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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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Bill aims to make it easier for community clinics to help disaster victims

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Currently, clinics can't get reimbursed by Medi-Cal for services provided at shelters or evacuation centers. The legislation in Sacramento would change that.

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Scientists explore ties between Alzheimer's and our immune system

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Could an antimicrobial peptide known as LL-37 hold the key to Alzheimer's? Two researchers think the disease may be traced to an immunity glitch.

Did smallpox virus research put potential profits ahead of public safety?

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Privately funded scientists made a virus related to smallpox from scratch, hoping it might lead to a better vaccine. But critics worry about repercussions.

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California is past peak flu — but you should still get vaccinated

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The state's flu season peaked around New Year's, but it's still widespread. Public health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

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Why can't I put my smartphone down? Here's the science

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In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

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Ask Emily: Family crisis or new baby? Get paid time off for it

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Californians can get six weeks of paid leave at up to 70 percent of their salary to care for a sick family member or a new baby. But the paperwork can be onerous.

Can better patient gowns help hospitals embrace change?

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One hospital chain is testing new gowns that might actually cover your backside. Designers have tried to change the despised garment before — without much luck.

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5 bills California lawmakers are looking at to make health care cheaper

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In lieu of pushing for an immediate transition to a government-run single-payer health care system, some are offering these bills as part of a more gradual approach.

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Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

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This season started early and was widespread in many states in December. Early last month, it hit what seemed like peak levels, but then continued to surge.

Stop crying! Tear-free onions are here

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For years, people have been crying about how chopping onions brings on the waterworks. Well, there's finally a tearless onion, but the allium has not quite caught on with the general public yet.

A renewed push for single payer at Sacramento health care hearing

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Some advocates pushed for moving to a "single-payer" system right away; others called for a more gradual approach.

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Enrollment under Covered California health law dips slightly

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The numbers are about 2 percent down from last year, with 1.52 million people applying for coverage. More than 388,000 of those are new, but fewer people renewed.

6 legal hurdles to universal health care in California

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There are several state and federal laws that could be obstacles to efforts to move to universal health care. Here's a quick list.

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New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

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California and other states have reduced the use of antipsychotic drugs at nursing homes, but advocacy groups say even the lower rate is excessive given a much higher risk to elderly people with dementia.

What are California's options to get universal health care?

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This week a special State Assembly committee hears for the first time specific proposals on how to move California to universal health care. There are several possible paths. Here are the primary models.

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Migraines could soon be gone with a shot

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New therapies could change how physicians treat these debilitating headaches — but they'll probably be expensive and the long-term side effects are unknown.