San Jose conference focuses on LGBT suicides

Lesbian, gay and bisexual young people are almost five times as likely to have tried to kill themselves compared to heterosexual youth, sobering information for those attending a LGBT suicide prevention conference Friday in San Jose. Not only that, but four out of every 10 transgender adults say they have attempted suicide, according to National Center for Transgender Equality. Those statistics were some of the reasons for the South Bay’s first American Suicide Prevention Foundation LGBT suicide prevention conference Friday in San Jose Marriott. In the wake of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain killing themselves and a CDC report that U.S. suicides went up more than 30 percent in half… Read More

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All San Jose pool visitors released from hospitals after toxic chemical incident

SAN JOSE — A mistake by a maintenance worker that resulted in a toxic chemical mixture at a community swimming pool Thursday could have had deadly results, officials said at the time, but the 35 patients transported to nine hospitals were checked out by doctors and released the same day, said Joy Alexiou, spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services. The patients included children as young as 6 and a number of parents. San Jose Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said Thursday that a few of the those exposed to the combination of muriatic acid and chlorine — pool chemicals that created a gas cloud at Shadow Brook Swim… Read More

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Why a major study on the Mediterranean Diet was just retracted and replaced

By Samantha Schmidt | The Washington Post Fads in nutrition come and go, but one diet in particular has been widely heralded for its benefits to health – the “Mediterranean diet,” rich with vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts and olive oil. For decades, researchers have shown that people in Mediterranean countries seem to show lower rates of heart disease. And in 2013, one landmark study gave the strongest proof yet in one of the first major clinical trials to measure the diet’s heart benefits. The study, conducted in Spain, showed that consuming a Mediterranean diet can lower the risk of a heart attack, stroke or death from heart disease by about… Read More

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Letter: Trump’s efforts to undermine ACA will cost small companies

Efforts to undermine ACA will impact small firms Re: “Trump administration won’t defend the ACA” (Mercurynews.com, June 7): The Trump administration’s efforts to destabilize the Affordable Care Act will result in many of California’s small businesses paying more for health insurance next year. Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and more in your inbox weekday mornings. Sign up for the Opinion newsletter. The Congressional Budget Office said premiums for health care plans purchased through the ACA exchanges will rise by an average of 10 percent in 2019, thanks to the administration’s efforts to undermine the ACA as much as possible by proposing rules to expand association health plans… Read More

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Pitts: Bay Area school cut mic on grad speaker, draws NBC, CNN’s ire

By Leonard Pitts Jr.Miami Herald Here’s an axiomatic truth: If you want to make sure people see or hear something, ban people from seeing or hearing something. That predates the internet, as any former teenager who ever hid under the covers listening to “Louie Louie” with the volume down can surely attest. Get editorials, opinion columns, letters to the editor and more in your inbox weekday mornings. Sign up for the Opinion newsletter. We are talking about a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. If censorship didn’t work then on something as inconsequential as a pop song, you can imagine how ineffective it would be now on… Read More

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Trump adviser Kudlow released from hospital

By John Wagner | Washington Post Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, and his recovery from a heart attack is going very well, the White House said. Kudlow was admitted Monday to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after what officials said was a very mild heart attack. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our Morning Report weekday newsletter. “Doctors say Larry’s recovery is going very well,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “The President and the Administration are happy Larry is back home and look… Read More

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