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Is Ignorance Really Bliss When It Comes To Knowing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s? Medical Experts Are Split

Is Ignorance Really Bliss When It Comes To Knowing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s? Medical Experts Are Split

Researchers have only recently been able to use brain scans to detect Alzheimer’s risk factors in living people.; Credit: /iStockphoto AirTalk® The rise of direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies has given us a closer look into the makeup of our DNA than ever before, and beyond finding out your family heritage, these tests also give consumers […]

Immigration Round-Up: New Asylum Policy And Update On Expected ICE Raids

Immigration Round-Up: New Asylum Policy And Update On Expected ICE Raids

US Immigration Rally at the Border; Credit: JAVIER TOVAR/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president’s battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who […]

Netflix To Snuff Out (Some) Smoking In Original Programming Aimed At Younger Viewers

Netflix To Snuff Out (Some) Smoking In Original Programming Aimed At Younger Viewers

Netflix Original Series “Stranger Things” AirTalk® Netflix has decided to nix depictions of smoking from original content rated TV-14 or PG-13 and under.  The announcement comes after the release of a report from an anti-tobacco group that found that imagery of smoking in Netflix content had tripled last year, when compared to the year prior. […]

The CA Bill That Could Significantly Limit New Charter Schools In State

The CA Bill That Could Significantly Limit New Charter Schools In State

Principal Carla McCullough teaches the College Readiness class in her charter school’s one-week 9th grade summer bridge program.; Credit: Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC AirTalk® A controversial charter school regulation has been moving through the California legislature and was heard yesterday at the Senate Education Committee’s public hearing yesterday.  The competition charter schools have presented to public schools […]

Why Two Earthquakes Of A Similar Magnitude Can Feel So Different

Why Two Earthquakes Of A Similar Magnitude Can Feel So Different

A 6.4 magnitude quake near Ridgecrest Thursday, July 4 caused a crack to open up in the desert, crossing Highway 178 near Trona Road.; Credit: Emily Guerin/KPCC/LAist AirTalk® On July 4th, Southern California was hit by an earthquake with a 6.4 magnitude, which was quickly followed by a magnitude 7.1 a day later.  These were […]

Production Of The Iconic And Controversial VW Beetle, Already Once-Resurrected, To Halt This Week

Production Of The Iconic And Controversial VW Beetle, Already Once-Resurrected, To Halt This Week

Volkswagen logo; Credit: Brennan Linsley/AP AirTalk® Volkswagen is halting production of the last version of its Beetle model this week at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. It’s the end of the road for a vehicle that has symbolized many things over a history spanning eight decades since 1938. It has been: a part of Germany’s […]

Dishing On The New-Look Lakers And Clippers After A Wild Weekend In The NBA

Dishing On The New-Look Lakers And Clippers After A Wild Weekend In The NBA

Kawhi Leonard in the 2019 NBA Finals; Credit: Pool/Getty Images AirTalk® The Board Man got paid and Los Angeles basketball has a new “fun guy” after Kawhi Leonard, arguably the most sought-after free agent on the market this NBA offseason, announced late Friday night that he would sign a 4 year, $142 million deal with […]

Fireworks On The Fourth: Festive Or Frustrating?

Fireworks On The Fourth: Festive Or Frustrating?

Fans watch a fireworks show after the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on July 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images AirTalk® The fourth of July in Los Angeles is a spectacular event for many.  It’s a sign that summer is in full swing […]

What Standards Should DNA Testing Companies Be Held To In Guarding Customers’ Genetic Data?

What Standards Should DNA Testing Companies Be Held To In Guarding Customers’ Genetic Data?

The results of genetic testing.; Credit: /Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images AirTalk® At-home DNA testing kits have skyrocketed in popularity over the last several years, but little is known about exactly what the companies who analyze the samples actually do with the genetic and medical data they collect. Now, a coalition of the biggest companies […]

What Standards Should DNA Testing Companies Be Held To In Guarding Customers’ Genetic Data?

What Standards Should DNA Testing Companies Be Held To In Guarding Customers’ Genetic Data?

The results of genetic testing.; Credit: /Science Photo Library RF/Getty Images AirTalk® At-home DNA testing kits have skyrocketed in popularity over the last several years, but little is known about exactly what the companies who analyze the samples actually do with the genetic and medical data they collect. Now, a coalition of the biggest companies […]