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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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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/futureofyou/2015/03/16/a-crispr-solution-to-bubble-boy-disease/ target=_blank >A CRISPR Solution to “Bubble Boy” Disease?</a>

KQED Science | March 16, 2015

A CRISPR Solution to “Bubble Boy” Disease?

Researchers are racing to see what kinds of diseases might be cured through a hot new gene-editing technique. But if CRISPR lives up to the hype, who — other than patients — will profit?

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/13/will-the-hiv-prevention-pill-protect-teens-or-encourage-risky-behavior/ target=_blank >Will the HIV-Prevention Pill Protect Teens or Encourage Risky Behavior?</a>

State of Health | March 13, 2015

Will the HIV-Prevention Pill Protect Teens or Encourage Risky Behavior?

(Justin Sullivan: Getty Images) By Rafael Johns, Youth Radio via NPR Leon Richardson is 18 years old and tall, charismatic and thoughtful about his sexual health. He understands that as a young, gay black man, he is in the demographic with the highest rate of HIV infections in ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/11/industry-reaction-to-sugar-papers-mirrors-tobacco-in-1990s/ target=_blank >Industry Reaction to ‘Sugar Papers’ Mirrors Tobacco in 1990s</a>

State of Health | March 11, 2015

Industry Reaction to ‘Sugar Papers’ Mirrors Tobacco in 1990s

(Getty Images) The sugar industry worked to steer federal health research a report released Monday revealed. As State of Health reported, newly-uncovered industry documents dating to the1960s showed that the sugar industry influenced the National Institute of Dental Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/03/10/sugar-papers-show-industrys-influence-in-1970s-dental-program-study-says/ target=_blank >‘Sugar Papers’ Show Industry’s Influence in 1970’s Dental Program, Study Says</a>

State of Health | March 10, 2015

‘Sugar Papers’ Show Industry’s Influence in 1970’s Dental Program, Study Says

Hundreds of pages of newly-found documents show that the sugar industry worked closely with the federal government in the late 1960s and early 1970s to determine a research agenda to prevent cavities in children, an analysis of the documents shows.

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Powerful Genetic Test Prevents Paternity Mix-Up

KQED Science | March 9, 2015 | 5 Comments

Powerful Genetic Test Prevents Paternity Mix-Up

A couple who used a fertility clinic to conceive was ready to sue when the child’s blood type didn’t match up with mom and dad’s. Obviously the clinic had used the wrong sperm or made some other awful mistake. Except in this case they probably hadn’t. The couple, whose case I worked on, gave me […]

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/24/beyond-abolishing-the-personal-belief-exemption-to-raise-vaccination-rates/ target=_blank >Beyond Abolishing the ‘Personal Belief Exemption’ to Raise Vaccination Rates</a>

State of Health | February 24, 2015

Beyond Abolishing the ‘Personal Belief Exemption’ to Raise Vaccination Rates

Students leaving a vaccine clinic after being vaccinated against whooping cough at a middle school in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) On Wednesday morning in Sacramento, a MoveOn.org member is expected to deliver a petition with 21,000 signatures calling on the state's government to abolish the personal belief ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/23/is-your-dishwasher-increasing-your-childs-allergy-risk/ target=_blank >Is Your Dishwasher Increasing Your Child’s Allergy Risk?</a>

State of Health | February 23, 2015

Is Your Dishwasher Increasing Your Child’s Allergy Risk?

Could using a dishwashing machine increase the chances your child will develop allergies? That's what some provocative new research suggests — but don't rip out your machine just yet.

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Scientists Create the Most Precise 3D Map of the Human Genome Yet

KQED Science | February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scientists Create the Most Precise 3D Map of the Human Genome Yet

Until recently scientists have not been able to figure out the information coded in the folding of our DNA in the nucleus. A new map now makes this task simpler. This kind of map will not only tell us how the instructions in our DNA lead to making each one of us, but it may also provide new ways to understand and even treat diseases like cancer.

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