The oft-repeated slur about gays, "You're sick" actually has some truth to it, though not in the way bigots would have us believe. As we talked about a few weeks ago, gay people, in part due to prejudice and stigma, suffer poorer general health compared to their heterosexual counterparts. Not only t ... More >>
Hey pescatarians, take note. The California Department of Public Health is warning hungry people not to eat harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops that come from Marin County where dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in this region. Specifically, the to ... More >>
More than one million children in California do not have health insurance coverage, according to a report released this month by the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. The figure represents around 11 percent of the states minors. That rate, 1.5 percent higher than the nat ... More >>
Being poor is not so bad. Not in San Francisco at least, where in addition to free housing, city officials are now also handing out taxpayer-subsidized puppies to panhandlers. The disabled, terminally ill, or downright dirt-poor also "enjoy" an advantage over the healthy or the merely struggling to ... More >>
While they have the attention of lovers and horny people everywhere, health officials are camping onto Valentine's Day to promote National Condom Week. And that's probably a good idea, considering the news last week detailing San Francisco's STD problem. Today, the California Family Health Counci ... More >>
A former Human Services Agency employee appeared in court Tuesday afternoon where she pleaded not guilty to multiple charges claiming she stole Social Security and other confidential information from more than 3,000 Medi-Cal applicants. Prosecutors say, starting in 2006, Shawn Williams, who was a ... More >>
bterrycomptonThis week at SFoodie we were wondering whether restaurants are required, by law, to serve tap water for free. It's a simple enough question, but it took a surprising amount of digging to figure out the answer. The Internet provided a few thousand people asking the same question ... More >>
Guaranteed fixed in three days or less!New York's Alphonse D'Amato was once known as "Senator Pothole" for his attention to constituent minutiae. But we wonder whether his attentiveness ever earned a reward like this one: San Francisco has marked a 200 percent improvement when it comes to filling ... More >>
Ah, but how much was that chalk?Mark Shotley, the paraplegic, incontinent, pneumonia-ridden homeless man The San Francisco Chronicle characterized nine years ago as a drag on city health care funds, is dead now. But the macabre, nickel-and-dime-obsessed journalistic tic that led the paper to couc ... More >>
When the city controller yesterday announced state budget cuts will deal San Francisco a $26.5 million punch in the gut, your humble narrator immediately thought of Jon Lovitz. Just as the Saturday Night Live nebbish once pitched himself to single women with the battle cry "Lower your standards!" ... More >>
Christopher Muhammad's fight with Lennar over toxic dust has resulted in a restraining order against him, an accusation that he's a shakedown artist, and grudging respect from his rivals.
DJ RasCue has been hitting the decks longer than most of the kids in the clubs these days have been alive. For the past 26 years, he's spun a mix of everything from Latin to hip-hop to house and rock for little kids and big stars (William H. Macy). Now the local music community is giving something b ... More >>
SEIU members in Northern California challenge the national boss over his collaboration with employers
Medical marijuana smokers face a 1,000-percent increase in cost of state ID card, which could force its demise
Who, in the populist tradition, fight for the rights
Why lawsuits filed by anti-abortion activists may be a blessing in disguise for the California stem cell institute
How the nursing home industry, organized labor, John Burton, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are cooperating to guarantee giant health care corporations huge profits -- using billions of your dollars
Week of Wednesday, July 14, 2004
The California service employees' union and the nursing home industry join forces to increase corporate profit, grow union membership, and sell out abused nursing home patients
A City Hall plan to downgrade S.F.'s only long-term-care facility for the severely mentally ill has critics up in arms
The true story of a rare illness
Even if radioactivity were ignored, Hunters Point Shipyard would be one of the planet's most polluted properties
A: What the state does to the families of people who die while poor
They are the "AIDS babies." Born before doctors learned how to prevent HIV transmission to newborns, hundreds of California kids are growing up under the burden of a deadly disease.
Bay Area nursing home regulation lags behind state
Once-secret documents reveal the tobacco industry's battle to gut anti-smoking education in California. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and former Gov. Pete Wilson helped.
Miffed citizen advisers want city Health Plan chief fired
Threatening Mount Zion means curtains for the clowns who have mismanaged the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger
An out-of-state company mismanaged its Mill Valley nursing home, then closed it down, casting dozens of elderly patients to the winds. Within months, 10 of them were dead.
Political winds may blow in long overdue nursing care reform
UCSF Stanford finances hit the rocks
Sutter Health, which owns one of California's largest hospital empires, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity. Critics wonder why Sutter dispenses so little charity, and vacuums so much profit, from the hospitals it acquires.
While feminists loudly celebrate the 25th anniversary of legalized abortion, quiet changes in the medical landscape make the procedure less and less available
Dr. Howard Thornton bragged that his state-of-the-art computer system let him take on 1,000 patients a month, scattered across Northern California. But do his patients get anything like quality medical help?
The promise of a new treatment has opened a painful divide
In the name of fiscal prudence, Congress has ordered that a whole class of poor, troubled children be "redetermined"
How the UCSF-Stanford hospital merger foreshadows the new -- and sometimes frightening -- world of health care
Meet three Latinos who just cast the first U.S. votes of their lives
Hospitals and nursing homes call it "subacute care," but for some patients, it's just a death sentence
The immigration crackdown has Latinos fleeing mainstream medicine
Hepatitis B is the Rodney Dangerfield of diseases: It just can't get respect. But it sure can kill you.
Money, paperwork and stigma