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Where to get a flu shot, and other ways to protect yourself

The Bay Area, like many parts of the country, is experiencing one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory. There have been 42 confirmed flu-related deaths in California so far, and many Northern California medical [Read entire story]

Seasons of Sharing: Formerly homeless single father gets help with rent

A year ago, Ariel Juarez was alone on Christmas Day at a San Jose homeless shelter and, in his words, “curled up on my bedroll, waiting for time to pass by.” Juarez’s son, Orion, then 5 years old, [Read entire story]

Craig Sullivan, former CEO of Clorox, dies at 77

Craig Sullivan, the former CEO of Oakland conglomerate Clorox Co., died Dec. 7 at his San Francisco home after a nearly year-long battle with colon cancer. He was 77. Sullivan worked at Clorox for 32 [Read entire story]

Researcher accuses UCSF professor of sexual harassment

A researcher is suing Stanton Glantz, a prominent UCSF professor and anti-tobacco crusader, accusing him of sexual harassing her when she worked for him. Eunice Neeley, a postdoctoral researcher for [Read entire story]

Huge fundraising push: UCSF aims to raise $5 billion

UCSF has announced an ambitious plan to raise $5 billion in the next decade, the third major fundraising campaign in the institution’s 153-year history. UCSF, which operates a large health system and [Read entire story]

Judge denies California’s attempt to reinstate ACA subsidies

A federal judge on Wednesday denied an attempt by the state of California to force the Trump administration to pay billions of dollars to insurance companies to subsidize health plans for low-income Americans. [Read entire story]

How CRISPR gene-editing tech can fight HIV

Researchers at UCSF have received a three-year, $1.6 million grant to advance their work using novel gene-editing technology to make human blood cells less susceptible to HIV infection. The grant, from [Read entire story]

California to sue Trump administration over health insurance subsidies

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday he will sue the Trump administration for halting billions of dollars in federal payments to health insurers that help low-income Americans afford health care under [Read entire story]

Where to go for medical care in Wine Country — and where not to go

Many evacuees of the North Bay fires have now gone several days without prescription medications to manage chronic conditions. Others are having respiratory problems because of the poor air quality. Here are some [Read entire story]

Researchers explore link between gut bacteria and autism

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and the South San Francisco pharmaceutical company Second Genome Inc. have jointly received a $2.1 million grant to recruit subjects for a study exploring potential [Read entire story]

Private equity-backed firm acquires majority of San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center

Prelude Fertility, a private equity-owned reproductive health company based in Atlanta, has acquired the majority share of San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center. Prelude was established in 2016 by [Read entire story]

Sean Parker institute to lead immunotherapy trial for pancreatic cancer

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, the San Francisco nonprofit created in 2016 with $250 million from the billionaire former [Read entire story]

State prosecutors investigating defunct San Francisco babysitting agency

State prosecutors are investigating the defunct San Francisco child care agency Wondersitter, which has been accused of failing to pay more than 100 former babysitters tens of thousands of dollars for jobs dating back [Read entire story]

California passes prescription drug pricing transparency bill

State legislators have passed a bill aimed at creating greater transparency around prescription drug pricing by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide advance notice and more detailed explanations for raising [Read entire story]

Health premiums to rise 5.6% on Covered California’s small business exchange

Insurance premiums for health plans on Covered California’s small business exchange will rise 5.6 percent in 2018, Covered California announced Thursday. Nearly 36,000 Californians receive health [Read entire story]

FDA approves 1st gene therapy treatment for cancer

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first gene therapy treatment for cancer, green-lighting Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ cell therapy treatment for childhood leukemia. The [Read entire story]

Babies’ race affects quality of care in California neonatal intensive care, study says

An infant’s race and ethnicity affect the quality of care they receive in California neonatal intensive care units, according to a study by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Asian American [Read entire story]

Fearing Trump changes, Covered California is 1st in U.S. to promise insurers help

Covered California, the health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, will take the unprecedented step of offering insurance companies financial incentives, and guardrails, to encourage them to [Read entire story]

Insurer fined for discriminating against transgender patients

State regulators have issued $200,000 in penalties against the health insurer Health Net for violating antidiscrimination laws by denying coverage to several patients who sought gender reassignment surgery. [Read entire story]

CBO: Ending health subsidies would raise premiums 20 percent

Insurance premiums for health plans in the individual market would jump 20 percent in 2018 if the federal government stops funding billions of dollars in payments to insurance companies that help lower health care costs [Read entire story]