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By Kara Manke Fear of losing loved ones to deportation may be fueling higher levels of anxiety and poorer sleep quality among U.S.-born teenage children of Mexican and Central American immigrants, shows a new UC Berkeley study. (UC Berkeley image more...
Mass gatherings can facilitate infectious disease transmission, presenting opportunities to improve health
Photo Credit: Mauricio Ayovi Mass gatherings have long been known to increase risks of infectious disease outbreaks. Music festivals, sporting events, religious pilgrimages, and other assemblies of significant numbers of people create conditions more...
India could make a major dent in air pollution by curbing emissions from dirty household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene, shows a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the India Institute of more...
Finding a path to universal healthcare coverage is high on the political agenda in California and other democratic-led states and cities across the United States. According to a 2018 statewide survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, more...
Organic diet significantly reduces risk of pesticide exposure, new study shows
by Austin Price Diet is the primary source of pesticide exposure for much of the general public, but according to recent research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, exposure can be substantially reduced by opting for organic fruits and more...
New interactive website puts street safety data at your fingertips
By Kara Manke Street Story gives California residents an easy way to report collisions and near-misses between cars, bicyclists or pedestrians. (UC Berkeley graphic by Hulda Nelson) As programs manager for Bike Bakersfield, a nonprofit bicycle more...
Heavy rainfall and flooding have long been known to increase the risk of waterborne infectious diseases by exposing people to contaminated floodwaters and overwhelming water and sanitation systems. In a study published today in the American Journal more...
A close up shot of a mosquito on a leaf.
The dengue and Zika viruses are both transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. (Muhammad Mahdi Karim photo) Prior infection with the dengue virus could protect children from the symptoms of Zika, finds a new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley more...
Prenatal exposure to chemicals in personal care products may speed puberty in girls
By Kara Manke Girls exposed to chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products before birth may hit puberty earlier, according to a new longitudinal study led by researchers at UC Berkeley. The results, which more...
New test rapidly identifies antibiotic-resistant superbugs
By Kara Manke When you get sick, you want the right treatment fast. But certain infectious microbes are experts at evading the very anti-bacterial drugs designed to fight them. A simple and inexpensive new test developed by UC Berkeley researchers more...
Racial discrimination linked to higher risk of chronic illness in African American women
Less-educated African American women who report experiencing high levels of racial discrimination may face greater risk of developing chronic diseases, says a new study by UC Berkeley researchers. The study of 208 middle-aged African American women more...
An RAND-UC Berkeley School of Public Health analysis demonstrates significant reductions in heart attacks in San Diego County over a 6-year period following a county-wide collaboration to prevent heart disease known as Be There San Diego. The more...
Almost half of the population of Managua, Nicaragua, is infected with Zika virus, according to a study by UC Berkeley School of Public Health researchers. Eva Harris, professor of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology at the School of Public Health more...
hydro- fracking derricks drilling natural gas on a plain
A recent study published in Environmental Epidemiology shows that living near natural gas operations may be taking an invisible toll on our public health. The researchers connected fracking-induced earthquakes to episodes of anxiety in the nearby more...
Shuttering coal- and oil-fired power plants lowers the rate of preterm births in neighboring communities and improves fertility, according to two new University of California, Berkeley, studies. The researchers compared preterm births and fertility more...

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