Health

What to do when health care isn't enough

We are beginning to see health care’s first, hesitant steps, where doctors and hospitals wade into the world of social services.

More than 500,000 Californians still signing up for health insurance

Those who started their applications before midnight on March 31st have until April 15th to finish enrolling. In addition, Latino enrollment jumped in March.

Nearly half of Californians who used exchange may drop coverage

Over the next year, many of the more than 1.2 million people who used the Covered California exchange to buy health insurance are expected to switch to job-based plans or Medicaid.

Run when you're 25 for a sharper brain when you're 45

Here's the latest bit of evidence that exercise keeps the brain fit. Much of the research has been in older people, but this study found that being fit in your 20s makes you sharper in middle age.

8 meningitis diagnoses in Los Angeles County

The infection can cause brain damage, hearing loss or potentially death.

Is it time to reconsider breast self-exams?

A risque campaign that aims to boost self-exams for breast cancer has reignited a debate about whether they prevent cancer deaths. One doctor says it's time to change how women look for lumps.

Rick and Kay Warren try to improve church attitudes about mental illness

The suicide of their son motivated the Warrens to launch their effort. It began with a conference at their Saddleback Church on March 28th.

LA County grapples with health care plan for those in the US illegally

The county plans to spend $56 million a year on a managed care-type program. Immigrant advocates want the county to double the funding.

Do Girl Scout cookies still make the world a better place?

Obesity docs say it's time for the Girl Scouts to ditch the processed, sugary cookies and find another way to raise money.

People who are still uninsured may turn to community clinics

Federally funded health clinics serve all comers, and people pay fees based on a sliding scale. That's one option for people who didn't sign up for health insurance.

Last-minute enrollment rush forces Covered California rule change

Covered California's chief says the website has had about 80,000 unique visitors per hour Monday, and that number could reach 1 million by midnight.

'Huge surge' in Covered California signups as deadline nears

The crush is stressing the agency's website; some applicants may be logged off and told to come back another day to finish enrolling by April 15.

Weight-loss surgery can reverse diabetes, but cure is elusive

People with diabetes who had gastric bypass surgery had much better control of blood sugar three years later. But most still hadn't met the goal of returning to normal sugar levels, a study finds.

Health care website up and running, after another technical problem

Officials say a "technical problem" caused the site to fall out of service for four hours Monday morning in addition to the usual overnight maintenance period.

Rethinking fat: The case for adding some into your diet

There's new thinking about the effects of fat on our waistlines and our hearts. And consensus is building that saturated fat isn't the demon we were once told to fear, especially compared with carbs.

As deadline looms, advocates make final pitch for Obamacare

Thousands at South L.A. church hear calls to sign up for insurance if they don't already have it.