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GMO Labeling: Looking to the Future Post-Prop. 37

Proposition 37, the California initiative to label genetically modified food, was defeated Nov. 6 with a 53 percent vote against the proposed labeling law. But just because this battle was lost, those behind the Yes on 37 campaign say the…
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Washed Up: Pushing Triclosan Out of Our Soaps and Cells

In August, the University of California at Davis published a study showing that triclosan, a commonly used antibacterial agent, weakens skeletal and cardiac muscle in mammals, and impairs swimming in fish. The study is another blow to the besieged chemical,…
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News, The Snitch FDA Approves Drug That Reduces the Spread of HIV

FDA Approves Drug That Reduces the Spread of HIV

Truvada, the first drug shown to drastically reduce the spread of HIV, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration today as a successful preventative measure for people at high risk of contracting the virus. Produced by Foster City-based biotech company Gilead…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer: Switching Off Reason at Olive's Happy Hour

Bouncer: Switching Off Reason at Olive's Happy Hour

The best bars in S.F. don't have to try too hard. Olive is small and artfully arrayed, like a hipster Munchkin. Bright, abstract paintings line the walls. The proprietor has put a lot of DIY love into the place, and…
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News, Matt Smith Government lets fraudulent drug companies deal with Medicare

Government lets fraudulent drug companies deal with Medicare

Seven years ago, Lee Chartock, a psychiatrist in South Weymouth, Mass., got a visit from a drug saleswoman offering to pay his expenses to an "advisory meeting" in Boca Raton, Fla. There, hucksters encouraged him and other attendees to prescribe…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Monster in the Covers

The Monster in the Covers

When the chemical Bisphenol A reached freakout levels on the “What’s Scaring Mommy?” scale, the industry responded: BPA-free baby bottles quickly appeared on store shelves, and Babies “R” Us began to phase out the offending products. It was a great…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Squishable Feast

A Squishable Feast

Taxonomy is a bitch: Turns out a tomato isn't even a fruit. It’s a berry, a true berry, unlike a strawberry, which isn’t a berry at all but a compound fruit. Why? Because a true berry is made from a…
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Don't mix raw oysters and antacids!

"It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an R in their name to eat an oyster." — William Butler, 1599 In cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory, Douglas Marshall and…
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Looking for Mr. Goodbucks

In case you haven't looked up in a while, the four Embarcadero office towers have started to remind us – with their 17,000-plus white lights outlining huge, cereal box-like perimeters – that the winter holidays are inching closer by the…
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News, Bay View Miracle  at the  KK Cafe

Miracle at the KK Cafe

Its creators call it peanut milk. It tastes, unfortunately, exactly like its name. It is made from a secret recipe of just four ingredients: peanuts, rice, sugar syrup, and water. It contains 12 grams of fat per 8-ounce serving. It…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): In my opinion, you'd look great with a shaved head. I'd even be interested to see you with multiple eyebrow piercings, a conical wizard's hat, and a purple silk bodysuit. But it's not necessary to go…
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Mulch

Caveat Sipper The S.F. Department of Public Health has begun testing owners of Yi Xing Purple Grit Teapot sets for lead and cadmium poisoning. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, during a random test, found extremely high levels of lead…
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A Wasting of Time

He never even noticed the weight loss, former ballet dancer Matthew Sharp says. Every day he'd look in the mirror and see the same lithe lines, not realizing that he was slowly turning to skin and bones. It took his…
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Letters

Patently Misleading? Jeff Stark's article about GHB ("Drug Story," Nov. 29) seriously misled readers about two issues and did them a minor disservice on a third. First item: Despite what FDA and drug industry spokespersons would like everybody to believe,…
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Drug Story (Part II)

Bodybuilding enthusiast Mark Thierman was one of the country's largest GHB manufacturers and distributors in the early '90s, moving $600,000 worth of the drug before an FDA investigation caught up with him. Convicted in late 1993 on charges of conspiracy…
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Drug Story (Part I)

Smoke and house music wash over the crowd at Badlands, a bar at the confluence of 17th and Castro. Men wall the benches, occasionally breaking posture to sway to the dance hymns the DJ artfully blends together. The clock approaches…
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Topic of Cancer

Judith Fried, 31, speaks with a certain exhausted urgency. The cancer has taken a large toll. Her diagnosis -- a malignant lump in her breast -- came three years ago, when she lived in New York City. The lumpectomy, the…
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Calendar, Halloween

Savage Love

Hey, Faggot: Do you have any information on health problems accruing from oral-anal encounters? I mean, what diseases might the partner using the tongue get from the partner offering the anus? I'm not talking about AIDS -- just diseases in…
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Hepatitis A-B-Cs: (source: American Liver Foundation)

A: A virus typically transmitted by ingesting contaminated food or water, this disease flourishes in world regions where sanitation and hygiene are poor; it can also thrive in day-care centers. The prime source of infection is fecal matter. Transmission can…
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