Nearly 300 people in 18 states are sick from salmonella poisoning, which has been linked to Foster Farms chicken from California. If you've got chicken hanging out in your fridge or freezer marked with the code P6137, P6137A, or P7632, know that it could be part of the affected batches. Foster Farms ... More >>
San Franciscans have barely begun spilling their snot onto restaurant tables and BART seats, but already we know that illness is going around this weekend. We can thank the wonders of technology and social media -- and namely, a Baltimore-based start-up called Sickweather -- for forecasting symptoms ... More >>
In the wake of a national prescription pain pill epidemic, which has resulted with millions of abusers and thousands of overdose deaths, it seemed like a no-brainer when the FDA announced recently that prescription opiates have a high risk of abuse, overdose, and death, and, thus should be prescribe ... More >>
We kinda thought that went without saying, but apparently, the cops are a little worried that hungry folks might eat one of those poisonous meatballs that have been sickening pups around San Francisco. The cops issued another alert over the weekend about the meatballs, explaining that a more detai ... More >>
As big proponents of hand-washing, we're a little grossed out to leave the house today after reading that only 5 percent of people who wash their hands after using the toilet actually do it properly enough to keep the nastiness at bay. Michigan State University researchers observed 3,749 people in ... More >>
All that hill-climbing you had to do to get from the taco truck to the bar has paid off -- San Francisco was ranked the fourth fittest city in America by the American College of Sport Medicine's American Fitness Index. This sixth annual report tallies up the overall health and community fitness sta ... More >>
So we do understand that, statistically speaking, San Francisco can't be the best at everything food- and drink-wise (even though it totally is), and also that complaining about silly Internet lists is like complaining about philandering politicians or high gas prices -- these things will happen no ... More >>
Health officials have confirmed that a San Francisco man tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the first human case since 2005. What's more, the man has not traveled outside the Bay Area, which almost certainly means he contracted the disease right here. The good news is that the man is recoverin ... More >>
September is one of the few months when San Franciscans can actually enjoy warm weather. Unfortunately, we can't really relax and enjoy it: Those freeloading mosquitoes are sucking away that one small pleasure. Health officials are warning residents to watch out for mosquitoes after they found a de ... More >>
A new study published last month reported findings that show a link between bacterial vaginosis and higher HIV transmission rates. Specifically, women are at a greater risk of contracting HIV and become three times more likely to pass it on to male partners if they have bacterial vaginosis, which is ... More >>
Earlier today, we told you about Save California, that right-wing and totally off-base group in Sacramento that's spending a ton of time and money pleading with parents to keep their kids locked inside on Harvey Milk Day -- May 22.But you know what your children should probably be more afraid of tha ... More >>
Be aware!"Did you or your readers know," queried the press release,"that more than 1/3 of those age 65 and older fall every year? And that once someone has fallen, they are two to three times more likely to fall again?"Well? Did you? We did not. We also did not predict that this was the windup f ... More >>
The S.F. Health code was probably written in the same era as this 1933 pamphletSF Weekly writers do not, in fact, peruse the San Francisco Health Code in our spare time, but in working on another blog post last week, we came across this gem in Article 8 (Food and Food Products): Sec. 453: Di ... More >>
It needs to get betterA new survey of San Francisco Unified School District teens says gay middle school boys were more than four times as likely to report being assaulted by their intimate partners than straight boys were. Gay middle school girls, meanwhile, were three times as likely as straigh ... More >>
You've got it all wrong, officer.Cops hate to cite speeding drivers almost as much as speeding drivers hate getting tickets. Police are sick and tired of the whining and crying and worse -- the verbal abuse they get when pulling drivers over. Perhaps that might influence them to look the other wa ... More >>
CAKES A./FlickrChicken tartare at Ippuku: Just looking at this photo makes me crave it again.In the week following simultaneous restaurant reviews in the Chronicle and SF Weekly of Ippuku, a Japanese restaurant in Berkeley, the Chronicle's comments sections filled with disgust over a dish that bo ... More >>
Men's Health says San Fran is toothpicky.And it's not is not necessarily a compliment.But let's start with the facts. Men's Health magazine looked at some stats in American cities, including the percentage of people overweight; the percentage of people with type 2 diabetes; and the percentage of ... More >>
Those of a certain age may remember the wonderful Chris Guest-Billy Crystal sketches from Saturday Night Live in which Willie and Frankie, a pair of none-too-bright New York City characters who enjoyed nothing more than comparing notes of the twisted, masochistic self-mutilation they needlessly e ... More >>
But no one loves pricey coffeeAs hard-liners say, "you do the crime, you do the time." But if you feel you're getting ripped off by paying too much for prison coffee -- to quote Doug Llewelyn, "You take 'em to court." Eight inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City in the far north of ... More >>
Monday, Oct. 5 10 a.m. - Public Safety Committee On the whole, people are in favor of "Public Safety," so most of the time the Public Safety Committee is pretty uncontroversial. The chairman arches his eyebrows and asks the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice "Why aren' ... More >>
Public Enemy No. 1...Employing language worthy of a fast-talking abogado, a release fired off Wednesday by the Mexican Tourism Board and Ministry of Tourism and sent to members of the American media by Mexican consulates notes that "No tourists currently in Mexico have been infected by the H1N1 Infl ... More >>
Coming soon to an STD clinic near you! The San Francisco Department of Public Health is proud to announce that Safe in the City -- a dramatic 23-minute STD prevention video developed by an SFDPH official -- has given the Centers for Disease Control a giant boner. This week, ... More >>
The joke referenced in the headline is most definitely not funny. But you know what's even less funny? Heavy metal poisoning. Firefighters in Boca Raton have persuaded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch an investigation to determine whether flame-retardant pants are a contribut ... More >>
When in a city beginning with the letter "M," pack your own condoms -- or elseThe results of the Centers for Disease Control's annual survey on whether we've been naughty or nice are in again -- and there's a whole lotta shaking (and itching, burning, and blistering) going on. Educated folks can arg ... More >>
Plans for a biodefense "hot lab" at Lawrence Livermore have ecologists, disarmament advocates, and mainstream scientists up in arms
Federal investigators clear AIDS prevention programs of wrongdoing -- and then reinvestigate them
Pleasant reprimands for cubicle coughers and train-platform trashers
An AIDS vaccine should be our government's highest priority. So why is one researcher forced to seek funding from the War on Terrorism?
What Did You Sing in the War, Daddy?; Anthrax for Dummies
FAT OF THE LAND: First in a Four-Part Series
UCSF's Stanley Prusiner is a Nobel laureate and superstar of medical research. But employees don't feel safe working for him.
Gay activists push for return of traditional bathhouses
Chiron Corp. and the nasty fight over the billion-dollar rights to the hepatitis C test
Some people with HIV don't get sick for years and years and years. Their lives might contain the clues for the cure.
Discovered by brain researchers in the early '60s and resurrected by bodybuilders in the late '80s, the semi-illicit compound GHB is now marketed on the club and smart-drug circuits as a sexy wonder drug. But beware GHB's knockout punch.
Discovered by brain researchers in the early '60s and resurrected by bodybuilders in the late '80s, the semi-illict compound GHB is now marketed on the club and smart-drug circuits as a sexy wonder drug. But beware GHB's knockout punch.
Human excrement in the parks -- dangerous or just dirty?
Hepatitis B is the Rodney Dangerfield of diseases: It just can't get respect. But it sure can kill you.