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Gun Violence and Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper

For some people, the attack on police officers by a gunman in Dallas this summer brought to mind another attack by a sniper in Austin 50 years ago – on Aug. 1, 1966. That’s when student Charles Whitman stuck his rifle over the edge of the clock tower at the Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading Gun Violence and Mental Health Laws, 50 Years After Texas Tower Sniper →

Calif. GOP Convention Staffers Hit With Norovirus

CLEVELAND — Eleven members of the planning team for the California delegation to the Republican convention were recovering Tuesday from a bout of norovirus, or what’s commonly known as stomach flu, health officials said. No delegates appeared to be affected. The symptoms, which can include vomiting and diarrhea, were first reported Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Calif. GOP Convention Staffers Hit With Norovirus →

How Can You Tell If a Driver Is Stoned?

In a famous scene from the Coen brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski is cruising behind the wheel of his car, tunes blasting as he sips beer and smokes pot. In a classic stoner move, he tries to flick his lighted roach out the window – Read More … Source:: News … Continue reading How Can You Tell If a Driver Is Stoned? →

Soon You’ll Be Able to Smoke Pot at the Gym in San Francisco

NOVATO — A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working out. Former running back Ricky Williams, who Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Soon You’ll Be Able to Smoke Pot at the Gym in San Francisco →

In Contra Costa, One Man’s Homeless Outreach Mission Comes to an End

F or the past dozen years or so, Doug Stewart has spent most of his nights in places most people would never choose to go. He treks through urban woodlands and along dark and dangerous train tracks in Contra Costa County, seeking the out-of-the-way places where those with no permanent shelter Read More … Source:: … Continue reading In Contra Costa, One Man’s Homeless Outreach Mission Comes to an End →

Some Women Tossing the Tampon for Reusable Menstrual Care

The more things change, the more they stay the same. About 70 years after the invention of disposable tampons and sanitary pads, some women — primarily millennials — are choosing environmentally friendly forms of feminine products. “I definitely would never go back to tampons. It’s a game-changer.” There’s Thinx, a reusable “period-proof” underwear Read More … Continue reading Some Women Tossing the Tampon for Reusable Menstrual Care →

California, Washington Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Implants

SEATTLE — Washington state and California sued Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday, saying that for years the company misrepresented the risks of vaginal mesh implants it sold to repair pelvic collapse. In the latest legal actions over the problem-prone devices, Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Kamala Harris of California Read More … Source:: … Continue reading California, Washington Sue Johnson & Johnson Over Pelvic Mesh Implants →

Through Social Media, Family Connects to Rare Diagnosis – And Hope

If you are suffering from an illness fewer than a dozen people in the world are known to have, getting a proper diagnosis can start to feel like a hunt for something that doesn’t exist. That’s the position one family found themselves in before they turned to social media in search Read More … Source:: … Continue reading Through Social Media, Family Connects to Rare Diagnosis – And Hope →

Mission to ‘Save’ Prince Turned Tragic for Marin Doctor’s Son

Andrew Kornfeld’s overnight flight to bring a prescription drug to Prince has been described by his attorney as a “lifesaving mission” to persuade the superstar to start treatment for addiction. Instead, the 26-year-old Californian found Prince collapsed in an elevator at his Paisley Park home. Neither Andrew Kornfeld nor his father, an Read More … … Continue reading Mission to ‘Save’ Prince Turned Tragic for Marin Doctor’s Son →

Report: Marin Addiction Doctor Had Been Called In to Treat Prince

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis has published a detailed account of what it calls a “frantic” attempt by Prince’s associates to call in a well-known Marin County addiction specialist to treat the entertainment superstar just before he died. The Star Tribune account comes mainly from William Mauzy, an attorney Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading Report: Marin Addiction Doctor Had Been Called In to Treat Prince →

New iPhone Apps Manage Diabetes, Pregnancy, Depression

Apple is edging its way a little further into health care with the release of new iPhone apps that patients can use to manage their own medical conditions — from diabetes to pregnancy and even depression. While there are hundreds of health-related apps on the market, Apple wants to put its Read More … Source:: … Continue reading New iPhone Apps Manage Diabetes, Pregnancy, Depression →

Profiteering Masquerades as Medical Care for Injured California Workers

This story was republished with permission from Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting. Subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, on iTunes and learn more at revealnews.org. Priscilla Lujan was awake soothing her infant son at 10 p.m. and again in the middle of the night. Read More … Source:: News Health Category

UCSF Receives $185 Million Gift -- Its Largest Ever -- For Neuroscience Research, Care

UCSF just received its largest, individual financial gift ever – a donation of $185 million dedicated to neurosciences. The donation was made by Sanford Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup, and his wife, Joan. Weill says the gift is partly inspired by his father’s lifelong struggle with depression, and his mother’s Read More … Source:: … Continue reading UCSF Receives $185 Million Gift -- Its Largest Ever -- For Neuroscience Research, Care →

The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk

If you melt at the creaminess of full-fat yogurt, read on. A new study finds the dairy fats found in milk, yogurt and cheese may help protect against Type 2 diabetes. The research, published in the journal Circulation, included 3,333 adults. Beginning in the late 1980s, researchers took blood Read More … Source:: News Health … Continue reading The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk →