Posts Tagged ‘virus’

“Toxic Soil” From the Former OccupySF Encampment at Justin Herman Plaza Hauled Off – New Turf Rolls Out Tomorrow

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Do you know how many dogs died at OccupySF? I don’t but that’s Topic A whenever you discuss OccupySF with any member of our “City Family” these days.

The bocce ball courts are still shut down as DPW and RPD and who knows who all else set about fixing the place up and generating a seven-figure clean-up bill.

The old turf was put in four months ago. Mulching for the new turf:

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Thus ends OccupySF 2011.

Zumba Danceathon To Stop Liver Cancer at Stanford Tomorrow, November 13th – Not Too Late to Sign Up!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

It’s going to be on tomorrow at Sanford University, what with 15 Zumba instructors on hand. Deets below.

Zumba Danceathon To Stop Liver Cancer

More than 600 to join the fight against liver cancer at Stanford fundraiser;

Event featuring the hottest new dance fitness craze is open to the public

WHAT: The fight against liver cancer continues at the LIVERight Zumbathon at Stanford University’s Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation. Fusing hypnotic Latin and international rhythms with easy-to-follow and fun dance moves, Zumba Fitness® is the hottest new global dance fitness craze.  More than 600 participants are expected to join in two hours of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring Zumba movements with 15 Zumba Fitness® Instructors leading songs.

In partnership with the Asian Liver CenterStanford Physical Education, Recreation and WellnessBeWell @ Stanford, and Answer to Cancer, this family-friendly event is open to the public. Enthusiastic Zumba® Fitness Instructors from across Northern California, prizes and games, and two hours of Latin rhythms will keep participants sweating, dancing and having fun, all in support of an important cause. All donations benefit the Jade Ribbon Campaign, a global hepatitis B and liver cancer awareness and education campaign, and the fight against liver cancer. Donations are suggested and will go to the Asian Liver Cancer at Stanford University.

The LIVERight Zumbathon at Stanford is the only Zumba Fitness® and Zumbathon® event that focuses on liver cancer, a cancer caused primarily by the hepatitis B virus and one that is easily preventable with education and awareness. Over the past five years, LIVERight has served as a model event for education and awareness of liver cancer. Be one of more than 600 anticipated participants to support the end of liver cancer worldwide.

For more information, please visit the Asian Liver Center’s website at liveright.stanford.edu.

WHEN: Saturday, November 13 from 1-3pm. Registration at 11:00am

WHERE: Stanford University’s Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation

341 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305 – free parking!

About Zumba Fitness®: Zumba Fitness® is a Latin-inspired dance fitness party of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life.

About the Jade Ribbon Campaign: The Jade Ribbon Campaign aims to unite all people against hepatitis B and liver cancer through awareness, education, outreach, and research. The greatest health disparity between Asian Americans and white Americans is the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection and the high incidence of liver cancer, 80% of which is caused by chronic hepatitis B infection. One in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans have chronic hepatitis B infection compared with 1 in 1,000 of Caucasian Americans.

9th Annual AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Begins – From the Cow Palace to L.A. in Seven Days

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Here’s the scene at 5:00 AM this morning down at Daly City’s California State Livestock Pavilion where 2400 roadies (road bike riders) and their volunteer road crews (aka roadies, it’s confusing I know) just took off for L.A. in the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event.

Check it:

First-time ALC cyclist Greg and a bunch of bikes at the Cow Palace this AM via WeberSF

The bro in this shot from last year (note the fog – it’s a tradition) could be YOU next year! Why not?

From AIDS/LifeCycle

All the deets, below.

Bon Courage, cyclistes!

AIDS/LifeCycle Begins as 2,400 Hit the Road to Raise Awareness and $10 Million to Fight AIDS. San Francisco-to-Los Angeles bike ride is world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser

SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, June 6 - A colorful stream of 2,400 bicyclists and volunteer “roadies” from nearly every state and eight countries left San Francisco this morning on the way to Los Angeles as participants in AIDS/LifeCycle, the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event. In its ninth year, the event is expected to raise $10 million to care for those living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent new infections.  In the seven days it takes to ride to Los Angeles, more than 1,000 people in the United States and 50,000 people around the world will be infected with HIV.

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 545-mile bike ride — not a race — that supports the HIV/AIDS services provided by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  It also raises awareness that HIV/AIDS is a growing scourge that continues to have a devastating impact on our communities, especially here in California. More than 1 in 10 of the nation’s HIV-positive people live in California and California ranks second among the states in cumulative AIDS cases.

