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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/21/drought-may-be-linked-to-increase-in-west-nile/ target=_blank >Drought May Be Driving Increase in West Nile</a>

State of Health | September 21, 2014

Drought May Be Driving Increase in West Nile

A security guard walks the perimeter of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Public health experts say the state's historic drought is partly to blame for the recent rise in West Nile virus infections. Cases this year have more than doubled ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/11/vaccine-opt-out-rate-doubled-in-7-years-look-up-your-school-online/ target=_blank >California's Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Doubled in 7 Years</a>

State of Health | September 11, 2014

California's Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Doubled in 7 Years

California law requires that children entering kindergarten be fully vaccinated against a range of diseases. But the rate of parents opting out of vaccines for their children has doubled since 2007. Look up information about schools here.

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State of Health | September 10, 2014

By Richard Harris, NPR Ian Glomski thought he was going to make a difference in the fight to protect people from deadly anthrax germs. He had done everything right — attended one top university, landed an assistant professorship at another. But Glomski ran head-on into an unpleasant reality: These days, ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/10/first-death-reported-from-the-napa-quake/ target=_blank >First Death Reported from the Napa Quake</a>

State of Health | September 10, 2014

First Death Reported from the Napa Quake

The magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck Aug. 24. (Craig Miller/KQED) A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month's earthquake in California's wine country has died — the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 quake, sheriff's officials said. Laurie Anne Thompson was at her Napa home during ...Read More

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Apple Jumps Into Health Monitoring With New Watch

KQED Science | September 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Apple Jumps Into Health Monitoring With New Watch

The debut of the device marks Apple's entrance into multibillion-dollar mobile health industry.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/08/ucsfs-first-undocumented-medical-student-begins-training/ target=_blank >UCSF’s First Undocumented Medical Student Begins Training</a>

State of Health | September 8, 2014

UCSF’s First Undocumented Medical Student Begins Training

Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn, a newly-minted medical student at UCSF. By Mina Kim I first met Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn a little over two years ago. He was completing his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and had dreams of going to medical school. But he had no idea if he'd ever get there. Latthivongskorn is ...Read More

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Fixing a Gene in a Fertilized Egg Prevents Muscular Dystrophy (in a Mouse)

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Fixing a Gene in a Fertilized Egg Prevents Muscular Dystrophy (in a Mouse)

Scientists recently fixed a broken gene in a fertilized mouse egg and prevented the mouse from getting an ultimately fatal form of muscular dystrophy. This study may one day translate into gene therapies that will treat and maybe even reverse certain effects of the disease.

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Finding the Next Ebola Before it Breaks Out

KQED Science | September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finding the Next Ebola Before it Breaks Out

Scientists at UC Davis are scouring the globe to find new viruses that can jump from animals to humans. Their goal is to prevent the next pandemic.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/04/west-nile-virus-infections-in-california-at-all-time-high-view-map-of-cases-by-county/ target=_blank >West Nile Virus Infections in California at All-Time High (Map of Cases by County)</a>

State of Health | September 4, 2014

West Nile Virus Infections in California at All-Time High (Map of Cases by County)

West Nile virus is hosted primarily by birds — and spread by mosquitos. (Getty Images) West Nile Virus infections in mosquitoes are at their highest recorded level ever in California. Last week, 52 new human cases were reported, bringing the total to 181. Eight people have died from the illness. “If you're out ...Read More

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Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

KQED Science | September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why You Might Want to Wait Until January to Buy a New Sofa

Two new California laws aim to keep flame-retardant chemicals out of furniture. But how can consumers know for sure?

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/03/infants-given-sugar-sweetened-beverages-more-at-risk-for-obesity/ target=_blank >Infants Given Sugar-Sweetened Beverages More At Risk for Obesity</a>

State of Health | September 3, 2014

Infants Given Sugar-Sweetened Beverages More At Risk for Obesity

Babies should only be given breastmilk or infant formula, unless directed differently by a doctor. (Christopher Lance/Flickr) By Brian Lau Were you at a Labor Day barbecue last weekend? Did you drink soda? Sweet tea? Or maybe vitamin water? Sugar-sweetened drinks are a known risk factor for obesity, and according to ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/02/berkeley-city-council-puts-soda-tax-on-november-ballot/ target=_blank >Judge Rules Berkeley Must Change Soda Tax Language</a>

State of Health | September 2, 2014

Judge Rules Berkeley Must Change Soda Tax Language

(Getty Images) Update September 2, 6:05 p.m.: A judge ruled Tuesday that Berkeley officials must change the soda tax measure language because it is currently misleading. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo said the city's statement that the tax would only be imposed on “high-calorie, sugary drinks” is “a form of ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/02/stanford-study-double-mastectomies-dont-increase-breast-cancer-survival-rate/ target=_blank >Stanford Study: Double Mastectomies Don’t Increase Breast Cancer Survival Rate</a>

State of Health | September 2, 2014

Stanford Study: Double Mastectomies Don’t Increase Breast Cancer Survival Rate

About one-third of women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer in California choose double mastectomy. (Getty Images) By Nancy Shute, NPR More women are choosing to have bilateral mastectomies when they are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, even though there's little evidence that removing both breasts improves their survival compared ...Read More

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Researchers Have Vision-Correcting Computer Screens in Their Sights

KQED Science | August 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Researchers Have Vision-Correcting Computer Screens in Their Sights

What if everyone could clearly see their phone and computer screens without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses? Researchers have developed new vision-correcting display technology that could help make this a reality.

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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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