Task Force Exploring Possibility Of Safe Injection Site In S.F. Says There’s Support For Facility
A survey of residents found that at least half of the respondents supported a safe injection site coupled with services such as addiction treatment.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Strong Support For Safe Injection Centers In SF
On Thursday, the S.F. Safe Injection Services Task Force, created to explore the options and obstacles surrounding a safe injection site, met for the final time before the Department of Public Health, which oversaw the group, presents recommendations to the Board of Supervisors next month. While questions remain on where a site might be located and how it would be run, remarks from many of the task force members, including health department Director Barbara Garcia, suggested there was strong support for moving ahead. (Fracassa, 8/10)
In other public health news —
The Mercury News:
Could Vitamin B3 Help Prevent Miscarriages, Birth Defects?
If you’re expecting, then you already know that you should be loading up on folic acid to help protect your baby from birth defects. But now a new study suggests that there is another vitamin supplement that can have a huge impact on avoiding miscarriages and birth defects and that’s vitamin B3, or niacin. (D'Souza, 8/10)
Los Angeles Times:
Can A Hormone Called Klotho Enhance Cognition And Hold Off Dementia? Yes, In Mice, At Least
If ever there were a hormone to spark intellectual excitement, it’s klotho. At the dawn of our lives, our blood brims with klotho. But as age and disease stiffen our joints and cloud our minds, klotho ebbs. People who exercise and remain spry into old age have more of the stuff. Those suffering chronic stress or degenerative brain diseases such Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s see theirs depleted. (Healy, 8/9)
A Later Start To The Schoolday? Why California Could Delay The Bell
Research shows two-thirds of adolescents aren’t getting enough sleep and that the consequences are far-reaching. ...Currently, California schools are free to begin the schoolday whenever they’d like, and only one in five middle and high schools start as late as Portantino’s bill would require. (Calefati, 8/10)