Remember in high school when you had a bad day? Had a stomachache? Or just needed to talk? Maybe there was a nurse who took your temperature and called someone at home to come pick you up. If you were lucky enough to go to a school with a nurse, that is.
Guess what our high school students in the San Francisco Unified School District get now? Way more. Read More
When GK Callahan began working to transform a blighted plot of land into the Please Touch Community Garden in 2010, he and his volunteers were astounded at the volume of hypodermic needles piled up in the empty lot.
“When I started the garden project, it had been desolate for years,” Callahan said of its Grove Street location. “I collected about 2,000 needles. That’s when it became apparent to me there was a need.” Read More
Few jobs are more sedentary than being a Muni bus driver, a position that requires workers to sit for long hours with little physical movement. With precious few opportunities for exercise, maintaining a healthy diet should be essential for the operators.
But finding nutritious food sources at driver’s workplaces is usually a fruitless task — pun intended.
In an effort to crack down on blood-sucking bedbugs, San Francisco may soon require pest control companies to provide monthly reports of their eradication efforts and make landlords give tenants a two-year record of any such infestations. Read More
While new cases of HIV have continued to decline, other documented instances of sexually transmitted diseases are on a continuous multi-year rise in San Francisco and across California.
Some local clinics are attempting to combat the spike with additional testing methods for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia that involve checks of the throat and rectum — steps not currently endorsed as essential by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read More
The renowned Vietnamese restaurant Tu Lan has closed last week after allegations of serious and repeated health violations from the Department of Public Health.
The restaurant, which was once visited by French-cuisine icon Julia Child, was shut down because of live rodents, roaches, standing water in the kitchen, improper refrigeration and unsanitary food-handling practices, according to inspection findings by the health department. Read More
On Jan. 10, 2001, Scott Thorpe pulled out a gun and murdered Laura Wilcox at a community mental health clinic in Nevada City. Wilcox was a 19-year-old college student working as a receptionist there. Thorpe was an untreated schizophrenic. Read More
Riding the wave of an improving economy, Mayor Ed Lee rolled out a $7.3 billion city and county budget proposal Thursday that includes nearly 700 new government jobs, no cuts to health services and a likelihood of no political drama.
Lee presented a two-year budget — it will increase to $7.6 billion in the subsequent fiscal year — in a 14-minute speech at City Hall in the Board of Supervisors chamber filled with department heads and elected officials. Read More
When the Tenderloin Health Clinic announced in January that budget woes were forcing it to close, officials assured clients they would be referred to other agencies. But their fate remains uncertain as city officials and nonprofits figure out how to accommodate the 3,000 poor and homeless people who rely on the clinic for primary care, housing assistance and other services. Read More