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Amy Standen is a science reporter for KQED whose work also appears on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and other shows. She was a 2013-14 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Reporting and lives in San Francisco with her family.Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow her on Twitter at @amystanden.
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Walk through the streets of almost any big city in California, and you're likely to encounter homeless people suffering from schizophrenia. The symptoms -- disturbing hallucinations and delusions -- are frightening and obvious. And yet we know almost nothing about the biology of schizophrenia. There's no blood test for it, and no scan that can diagnose it. In the second of a three-part series on schizophrenia, we meet scientists who are redefining the disease and proposing new treatments.
Scientists recently announced they've discovered new genetic markers for schizophrenia, an often-devastating mental illness that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. Schizophrenia is also expensive, costing more than $62 billion a year to care for the small number of Americans who are diagnosed with it. In the first of a three-part series, we look at a controversial new approach in California that aims to prevent schizophrenia before it starts.
Even before the White House sounded the alarm on climate change this week, scientists reported that most of California is experiencing an extreme or even "exceptional" state of drought. That's the highest designation offered by the federal government. That means communities up and down the state must be cracking down on water wasters, right? Well, not exactly.
On Tuesday, President Obama signed a proclamation that adds six miles of Northern California coastline to the 1,100-mile California Coastal National Monument. Before today, the Monument comprised about 20,000 rocks, islands, and reefs humans could lay eyes on from afar. Tomorrow afternoon, a number of federal officials including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell are expected to show up in Point Arena to celebrate.
For most people, putting cans and bottles into the recycling bin marks the last time they'll ever think about them. But there's a crisis in California's recycling program -- and some people say a simple change involving wine bottles could be the solution.