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Firefighters Contain Blue Cut Fire, Grapple With Other Blazes

Firefighters have reached full containment of a blaze east of Los Angeles that forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes. At the same time, multiple wildfires continued to challenge crews throughout the state. California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Information declared the Blue Cut Fire 100 percent contained Tuesday Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Firefighters Contain Blue Cut Fire, Grapple With Other Blazes →

Residents in Drought-Stricken Town Finally Get Running Water

CA Water Boards on Twitter On hand today for the first connection of East Porterville residents to Porterville water. http://water.ca.gov/waterconditions/porterville.cfm …pic.twitter.com/HPidEGaekV When wells started going dry in the unincorporated Tulare County community of East Porterville two years ago, the area became a poster child for California’s drought. Hundreds of homes Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading Residents in Drought-Stricken Town Finally Get Running Water →

Western Fires May Sicken More People As Climate Warms

Shrouded by smoke from a fire in California’s parched San Bernardino Mountains, schools in the Victor Valley closed their doors last week. The Pilot Fire was contained on Monday — shortly before the Blue Cut Fire broke out, billowing soot and ash over the valley afresh, forcing further closures. “This is a pretty unprecedented situation,” … Continue reading Western Fires May Sicken More People As Climate Warms →

23andMe Crowdsources Customers’ Genetic Data to Find Depression Link

A study from the consumer genetic-testing company 23andMe and pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has found 15 new DNA regions associated with mutations that could predispose individuals to major depression. The study was huge, looking at the DNA of over 300,000 people. Pfizer and other companies have been lining up Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading 23andMe Crowdsources Customers’ Genetic Data to Find Depression Link →

Fireproofing Homes in Fire-Prone Areas

Imagine losing your home. Not just your home but your books, your pictures, your favorite shirt, your children’s art and every other little thing that you’ve stored there. Imagine it all gone to ash and smoke forever. That’s happened to scores of families in Southern California this year, and peak fire Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Fireproofing Homes in Fire-Prone Areas →

Precision Medicine: Little Benefit So Far, But Lots of Hope

There was one boy, eight years old, who Olena Morozova thinks about still. He was being treated for sarcoma, a rare cancer found in bones or connective tissue. A genetic mutation was found that might partly explain his illness, but there was no therapy to fix it. ‘I think of all the Read More … … Continue reading Precision Medicine: Little Benefit So Far, But Lots of Hope →