Actress Angelina Jolie recently surprised the world when announced she had an elective double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. By having her genes tested, she learned she is a carrier of BRCA 1, a "faulty" gene that dramatically increases her risk of ovarian and breast cancers.
Hear from pioneering Bay Area doctors who are using gene sequencing as a tool in the fight against cancer. Which cancers are most impacted by advances in gene sequencing? How can you or someone you love benefit? How much does it cost and who pays?
Cancer treatments can leave a patient in intense pain, or cause nausea, fatigue, and loss of appetite. For people with low incomes or without health insurance, treatment to alleviate these side effects is often unaffordable. In Oakland, low-income women with cancer can turn to free, traditional medicine as an alternative.
(LA Times) // High-Speed Rail construction is facing challenges over its environmental impact on both air quality and endangered species. Concerns include the problematic air quality in the San Joaquin Valley where about 1 out of 7 children have been diagnosed with asthma, and federal biologists say 11 endangered species will be impacted.