Ian Simmons, 33, of Oakland, is working to open a market in North Oakland by the end of the year. Seeing friends and family with health problems he believes are related to soda consumption, he says he supports Measure HH, a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Soda, income, race, health: the issues behind Oakland’s Measure HH

Modern science is slowly unraveling the link between sugar and preventable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases, conditions that affect the health of minorities, the young, and the poor more than anyone else....
Pediatric residents at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The hospital recently received a a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which it will use to send residents on site observations at juvenile justice centers, food banks and group homes. (Photo Courtesy Celine Sparrow)

Grant sends residents out of hospital, into community

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland can add one more item to its list of achievements: a $1.3 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant.
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...