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Why Teens Shouldn’t Be Ingesting Cannabis Often

An Oakland cannabis counselor notes that modern, powerful strains of marijuana can damage young people’s brains. But convincing youth to just say “no” is another matter.
March 19, 2018

Breast Self-Exams Don’t Work So Well

Today’s mantra for women and breast self-examinations is know your breasts. Self-examination won’t hurt but it can be anxiety producing.
March 14, 2018

Pharmacists Aren’t Using Contraceptive Powers

A new law expands pharmacists’ abilities to include prescribing birth control methods, but few are do so, research shows. Who pays consultation fees might be the reason.
March 7, 2018

Making Habit a Habit

An Oakland start-up creates a unique diet plan from a swab of DNA, a few drops of blood, and some vital stats.
February 21, 2018

Community Acupuncture Expands Service Reach

The new twist on an old treatment adds La-Z-Boys, a sliding scale, and a group setting.
January 29, 2018

What You’ve Been Breathing

Those Northern California wildfires weren’t good for your lungs.
November 27, 2017

They Speak the Language of Kids

Child life specialists at Oakland Children’s Hospital help youngster cope with complex medical procedures and conditions.
November 22, 2017

Freeze Yourself to Health

Everyday people are trying whole-body cyrotherapy, super-cooling their bodies at spas mimicking a recovery regimen of the pros. But does it work?
October 19, 2017

Kaiser Clinic Brings Cultural Sensitivity to Hypertension Treatment

In two years, 66 percent of more than 200 patients treated at the Specialty Blood Pressure Clinic have their high blood pressure under control.
October 18, 2017

Today’s Hep C Drugs Work Better

Hep C patients are being cured with fewer side effects, and researchers are working on a hep C vaccine.
October 17, 2017