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

Walgreens Shutting Down Theranos Centers ‘Immediately,’ Ending Partnership

Walgreens had finally given Theranos the boot. In a press release Sunday, the drugstore chain announced “it will be terminating its relationship and closing operations at all 40 Theranos Wellness Centers at its stores in Arizona, effective immediately.” “In light of the voiding of a number of test results, Read More … Source:: Future of … Continue reading Walgreens Shutting Down Theranos Centers ‘Immediately,’ Ending Partnership →

Clinical Trials on Trial: The Ethics of Withholding Life-Saving Treatment

From the authors of “ALGORITHMS TO LIVE BY: The Computer Science of Human Decisions.” Every day we make a series of choices that are all really the same choice underneath: between our favorite things and new ones. Do we go to the restaurant we adore, or the place down the road Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Clinical Trials on Trial: The Ethics of Withholding Life-Saving Treatment →

Theranos, From All Angles

Think fast: Charlize Theron or Scarlett Johannson as Elizabeth Holmes in “Theranos: The Movie”? There’s a lot of drama here, as business stories go. Is the company going to be definitively exposed as the Enron of biotech startups? Or will it be vindicated as a misunderstood and unfairly persecuted innovator that, well, Read More … … Continue reading Theranos, From All Angles →

Identification of Breast Cancer Genes Raises Hopes for More Personalized Treatment

In the next year, over 300,000 women and 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The mutations involved in each of these cancers will unfold in different patterns scattered across patients’ DNA. Like snowflakes, cancers are unique. And that is what makes them so hard to defend against — different Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Identification of Breast Cancer Genes Raises Hopes for More Personalized Treatment →