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In this photo illustration a woman smokes an electronic cigarette. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

SF Supervisor Wants E-Cigarettes Regulated Like Other Tobacco Products

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar planned to introduce legislation to regulate the use and sale of electronic-cigarettes in the city.

03/03/2014

BART passengers board a train. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BART Riders Warned About Measles Infection From Contagious Passenger

Bay Area Rapid Transit and East Bay health authorities warned BART passengers on Thursday to seek medical attention if they begin exhibiting any symptoms of measles after authorities learned that an infected and contagious person rode BART in the East Bay last week.

02/13/2014

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland

Oakland Hospital Pioneers ‘Scar-less’ Remote Control Surgery Through Navel

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland is using a cutting edge, robot-aided surgical procedure by that is less invasive than traditional surgeries and causes less scarring.

02/08/2014

A man holds a crack pipe. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Free Crack Pipes Urged To Slow Spread Of HIV In SF, Leaders Balk At Idea

A San Francisco health sub-committee recommends the city hand out free crack pipes as a means of slowing the spread of AIDS. They say the controversial idea is not new, and is already successful in other countries. No surprise that not everyone agrees.

01/24/2014

A syringe filled with influenza vaccination is seen at a Walgreens Pharmacy on January 14, 2014 in Concord, California. Public health officials are encouraging residents to get flu shots as an aggressive strain of the H1N1 'swine flu' has killed 15 people in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Flu Deaths Reach 23; Statewide Deaths Up To 45

As flu season continues this winter, Santa Clara County reported two more flu-related deaths Friday, bringing the Bay Area total to 23.

01/17/2014