-trained-doctor-treats-patients-in-liberia/ target=_blank >In Face of Ebola, California-Trained Doctor Treats Patients in Liberia</a>

State of Health | August 21, 2014

In Face of Ebola, California-Trained Doctor Treats Patients in Liberia

Shops remain closed in Monrovia's West Point slum as part of quarantine measures to contain the spread of Ebola in Liberia. A doctor trained in California traveled last week to staff a Monrovia hospital. (ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images) While Californians worry about a single possible case of Ebola, considered low ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/08/20/kaiser-sacramento-patient-being-tested-for-possible-exposure-to-ebola/ target=_blank >Sacramento Patient Being Tested for Possible Exposure to Ebola</a>

State of Health | August 20, 2014

Sacramento Patient Being Tested for Possible Exposure to Ebola

Ebola virus magnified 108,000 times. (Getty Images) By Lisa Aliferis and April Dembosky Don't panic, folks. Really. A patient who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus is being tested at Kaiser's South Sacramento Hospital. The other key information here is that California Department of Public Health officials call the unidentified patient <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" ...Read More

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Some of Us May Have a Genetic Predisposition to Disliking Exercise

KQED Science | August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some of Us May Have a Genetic Predisposition to Disliking Exercise

About 90% of us over the age of 12 fail to get as much exercise as we should. This is almost certainly not because we don’t believe in those benefits. Instead, it looks like at least part of the reason may be that some of us are genetically programmed to hate exercise.

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Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices

KQED Science | August 11, 2014 | 6 Comments

Schizophrenia: What It’s Like to Hear Voices

People who hear auditory hallucinations say the voices can be quiet or cacophonous, singular or crowd-like, but they are almost always harsh and disapproving.

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Stanford Scientists Use Fruit Flies to Study Diabetes

KQED Science | August 7, 2014 | 2 Comments

Stanford Scientists Use Fruit Flies to Study Diabetes

Stanford researchers have developed a new way to use fruit flies to sort through the complicated genetics of Type 2 diabetes.

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What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

KQED Science | August 4, 2014 | 6 Comments

What Is Schizophrenia? Scientists Call for New Thinking

For two generations, psychiatrists have treated schizophrenia by medicating its most obvious symptoms: delusions and hallucinations. Were they wrong?

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New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts

KQED Science | July 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts

A psychotic break can lead to social isolation, hospitalization or medications with sometimes disabling side effects. Now some clinics are taking a controversial approach and trying to intervene earlier.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/21/long-way-to-go-before-state-can-authorize-autism-therapy-as-benefit/ target=_blank >Long Way to Go Before State May Authorize Autism Therapy as Benefit</a>

State of Health | July 21, 2014

Long Way to Go Before State May Authorize Autism Therapy as Benefit

(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline State officials on Friday said they have not determined whether or not to offer applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) as a Medi-Cal benefit to children with autism. Federal officials earlier this month issued guidance on the subject, saying it is covered for ...Read More

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New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

New UC Berkeley Study Shows Oxytocin May Help Rejuvenate Aging Muscles

UC Berkeley researchers have discovered that administering oxytocin may help maintain healthy muscles during aging.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/16/sonoma-county-has-highest-whooping-cough-rate-in-statewide-epidemic/ target=_blank >Sonoma County has Highest Whooping Cough Rate in Statewide Epidemic</a>

State of Health | July 16, 2014

Sonoma County has Highest Whooping Cough Rate in Statewide Epidemic

It's been a little over a month since California declared a whooping cough epidemic, and according to the most recent data from the state, three neighboring Bay Area counties have the highest rates of the disease statewide: ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/15/work-as-refuge-working-mothers-report-better-health/ target=_blank >Work as Refuge? Working Mothers Report Better Health</a>

State of Health | July 15, 2014

Work as Refuge? Working Mothers Report Better Health

NPR is reporting today about a fascinating survey that found that women who work full time “reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who part time.” ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/10/like-other-animals-we-need-stress-in-moderation/ target=_blank >Like Other Animals, We Need Stress — in Moderation</a>

State of Health | July 10, 2014

Like Other Animals, We Need Stress — in Moderation

A stress system gone awry can quite literally make people sick. (Getty Images) By Richard Harris, NPR Ask somebody about stress, and you're likely to hear an outpouring about all the bad things that cause it — and the bad things that result. But if you ask a biologist, you'll ...Read More

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With DARPA Support, Lawrence Lab Seeks to Develop Brain Implant to Treat Memory Loss

KQED Science | July 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

With DARPA Support, Lawrence Lab Seeks to Develop Brain Implant to Treat Memory Loss

Misplace your car keys? Forget to buy milk at the store? For those coping with a memory-impairing disease or injury, memory loss can be debilitating. New therapeutic brain implants could help patients overcome memory deficits.

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Everything You Know about Cholesterol Is Probably Wrong

KQED Science | July 9, 2014 | 6 Comments

Everything You Know about Cholesterol Is Probably Wrong

Most of us have heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. But it's not the cholesterol that causes harm, it's the particles that carry it. And routine blood tests don't measure them.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/08/feds-say-autism-aba-therapy-now-covered-as-childrens-medicaid-benefit/ target=_blank >Feds Say Autism Therapy Now Covered As Children’s Medicaid Benefit</a>

State of Health | July 8, 2014

Feds Say Autism Therapy Now Covered As Children’s Medicaid Benefit

(Getty Images) By David Gorn, California Healthline CMS officials released federal guidance for states on Medicaid coverage of autism therapy on Monday, and that guidance indicates it is covered for beneficiaries under age 21. “ABA therapy must be covered (by Medi-Cal). It's very, very clear.” “It's a good day. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/07/stanford-study-inactivity-more-than-diet-linked-to-obesity-increase/ target=_blank >Stanford Study: Inactivity, More Than Diet, Linked to Obesity Increase</a>

State of Health | July 7, 2014

Stanford Study: Inactivity, More Than Diet, Linked to Obesity Increase

(Getty Images) New research from Stanford shows that physical activity — or lack thereof — may be a bigger driver of the obesity epidemic than diet is. The rate of Americans reporting inactivity has skyrocketed. The researchers looked at national survey results of people's health habits — including diet and exercise — from ...Read More

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