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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/04/new-vaccination-bill-would-end-exemptions-for-personal-religious-beliefs/ target=_blank >New Vaccination Bill Would End Exemptions for Personal, Religious Beliefs</a>

State of Health | February 4, 2015

New Vaccination Bill Would End Exemptions for Personal, Religious Beliefs

California lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/04/once-a-vaccine-skeptic-this-mom-changed-her-mind/ target=_blank >Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind</a>

State of Health | February 4, 2015

Once A Vaccine Skeptic, This Mom Changed Her Mind

Juniper Russo walks her dogs with her daughter Vivian (left).(Courtesy of Juniper Russo) By Jon Hamilton, NPR The ongoing measles outbreak linked to Disneyland has led to some harsh comments about parents who don't vaccinate their kids. But Juniper Russo, a writer in Chattanooga, Tenn., says she understands those ...Read More

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In the Race for Life, Which Human Embryos Make It?

KQED Science | February 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the Race for Life, Which Human Embryos Make It?

Every one of us started out as an embryo, but only a few early embryos – about one in three – grow into a baby. Researchers are unlocking the mysteries of our embryonic clock and helping patients who are struggling to get pregnant.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/02/not-just-un-vaccinated-under-vaccination-also-a-problem-statewide/ target=_blank >Not Just Un-Vaccinated; Under-Vaccination Also a Problem Statewide</a>

State of Health | February 2, 2015

Not Just Un-Vaccinated; Under-Vaccination Also a Problem Statewide

Nursing student administers flu shot. (queensu/Flickr) By Lauren M. Whaley, CHCF Center for Health Reporting Kids without all their vaccinations are falling through the cracks at schools across California. Over 80 percent of kindergarteners at some Oakland schools entered this year without all of their state-required vaccinations. ...Read More

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Building a Better Bionic Arm by Teaching the Brain a New Signal

KQED Science | February 2, 2015 | 2 Comments

Building a Better Bionic Arm by Teaching the Brain a New Signal

Even the best prosthetics today lack a natural sense that tells the brain where the body is in space. That makes it hard to comb the back of your hair, for example, or thread a belt.

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Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

KQED Science | January 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Your Chance to Weigh In on the EPA’s New Smog Proposal

Regulators say the stricter new standard could save lives and reduce hospitalizations. Critics say it would be costly and would kill jobs.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/30/vaccine-opt-out-rate-drops-first-time-since-1998-look-up-your-calif-school/ target=_blank >Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Drops — First Time Since 1998; Look Up Your Calif. School</a>

State of Health | January 30, 2015

Vaccine Opt-Out Rate Drops — First Time Since 1998; Look Up Your Calif. School

By Olivia Allen-Price and Lisa Aliferis Under California law, all kindergarteners must be vaccinated against a range of communicable diseases before they can start school. But California also permits parents to opt-out of vaccines on behalf of their children. The opt-out rate doubled over a seven year period ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/29/possible-ebola-patient-being-treated-at-uc-davis/ target=_blank >Possible Ebola Patient Being Treated at UC Davis Medical Center</a>

State of Health | January 29, 2015

Possible Ebola Patient Being Treated at UC Davis Medical Center

(Courtesy: Centers for Disease Control) A patient suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento Thursday morning. the hospital said in a statement. We have no other details about the patient at this time — except that the patient was ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/26/not-vaccinated-stay-home-from-school-says-marin-dad-of-leukemia-patient/ target=_blank >Not Vaccinated? 'Stay Home from School,' Says Marin Dad of Leukemia Patient</a>

State of Health | January 26, 2015

Not Vaccinated? 'Stay Home from School,' Says Marin Dad of Leukemia Patient

Rhett Krawitt, outside a classroom at Reed Elementary, in Tiburon. (Courtesy: Carl Krawitt) Carl Krawitt has watched his son Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the last four and a half years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year, he finished ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/26/amnio-alternative-blood-test-gives-women-new-option-for-prenatal-screening/ target=_blank >Amnio Alternative: Blood Test Gives Women New Option for Prenatal Screening</a>

