Archive for the ‘health’ Category

SFPD Announces Opiate Overdose Prevention Program: Officers from Central, Southern, Mission, Northern & Tenderloin Stations to Carry Naloxone

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Narcan is popular these days, that’s for sure.

I wonder if Park Station will get some at some point…

SFPD Announces Opiate Overdose Prevention Program

The San Francisco Police Department, in partnership with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), will distribute naloxone (trade name: Narcan) to Metro Division police officers (Central, Southern, Mission, Northern and Tenderloin Police Stations) as part of a pilot program to combat drug overdose. Naloxone is an emergency antidote that reverses the effects of opioid-type drugs, including heroin and prescription painkillers. Drug overdose is the most common cause of accidental death nationwide. In San Francisco, prescription opioid painkiller deaths have outpaced heroin-related deaths and continue to be a major threat to public health. The San Francisco Police Department joins hundreds of police departments and community groups nationwide in this worthy effort to prevent drug overdose deaths.

Over the past few months, the San Francisco Police Department teamed with the Harm Reduction Coalition’s Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE) project, funded by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the San Francisco Fire Department to train police officers in how to recognize life-threatening opioid overdose, and administer the intranasal naloxone as an antidote.

We are in the business of saving lives. Naloxone will help us accomplish our mission.”

San Francisco Says NOPE to E-Cigarettes, You Know, Officially

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Apparently, we, as the second largest town in the bay area, are all saying NOPE to e-cigs and we’re spending money to send that message all the way to North Carolina:

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Ok fine.

The Christmas Fire Hydrants of Franklin Street – Illegal Hydrant Painter “Cliff” Strikes Again

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Ho ho ho:

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Illegally painted, as they say

FRISCO VAPOR: The Pride of the Marina – Five Yelp Stars Don’t Lie

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Check the Yelp.

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Breaking Bad, Corona Heights

Monday, October 27th, 2014

I know there’s something going on/

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There’s something going on/
There’s something going on…

UCSF Update: Teens Aged 14-18 Who Are Receiving Depression Treatment May Join a Novel 12-Week Program at the OCIM

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

TARA Study: Training of Attention and emotion Regulation in Adolescents with depression

The UCSF TARA study is seeking adolescents age 14-18 for a 6-month study that may include a novel 12-week depression program.  Depressed teens may learn yoga, breathing and meditation techniques to learn to slow down, feel more safe and calm, regulate emotions, and improve attention and focus.

There is no cost to participate. Participants will be paid $140 for 4 study visits over 6 months and may be eligible for $200 more for additional study procedures.

Must be 14-18 years old and receiving depression treatment. Participation requires parental or guardian permission (unless age 18).

For more information about the study and eligibility, please call 415-353-9723.

Read the Consent Form (Word or PDF) for more details on study participation.”

Master with Student in Golden Gate Park – One In Very Good Shape and the Other Trying to Get In Very Good Shape

Friday, July 25th, 2014

I’ll tell you, Gentle Reader, I’ve lived in this town longer than you, but I’ve never witnessed people exercising by holding their arms up like Sutro Tower until just recently.

(My best guess is this is something to do with the Bollywood Dance Workout – Slumdog.)

And then there’s was this ritual – passersby were gawking:

I’m thinking the number one requirement to be an aerobics instructor or personal trainer is being in very good shape and, actually, I don’t know if there are any other requirements – maybe just being in very good shape yourself is all that’s necessary…

Kaiser Crows About 2014 Hospital Rankings: “19 Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Honored by U.S. News & World Report”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Is this a good result for the Kaiser system? IDK. I suppose.

Anyway, I don’t have a beef with the east bay’s very own KP, the largest HMO in the land.

Here’s their victory lap:

“Nineteen Kaiser Permanente Hospitals Honored by U.S. News & World Report

OAKLAND, Calif., July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center is rated among the top 40 U.S. hospitals for cardiology and heart care, and 18 other Kaiser Permanente hospitals are rated “high performing” for other specialties, according to U.S. News & World Reports’ 2014-15 Best Hospitals in America rankings, published today.

The annual rankings, considered to provide an objective analysis of the nation’s medical centers, are derived from the evaluation of nearly 5,000 hospitals. This year’s rankings include the top 17 U.S. hospitals overall and the top 50 according to their performance in 16 key medical specialties. Now in its 25th year, the report also analyzes and rates facilities in most states and in major metropolitan regions (all U.S. regions with at least 500,000 in population).

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A Modest Proposal: Let’s Ban Swimming at Ocean Beach, Let’s End the Carnage

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Now, let’s not ban surfing or kite-boarding or whathaveyou.

And oh, what about wading? Yes, that’s banned as well. How about above-the-knees as a demarcation betwixt wading and merely getting you feet wet.

Won’t the Feds need to be involved? Yes, sure, red tape, laws ‘n stuff – we could get around this if we tried, if we put our minds to it.

Won’t people violate the law? Sure, but that’s not the point. The point is that if sharks were eating people along this small stretch of beach every two, three, four, five, six months, like clockwork since forever, well, that would be international news. But when people die time and again, it’s like no big whoop.

Hey, do you know why we don’t have Baywatch-style lifeguard towers at Ocean Beach? Well, ’cause of the money, but also because the existence of the towers would send the message that swimming at Ocean Beach, and we don’t want to do that, right?

So we have these white pickups going back and forth, occasionally:

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So instead of the signage we have now in all those languages, after swimming gets banned we’ll have signs that simply say “SWIMMING BANNED” or whatever else it takes to get the message across.

Hey, you know what we’ve got that the visitors don’t got? We’ve got the lore, we’ve got the knowledge about this innocuous-appearing place being dangerous.

That means the onus is upon us.

Wow, San Francisco’s Annual 420 Day in Golden Gate Park is Now Officially a Thing – Check This Sign

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

As seen on Fell Street:

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You see, the “event” is you and your buds smoking buds in Golden Gate Park on 420 Day.

Our local government would just love to fee this “event” out of existence, ala the former Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, but there’s no entity to tax or fee or fine – poor SFGov!

(Oh, “Kezar” will be “closed?” IDK what that means. I guess I’ll find out on Sunday.)

Anyway, this event is now official, just saying.