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Organ Donation Becomes Part of California’s Curriculum

Students in the state’s public schools are about to get a lesson or two in organ and tissue donation.

09/28/2012

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Bay Area Private Schools Rank High In Vaccination Opt-Out Rates

Bay Area public health leaders are reacting to news that parents of private school children in California are more likely to opt out of vaccinations than parents of kids in public schools.

09/10/2012

Patrick Willis #52, NaVorro Bowman #53 and Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers tackle Jahvid Best #44 of the Detroit Lions during the second quarter of the NFL game at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. The 49ers defeated the Lions 25-19. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Study Finds Elevated Brain Disease Risk For NFL Veterans; League Donates $30M For Research

A study of former NFL players finds they were unusually prone to dying from degenerative brain disease, the latest indication that repeated blows to the head may cause serious trouble later on.

09/05/2012

Smoke rises above the Chevron refinery in Richmond, August 6, 2012. (Brandon Knight)

Richmond Residents Irate Over Refinery Fire; Experts Say Smoke Not Harmful

East Bay residents used a town hall meeting Tuesday to sound off at company executives over a massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond on Monday night. Hundreds of residents sought medical treatment for respiratory problems, but experts concluded Tuesday it was “not a significant health concern.”

08/07/2012

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HealthWatch: Choose The Right Pain Medication

Open up your medicine cabinet and take a look. Here’s a quick quiz: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin? If you have a headache or a sore muscle, which one is the best for you? They all relieve pain but there are subtle differences.

07/30/2012

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HealthWatch: How You Brew Coffee May Impact Heart Health

Who doesn’t like a hot, steaming cup of coffee in the morning? But how you brew your java may impact your heart health.

07/28/2012

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HealthWatch: Do Grandmother’s Home Remedies Really Work?

From chicken soup to an apple a day, home remedies have been around for ages. But do they really work?

07/19/2012

Qsymia, a weight loss pill made by Vivus of Mountain View. (CBS)

HealthWatch: FDA Approves Mountain View Firm’s Weight-Loss Pill

The pill Qsymia from Mountain View-based Vivus Inc. was cleared for adults who are obese or overweight and have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol.

07/17/2012

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HealthWatch: Bay Area Firm Develops Therapy For Snoring

For millions of couples, snoring is the sound that keeps husbands and wives up at night. A Bay Area company said it has found a solution.

07/14/2012