If walking the hills of San Francisco to get to your parked car leaves you totally breathless, well, sadly, it's you, not the city.
The American Lung Association this morning released its latest air report, showing that San Francisco has some pretty damn clean air. Not only did we "pass" our annual ... More >>
Beware couch potatoes: The one thing you can always count on -- a lazy day on your sofa -- is actually pretty bad for you.
According to a new, bizarre study, couches across the nation are retaining an unhealthy and dangerous level of toxic chemicals, enough that researchers say we should all be al ... More >>
Hexavalent chromium is best known as the chemical compound at the center of Erin Brockovich's 1993 lawsuit against PG&E, which resulted in a $333 million settlement. The chemical had contaminated drinking water supplies in Hinkley, Calif.In 2001, the state legislature sought regulations for hexa ... More >>
We already gave you the bad news today: Gas prices are ridiculously high, in part because of the Chevron fire last week. But there is some good news you can take in. Contrary to what you saw last Monday -- plumes of black smoke hanging in the air -- Chevron says you can go ahead and take a deep brea ... More >>
Cellphone users in the 21st century are just like cigarette smokers were in the 1950s -- addicted to the buzz. But, like cigarettes, do cellphones really need "warning labels" alerting us to the potential health dangers? Well, that's exactly what San Francisco is trying to find out.On Thursday, the ... More >>
Put the chopsticks down; you might want to curb your sashimi-binging habits after you read this.We've all seen the signs when we've gone out to eat sushi -- the ones that the Food and Drug Administration require all food establishments to show that warn of the dangers of mercury poisoning that can c ... More >>
San Francisco's City College scored upwards of $6 million from the Health Care Innovation Awards to help former prisoners become community health workers.The grant will be used to facilitate the Post-Prison Health Worker Certificate Program, which trains inmates to use their personal experiences of ... More >>
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story erroneously presented 2010's Daily Beast rankings, in which San Francisco was America's 3rd drunkest city, as the 2011 rankings. As is apparent in the comments section of this blog post, the links on the Daily Beast site are a little confusing, and our ... More >>
Residents of Justin Herman PlazaA city health official declared the OccupySF encampment in Justin Herman Plaza an "imminent public health hazard" Tuesday after observing that the site has become a porta potti for protesters, filled with poop, piss, and vomit. Department of Public Health offi ... More >>
Oakland, like San Francisco before it, is rushing to accommodate urban gardeners by revising its regulations to allow people to sell produce they grow in the city. There's one catch, says East Bay Express's Nate Seltenrich: Much of the soil in West Oakland is contaminated with dangerous levels of le ... More >>
If the death rays don't get you, the talcum powder will.Paranoid San Franciscans who have long sought affirmation that radio waves threaten public health finally got a hat tip from the World Health Organization, which now says cell phones are "possibly carcinogenic."But before you throw your iPho ... More >>
Old-school decontaminationU.S. Customs and Border Protection is monitoring radiation levels on airplanes, cargo, and passengers on flights inbound to West Coast cities from Japan, federal officials said today.In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said officials were seeking to "evaluate t ... More >>
Trouble in paradise?Two environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court in San Francisco, asserting the EPA did not adequately enforce provisions of the Clean Air Act.The lawsuit, filed yesterday by the Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardian ... More >>
DFGClick on this map for a very large versionFor those who fish, either professionally or because it simply beats sittin' by the dock of the bay, wastin' time, we have some limited good news. The state's Department of Fish and Game -- with the input of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard As ... More >>