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

New 'DNA Vaccines' for Zika Show Promise

This summer, it’s not just athletes who are looking to set world records. Scientists are also trying to break a record — for how quickly they can make a vaccine for a new virus. It’s for Zika. And one team is leading the pack. The biotech company Inovio just got the first Read More … … Continue reading New 'DNA Vaccines' for Zika Show Promise →

Expanding Digital Health Beyond the Rich

When you hear the phrase “digital health,” you might think about a Fitbit, the healthy eating app on your smartphone, or maybe a new way to email the doctor. “There is a disconnect between the problems of those who need the most help and the tech solutions they are being offered.” But Read More … … Continue reading Expanding Digital Health Beyond the Rich →

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 →