Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years 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. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor?

Imagine if instead of schlepping across town to your physician’s office, spending a half-hour in the waiting room leafing through a year-old National Geographic, and spending just long enough with the doc to get a prescription, you could instead request a personal house call in the form of a hologram. Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading What Would a Doctor Appointment Look Like Without the Doctor? →

Despite Uncertainties, Insurer to Cover Genetic Test For Some Cancer Patients

Pennsylvania-based Independence Blue Cross’ announcement that it will cover a complex type of genetic testing for some cancer patients thrusts the insurer into an ongoing debate about how to handle an increasing array of these expensive tests. Independence — with its approximately 3 million members — became the largest insurer to Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Despite Uncertainties, Insurer to Cover Genetic Test For Some Cancer Patients →

How to Find Clinical Trials of Experimental Drugs

Perhaps nothing triggers frustration and hope in patients like prescription drugs. Consider the hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, infamous for its $84,000 retail price tag for a 12-week course. Despite the price, the drug embodies significant hope. Sovaldi and other recently approved hepatitis C medications have vastly improved treatment Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading How to Find Clinical Trials of Experimental Drugs →