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Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

KQED Science | May 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Consumer Gene Tests Face Uncertain Future

Personal genetics companies that offer health insights are working to satisfy federal regulators and keep up with changing science.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/04/29/silicon-valley-health-tech-entrepreneurs-wrestles-with-the-fda/ target=_blank >Silicon Valley Health-Tech Wrestles with the FDA</a>

State of Health | April 29, 2014

Silicon Valley Health-Tech Wrestles with the FDA

Why ignoring the FDA and pushing ahead with a product is not a viable option. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/04/23/california-legislature-to-consider-antibiotic-ban-in-animals/ target=_blank >California Legislature To Consider Antibiotic Ban in Animals</a>

State of Health | April 23, 2014

California Legislature To Consider Antibiotic Ban in Animals

California legislator wants to ban regular use of antibiotics on feed lots over public health concerns. ...Read More

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Scientists Have Engineered a Version of Bird Flu That Can Spread Between Mammals

KQED Science | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scientists Have Engineered a Version of Bird Flu That Can Spread Between Mammals

Scientists were able to engineer a version of the bird flu that can spread between mammals, the first step towards turning this virus into a pandemic. This research is controversial as it has created something that is potentially dangerous.

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Health Trackers May Be the Rage, But How Useful Are They?

KQED Science | April 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

Health Trackers May Be the Rage, But How Useful Are They?

Low battery life, bulky appearance and lack of integration are some of the obstacles in the way before health trackers become the next gadgets we can’t live without.

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Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp

KQED Science | April 14, 2014 | 2 Comments

Chevron Tries Again With Richmond Refinery Revamp

Chevron is looking to launch a billion-dollar construction project at its Richmond refinery. It’s a slimmed down version of a project that environmentalists stopped with a lawsuit a few years ago.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/04/09/neuroscientists-create-the-art-of-medicine/ target=_blank >In San Francisco, Neuroscientists Create the Art of Medicine</a>

State of Health | April 9, 2014

In San Francisco, Neuroscientists Create the Art of Medicine

You might not expect to find an art gallery at a convention of neuroscientists. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/04/07/under-new-law-california-school-nurses-on-front-lines-to-raise-vaccine-rates/ target=_blank >Under New Law, School Nurses on Front Lines to Raise Vaccine Rates</a>

State of Health | April 7, 2014

Under New Law, School Nurses on Front Lines to Raise Vaccine Rates

Parents must now meet with health provider before opting-out of vaccines, providing opening for education. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/04/04/your-doctors-skill-at-colonoscopy-may-reduce-your-later-colon-cancer-risk/ target=_blank >Your Doctor’s Skill at Colonoscopy May Reduce Your Later Colon Cancer Risk</a>

State of Health | April 4, 2014

Your Doctor’s Skill at Colonoscopy May Reduce Your Later Colon Cancer Risk

Major study finds that the more adenomas the doctor removes, the lower a patient's later risk of cancer. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/04/02/50-year-review-mammography-benefits-oversold-harms-minimized/ target=_blank >50-Year Review: Mammography Benefits Oversold, Harms Minimized</a>

State of Health | April 2, 2014

50-Year Review: Mammography Benefits Oversold, Harms Minimized

Scores of women treated for cancer are over-diagnosed; their cancer would never threaten their lives. ...Read More

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Testing Complete DNA Sequences Yields Only Partial Info but Could Still Save Your Life

KQED Science | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Testing Complete DNA Sequences Yields Only Partial Info but Could Still Save Your Life

Evaluating your whole genome sequence to determine your health risks is not yet up to snuff. But as imperfect as it is, you still might see something that could save your life.

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NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

KQED Science | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA Sends Fruit Flies to Space to Prep for Mars Missions

Getting sick in space is no picnic. So scientists are sending bugs to the International Space Station, hoping to better predict some of the physical challenges that may befall astronauts when NASA eventually sends the first human mission to Mars.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/03/18/yes-its-a-headache-no-i-didnt-need-that-brain-scan/ target=_blank >Yes, It’s A Headache. No, I Didn’t Need That Brain Scan</a>

State of Health | March 18, 2014

Yes, It’s A Headache. No, I Didn’t Need That Brain Scan

Americans spend $1 billion on brain scans annually, but headaches are almost always nothing serious. ...Read More

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How Damaged is Your DNA? A New Startup Wants to Know

KQED Science | March 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

How Damaged is Your DNA? A New Startup Wants to Know

If your annual checkup included a simple blood test to determine how much DNA damage you have in your body, you may be able to optimize your long-term health by taking action to minimize DNA damage due to your diet, exercise and environment. A startup company called Exogen Biotechnology wants to provide the public with a way to monitor their DNA health.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/03/14/use-of-adhd-drugs-increasing-fastest-among-young-women/ target=_blank >Use of ADHD Drugs Increasing Fastest Among Young Women</a>

State of Health | March 14, 2014

Use of ADHD Drugs Increasing Fastest Among Young Women

Unlike boys whose use drops with age, young women have higher rates of ADHD drug use than girls 12 to 18. ...Read More

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California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

KQED Science | March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Takes Aim at Toxic Nap Mats, Paint Strippers

Six years after voters passed the California Green Chemistry Initiative, the state lays out its plan to get toxic products off shelves.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2014/03/12/study-estrogen-therapy-may-help-some-older-women-at-risk-for-alzheimers-disease-dementia/ target=_blank >Study: Estrogen Therapy May Help Some Older Women at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease</a>

State of Health | March 12, 2014

Study: Estrogen Therapy May Help Some Older Women at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Could one kind of estrogen therapy help women and another type harm them? ...Read More

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Erasing Traumatic Memories from DNA May One Day Help PTSD Sufferers

KQED Science | March 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Erasing Traumatic Memories from DNA May One Day Help PTSD Sufferers

A group of scientists has reported that they have been able to make current treatments for post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) better and longer lasting in mice. The hope is that these findings may one day pave the way for better treatments for the 7-8% of people who suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives.

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New UCSF Lab Studies How Video Games Affect Our Brains

KQED Science | March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

New UCSF Lab Studies How Video Games Affect Our Brains

Video games do one thing very well: train people to become better gamers. But whether those results transfer outside the game into the real world is a source of lively debate among neuroscientists.

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<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201403060900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >BPA-Free Plastics Linked to Adverse Human Health Effects</a>

Forum | March 6, 2014

BPA-Free Plastics Linked to Adverse Human Health Effects

A new investigation by Mother Jones magazine finds that plastics free of the controversial additive bisphenol-A (BPA) may actually be more harmful to humans than those containing it. Meanwhile, scientists continue to debate what doses of the chemical are harmful. We'll discuss the latest news on the controversy over plastics, ...Read More

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