World AIDS Day: Santa Clara Health Officials Reflect On 4 Decades Battling HIV, Lessons Applied To COVID-19Santa Clara County commemorated the 33rd World AIDS Day, reflecting on the lives lost over the past four decades, but also lessons that have been applied to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID: Gov. Gavin Newsom Says Omicron Variant In California Won't Spark Another ShutdownConfirmation of the first U.S. case of the omicron variant in California was not surprising and shouldn't force another shutdown heading into the holidays, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.
COVID: Health Experts Analyzing Omicron Variant Before It Reaches U.S.There are three questions that researchers are trying to figure out about the Omicron variant: how transmissible it is, how resistant it is to vaccines and natural immunity, and how sick it will make people.
California Prisons Now Limiting Medical Parole To Only Those In VentilatorsA new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons.
COVID Omicron: Rush To Vaccinate In East Bay As New Variant EmergesA vaccination clinic in Contra Costa County on Monday took new urgency as health officials worldwide are monitoring the spread of the newly-discovered Omicron variant.
Theranos Trial: Elizabeth Holmes Describes Relationship With COO Sunny Balwani, Alleges AbuseIn her fourth day on the witness stand, former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes on Monday described how her relationship with boyfriend and business partner Sunny Balwani was abusive.
850 Additional Parking Spaces To Open At Antioch BART StationHundreds of additional parking spaces will open at the Antioch BART station on Tuesday, as the agency seeks to welcome more riders from Eastern Contra Costa County as offices reopen.
California Gold Rush Town Typifies Labor-Shortage Plight Vexing BusinessesBusinesses struggled to get through the Great Recession with minimal staff after low demand forced them to lay off workers. The opposite is playing out in the pandemic.
COVID: Expert Says New Omicron Coronavirus Variant Likely Already in U.S.While no cases have been discovered in the United States, a UCSF infectious disease expert believes the variant first identified in South Africa is already here.

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Sleeping Well During The COVID-19 PandemicA lack of routine during the pandemic has made it difficult for kids to maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Now is the time for kids to get back on track.
The Dangers Of Skipping Routine Vaccinations During COVID-19Across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a decline in vaccination rates as some families are choosing to forgo or delay their children’s routine pediatric well-visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heart Monitoring Device Brings Comfort To Newborn Bronte's ParentsMarvin and Amanda Benedict are self-described techies. They both work at Google, so they naturally love automation, and they joke that it’s fitting that their daughter now has an automated device.
Groundbreaking Minimally Invasive Brain SurgeryThe name Ari means “lion” in Hebrew, and Ari Ellman’s first day back at preschool this September was a roaring success. Ari is small for his three years, but his vocabulary and charm are big enough to more than compensate. He’s excited, energetic, curious, and fully engaged with his friends and teachers.
Pioneering Immunotherapy Targeting Elusive Cancer Cells In ChildrenThe “remarkably successful” CAR-T cell therapy is giving new hope to the sickest cancer patients. Now, Stanford experts are focusing on advancing its use and broadening its benefits.
New Hope for Children With Aortic Valve DisordersWhen Claudia and Tom Yore discussed having a third child, the clincher came from Claudia, who said, “Let’s do it. He’s going to be our easy third.”
Mom Braves New Territory To Give Daughter With Spina Bifida Her Best ShotHelisabed Romano turned to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford to perform in utero surgery to possibly save her baby from serious limitations later in life.
Cleft And Craniofacial Center Fosters Patient’s Dream To Entertain Mathias Dizon practiced for weeks to fulfill a promise he had made to his doctors and nurses at the Stanford Children’s Health Cleft and Craniofacial Center: to sing the national anthem at the center’s annual patient and family picnic every year until he goes to college.
Heart Transplant Allows Justin Wang To Experience His Bucket ListAt just 15-years-old, Justin Wang has already built a bucket list of the things he wants to see and do in his lifetime.