If scientists are allowed to perform a simple genetic engineering procedure, they will be able to offer a reprieve to a small group of women who are condemned to pass certain fatal genetic diseases to each and every one of their children.
As the clock ticks toward a 2014 federal ban on the sale of sports drinks at high schools, California teenagers are showing an increasing fondness for the sugary beverages, with an alarming 23 percent spike in the consumption of sports and energy drinks since 2005, according to a ...Read More
In late September, Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California — the state's health insurance marketplace — was a guest on KQED's Forum. It was just days until the Oct. 1 opening of the exchange. Lee touted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, saying that many ...Read More
California was the first state to ban people under 18-years-old from using tanning salons, and now new research takes a look at how well the law is working. In the study researchers, including a team at UC San Francisco, surveyed hundreds of tanning salons and found roughly three-quarters ...Read More
By Kelley Weiss, CHCF Center for Health Reporting Children's advocates are hoping for a big Christmas present this year – a billion dollars to remove toxic lead paint from homes. A Santa Clara Superior Court judge has until the end of the year to decide if paint companies should pay ...Read More
By Angela Hart San Francisco is scrambling to figure out how the Affordable Care Act will impact the city's own landmark universal health legislation, less than three months before the full rollout of Obamacare. Barbara Garcia, who runs the Department of Public Health, is leading a task force ...Read More
Research at UC Davis identifies a new biological mechanism that links maternal infections during pregnancy to increased risk of having a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder like autism.
When it comes to Obamacare, the big date we've heard for a long time is Jan. 1, 2014. That's the day the Affordable Care Act takes full effect, requiring most Americans to be covered, or pay a fine. We've also heard that there's a grace period -- that ...Read More
People over 65 tend not to worry much about health insurance, because of Medicare, the government insurance program for the elderly and the disabled. But while Medicare is available to virtually all citizens, starting at age 65, immigrants legally present in the U.S. for less than five years ...Read More
Officials with Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace, announced their first week's results Tuesday morning, and they were pretty happy about the numbers: 987,440 unique visitors, 16,311 applications completed, 27,305 applications partially completed. ...Read More
The notice from Kaiser came in the mail about ten days ago. Luke Donavan's health insurance premiums were going up. A lot. Donavan, 41, of San Francisco, currently pays $841 per month for health insurance for himself, his wife and three young children. Effective Jan. 1, that's going up to ...Read More
The city of Watsonville has an expensive problem on its hands: toxic algae stirred up from the bottom of Pinto Lake makes the lake poisonous to humans and deadly to birds, fish, and even the otters in Monterey Bay, where the lake water eventually empties into the sea. Knowing how to clean it is one thing; paying for it is another.
Covered California will not be releasing any enrollment figures until mid-November, but San Franciscan Paul Cello says he's already in -- and reports his new insurance will have better benefits, at lower monthly cost than the plan he's on now. Cello originally hails from Florida and says he has friends there ...Read More
Have you heard about the young invincibles? That's the name given to young people who think nothing bad can happen to them. Enrollment of healthy people like them in insurance under the Affordable Care Act is key to offsetting the costs of older, less healthy buyers. Brad Stevens is 54-years-old ...Read More
In 2010, a whooping cough outbreak in California sickened 9,120 people, more than in any year since 1947. Ten infants died; babies are too young to be vaccinated. Public health officials suspected that the increased numbers of parents who refused to vaccinate their children played a role, but they ...Read More
The survey, by the Kaiser Family Foundation, found that three out of four Californians who earn modest incomes and could buy government-subsidized private coverage believe, wrongly, that they're not eligible for federal assistance or they simply don't know if they qualify. In addition, many undocumented immigrants, who comprise about ...Read More
Researchers wanted to know: Now that they've been banned, how soon would a controversial class of flame retardants called PBDEs start disappearing from women's bodies? The answer: Sooner than they thought.
It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient's death, the numbers come out worse. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous "To Err Is Human" report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up ...Read More