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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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Stanford Identifies Drug That May Improve Cardiac Stents

KQED Science | December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stanford Identifies Drug That May Improve Cardiac Stents

Stanford researchers believe they’ve found a drug for cardiac stents that can more effectively prevent complications, because the drug targets the actual cause of stent disease.

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Getting Genetic-Based Health Data Just Got Easier in Canada and the U.K.

KQED Science | December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Getting Genetic-Based Health Data Just Got Easier in Canada and the U.K.

Here in the U.S., if you want to get health information from your direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic test, you need to use an online resource like Promethease. The same is no longer true in Canada and the U.K.

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Scientists Find Genes in Mice That May Lead to Future Ebola Treatments

KQED Science | November 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scientists Find Genes in Mice That May Lead to Future Ebola Treatments

Scientists have identified Ebola-resistant and Ebola-sensitive mouse strains. Not only will the sensitive mice be useful as a relatively quick way to test new Ebola treatments, but by comparing its genetics to those of the resistant strains, scientists may find new ways to treat Ebola.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/11/10/ucsf-initiative-links-sugar-science-to-your-health/ target=_blank >UCSF Initiative Links ‘Sugar Science’ to Your Health</a>

State of Health | November 10, 2014

UCSF Initiative Links ‘Sugar Science’ to Your Health

A new initiative from UC San Francisco is spelling out the health dangers of sugar in clear terms. The “sugar science” project distilled mountains of research on the health impacts of added sugar and found links to three chronic illnesses. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/10/29/state-issues-tailored-quarantine-guidelines-for-travelers-from-ebola-affected-countries/ target=_blank >State Issues ‘Tailored’ Quarantine Guidelines for Travelers from Ebola-Affected Countries</a>

State of Health | October 29, 2014

State Issues ‘Tailored’ Quarantine Guidelines for Travelers from Ebola-Affected Countries

Gov. Jerry Brown met last week with state officials, including state health officer Dr. Ron Chapman, center left. (Brad Alexander/Office of the Governor) Joining other states across the country, California's health officer has now added guidelines for a “risk-based quarantine order” for people traveling to California from one of the three ...Read More

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Berkeley Lab Tackles Global Vaccine Delivery Problem with Portable Solar-Powered Fridge

KQED Science | October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Berkeley Lab Tackles Global Vaccine Delivery Problem with Portable Solar-Powered Fridge

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a portable vaccine solar-power fridge designed to run without power for five days, so vaccines are still viable when they are delivered in remote countries.

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‘Bionic Eye’ Allows Some Blind People to See Light

KQED Science | October 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

‘Bionic Eye’ Allows Some Blind People to See Light

A California woman recently became the first person in the West to receive a new type of bionic eye, an implant that will help her see for the first time in nearly three decades.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/09/26/vaccine-opt-out-rate-at-sons-school-is-32-percent-should-i-freak-out/ target=_blank >Vaccine Opt-Out Rate at Son’s School is 32% — ‘Should I Freak Out?’</a>

State of Health | October 26, 2014

Vaccine Opt-Out Rate at Son’s School is 32% — ‘Should I Freak Out?’

(Jeff J. Mitchell: Getty Images) Statewide, there has been a dramatic increase in parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. The rate of parents opting out by filing what's called a “personal belief exemption,” or PBE, doubled over seven years. Parents check a school's test scores in advance. Why not vaccine rates? Earlier ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/10/24/genetic-variant-linked-to-lower-breast-cancer-rates-in-latinas/ target=_blank >Genetic Variant Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Rates in Latinas</a>

State of Health | October 24, 2014

Genetic Variant Linked to Lower Breast Cancer Rates in Latinas

(Getty Images) Researchers have long known that Latina women have lower rates of breast cancer compared to African-American and white women. They have mainly pointed to lifestyle and environmental factors to explain why –- Latinas tend to have more children, breast feed longer, and drink less alcohol, all factors that are ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/10/22/ebola-is-not-that-contagious-and-10-other-quick-facts/ target=_blank >Ebola Is Not That Contagious, and 10 Other Quick Facts</a>

State of Health | October 22, 2014

Ebola Is Not That Contagious, and 10 Other Quick Facts

Two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas contracted Ebola from a patient they were treating, but 44 of 48 others who came in contact with the patient, including his fiancee, have completed their quarantine period and are cleared of the disease. The remaining four should complete their quarantine ...Read More

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