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
The leaders of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health announced they will launch a clinical trial to get a better understanding of how to treat valley fever, they announced in Bakersfield Monday. The endeavour, announced as part of a two-day valley fever symposium, will cost millions ...Read More
It's common sense: If you want to study the brain, open it up and take a look. That's not an opportunity scientists often get. One rare exception: patients with severe epilepsy, who volunteer their time as research subjects in the course of their treatment.
Family nurse-practitioner Hannah Bampton and medical assistant Antonio Vera of the UCLA School of Nursing Public Health Center administer a skin test for tuberculosis to Craig Mason at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. (Photo/Chris Richard) In his four months on Los Angeles’ Skid ...Read More
Three new monitors to measure vehicle emissions are going up this year at congested traffic corridors in the Bay Area.
By Angela Hart Who knew playing video games might be good for you? A provocative new study from researchers at UC San Francisco shows that playing a specially designed video game increased the ability to multitask for people in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Adam Gazzaley of UCSF’s Neuroscience Imaging Center ...Read More
Fungal spores that cause valley fever are carried in the dust. Activities including farming in the Central Valley contribute to the spread of the spores. (Robin Beck/Getty Images) BY GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press The annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially ...Read More
(Keith Brofsky/Thinkstock) KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting have teamed up to tell a decidedly sobering story of abuse by caregivers in California nursing homes. If you’re wondering who’s protecting the elderly, perhaps the most haunting quote is this one ...Read More
Regulators say arsenic leaking from the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon endangered as many as 110,000 people living nearby. Results of tests for lead and other toxins should be available in December. (Photo/Chris Richard) By Chris Richard State-ordered testing of soil for lead and other ...Read More
Some parents are choosing to delay, space out or forgo their children's recommended vaccinations. But according to a new study, every shot parents choose to skip greatly increases their children's risk of getting a potentially fatal infectious disease.
Experts say no amount of alcohol is known to be safe during pregnancy. (Getty Images) By Angela Hart Children who grow up in foster care or are adopted from orphanages are more at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome because there is a higher probability that their ...Read More
Ever since AIDS emerged as a deadly disease in the early 1980’s, scientists have been looking for a cure. And now, using a very precise set of DNA scissors, they may finally be taking baby steps towards one.
By Olivia Hubert-Allen and Lisa Aliferis Despite the overwhelming medical evidence that childhood vaccinations are exceptionally effective at preventing disease, a growing number of parents are opting out of having their children vaccinated. While state law requires that children be fully vaccinated to enter kindergarten, California parents can get around this ...Read More
(Getty Images) By Shankar Vedantam, NPR Obstetricians perform more cesarean sections when there are financial incentives to do so, according to a new study that explores links between economic incentives and medical decision-making during childbirth. About 1 in 3 babies born today is delivered ...Read More
Local scientists have developed a small, portable device that can quickly test a person’s level of radiation exposure and could be used for victims in a large-scale radiological accident or terrorist attack.
Fertility apps are the newest high-tech trend in helping people conceive. There are dozens of apps on the market that help women find their fertility window. One high-profile app is going a step further, and asking some very personal questions.
Darren Hall will have to choose a new health insurance plan after Obamacare is fully implemented in January. His policy today doesn’t meet the standards outlined in the law. (Kelley Weiss/ CHCF Center for Health Reporting) By Kelley Weiss, CHCF Center for Health ...Read More