“With the ongoing budget crisis and last year’s horrific cuts to HIV-prevention funding, the money raised through AIDS/LifeCycle is more important than ever,” said Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.  “It’s important for people to realize that the HIV pandemic isn’t over and that there are still many in our community in need of quality medical care. The HIV services supported by AIDS/LifeCycle save lives year-round.”

Participants range in age from 18 to 82 and are at various levels of physical fitness. Whether gay or straight, HIV-positive or HIV-negative, they share a common commitment to ending HIV and caring for those living with the virus. So much so that each cyclist raises at least $3,000 (most raise more than $4,000) to participate in what many consider to be a life-changing experience. Since its inception in 2002, AIDS/LifeCycle has raised more than $60 million to fight AIDS.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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Norton Antivirus Wants Us to Fret About Viruses Today, Places San Francisco #4 on Risky City List

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I don’t know, this one speaks for itself.

Be sure to add Norton Antivirus / Symantec‘s list o’ cities to your Meaningless List collection. 

Excerpts:

“High-tech hubs San Francisco and Raleigh are ranked fourth and fifth.  San Francisco tops the list for riskiest online behavior and highest number of WiFi hotspots per capita.  Many of these cities are considered some of the most tech-savvy cities in the nation, proving that even skilled and experienced Internet users are at risk when it comes to cybercrime and online insecurity.”

Maybe San Francisco wouldn’t need so many WiFi hotspots if we had like, you know, municipal WiFi ‘n stuff? (Weren’t we promised that about a half-deacde ago? Think so. Oh well.)

And who’s the winner? Detroit, of course. There it sits atop its empire of dirt, crowned:

“Of the 50 U.S. cities examined, Detroit came in as the least risky online city.  Motor City’s residents were less likely to participate in risky online behavior compared to other cities in the study, and it also ranked low in cybercrime, access to the Internet, expenditures on computer equipment, and wireless Internet access.  El Paso, Texas and Memphis, Tenn. came in second and third, respectively, on the list of least risky online cities.”

 

Anyway, check it out yourself. (Personally, I pity the MSM writer forced to make an article out of this uselessness.)

Presenting The Most Useless Press Release of 2010 (so far):

“Today the findings from Norton’s Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities Report were released, exposing the nation’s cities most vulnerable to cybercrime. To develop these rankings, Norton worked with Sperling’s BestPlaces to analyze factors for each city using a combination of Symantec Security Response’s data on cyberattacks and potential malware infections, as well as third-party data about online behavior, such as accessing Wi-Fi hotspots and online shopping.
 
“The following are ranked Norton’s Top 10 Riskiest Online Cities:
1.) Seattle
2.) Boston
3.) Washington, D.C.
4.) San Francisco
5.) Raleigh, N.C.
6.) Atlanta
7.) Minneapolis
8.) Denver
9.) Austin, Texas
10.) Portland, Ore.

It goes on - more, lots more, after the jump

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Senator Leland Yee Wants a Clean Needle Program to Prevent Spread of HIV, Hep C

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Our Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D. is today calling for support for his Clean Needle Bill, SB 1029. It would permit all California pharmacists to sell up to 30 sterile syringes to drug users aged 18 and over. Why? To prevent the spread of HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases that live in used syringes.

All the deets of today’s presser with Mark Cloutier, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Barry Zevin, MD, a San Francisco primary care and HIV clinician, below.

Senator Yee, PhD:

Yee Introduces Clean Needle Bill. Legislation would allow pharmacies to sell sterile syringes to prevent spread of HIV & Hepatitis C
 
Today, State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) was joined by doctors, pharmacists, and AIDS prevention advocates to introduce legislation that would allow pharmacies throughout California the discretion to sell up to 30 sterile syringes to an adult without a prescription
 
California is one of only three states that still prohibit pharmacists from selling a syringe without a prescription.  Most states amended their laws in light of evidence that criminalized access to sterile syringes led drug users to share used ones, and that sharing syringes spread HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and other blood-borne diseases that can live in a used syringe.
 
This is an effective public health measure which is proven to reduce health care costs to taxpayers,” said Yee.  “It’s a moral, as well as fiscal imperative.”
 
