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New Clinics in California Seek to Stop Schizophrenia Before it Starts

KQED Science | July 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

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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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/02/berkeley-city-council-puts-soda-tax-on-november-ballot/ target=_blank >Berkeley City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot</a>

State of Health | July 2, 2014

Berkeley City Council Puts Soda Tax on November Ballot

(Getty Images) By Charles Siler, Berkeleyside Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to include a proposal that would tax distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages on the November ballot. Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.The measure, which proposes a one-cent-per-ounce charge at the distributor level, would ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/07/02/digital-mammograms-pricey-but-perhaps-no-better-for-older-women/ target=_blank >Digital Mammograms: Pricey But Perhaps No Better for Older Women</a>

State of Health | July 2, 2014

Digital Mammograms: Pricey But Perhaps No Better for Older Women

In the U.S. 95 percent of mammography machine are now digital.(Mychele Daniau/AFP/Getty Images) By Kara Manke, NPR Medicare spending on breast cancer screening for women age 65 and older has jumped nearly 50 percent in recent years. But the rise in price was not associated with an improvement in the ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/30/new-guidelines-say-many-women-can-skip-pelvic-exam/ target=_blank >New Guidelines Say Many Women Can Skip Pelvic Exam</a>

State of Health | June 30, 2014

New Guidelines Say Many Women Can Skip Pelvic Exam

Pelvic exam has no benefits, lots of harms, for healthy, asymptomatic women. ...Read More

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You Can Transform Your Genetic Ancestry Data Into Health Info, But Your Results May Vary

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

You Can Transform Your Genetic Ancestry Data Into Health Info, But Your Results May Vary

An online service called Promethease allows you to convert your genetic ancestry data into health data. If you do, keep in mind that you may miss key health data because your ancestry test might not have been designed to find important health markers.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/28/surprising-advantage-for-older-moms-more-likely-to-live-longer/ target=_blank >Surprising Advantage for Older Moms: More Likely to Live Longer</a>

State of Health | June 28, 2014

Surprising Advantage for Older Moms: More Likely to Live Longer

If a woman's reproductive system is aging more slowly, it could mean the rest of her is aging more slowly, too. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/27/whooping-cough-epidemic-continues-1100-new-cases-in-last-two-weeks/ target=_blank >Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues — 1,100 New Cases in Last Two Weeks</a>

State of Health | June 27, 2014

Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues — 1,100 New Cases in Last Two Weeks

Vaccines are key, and pregnant women should be vaccinated in their 3rd trimester to protect their babies. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/24/at-stanford-using-rodins-sculpted-hands-to-teach-anatomy/ target=_blank >At Stanford, Using Rodin’s Sculpted Hands to Teach Anatomy</a>

State of Health | June 24, 2014

At Stanford, Using Rodin’s Sculpted Hands to Teach Anatomy

Stanford's Dr. James Chang combines sculpture and 3-D technology to help surgeons envision human anatomy. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/23/study-finds-pesticide-exposure-in-pregnancy-linked-to-autism/ target=_blank >Study Finds Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism</a>

State of Health | June 23, 2014

Study Finds Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy Linked to Autism

Still, the study does not show that pesticide exposure causes autism. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/06/20/stanford-tests-artificial-pancreas-on-children-with-diabetes/ target=_blank >Stanford Tests Artificial Pancreas on Children with Diabetes</a>

State of Health | June 20, 2014

Stanford Tests Artificial Pancreas on Children with Diabetes

The children are eating restaurant food and then running around to "push the system to the limit." ...Read More

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Doctor’s Orders: More Outdoor Time For Kids

KQED Science | June 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Doctor’s Orders: More Outdoor Time For Kids

Concerned over childhood obesity, an increasing number of doctors are prescribing time outdoors. In Oakland, local parks and a children's hospital have teamed up to get more kids outside.

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