But my sadness turned to a kind of cold fury when I saw too many comments on social media clucking disapproval for Hoffman's "selfishness" and "poor choices." (I'm not linking to them here; you can find them easily enough if you want to.) One friend on Facebook noted that another ...Read More
State health officials reported Friday that deaths from influenza have reached 147, including four children under age 18. Another 44 deaths are under investigation, but not confirmed. The total deaths so far this flu season, which started last September, eclipses the number from all of last year -- 106. ...Read More
And the clock is ticking toward April 1, when snow accumulation usually peaks.
By Allison Aubrey, NPR Exercise helps recovery after cancer treatment, but fatigue can make working out hard. Yoga can help reduce fatigue for breast cancer survivors, a study finds. It's one of a growing number of efforts using randomized controlled trials to see if the ancient practice offers medical benefits. ...Read More
There's caramel, and then there's caramel color. It turns out the two don't have much to do with each other. This matters to you if you drink soda. Caramel color is the additive in many soft drinks and some foods that turns them brown. Some types of caramel color contain a ...Read More
A non-invasive imaging method could help identify and localize artery-clogging plaques that are likely to cause a heart attack. If future studies confirm the initial results, this technique has the potential to fundamentally alter the way we treat heart disease.
Many studies have shown that parents don't always use carseats and booster seats, and their kids could be at increased risk in a crash. A new study published this week shows that non-white children have particularly low use. Researchers from The University of Michigan surveyed 601 parents about their car seat ...Read More
The most common reason for hospitalization in the United States is childbirth. A new study published Thursday adds to the depth of research on cost variation in the American medical system. In the study, researchers at U.C. San Francisco looked at 110,000 uncomplicated births across California and found that hospital charges ...Read More
Surgery can help for certain conditions, such as a herniated or bulging disc with leg pain called sciatica. But most age-related back pain usually can't be fixed with surgery. Research is showing that the pain often has nothing to do with the mechanics of the spine, but with the way the ...Read More
People are increasingly turning to mindfulness mediation to manage health issues, and meditation classes are being offered through schools and hospitals. But doctors have questioned whether this ancient Eastern practice really offers measurable health benefits. A fresh review of the evidence should help sort that out. ...Read More
As scientists struggle to find better ways to diagnose and treat mental disorders, an Exploratorium exhibition, "The Changing Face of What Is Normal," experiments with a new way to encourage people to think about what is normal.
It's been more than three weeks since 13-year-old Jahi McMath was declared brain dead after what appeared to be a routine tonsillectomy at Children's Hospital Oakland. In the interim, the family has battled the hospital to keep McMath's body hooked up to a ventilator while they have searched for a ...Read More
From the debut of the world's largest solar plant to Comet ISON, zombified bees to the physics of sailing — it's been another year of diverse storytelling from the KQED Science team. Here's a round-up of our top 10 stories (based on page views) that you've enjoyed in 2013.
The FDA challenge may hurt the personal genetics industry in the short run. No traits, no health risks -- no fun. But the company is still allowed to show ancestry results. 23andMe's map of my distant relations offered a glimpse of the movement of people across the world. The more people who joined and shared their genomes, the more comprehensive a picture we could form of a global family tree. A day might come when I would know precisely how related I was to, for example -- you.
There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors. Millions of Americans spend billions of dollars on vitamin combinations, presumably to boost their health and fill gaps in their diets. But while people who don't eat enough ...Read More
When people think of climate change, they tend to think of it as a science and environmental issue. But climbing levels of greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and rising seas hurts more than the environment. It harms people's health, too. “Climate change is one of greatest public health threats of our time," ...Read More
In response to a letter from the FDA, a direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing company in Mountain View, California called 23andMe has agreed to stop providing health data on new purchases of its $99 genetic tests.