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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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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/02/18/getting-vaccinated-against-measles-what-you-need-to-know/ target=_blank >Getting Vaccinated Against Measles: What You Need to Know</a>

State of Health | February 18, 2015

Getting Vaccinated Against Measles: What You Need to Know

The measles outbreak that started in December has sickened 141 people in 17 states. California is has the most cases by far: 113 as of last Friday with about half traced to Disneyland.

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What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

KQED Science | February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What a Narcoleptic Dog Can Teach Us About Sleep

Stanford retired its famed pack of narcoleptic research dogs almost a decade ago. But one researcher says there's more to be learned from a sleepy Chihuahua puppy who goes limp at the sight of a good snack.

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New Stem Cell Therapy Helping Hard-to-Heal Bone Fractures

KQED Science | February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

New Stem Cell Therapy Helping Hard-to-Heal Bone Fractures

About 6 million people in North America suffer bone fractures each year. While most recover well, 5 to 10 percent of these patients -- half a million Americans annually -- are resistant to healing. UC Davis researchers are developing an improved surgical therapy for such fractures, that uses stem cells to speed recovery.

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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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