COVID: Experts Say Distinction In Hospitalization Numbers Important As California Case Rates DipNew numbers from California state health officials Wednesday show COVID-19 cases are going down slightly. Meanwhile, experts say the distinction between patients hospitalized for COVID-19, versus with COVID, is more critical during the omicron surge.
Stanford COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Mandate Faces Pushback As Deadline LoomsSome students at Stanford University are pushing back on a COVID-19 vaccine booster mandate as the school sets a January 31 deadline to receive the shot.
San Francisco Sees Decline In Drug Overdose Deaths For 1st Time In 3 YearsFor the first time in three years, the number of overdose deaths in San Francisco has gone down, with a 7 percent decrease in 2021 compared to the previous year, city officials said on Wednesday.
California Healthcare Workers Say Ambulances Wait Hours With Patients Outside HospitalsEmergency healthcare workers in northern and southern California complained of hours-long waits to transfer patients from ambulances to hospital emergency rooms Wednesday in what they said were chronic delays worsened by the nearly two-year COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID: Testing In Contra Costa County Nearly Double Pandemic Peak During Omicron SurgeContra Costa County is testing almost twice as many people for COVID-19 than any other time during the pandemic, county health services director Anna Roth told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Oakland Students Plan Boycott Over Omicron Safety ConcernsHundreds of students in the Oakland Unified School District were ready to boycott classes on Tuesday. Organizers say their demands to safely return students to school amid the Omicron surge haven’t been met.
COVID: Unions Push Back On State Guidelines Allowing Health Care Workers With Coronavirus To Return To WorkNew guidelines allowing health care workers across the state who test positive for coronavirus to come back to work under certain conditions are getting pushback from unions.
Bay Area Health Experts Look Past Omicron, Envision Post-Pandemic COVID WorldQuestions about what happens after the latest omicron surge have Bay Area health experts weighing in.
With Omicron Still Looming, Death Angel Readies Return to Live PerformanceBefore the pandemic, the nightlife industry in the Bay Area was a major contributor to the local economy. Now, the highly contagious omicron coronavirus variant poses a new threat

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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.