State of Health | January 26, 2015

Amnio Alternative: Blood Test Gives Women New Option for Prenatal Screening

Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women. (Getty Images) By Nell Greenfield-Boyce, NPR When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/24/answers-to-five-common-measles-questions/ target=_blank >Answers to Five Common Measles Questions</a>

State of Health | January 24, 2015

Answers to Five Common Measles Questions

A dose of measles, mumps, rubella vaccine, known commonly as MMR. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) By Amanda Stupi An outbreak of measles and a new report that identified clusters of vaccine refusals in Northern California have become this week's hot topics. As such, KQED's daily talk show <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201501230900" ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/21/state-measles-cases-now-at-59-expect-more-2/ target=_blank >State Measles Cases Now at 59; Expect More</a>

State of Health | January 21, 2015

State Measles Cases Now at 59; Expect More

Five Disney staff members are among California's cases. (David McNew/Getty Images) State health officials report 59 confirmed cases of measles in nine counties. The patients range in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people ...Read More

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How Electric Light Changed the Night

KQED Science | January 20, 2015 | 4 Comments

How Electric Light Changed the Night

Artificial light makes the modern world possible. But not all kinds of light are good for us. Electric light has fundamentally altered our lives, our bodies and the very nature of our sleep.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/15/this-years-flu-shot-less-than-perfect-but-get-it-anyway/ target=_blank >This Year’s Flu Shot Less-Than-Perfect, But Get It Anyway</a>

State of Health | January 15, 2015

This Year’s Flu Shot Less-Than-Perfect, But Get It Anyway

This Oakland child received a nasal spray flu vaccine at a clinic in Oakland. (James Tensuan/KQED) By Rob Stein, NPR As expected, this year's flu vaccine looks like it's pretty much of a dud. The vaccine only appears to cut the chances that someone will end up sick with the ...Read More

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California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

KQED Science | January 14, 2015 | 3 Comments

California Unveils Strictest Rules on Pesticide

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has introduced stricter regulations for chloropicrin, a pesticide which has had negative health effects on farm workers.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/13/disneyland-measles-cases-now-at-26/ target=_blank >Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26</a>

State of Health | January 13, 2015

Disneyland Measles Cases Now at 26

(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) The number of measles cases linked to having visited Disneyland parks in mid-December has climbed to 22 in California, according to state data. There are four more cases in other states — two in Utah and one each in Colorado and Washington. While ...Read More

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23andMe Strikes Another Deal With Big Pharma

KQED Science | January 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

23andMe Strikes Another Deal With Big Pharma

The Mountain View-based company will sell genetic information to Pfizer for a study into the genetic markers for lupus.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/01/07/nine-measles-cases-tied-to-disneyland-parks/ target=_blank >Nine Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland Parks</a>

State of Health | January 7, 2015

Nine Measles Cases Tied to Disneyland Parks

(Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images) Nine people who visited Disneyland or Disneyland California Adventure Park during December have confirmed measles cases, state health officials said Wednesday. Seven of the patients live in California and two live in Utah.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/12/30/how-much-alcohol-causes-a-hangover-2/ target=_blank >How Much Alcohol Causes a Hangover?</a>

State of Health | December 30, 2014

How Much Alcohol Causes a Hangover?

Medically, the condition is called “veisalgia” — from the Norwegian kveis or “uneasiness following debauchery,” and the Greek algia, otherwise known as “pain.” But you probably just call it a hangover.

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How Science Can Help Prevent a (Bad) Hangover

KQED Science | December 29, 2014 | 4 Comments

How Science Can Help Prevent a (Bad) Hangover

In the annals of medical research, you won’t find many studies on the common hangover. But one intrepid Bay Area scientist has taken on the topic -- and even has an inexpensive remedy you probably haven't heard about.

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