Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis appears in the following:

A Few Doctors Account For Outsize Share Of Malpractice Claims

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When it comes to medical malpractice, a history of claims against a doctor is the strongest indicator that more malpractice claims are likely.


Childhood Vaccination Rates Climb In California

Thursday, January 21, 2016

State health officials suspect California's big measles outbreak last year helped persuade parents to get their kids immunized against other illnesses, too.


On TV, Women Who Have Abortions Are Younger, Whiter And Wealthier

Friday, December 18, 2015

An analysis of TV shows finds that fictional characters getting abortions are better off than the average American who has an abortion, and are also less likely to already be raising children.


A Mother Asks If She's Selfless Enough To Care For A Son With Autism

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sophie Sartain watched her grandmother take care of her intellectually disabled aunt, Dona, and thought that she could never be that devoted. Then her son was diagnosed with autism.


Legionnaires' Outbreak Contained At Calif. Prison; New Cases In Illinois

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Outbreaks reported across the country this summer are not related; it doesn't spread among people. Instead, it's spread in warm water, like that in building cooling towers.


More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

Friday, July 31, 2015

More than two-thirds of Californians who didn't have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014 have it now. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey documents the changes.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.