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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/11/18/calculator-in-new-cholesterol-guidelines-may-be-flawed-ucsf-cardiologist/ target=_blank >New Cholesterol Guidelines Will Lead to Overprescribing Statins, Critics Say</a>

State of Health | November 21, 2013

New Cholesterol Guidelines Will Lead to Overprescribing Statins, Critics Say

Last Monday two major groups released a set of new guidelines designed to lower cholesterol. Now, it appears a major component of the guidelines — an online risk calculator — may be flawed, the New York Times reports. Since the publication of the guidelines, two Harvard Medical School professors "evaluated the ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/11/18/central-valley-community-fights-for-clean-water/ target=_blank >Central Valley Community Fights for Clean Drinking Water</a>

State of Health | November 21, 2013

Central Valley Community Fights for Clean Drinking Water

In the 1970s, a Quaker organization helped the people of Lanare build houses and put in water lines. Bonner was one of the first to move into a new home, the one she still lives in today. But she and others stopped drinking the tap water years ago because it ...Read More

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Great American Smokeout: Time to Quit

KQED Science | November 18, 2013 | 3 Comments

Great American Smokeout: Time to Quit

There are many good reasons to quit smoking, including better health and saving money. There is also a good time to quit: this Thursday during the Great American Smokeout.

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Meditation May Ease PTSD in Combat Vets

KQED Science | November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Meditation May Ease PTSD in Combat Vets

The crisis of post-traumatic stress disorder -- both for newly returned vets and Vietnam vets who have lived with PTSD for decades -- is forcing the US military to explore some unorthodox treatments, including "compassion meditation."

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The Controversy Over Calcium Supplements

KQED Science | November 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

The Controversy Over Calcium Supplements

To help prevent osteoporosis, the use of calcium supplements is very common. But recent research studies question whether these calcium supplements are effective or safe.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/11/04/study-girls-entering-puberty-younger-obesity-appears-major-factor-kaiser-san-francisco/ target=_blank >Study Finds Girls Entering Puberty Younger; Obesity Implicated</a>

State of Health | November 4, 2013

Study Finds Girls Entering Puberty Younger; Obesity Implicated

Building on earlier research a major new study has found that girls are starting puberty at even younger ages. The most significant changes were seen in Caucasian girls and in girls who are overweight or obese. Still, girls who were not overweight were also entering puberty younger, the study found. Researchers ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/11/01/stanford-kissing-event-fun-for-the-evening-but-now-students-have-stomach-flu/ target=_blank >Stanford Kissing Event: Fun for the Evening, But Now Students Have Stomach Flu</a>

State of Health | November 1, 2013

Stanford Kissing Event: Fun for the Evening, But Now Students Have Stomach Flu

I've lived in the Bay Area for more than 20 years, but somehow missed this tradition at Stanford: Full Moon on the Quad. As the New York Times reported Friday it's "an event unique in American education: an orgy of interclass kissing reluctantly but officially sanctioned by the university." How you respond ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/10/28/recipe-for-strong-teen-bones-exercise-calcium-and-vitamin-d/ target=_blank >Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium and Vitamin D</a>

State of Health | October 28, 2013

Recipe For Strong Teen Bones: Exercise, Calcium and Vitamin D

It's really only a sliver of time when humans build the bulk of their skeleton. At age 9, the bones start a big growth spurt. And by the time puberty ends, around 14 or 15 years old, the adult-sized skeleton is all but done, about 90 percent complete. But doctors say ...Read More

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How to Fly a Model Helicopter With Your Brain and Other Adventures in EEG Gaming

KQED Science | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

How to Fly a Model Helicopter With Your Brain and Other Adventures in EEG Gaming

In recent years EEGs, devices that measure brain waves, have gotten easier to use and much less expensive. They used to be mainly for scientific and medical research, but now developers are coming up with ways to harness them for fun.

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Controversial Genetic Engineering Technique Could Prevent Fatal Illnesses in Children

KQED Science | October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Controversial Genetic Engineering Technique Could Prevent Fatal Illnesses in Children

If scientists are allowed to perform a simple genetic engineering procedure, they will be able to offer a reprieve to a small group of women who are condemned to pass certain fatal genetic diseases to each and every one of their children.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/10/18/california-teens-slurping-more-sugary-drinks-soda-sugar-sweetened-beverages/ target=_blank >California Teens Slurping More Sugary Drinks</a>

State of Health | October 18, 2013

California Teens Slurping More Sugary Drinks

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

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/10/16/teens-turned-away-from-tanning-salons-thats-the-good-news/ target=_blank >Teens Turned Away from Tanning Salons, That’s the Good News …</a>

State of Health | October 16, 2013

Teens Turned Away from Tanning Salons, That’s the Good News …

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

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/10/16/lead-based-paint-poisoning-still-a-hazard-for-californias-most-vulnerable-children-lawsuit/ target=_blank >Lead-Based Paint Still a Hazard for California’s Most Vulnerable Children</a>

State of Health | October 16, 2013

Lead-Based Paint Still a Hazard for California’s Most Vulnerable Children

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

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Infections During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

KQED Science | October 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Infections During Pregnancy May Increase Autism Risk

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.

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Should Every Newborn Undergo Genetic Testing?

KQED Science | October 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

Should Every Newborn Undergo Genetic Testing?

The NIH has launched a five-year, $25 million dollar effort to explore what may be one of the great ethical dilemmas of the 21st century: Just because we can do genetic testing on infants, should we?

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Watsonville Lacks Funds to Control Toxic Algae, Threatening Wildlife

KQED Science | October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Watsonville Lacks Funds to Control Toxic Algae, Threatening Wildlife

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.

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What Does an Epileptic Seizure Sound Like?

KQED Science | October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

What Does an Epileptic Seizure Sound Like?

A neurologist collaborates with a music professor to translate the electrical signals of hidden seizures into sound. The result: a "stethoscope for the brain."

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/09/30/vaccine-refusals-fueled-california-whooping-cough-epidemic-personal-belief-exemption/ target=_blank >Vaccine Refusals Fueled California Whooping Cough Epidemic</a>

State of Health | September 30, 2013

Vaccine Refusals Fueled California Whooping Cough Epidemic

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

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Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

KQED Science | September 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Flame Retardants Fade Faster From Our Bodies Than Expected

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.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/09/23/how-many-die-from-medical-mistakes-in-u-s-hospitals/ target=_blank >How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?</a>

State of Health | September 24, 2013

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?

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

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