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Jamaican toys
In the Friday (May 30) edition of the journal Science, researchers find that early childhood development programs are particularly important for disadvantaged children in Jamaica and can greatly impact an individual’s ability to earn more money as more...
Restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown
Millions of workers in the United States are not getting the wages and benefits they are entitled to by law. While some may see this as a labor issue, researchers say it is a public health problem that has been ignored for way too long. “We’ve known more...
preschool students
A new study of preschools and day care centers finds that flame retardants are prevalent indoors, potentially exposing young children to chemicals known to be hazardous. The study, published online today (Thursday, May 15) in the journal Chemosphere more...
Bollywood dance class
Can Bollywood dance help South Asians in the United States manage type 2 diabetes? Amlu Natesan, a UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program student, is partnering with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) and the India more...
Worker on construction site
If climate change continues as projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), by mid-century, high temperatures and humidity are likely to compromise global agricultural production and working outdoors, according to the report more...
nurse helping patient
When Berkeley researchers conducted a national survey of physician practices on their involvement in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), they discovered some good and bad news.  “The good news is that practices that have currently joined ACOs more...
young boy
The opening or expansion of a casino in a community is associated with increased family income, decreased poverty rates, and a decreased risk of childhood overweight or obesity, according to a recent study coauthored by Will Dow, professor of health more...
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Two studies headed by Timothy Brown, professor of health economics, show that public health spending in California not only improves health status, but also saves lives. While there has been research about the return on investment (ROI) for certain more...
man looks in mirror
A recent study reveals that racism may impact aging at the cellular level. Researchers found signs of accelerated aging in African American men who reported high levels of racial discrimination and who had internalized anti-Black attitudes. Findings more...
Elderly woman with family caregiver
UC Berkeley School of Public Health researchers state in a new study that an unprecedented increase in seniors over the next decade could nearly double Medi-Cal long-term care costs, from $6.6 billion to $12.4 billion annually by 2023. “This long- more...
preteen girls
New research in Pediatrics shows that obesity is the largest predictor of earlier onset puberty in girls, a phenomenon which is affecting white girls at younger ages than previously reported. Published online Nov. 3, the multi-institutional study more...
children eating apples
Students and parents overwhelmingly approve of last year’s sweeping changes to school meals, according to a study released today by UC Berkeley’s Atkins Center for Weight and Health. The report, which examined how 10 California school districts have more...
veggie basket
Food Banks are working to make improvements to the nutritional quality of foods they distribute, but there is still work to be done. Researchers at the Atkins Center for Weight and Health (CWH) at the University of California, Berkeley, conducted a more...
traffic and smog
Chronic exposure to ground level ozone, a powerful greenhouse gas and a widespread air pollutant in many major cities, is linked to premature death from cardiovascular disease, finds a new study led by UC Berkeley School of Public Health researchers more...
Some racial groups are more likely to bear the brunt of extreme heat waves because of where they live, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. The findings, published Tuesday, May 14, in the journal  more...

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