Young girl with partial paralysis, caused by polio. (Courtesy Boston Children’s Hospital) Take a hard look at the picture. These are images we don’t see in this country at all any more. But until the polio vaccine came along, children and adults paralyzed from polio ...Read More
In California, polling shows that most people think climate change is already having an effect. But scientists are concerned that politicians are not acting fast enough. Now a UC Berkeley professor is urging other scientists to speak out.
Martha Rodriguez-Salazar leads the senior choir. (Lisa Aliferis/KQED) In an auditorium tucked behind San Francisco’s Mission Neighborhood Center, a new choir is rehearsing a collection of familiar Spanish songs. The 20 members of the choir didn’t need to audition; no singing experience required here.
Since 2005, the incidence of suicide deaths in the U.S. military began to sharply increase. A new study shows that the same factors that influence suicide risk in civilian populations--including mental health problems and substance abuse--appear to play more of a role in military suicides than combat duty. But experts say the issue is far more complex than any single factor.
People who are sleep deprived had changes in the brain that led them to crave high-calorie foods, study suggests. (Getty Images) Science has been pretty strong on connecting sleep deprivation to weight gain. Now a new study from UC Berkeley shows one reason might lie ...read more
The pre-schoolers weren’t necessarily drinking soda. Kool-Aid also is a sugar-sweetened beverage. (Dimmerswitch/Flickr) Adults have been studied; teens have been studied; other school-age children have been studied. And the evidence shows pretty conclusively that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to increased risk of ...read more
Peggy MacDonald of Portland, Ore., chose not to have surgery for DCIS. (Toni Greaves/NPR) By Patti Neighmond and Richard Knox, NPR When Sally O’Neill’s doctor told her she had an early form of cancer in one of her breasts, she didn’t agonize about what ...read more
In some alcoholics, the act of overriding one's better judgment to have another drink can be traced to a specific network in the brain. The question is, can you make it do something else?
California has 2nd highest rate of breast-feeding in the country. (Getty Images) Across the country, nearly 77 percent of mothers are breast-feeding their newborns, and nearly half are still at it when babies are six months. Those numbers from the Centers for Disease Control were collected in 2010, and they reflect an increase in breast-feeding since 2000. California moms are doing even better. More than 90 percent of mothers in the state have “ever breast-fed” their babies and 71 percent are still nursing at 6 months. (We’re #2 to Idaho which just nudged California moms ...read more
A young Kristen Powers is held by her mother, Nicola, while her father looks on in the background. Nicola was later diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a fatal illness. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Powers) By Ravali Reddy, Peninsula Press If you had a 50-50 chance of inheriting a genetic disease, would you get tested to know? Or would you wait for fate to reveal itself years later? Would your decision change if you knew the disease slowly takes away the ability to walk, talk, and even think? What if there were no cure? “I’ve ...read more
A commemorative Army dog tag similar to the one worn by Caitlin’s father, was designed by her aunt and passed out at Richard Bryants’ funeral service. Caitlin recently had a tattoo artist replicate one on her foot. (Photo by: Margarita Brichkova) Twenty-one-year old Caitlin Bryant lost her father, Richard Lewis Bryant, to a heart attack in 2008. But she and her brother Mitchell had grown up watching him battle a war within himself after returning from serving in Vietnam. As part of our first-person series What’s Your Story, Caitlin Bryant describes what her ...read more
Ductal carcinoma in situ as seen under a microscope. Doctors also call D.C.I.S. “Stage 0 Breast Cancer.” But in an article Monday, a panel of national scientists argue it should no longer be labelled “cancer.” (Ed Euthman/Flickr) What power does a word have? If the word is “cancer,” for most people it packs a wallop of emotion ranging from general anxiety to abject terror. For the last 30 years, a large industry has grown and developed with a focus on awareness and screening. The goals were laudable: get screened; catch cancer early; early diagnosis means ...read more
A group of Chinese scientists has come up with a chemical way to turn regular old mouse cells into cells that act just like embryonic stem (ES) cells. This finding has the potential to unleash the awesome potential of ES cells without any of the moral baggage and/or health risks usually associated with them. Since […]
Mosquitoes are especially attracted to pregnant women and people drinking alcohol. (Getty Images) The state has confirmed the second West Nile virus case this year, and the Los Angeles Times reports that county officials say two adults are hospitalized there with the virus as well. Every summer, West Nile moves across California, spread by mosquitoes. The insects pick up the virus when they feed on infected birds — then spread West Nile to humans when they munch on us. “They will fly towards carbon dioxide, and so in a lot ...read more
By Vinnee Tong, KQED Abel Corona having dinner in his Watsonville home. He is more careful about his diet since he was diagnosed with diabetes. (Vinnie Tong/KQED) Abel Corona sat down to dinner and scrutinized the steak his wife had cooked for him. “It’s hard to measure the portions,” he says in Spanish. The steak was extremely thin but still, he seemed to have a sense of guilt about it. The focus on portion sizes comes, in part, as a result of his new efforts to manage his diabetes. Corona, a Watsonville resident, was diagnosed about a dozen years ...read more
It’s easy to imagine how this baby could be hurt if the TV toppled over. (Getty Images) As a parent I fret about what TV may be doing to my kids’ minds. Now a study out Monday warns that TVs pose a risk to children’s physical health, too. Specifically, the problem is falling televisions. If you’re wondering how it is that TVs fall over, researchers say it’s because kids climb on them. Over a 20-year period, researchers say, nearly 200,000 children in the U.S. went to the emergency room because of an injury sustained from a ...read more
A group of hikers recently gathered at Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve for a Tuesday Twilight walk, part of a summer series offered by the naturalists at the East Bay Regional Park District. The fog rolled uphill from the Golden Gate Bridge and across the Bay, cooling the air and cutting off the top of Mount Diablo […]