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Smoking can raise your insurance rates, but that doesn't mean you'll get coverage for help with quitting.

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Coming soon to a daycare near you: No more smoking

Assembly approves to extend ban on smoking in child-care centers to all times of the day, even when children are not present.

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It's Earth Day: How vulnerable is your community to pollution?

The state's interactive map ranks each census tract based on its exposure to various types of pollution, along with public health and demographic measures.

Morphine and oxycodone (the active ingredient in Oxycontin) are strong narcotic pain relievers on their own. Moxduo, a drug now up for FDA approval, would combine morphine and oxycodone in a single capsule.

FDA panel rejects combination pain pill

The combination pill, Moxduo, was developed by QRxPharma with the aim of decreasing dangerous side effects of prescription painkillers, including breathing problems, nausea and vomiting.

Powerful narcotic painkiller up for FDA approval

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn it could launch a new wave of abuse.

Cedars-Sinai now screening patients for depression

Clinical depression can delay physical healing and make recovery more difficult. Those displaying signs of the illness will undergo detailed screening.

Scribes are back, helping doctors tackle electronic medical records

In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.

For the children's sake, put down that smartphone

When adults are absorbed in their mobile devices, the consequences for children are not good. Research shows kids act out more if they are competing with a mobile device for their parent's attention.

Vaping lounges offer refuge from LA's new e-cigarette ban

As the new ban on use e-cigarettes goes into effect, retailers are carving out spaces where enthusiasts can legally partake of the practice.

Of 58 measles cases in CA, 19 were intentionally unvaccinated

The California Department of Public Health reported two more cases of measles this week, increasing the total to 58 reported cases this year.

LA's e-cigarette ban takes effect Saturday

Here's what you need to know about L.A.'s ban on smoking e-cigarettes in public places.

Born with HIV, building a future

In high school, Cristina Peña was afraid to tell her boyfriend, Chris Ondaatje, that she was HIV-positive. She needn't have worried. More than a decade later, they're still together.

When being pregnant also means being out of a job

Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.

New medical school in Inland Empire

Plans for a new medical school in the Inland Empire aim to help bring and keep doctors in the area. It will be the second to open this decade.

Covered California enrollment is more than 3M, exceeds projections

New numbers released by Covered California show the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act exceeded expectations.

FAQ: How you can still get measles even after being vaccinated

Two medical experts explain how a person who is immunized can still get the contagious disease.

Medicare kept paying indicted, sanctioned doctors

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court.