Category: Health

Flu shot and ‘shedding’: Rumor about vaccine risk called untrue

By SETH BORENSTEIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting the flu shot won’t make you spread the disease more and doesn’t weaken your immune system but it does offer some protection from getting infected, despite misleading claims on social media. A post on a site called thewilddoc claimed that being vaccinated does more harm than good, citing a January peer-reviewed study. But…

Bay Area billboards denounce anti-abortion centers, controversial procedure

OAKLAND — The Abortion Care Network has erected billboards throughout the Bay Area to combat what it describes as deceptive tactics by anti-abortion organizations to deter local women from seeking proper abortion care. One of the billboards went up in West Oakland — at Northgate Avenue and Sycamore Street — and another in the San Lorenzo community — on Lewelling…

Breaking through the HIV vaccine ‘logjam’: UC Santa Cruz lab reports improvements that could prove game-changing

Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. SANTA CRUZ – When biomolecular engineer Phil Berman began his postgraduate work at UC San Francisco in the 1980s, he had no idea he would spend the rest of his career searching for a way to stop…

So You Think Someone Might Be Mentally Ill

In the years before 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz allegedly killed 17 people in a Florida high school on Wednesday, his behavior was strange, but not necessarily criminal. And not necessarily suggestive of a specific mental illness, either. He seemed fixated on guns and on killing animals, and his mother would sometimes call the police on him in an effort to manage…

‘3 Billboards’ protest for London fire victims

Associated Press LONDON — Activists for victims of a deadly London high-rise fire have taken inspiration from an Academy Award-nominated film to press for more action by police. Three mobile billboards were driven through the British capital Thursday on behalf of the Justice 4 Grenfell campaign. The group was set up after fire ravaged the Grenfell Tower apartment block in…

The world lost half its orangutans in 16 years

By Ben Guarino | Washington Post Bornean orangutans, the largest tree-dwellers on the planet, are vanishing. The population of these great apes was halved between 1999 and 2015, per an estimate published Thursday in the journal Current Biology. A survey of orangutan nests, coupled with a statistical analysis of habitat changes, indicates that more than 100,000 animals were lost in…

Letter: Democracy? Yeah, right… Time for us to revolt?

Politics in the United States has degenerated beyond the theater of the absurd and into the depths of a sh_thole. The president is heartless, narcissistic, erratic, lies constantly, eager to attack and clearly dangerous. Congress mainlines wealth to the filthy rich, blocks meaningful change, deepens inequality and pretends to be relevant. Courts are increasingly stacked with reactionary extremists, fundamental rights…