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Your Health

Why Do Elephants Rarely Get Cancer?

Researchers say the answer lies in the genes. Can humans devise a similar solution? 

Elephants can boast a long list of credits to their fame: They’re the largest land-based animals on Earth; their memory rivals that of dolphins, apes and humans; and most intriguingly, they rarely get cancer. This last fact has puzzled scientists for decades, but now, they might have an answer.

According to a study published in JAMA, elephants have 20 copies of a tumor-suppressing gene called TP53. By comparison, humans have only one copy of the gene.

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Go on AlertSF

Sign up online to get San Francisco emergency warnings via wireless text or email 

Did you know that San Francisco residents and visitors can get alerts about city emergencies (tsunami warnings, flooding, citywide disaster info, traffic disruptions) sent automatically to their wireless devices and email accounts? Just go online to register for free at, a program of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management. 

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Work a Little, Live a Lot

Research shows that seniors who include a little bit of work in their days are apt to stay healthier

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Hit the Beach

Believe it or not, fall is the best time of the year to go coastal

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The Lowdown on Immunizations

Vaccines, also called immunizations, are a hot topic. Nearly everyone has an opinion about their effectiveness and safety, and whether it’s a community responsibility to get or not-get vaccinated.

Before you form your own opinion, it’s important to know the basic facts about how they work and what they protect against. 

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Baja-Style Salmon Tacos

Where Mexican meets Mediterranean

Summer in the Bay Area means great wild salmon. For amazing tacos, throw some on the grill then into whole-wheat tortillas with all the fixings. Mexican flavor meets the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet—fish, whole grains and fresh veggies. What’s not to like? 

•    12 ounces salmon fillet, cut into four portions (3 ounces each) 
•    4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas 

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Five Healthy Day Trips

Hit the road for fun and fitness

Getting out and enjoying the day can work wonders for your health and well-being. Each of these irresistible day trips offers a specific health benefit.  

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Distracted Living

For better or worse, today’s preoccupation with new media and technology has changed the way we live and communicate

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Boost Your Memory

Promote brain health and challenge your mind 

If you’ve ever forgotten a familiar person’s name or important items on your to-do list, why shrug it off?  Medical experts recommend taking steps to improve your memory.

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Pack a Food-Safe Picnic

Now that the weather is warming up, eating out—as in out of doors—is an increasingly attractive option. Here are some tips to help safeguard your munchies and protect your picnic crew from food-borne illness.

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