“Access to sterile syringes is a vital component of a comprehensive strategy to combat HIV and hepatitis,” said Yee.  “This approach has been evaluated extensively throughout the world and has been found to significantly reduce rates of HIV and hepatitis without contributing to any increase in drug use, drug injection, crime or unsafe discard of syringes.”
 
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) signed legislation in 2004 to create a five-year pilot to evaluate the safety and efficacy of allowing adults to purchase and possess a limited number of syringes for personal use.  Under the pilot program pharmacies in Los Angeles County, the Bay Area and some other parts of the state have been allowed to sell syringes.
 
Yee’s SB 1029 would remove the sunset and allow all pharmacists throughout the state with the discretion to sell sterile syringes without a prescription.
 
Sharing of used syringes is the most common cause of new hepatitis C infections in California and the second most common cause of HIV infections.  The state Department of Public Health estimates that approximately 3,000 California residents contract hepatitis C through syringe sharing every year and another 750 cases of HIV are caused by syringe sharing.
 
These diseases are costly and potentially deadly. Hospitalizations for hepatitis B and hepatitis C cost the state $2 billion in 2007, according to a report by the California Research Bureau.  The lifetime cost of treating hepatitis C is approximately $100,000, unless a liver transplant is required, and then the cost exceeds $300,000 per surgery.  The lifetime cost of treating HIV/AIDS is now estimated to exceed $600,000 per patient.
 
By comparison, a syringe costs about ten to fifteen cents retail.  The bill requires no appropriation of state funds, because it allows adults to buy syringes at their own expense.
 
Among health policy researchers speaking in favor of SB 1029, Alex Kral, an epidemiologist who has supervised several studies of HIV prevention said, “In light of over 200 studies worldwide that establish improved syringe access means less disease with no downside, to continue a policy of making syringe sales illegal would amount to health policy malpractice.”
 
The 200 studies Kral referred to were reviewed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008.  WHO concluded that the overwhelming scientific consensus showed improved syringe access reduced rates of HIV and hepatitis without contributing to drug use, crime or unsafe discard of syringes. 
 
“There is not one credible study from anywhere in the world that refutes these findings,” Kral said.
 
Among the numerous studies cited was one published in the American Journal of Public Health from 2001 that compared US cities that allowed pharmacists to sell syringes to adults without a prescription and those that did not.  The study found that the rate of HIV among drug injectors was twice as high in cities that forbid sale without a prescription than those cities that allowed pharmacists greater flexibility to provide syringes.
 
“This approach has been overwhelmingly supported by the health professions,” said Yee. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Legislature, the Governor and the California Department of Public Health to craft the most efficient and cost-effective means of saving lives and public dollars by preventing HIV and hepatitis C.”
 
SB 1029 will be considered in committee in March.

Swine Flu Vaccination Conspiracy Theorists Descend Upon Our First Free H1N1 Shot Day

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The long wait ended yesterday when San Francsico government workers and volunteers threw open the doors of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in Civic Center yesterday morning in order to dose thousands of people for the H1N1 virus. See?

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photo from SFGate shows that it was pretty crowded early on, but later in the day you could have just walked right in.

But look who showed up to hand out literature and home-made CD-Roms: a crew of conspiracy buffs! (You know, when your JFK assassination and your 9-11 controlled demolition and your chemtrails conspiracy hobby starts to run out of steam, it’s nice to have something new to pamphlet about.)

Almost all of those in line took the flourescent yellow handbills, but a good portion dumped them off ASAP, thusly. Everything that’s not colored bright goldenrod, canary, saffron or paella is official government literature:

Conspiracy theorists love vaccination campaigns – just ask conspiracy-monger (and windmill hater) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. about it, if you want.

And let’s hear from Louis Farrakhan:

“On 10/21/2009, Farrakhan told an audience in Memphis he believes the swine flu vaccine was developed to depopulate. During a gathering to observe the Nation of Islam’s Holy Day of Atonement, which also marked the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March in Washington, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Farrakhan as saying:

The Earth can’t take 6.5 billion people. We just can’t feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease.”

O.K. then.

But the conspiracy people really need to use larger type next time. Srsly:

Thank Gaia this operation wasn’t called Virus Connect or Vaccine Connect or whatever. Yish.

Now I didn’t get a shot personally (as I don’t fit into any of the categories listed) but I hung out long enough to conclude that this was the best-run one-day government operation I’ve ever seen within the 47 square miles of San Francisco County.