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

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: Researchers took the DNA of over 75,000 people who reported being clinically diagnosed with depression and Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading 23andMe Crowdsources Customers’ Genetic Data to Find Depression Link →

In Search of an Opioid That Reduces Pain, But Without the Euphoria

Once people realized that opioid drugs could cause addiction and deadly overdoses, they tried to use newer forms of opioids to treat the addiction to its parent. Morphine, about 10 times the strength of opium, was used to curb opium cravings in the early 19th century. Codeine, too, was touted Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading In Search of an Opioid That Reduces Pain, But Without the Euphoria →

IBM Watson Replaces Experts’ Brainpower for Cancer Treatment

A computer may soon be able to offer highly personalized treatment suggestions for cancer patients based on the specifics of their cases and the full sweep of the most relevant scientific research. Time is of the essence in formulating precision treatment plans for cancer patients. ‘By the time we got through Read More …Source:: Future … Continue reading IBM Watson Replaces Experts’ Brainpower for Cancer Treatment →

2 Proteins in Zika Virus May Be Cause of Birth Defects

Scientists at the University of Southern California discovered a key weapon used by the Zika virus to ravage the brains of infected fetuses: proteins. In an article published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers identified two proteins in Zika potentially responsible for causing microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect in Read More … … Continue reading 2 Proteins in Zika Virus May Be Cause of Birth Defects →

VR Plus Robotics Help Paraplegics Regain Some Movement (Video)

Researchers in Brazil who are trying to help people with spine injuries gain mobility have made a surprising discovery: Injured people doing brain training while interacting with robot-like machines were able to regain some sensation and movement. The findings, published in Scientific Reports (one of Read More … Source:: Future of You – Digital Policy

Fed Up With Insurance, Doctors Bolt the System to Get More Patient Time

Ann Caponio doesn’t get around much anymore. But at 59, arthritis in her hands means no more knitting. Until recently, hip problems kept her mostly confined to her living room.Inside her one-bedroom apartment, it’s clear she’s a knitter — all around her home in Half Moon Bay, California, are baskets of Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Fed Up With Insurance, Doctors Bolt the System to Get More Patient Time →

Hospitals Create Separate Units to Accommodate Elderly

Janet Prochazka was active and outspoken, living by herself and working as a special education tutor. Then, in March, a bad fall landed her in the hospital. ‘The older you are, the worse the hospital is for you.’ Doctors cared for her wounds and treated her pneumonia. But Prochazka, 75, didn’t sleep Read More … … Continue reading Hospitals Create Separate Units to Accommodate Elderly →

Privacy Regulations Don’t Cover Most Health Apps

There are apps that can help people with diabetes keep track of their blood sugar and apps that can attach to a blood pressure cuff and store blood pressure information. I use an app called ZocDoc to schedule and manage doctor’s appointments. Every time I see a therapist or a Read More … Source:: Future … Continue reading Privacy Regulations Don’t Cover Most Health Apps →