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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis appears in the following:

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low โ€” Again

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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Lacking Votes, California Assembly Shelves Aid In Dying Bill

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Proponents of a bill that would let doctors give dying people lethal prescriptions ran into opposition from Latino Democrats. Backers say they're not through trying for approval.

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Updated Training Of Birth Control Counselors Boosts Use Of IUDs

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

And when the use of intrauterine devices and hormonal implants by young women goes up, the number of unplanned pregnancies sharply drops, researchers find.

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Training Doctors To Talk About Vaccines Fails To Sway Parents

Monday, June 01, 2015

An effort to get doctors to improve their communication skills didn't reduce the number of new mothers hesitant about vaccines. But researchers say this is just a first try at a worthy concept.

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How Much Does A Colonoscopy Cost In California? Help Find Out

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Prices for common medical procedures vary widely, and it can be really hard to find out the true cost up front. This crowdsourcing project aims to help draw back the curtain on colonoscopy costs.

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Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Effectiveness of the vaccine within one year of the final booster was 73 percent. But it fell to 34 percent in two to four years, an analysis of a Washington state epidemic found.

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Documents Detail Sugar Industry Efforts To Direct Medical Research

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A dentist unearths documents detailing the sugar industry's influence over the National Institutes of Health's research agenda in the 1960s and 1970s. At issue: setting limits for sugar intake.

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California Health Exchange Considers Extending Enrollment For Some

Friday, February 13, 2015

Plenty of uninsured people will discover they owe a penalty as they file their taxes over the next two months, and will also learn they could be locked out of buying insurance to solve the problem.

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A Boy Who Had Cancer Faces Measles Risk From The Unvaccinated

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The father of a young child who had leukemia has a plea for other parents: Please vaccinate your children because people with compromised immune systems, including his son, can't be vaccinated.

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

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Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

Thursday, January 22, 2015

People from 7 months to 70 years old have fallen ill, and one quarter of the victims have been hospitalized. California officials say it's proof yet again of how easily measles spreads.

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Measles Makes An Unwelcome Visit To Disneyland

Thursday, January 08, 2015

An outbreak among visitors to two California theme parks shows once again that this supercontagious virus doesn't respect borders. Most of the afflicted people had not been vaccinated.

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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

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In California, That MRI Will Cost You $255 โ€” Or Maybe $6,221

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's almost impossible to comparison shop for medical tests and procedures. A crowdsourcing experiment by two NPR member stations in California is aimed at making those numbers less mysterious.

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How Much Sugar Is Too Much? A New Tool Sheds Some Light

Monday, November 10, 2014

SugarScience, a website created by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, distills the findings of 8,000 scientific studies on the health effects of sugar. The takeaway? Eat less.

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Berkeley Decides To Try Taxing Away Its Soda Habit

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many cities and states have tried, but Berkeley, Calif., is the first to pass a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The goal is to reduce sugar consumption to improve public health.

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Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

Friday, October 17, 2014

Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

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San Francisco Politician Goes Public With His Choice To Take Anti-HIV Drug

Thursday, September 18, 2014

City Supervisor Scott Wiener said he is taking a pill that can dramatically reduce the risk of HIV infection. He appears to be the first elected official to have gone public with the decision.

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Nearly Half Of Californians Who Used Exchange May Drop Coverage

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Over the next year, many of the more than 1.2 million people who used the Covered California exchange to buy health insurance are expected to switch to job-based plans or Medicaid.

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In California, Asian-Americans Flock To Health Coverage

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

California has signed up over 1 million people on its insurance exchange. People of Asian descent represent a high percentage of sign-ups, but some subgroups have proved hard to reach.

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