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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...
A UC Berkeley study of homeless youth living on the streets of San Francisco found that they have a 10 times higher mortality rate than their peers, mostly due to suicide and substance abuse. “This population is highly stigmatized. That stigma more...
The shampoos, lotions and other personal care products you use can affect the amount of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in one’s body, a new study showed. (iStockphoto)
A new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals more...
Dr. William Jagust explains how tau and beta amyloid, two proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease develop in the aging brain (Photo by Stephen McNally, UC Berkeley)
New research led by scientists at UC Berkeley shows for the first time that PET scans can track the progressive stages of Alzheimer’s disease in cognitively normal adults, a key advance in the early diagnosis and staging of the neurodegenerative more...
Ordering HIV test
How you offer patients an HIV test has a significant impact on the likelihood of them accepting tests, finds a University of California study published by The BMJ on January 19. Worldwide, approximately 37 million people are infected with HIV and more...
A study published on January 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America found that the poorest Costa Ricans outperform the poorest U.S. Americans in life expectancy. The study explored the question of more...
Taking a deep breath might be a bit harder for children exposed early in life to a widely used class of pesticides in agriculture, according to a new paper by UC Berkeley researchers. A new study has linked the levels of organophosphate pesticide more...
Map of Kenya
Street children and youth are a vulnerable and often stigmatized group at risk for many negative health outcomes. Despite being disproportionately affected by the HIV pandemic, they have been generally neglected in HIV prevention research. Colette more...

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