Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

Theranos Debacle Shows Differences Between Silicon Valley and Biomed

Elizabeth Holmes fit into the Silicon Valley success mold. A young Stanford dropout who left school to pursue her entrepreneurial vision, she founded Theranos and said she would disrupt the world of medicine with easy and inexpensive blood tests. In Silicon Valley, secrecy and raising big money before achieving results are Read More …Source:: Future … Continue reading Theranos Debacle Shows Differences Between Silicon Valley and Biomed →

Theranos Turns to New Medical Advisers to Help Validate Technology

Saying Theranos needs to do some damage control is like suggesting Donald Trump may want to take a moment to collect his thoughts before opening his mouth to speak. After damning investigations into the high-flying company’s blood-testing technology by both The Wall Street Journal and the federal Read More … Source:: Future of You – … Continue reading Theranos Turns to New Medical Advisers to Help Validate Technology →

Google Glass Flopped. But Kids With Autism Are Using It to Learn Emotions

Gabby Warner craved a Google Glass headset when it first became available so she could search the web. But now, she’s using it for a more profound purpose. “It’s helped me to understand some people’s emotions,” says Warner, who has autism. “I can tell when a friend is upset better now Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Google Glass Flopped. But Kids With Autism Are Using It to Learn Emotions →

Once Dismissed, Mindfulness Found Better Than Painkillers for Back Pain

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told doctors they should really, really think twice before prescribing opioids for chronic pain. And now the doctors are telling us that meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy often works better than pain meds and other medical treatments for chronic back pain. It’s pretty Read More …Source:: … Continue reading Once Dismissed, Mindfulness Found Better Than Painkillers for Back Pain →

Do Standing Desks at Work Really Improve Health?

I’ve been itching to get a standing desk. After all, America’s sitting itself into an early grave. Sitting is the new smoking. Clearly, a standing desk would stop me from sitting, and standing is just so much better for you than sitting, right? Contrary to popular belief, science does not say Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Do Standing Desks at Work Really Improve Health? →