Health

student pharmacist administers flu vaccine

Student pharmacists help seniors manage healthcare

The Allen Temple Baptist Church’s large auditorium was packed with community residents young and old, as student pharmacists from the University of the Pacific helped seniors grapple with updates to their Medicare plans and manage...
Jeri Lacks Whye and Kim Lacks speak to a rapt audience at Samuel Merritt University to kick off the school's first annual Community Reads program.

Legacy of “immortal” cells sparks college-wide ethics conversation

Without the cells of Henrietta Lacks, the world would have no polio vaccine, cancer treatments, or in-vitro fertilization. This year, Samuel Merritt University will learn about her life as one community, and through it important...
California Thursdays feature meals prepared with fresh ingredients from California. Photo by Ethan Bien.

OUSD celebrates their “California Thursdays”

Oakland Unified School District pioneered "California Thursdays," a program through which schools across the district serve lunches sourced entirely from in-state producers one day a week. Last Thursday, organizers welcomed 14 more districts from across...
Proposition 46 in California will require mandatory drug and alcohol testing of doctors. (Illustration by Jared Rodriguez / truthout.org)

Doctors vs. lawyers: who does Prop 46 really benefit?

What do East Bay voters think of the state ballot initiative that pits doctors against lawyers? Proposition 46, called the “Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Cap and Drug Testing of Doctors Initiative,” is a four-fold ballot measure...
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones speaks about Prop. 45 at UC Berkeley. Gabriel J. Sanchez

Hikes in health insurance rates could be denied by state commissioner if Prop. 45 passes

Proposition 45, a November ballot measure empowering the state’s elected insurance commissioner to rule on health insurance rate hikes, is drawing heated debate and hefty donations from Oakland groups with a stake in health care.
The 91 resident physicians and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland reached an agreement on a new contract.

Children’s Hospital Oakland implements new contract for doctors union

After 18 months of negotiations, pediatric resident physicians and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland reached an agreement last week on a new contract that doesn't include a salary increase, but raises the residents’ educational allowance...