Health, Science, Environment


Mon January 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

"Dealing with Diabetes" in California

Eddie Mendez now has a prosthetic leg after an amputation that was caused by a severe burn he was unable to feel due to diabetes-induced neuropathy.
Courtesy of Capital Public Radio/Flickr capradio

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Close to 19 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease, and of those diagnosed, 5 million are African American.

Native Americans are also being devastated by diabetes, but communities are taking steps to fight the disease in ways unique to their cultural traditions. Many realize their health is directly tied to the choices they make in life. Like at the grocery store, where the choice between broccoli and biscuits can ultimately mean the difference between life and death.

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Wed January 11, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Stricter diesel emissions standards show results in Port of Oakland air quality

Photo by Shani Aviram

One of the expenses truckers face is paying to upgrade their rigs to meet new environmental emissions regulations for diesel engines. California has the strictest gasoline emissions regulations in the country. If you own a car in this state, then you’ve been through the ritual of the smog check. Until very recently, diesel engines on freight trucks – big rigs that haul almost everything we buy in and out of ports and across the country – haven’t been under the same rules. Now, that’s starting to change.

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Tue January 10, 2012
Healthcare, Access, Resources

Today's Your Call: Are you uninsured or underinsured?


On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about The Affordable Care Act. What are the new coverage options? In California, the cost of health insurance is rising more rapidly than family incomes. What resources are available for those of us don’t have healthcare or don’t have much coverage?  Join us at 10 or email What resources are available? And what’s in store for the future of healthcare? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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Mon January 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Empathy burnout: when caregivers care too much

Most of us have experienced job burnout – when we get bored with our work or sick of our colleagues, for example. But what happens when your work is all about other people? If you’re a doctor, or a nurse, or a teacher? This is what Berkeley PhD student Eve Ekman calls “empathy burnout.” Holly Kernan spoke with Ekman about her research.

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Mon January 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Old conflicts shadow new gold rush on the Klamath River

The Salmon River
Photo courtesy of Hadley Robinson

With gold continuing to sell at historically high prices, the hunt for the shiny mineral is alive and well. Mostly.

In 2009, California outlawed a technique known as suction dredge mining, which makes finding gold a bit easier than shaking a pan. Officials wanted to study potential damage to the Klamath River, an area where there was lots of dredging. KALW’S Hadley Robinson has the story about a struggle for power along the river.

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