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Parasite-carrying snails can travel long distances, spreading a deadly disease along the way, according to new research led by UC Berkeley. The study is the first to find genetic evidence for long-distance movements—as far as 30 miles—among snails more...
Experts at UCSF and UC Berkeley are teaming up to evaluate an m-health intervention designed to improve health care and nutrition for mothers and babies in India, with a 2-year, $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. more...
Low-income and Latina pregnant women who seek care at Zuckerberg San Francisco General have widespread exposure to environmental pollutants, many of which show up in higher levels in newborns than the mothers, according to a new study from UC more...
In October, The Lancet published a series: Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale and held a global launch event in Washington D.C. The series builds on two previous Lancet series from 2007 and 2011, emphasizing the importance more...
A new study of air quality in early childhood education (ECE) environments in Northern California discovered that levels of several cancer-causing chemicals exceed the age-adjusted “Safe Harbor” levels set by California’s Proposition 65 in a more...
In many parts of the world, food insecurity and hunger overlap with the HIV epidemic. To learn more about the effects of food insecurity on HIV treatment and care, Sandra McCoy, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of more...
soft drinks
In an encouraging sign in the fight against obesity, a new UC Berkeley study shows a 21 percent drop in the drinking of soda and other sugary beverages in Berkeley’s low-income neighborhoods after the city levied a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar- more...
climate change map
Health and safety of Olympians has been an ongoing story at Summer Olympic games. In 2008, air quality raised concerns in Beijing, while 2016 has been dogged with questions about polluted water and the Zika virus. Now, a new commentary co-written by more...
test tubes with money
The implementation of reference pricing for diagnostic laboratory tests, when combined with access to price information, was associated with reductions in prices and payments by both employer and employees, a recent UC Berkeley School of Public more...
UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley researchers have mapped out how the Zika virus infects the developing fetus, and have found an antibiotic that blocks these routes of infection, at least in human tissue culture and placental explants. While this more...
A new UC Berkeley report finds that janitors and security officers are uniquely vulnerable to sexual harassment because the structure of the property services industry puts them at risk, and conditions within the industry make it difficult for more...
Beijing and smog
China’s plans to curb Beijing’s health-damaging air pollution by focusing on restricting emissions from power plants and vehicles may have limited impact if household use of coal and other dirty fuels is not also curtailed, according to a new study more...
Return on investment in county public health departments in California exceeds return on investment in many other areas of medical care, according to a new study by a University of California, Berkeley economist. In the study, highlighted by the more...
While the infant mortality rate has declined in the United States in recent years, disparities between racial and socioeconomic groups still remain. For the past four years, Clinical Professor Cheri Pies has been piloting a multi-sector, place-based more...
A new study suggests Covered California’s authority to select health insurers successfully held down premium costs. The research was published in the May issue of Health Affairs, and was conducted at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in more...

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