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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...
How many young people are homeless in California?  This question propelled the We Count, California! team to conduct a two-year technical assistance project to help communities across California obtain a better estimate of how many children and more...
Not long after Berkeley became the first city in the country to levy an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, questions arose about whether the move would have its desired effect by increasing the retail price of soda. The latest signs, coming more...
Two recent studies by members of the Berkeley Center for Health Technology provide evidence that the reference payment model, an emerging form of consumer cost sharing, may reduce spending on ambulatory surgery without compromising quality. Under more...
A new study by UC Berkeley researchers establishes for the first time a link between infection with the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer. UC Berkeley researchers have linked bovine leukemia virus, a cancer-causing virus prevalent in more...
Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified a key culprit responsible for the fluid loss and resulting shock that are the hallmark of severe—and potentially fatal—dengue virus infections.  A team of researchers led by more...
United States service members who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq faced constant risk of injury and death during deployment, as well as repeated disruption of connections with family members and friends—often leading to difficult more...
A new study, published in the August issue of Health Affairs, found that states with prior approval authority over health insurance rates in the individual market experienced a 10 percentage point lower rate of increase in premiums, and states with more...
Can a patient go from 132 visits to an emergency department in one year to zero visits in 10 months? Would it take a major corrective surgery or a new cure-all drug to accomplish this feat? Actually, in the case of one accountable care organization more...
A recent study by health economists examined the economic impact of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in sub-Saharan Africa. The findings, published in the June issue of Health Affairs, were that PEPFAR funding was associated more...

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