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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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In addition to the record rise in cases of sexually transmitted diseases, the state has seen a spike in the number of stillbirths caused by syphilis.

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L.A. County's opioid OD rate is much lower than the overall U.S. rate. The county’s leader in substance abuse prevention says racial and ethnic diversity could be a factor.

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Up to 16 million people in the U.S. have undiagnosed or uncorrected vision errors that could be helped by glasses, contact lenses or surgery. But many health plans don't include routine vision care.

Report finds cases of STDs reach all-time high in California

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The California Department of Public Health said Monday that more than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and early syphilis were reported last year. That's a 45 percent increase compared with five years ago.

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Australia's 'Man With The Golden Arm' Retires After Saving 2.4 Million Babies

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James Harrison, 81, has a rare antibody that can help treat a condition affecting pregnant women. He's donated plasma 1,173 times. But now he's aged out of the donation program.

Trump Administration's 3 Biggest Ideas For Lowering Drug Prices

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After criticism that the administration's blueprint for drug prices was vague, the secretary of health and human services zeroed in on actions that he said need only his signature.

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Many chronic pain patients are middle-aged and older adults, who are among the highest users of prescription opioids. Some have been stranded by well-intentioned policies designed to curb abuse.

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Despite a federal ban on funding the study of gun violence, researchers have published hundreds of studies in recent years exploring risk factors and solutions to the problem.

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The 39-page drug price plan includes an array of ideas that the administration will consider, but it's unclear which ones will be implemented.

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A new initiative could have voters pay for lead paint clean up

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Three paint companies are waging a battle to avoid paying millions of dollars in liability. And they’re asking Californians to help them get their way.

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A proposed change in immigration policy from the Trump administration could make it harder for immigrants to obtain a green card if family members use Medicaid, WIC or other federal medical benefits.

The only city in California to solve veteran homelessness is on a mission to go bigger

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There are around 40,000 homeless veterans in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 11,000 of them live in California.

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California, Florida stem cell clinics target of US lawsuit

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Prosecutors sued on Wednesday to stop two companies from providing stem cell treatments, alleging the clinics marketed their procedures as remedies for ailments including cancer and heart disease without proof of safety and efficacy.

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U.S. law prohibits people on Medicare from using the discount coupons the makers of expensive medicines offer. The law aims to reduce federal drug spending and Medicare fraud, but can feel unfair.

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The giant pharmacy chain introduced new rules restricting painkiller prescriptions to 7 days and putting a cap on dosage strength. Pharmacies will carry an overdose antidote wherever it's legal.

Administration Rejects Proposal For Lifetime Medicaid Cap

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The Trump administration laid out limits on how much flexibility it would allow states in running Medicaid. Work requirements are in and lifetime caps are out.

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