Health

The tomosnythesis unit creates a three-dimensional picture of the breast using X-rays. (Credit: Linda Gordon)

3-D mammography aids Oakland specialists in breast cancer detection

A new 3-D technology to detect breast cancer at Oakland’s Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center is helping doctors diagnose the disease earlier by allowing them to examine tissue layer-by-layer. The medical center, part of...
A crowd of CNA members, activists and legislators gather to discuss Sutter Health’s plan to close its Alta Bates Campus in Berkeley.

Nurses hold town hall to oppose closure of Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley

Sutter Health, which runs the campus as part of its Alta Bates Summit Medical Center based in Oakland, announced last October that it intends to close the campus between 2018 and 2030 and consolidate all...
Roger Saechao, 25, a fellow with The Organizing and Leadership Academy, knocked on doors Saturday morning for the 'Oakland vs. Big Soda' campaign in support of Measure HH, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Oakland.

Oakland soda tax campaign funding tells two different stories

The American Beverage Association has historically invested millions of dollars to defeat public health initiatives aimed at lowering sugary drink consumption, but Oakland's pro-tax measure recently received a financial boost.
Different types of cannabis strands are displayed on glass jars in the “Altered State: Marijuana in California” exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, September 9, 2016.

Expert answers museum-goers’ questions about marijuana

Dr. Beau Kilmer, 39, sits on the “Ask an Expert” desk at the “Altered State: Marijuana in California” exhibition, answering questions about legalization of marijuana at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, September 9,...
Outside of Mi Carnal Market, Abdul Talev hangs a "Vote No" sign.

Oakland grocers raise concerns about soda tax Measure HH

Thirty-five years ago, Abdul Talev’s grandfather opened a small grocery store in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Today, with the family business in his care, Talev is worried a new soda tax will cause him...
Safe Shape's bold structure invites visitors at the Afrikatown Community Garden.

Alameda County organization demonstrates safe injection site for drug users

“Hello, sir. What do you need today?” Braunz Courtney says with a welcoming smile, standing comfortably behind a buffet of sterile syringes and pipes. “I need some medium sharps,” his client Vernon, 64, responds.
Buttons sit on a table Wednesday at Frank Ogawa Plaza during Oakland's first year participating in International Opioid Awareness Day.

New nonprofit raises awareness about prescription opioid overdose in Alameda County

Savannah O’Neil says, for her, knowing someone who has battled an opioid addiction started with a family member. Most recently, she says, one of her friends had a stint at sobriety, but fatally overdosed on...
Coldplay's Chris Martin headlined this weekend's Notes & Words benefit concert for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Benioff Children’s Hospital hosts benefit concert, Chris Martin headlines

Some 1,600 people filled the Fox Theatre for this year’s Notes & Words concert. The concert, in its seventh year, benefited the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland and featured local talent like the Oakland...