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Government Says Theranos Lab Problems Pose ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ to Patients

A government inspection of blood-testing company Theranos’ lab has found deficiencies that “pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.” The letter informing Theranos of the inspection results was sent to the company on Monday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which conducted the inspection. CMS Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading Government Says Theranos Lab Problems Pose ‘Immediate Jeopardy’ to Patients →

Scientists Report Big Step Forward in Understanding Schizophrenia

Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor — a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or even prevent it. The result — accomplished by analysis of genetics, autopsy brain tissue and Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Scientists Report Big Step Forward in Understanding Schizophrenia →

For Theranos, the Bad News Keeps Coming

So how much do Theranos employees not look forward to the morning delivery of The Wall Street Journal? On Sunday, the paper published another damaging report about the blood-testing company’s swift fall from grace. The Journal said an inspection of Theranos’ lab in Newark, Calif. by the Centers for Read More … Source:: Future of … Continue reading For Theranos, the Bad News Keeps Coming →

Alcoholism May Be Rooted in Your DNA

If you’re one of those people who likes drinking more than everyone else, you might have an excuse: You have lazy genes. Well, at least one lazy gene. A new study out of the University of Valencia in Spain confirms something about Spaniards that scientists have known about Asians for a Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Alcoholism May Be Rooted in Your DNA →

Commentary: Proposal by Medical Journals Could ‘Change Medical Science Forever’

Medical editors don’t usually attract much attention. They perform their daily duties evaluating submissions and producing articles that, on good days, influence practice and policy. But last Wednesday, the editors of the leading medical journals around the world made a proposal that could change medical science forever. They said that Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading Commentary: Proposal by Medical Journals Could ‘Change Medical Science Forever’ →

Hacked Medical Devices Still a Big Threat in 2016

Hackers aren’t just breaking into email accounts and online banking systems anymore. They’re also exploiting healthcare—going after electronic medical records, wifi enabled medical devices and even remote surgical robots. Medical devices and records have emerged as big cyber security risks. That’s why the Food and Drug Administration recently Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading Hacked Medical Devices Still a Big Threat in 2016 →

California Regulators Order SoCalGas to Permanently Close Leaking Well

When the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) finally manages to seal a natural gas storage well that’s been leaking for months, the company will have to shut the well down permanently, California regulators say. And in the meantime, the company will have to minimize air pollution from the ongoing Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading California Regulators Order SoCalGas to Permanently Close Leaking Well →

El Niño Has Structures Teetering on Brink of Bluff in Pacifica

El Niño storms have eaten away at parts of the Pacifica coastline, leaving several vacant structures at risk of collapse into the sea. A local state of emergency was declared Friday. Pacifica Pier, the Milagra Watershed Outfall and the sea wall along Beach Blvd. have all seen significant damage during storms Read More … Source:: … Continue reading El Niño Has Structures Teetering on Brink of Bluff in Pacifica →

Watch How Scientists Grow Mini-Brains

Time for another “science-is-awesome-yet-freaks-me-out” moment. While this may not surprise anyone who has recently been following politics, apparently we are now in the era of the mini-brain. Courtesy of the Boston Globe’s Stat, check out this video about Tufts University Read More … Source:: Future of You – tagged “kqedscience”

El Niño Does Bring Floods And Drought, But There’s A Silver Lining

Maybe El Niño isn’t as bad as its reputation. El Niño is an ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific that crops up every few years and alters world weather patterns. And the world is in the middle of a big El Niño that roughly began in May 2015 and will continue for Read More … Source:: … Continue reading El Niño Does Bring Floods And Drought, But There’s A Silver Lining →

Remembering Save the Bay's Sylvia McLaughlin

Beloved environmentalist and activist Sylvia McLaughlin died this week at age 99. In 1961, outraged by the City of Berkeley’s plan to fill 2000 acres of the San Francisco Bay, McLaughlin and two friends formed Save the Bay to protect the waterway from Read More … Source:: Forum – Science

Turmoil at Coastal Commission Worries Environmentalists

The powerful California agency that manages development along the state’s fabled coastline may oust its top executive soon, setting up a battlefront between environmentalists and developers who frequently clash over projects large and small. The potential shake-up at the California Coastal Commission raises questions about the direction of an Read More … Source:: Newsfix – … Continue reading Turmoil at Coastal Commission Worries Environmentalists →