Health

For Bay Area trans women, facial feminization surgery helps complete their transition

Diana Days’ face was swollen. Bruised purplish-blue lines curved along the top of her cheeks beneath her grey eyes and full eyebrows—which she intentionally had not plucked while waiting for surgery—and followed her newly-shrunken brow...

Alameda County gets ready to promote PrEP, a drug that prevents HIV infection

The Alameda County Public Health Department is preparing to launch a marketing campaign this summer to promote PrEP, a drug that prevents HIV infection, targeted specifically to communities which are most affected by HIV. PrEP,...

Nurses union, Oakland City Council push for single payer health bill

Most healthcare bills have a hefty price tag attached, but Senate Bill 562 may have one larger than some Californians are willing to take on—an estimated $400 billion a year, according to an analysis from...
Oakland’s Public Works Department maintains over 900 miles of sewage infrastructure. Most of the parts are 50 years old, but some were built over a century ago.

EPA fines Oakland and municipal utility district for sewage discharge violations

Last week, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and five East Bay communities were fined $389,300 in penalties for violating the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 Clean Water Act settlement. Oakland was penalized the most...

The Tale of Two Cities podcast: Hooked

Kava, kratom and caffeine — the stories in this episode of our podcast dive into obsession, addiction and habits. We follow reporters Susie Neilson ad Padmini Parasarathy as they goes to Melo Melo Kava Bar where...
Co-founders of the Coco Coalition. From left, Jasmine Thompson, Tiffany Wright and Mimo Haile.

Women of the African diaspora gather to celebrate Oakland’s new Coco Coalition

Coco Coalition is a social enterprise dedicated helping women of the African diaspora to connect, grow and thrive. The enterprise’s mission is to create safe and empowering opportunities for women, while also addressing health and...

Prescription for mindfulness: Non-profits and hospitals use new practices for healing

Since the 1970s, psychologists and neurologists have been studying what happens in the brains of meditating children and adults. Now, hospitals and non-profits like Kaiser Permanente and Mindful Life Project are turning to mindfulness and...

Past cannabis convictions can be dismissed in Alameda County–by petition, says DA

Proposition 64, which voters passed in November 2016, not only legalized the adult use of cannabis, but also established protocols for reducing, dismissing and sealing old marijuana-related convictions. That means Californians convicted of cannabis crimes...
Lina Park(left) talks about a grant report with Emily Park at Asian Health Services in Oakland.

Lina Park named executive director of the Korean American Community Foundation

Lina Park was recently named the executive director of the Korean American Community Foundation of San Francisco. She discusses her new role, the community’s biggest hidden issues and cultural taboos.
Walgreens advertisement for flu shots

Experts are unsure of the severity of this year’s flu season

The rate of hospitalizations for the flu in the United States has hit the highest levels since health officials started recording this data in 2010. But experts are cautious comparing this year's flu season to...

Oakland support group hosts workshop for families struggling with mental health and substance abuse

The African American Family Support Group hosted the 'Help for Family Caregivers Coping with Mental Illness or Substance Abuse' workshop last Saturday
Dolores, a 69 year old woman, is one of hundreds of Oakland residents sleeping in Oakland streets due to the housing affordability crisis

Advocates push Oakland officials to treat homelessness as an emergency

Community members and city officials struggle to confront the the epidemic of hundreds of Oakland residents--most of them black, many of them elders--sleeping on the streets due to to skyrocketing rents and a lack of...