Tag Archives: health

The High Street bridge in East Oakland, as seen from a balcony in the Fruitvale neighborhood on Tuesday. Heavy smoke from the Sonoma and Santa Clara fires filled the Bay Area, diminishing air quality and restricting views (Photo by Brian Krans)

Wine country wildfires create hazardous air conditions for Bay Area residents

Wildfires in wine country have created hazardous air conditions for the entire Bay Area, affecting most heavily children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory conditions.
Laura Echavarria, a medical assistant at LifeLong Medical Care’s Brookside Richmond clinic, cleans an exam room on Oct. 10. LifeLong’s three medical clinics are among the safety-net providers that are preparing for a major loss of federal funding if Congress does not act.

Richmond health centers facing big cuts from Congress

Congress missed its September 30 deadline to extend funding for community health centers. Now Richmond health centers are bracing for the worst, while advocates scramble for another solution.
The shutdown of San Pablo's Doctors Medical Center in 2015 has prompted state and local officials to try to slow down hospital closures. Photo by Christopher Connelly.

State legislators push bill to limit emergency room closures

California has one the nation’s lowest number of hospital emergency rooms per capita, and Bay Area legislators are calling this shortage a crisis, as the number of people who need urgent care services keeps growing....
Data shows increased rates of preterm babies born to African American women-- this may be the result of stress caused by racism, say some experts

Studies show stress from racism affects newborn health

A growing number of scientific studies show that racism experienced by women of color, particularly black women, can affect the health of their future children in many ways. Racism can lead to an increased likelihood...