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

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 →

For Some With Troubled Past, Becoming Human Guinea Pig is Best Way to Make a Living

There are lots of ways to make a buck, but becoming a human guinea pig for drug research has to be one of the oddest. “The vast majority of participants are under-represented minorities.”Jill Fisher, sociologist, University of North Carolina’s Center for Bioethics “We are selling our bodies, most definitely,” says Paul Clough, Read More … … Continue reading For Some With Troubled Past, Becoming Human Guinea Pig is Best Way to Make a Living →

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 →