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A 'potentially powerful model' for treating sickle cell

A sickle cell clinic in South L.A. is believed to be the first of its kind: It brings primary and specialty care providers under one roof to treat the disease.
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California clinics face deep cuts if Congress doesn't act soon

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It’s been nearly two months since Congress missed its deadline to renew funding for community health centers. Without more money, clinic leaders warn of cutbacks.

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Defense bill could lead to more regulation of chemicals in some SoCal drinking water

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The CDC would get $7 million to test the safety of chemicals used in firefighting foam at military bases and civilian airfields. Studies indicate the compounds may cause cancer.

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Millions are not getting treatment for hearing loss

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A study's co-author says many people just accept hearing loss as a fact of life and some doctors aren't screening for it.

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After death of 8th child, Ikea relaunches dresser recall

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The latest death was Jozef Dudek, 2, of Buena Park. The toddler had reportedly been put down for a nap when his father went in to check on him and found him under the dresser.

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Odds are, they're taking your blood pressure all wrong

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New guidelines have lowered the threshold for high blood pressure to 130/80, which makes it even more important to get an accurate reading. Here's how to increase the odds of getting it right.

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With Obamacare, Americans seek more preventive cardiovascular care

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A UCLA study says since the Affordable Care Act reduced out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, more people are getting screenings for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

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Stop the Bleed teaches survivors of Las Vegas massacre

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Jessica Flores was in the crowd when bullets started raining down at the country music festival. She witnessed terror but was unable to help. Now she wants to change that.

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Young men, frequent drivers most likely to get distracted while driving

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Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Phones don't help. But personality and gender may play a role, too, researchers say.

Free mobile clinic returns to LA with a new focus on the homeless

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Organizers hope their volunteer providers will treat 450 homeless in need of health care over the course of the three-day clinic.

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Officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases near Disneyland

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Legionnaires' has sickened a total of 15 people, two of whom have died. The four not connected to Disneyland lived in or had visited Anaheim — suggesting there could be sources of infection not yet discovered.

SoCal retiree says losing medical deduction would be 'huge hit'

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The House GOP tax plan would end the medical expense tax deduction. A Claremont man who's had heart issues says that would increase his tax bill by $7,000.

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California fines Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for ignoring complaints

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Health regulators say Anthem Blue Cross is guilty of hundreds of "systemic" violations of its customer grievance policy. The insurer "strongly disagrees" with the findings.

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No Obamacare mandate could mean higher health costs in CA

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The latest attempt to repeal the individual mandate was added to the GOP tax plan Tuesday. If it passes, Californians could eventually see higher insurance premiums.

Scientists try 1st gene editing in the body in California

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Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body. The procedure was performed in Oakland on a 44-year-old man with Hunter syndrome.

FDA approves first digital pill that can track if you've taken it

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Abilify MyCite is a tablet with an embedded sensor activated by fluid in the stomach. Although the drug's approval is a big step for digital medicine, there are concerns about privacy and cost.

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AARP Foundation sues nursing home to stop illegal evictions

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Gloria and Bill Single lived together in a nursing home until she was evicted without warning. Complaints about illegal evictions from nursing homes are up 73 percent in California since 2011.

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