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Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

March 6, 2014 | 8:59 am

Are BPA-Free Plastics Any Safer?

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New research shows that chemicals used to replace harmful BPA may pose a danger, too. Read more. …

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State Moves to Protect Consumers From Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products

September 27, 2013 | 9:35 am

State Moves to Protect Consumers From Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products

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California will require manufacturers to seek safer alternatives to harmful ingredients.

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San Francisco Has Skinniest Men and Marin the Longest-Living Women in the U.S.

July 24, 2013 | 3:51 pm

San Francisco Has Skinniest Men and Marin the Longest-Living Women in the U.S.

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by Kelly O’Mara and Olivia Hubert-Allen It turns out it’s not just your imagination that the Bay Area is full of skinny, active people. A study released on July 10 from Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington measured the rates of activity, obesity, and longevity county-by-county across the country. The […]

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How Can Anyone Hit a 90 mph Fastball? Science Explains!

May 8, 2013 | 2:50 pm

How Can Anyone Hit a 90 mph Fastball? Science Explains!

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Ever wonder how a major league baseball player hits a 90-mph fastball? Ask some researchers at UC Berkeley, who have identified an area of the brain that makes it possible. Look at the numbers alone and hitting a home run seems next to impossible. A fastball takes .4 seconds to reach home plate after it […]

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Disparities Persist for Children’s Well-Being, Study Says

October 11, 2012 | 2:58 pm

Disparities Persist for Children’s Well-Being, Study Says

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by Joanna Lin, California Watch California has made gains in the early stages of children’s academic trajectory but has failed to sustain them, a new assessment of kids’ well-being has shown. The findings, released yesterday by the research and advocacy group Children Now, showed statewide improvement in 11 indicators of well-being, including certain measures of […]

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August 9, 2012 | 2:45 pm

Did the Chevron Fire Affect Your Health? Contra Costa County Answers Questions

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Did the fire at Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery affect your health? The Health Services department of Contra Costa County has posted answers to frequently asked questions on the topic. It has also posted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District report on toxins found in the air. Also Chevron has opened a help center for […]

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Surprise Nursing Home Inspection Exposes ‘Resident Neglect’

July 26, 2012 | 10:56 am

Surprise Nursing Home Inspection Exposes ‘Resident Neglect’

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by Katharine Mieszkowski The Bay Citizen On Jan. 19, 2010, state inspectors found a resident lying in “a feces-soiled diaper with old, dry stool” inside a “filthy” Vallejo nursing home. When the inspectors from the California Department of Justice notified staff, it took an hour for the patient to be changed. “This is unacceptable nursing […]

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June 21, 2012 | 3:49 pm

Report Blames 3,000 State Deaths a Year on Uninsurance

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California leads the nation in the number of people who die for lack of health insurance, according to a report by Families USA. The report focused on people between aged 25 and 64. Of the 26,100 who died nationwide in 2010 because they didn’t have insurance 3,164 — or about 12 percent — of there […]

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Governor Wants Fire Retardants Out of California Couches

June 19, 2012 | 11:58 am

Governor Wants Fire Retardants Out of California Couches

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by Christina Jewett, The Bay Citizen Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he directed a state agency to change a decades-old legal provision that, in essence, forces furniture makers to pump pounds of hazardous chemicals into couches and other furniture. Mounting research and news reports have shown that fire-retardant chemicals are linked to health risks and that […]

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Interviews: Uninsured Conservative Californians on Why They Don’t Like ‘Obamacare’

March 23, 2012 | 4:32 pm

Interviews: Uninsured Conservative Californians on Why They Don’t Like ‘Obamacare’

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Today marks the second anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Not everyone is throwing a party. Detractors, who disparagingly refer to the law as “Obamacare,” are hoping that next week’s extraordinary three days of hearings on the legislation by the U.S. Supreme Court will serve as prelude to a judicial override that […]

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