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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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