Health, Science, Environment

12:00am

Mon December 8, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Your Call: Who are the mentally ill homeless?

“CALL ME LINDA. I WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM MY PARENTS WHEN I WAS FIVE..."
The photography of robert okin

On the December 8th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we’ll talk to Dr. Robert Okin about his new book “Silent Voices: People With Mental Disorders On The Street.”  Nearly 200,000 of the homeless people in the US are severely mentally ill. Dr Okin spent two years collecting the stories of mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco.  How do they end up on the street? And how can we help them while respecting their humanity -- and autonomy?  Join the conversation on the next your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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4:08pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Imagining the giant hippos, monstrous sharks, and sea beasts of an underwater Silicon Valley

Construction site at the Calaveras Dam in the East Bay hills.

Digging up ancient worlds

When construction workers break into earth’s surface, it’s not unusual for them to discover ancient worlds. Last year, crews unearthed the remains of three mammoths and one giant bison in San Francisco While working at the Caldecott Tunnel, fossil hunters discovered the remains of camels that once roamed the East Bay. There’s actually provisions in California’s environmental laws that require that anyone doing major digging projects call fossil experts first, just in case. So when work began near Fremont to rebuild the Calaveras Dam, paleontologist Jim Walker was called to the scene to hunt for fossils. He expected to find a few, but the count surpassed 600.

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12:11am

Tue December 2, 2014

5:41pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

PrEP: Could a once-a-day pill end the HIV epidemic in San Francisco?

Mural portrait of Esteban Cuaya-Muñoz at the Oakland Museum of California, by artist Brett Cooke
Daniel Moore

For decades, San Francisco has been offering free condoms, STD testing, and counseling to its residents to help end the HIV epidemic. These interventions have had a big impact over the years, but the city still saw about 350 new HIV infections last year.  And nationally, “there are about 50,000 new HIV infections that happen ever year,” according to Susan Philip of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. “That is an unacceptable number. So we know that we need more tools in the arsenal.”

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5:38pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Unearthing Secrets of the Organ Trade

Under CC license from Flickr user North Dakota National Guard

More than 120,000 people in the United States are in line waiting for an organ transplant. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, another name is added to the list every ten minutes. While health professionals attempt to come to grips with the increasing demand for life-saving transplants, Nancy Scheper-Hughes has been investigating the dark consequences of this demand—the global black market in human organs—for more than two decades.

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