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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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Parents worry Congress won't fund the Children's Health Insurance Program

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The federal funding of the program lapsed in September. States have been burning through leftover funds, or borrowing from other accounts, as they wait for Congress to act before the end of January.

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This year, consider giving presence instead of presents

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Science says consciously spending time with our loved ones is more important to them than receiving expensive presents.

Can your crockpot give you lead poisoning?

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Mass-produced crockpots and other ceramic food containers are probably safe, but handmade earthenware might merit a home test.

LA's homeless housing experiment is paying off, report finds

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A Los Angeles County experiment in housing some of the most medically ill homeless people in the region showed early signs it's cost-effective, according to a study out Tuesday from the RAND Corporation.

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LA’s Skid Row finally gets more toilets and showers

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The city provided the new facility after a recent Hepatitis A outbreak in L.A. County. Homeless advocates have asked for more public toilets and showers for years.

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Tylenol may help ease the pain of hurt feelings

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Acetaminophen, the world's most popular painkiller, doesn't just dull physical aches, it also has subtle psychological effects, researchers say. But blunting emotions isn't always a good thing.

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New drugs could prevent migraine headaches for some people

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The first drugs designed specifically to prevent migraines have been found safe and effective in studies, but aren't yet FDA approved. Both drugs work by tweaking a brain system involved in pain.

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What we've learned treating people with HIV can make care better for us all

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AIDS has been transformed from a death sentence into a manageable chronic disease. The holistic approach to care that helped make that possible could transform health care for us all.

Health risks to farmworkers increase as workforce ages

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As the number of immigrants available for farm work has dwindled in California, many who are left are older, and suffer from health problems related to decades of difficult labor.

Rabid bat found in Anaheim shopping center parking lot

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Officials say anyone who came in physical contact with the bat or saw someone else do so at Canyon Terrace Shopping Center should call the Orange County Health Care Agency.

5 ways Congressional tax legislation would transform health care

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Even though congressional Republicans formally set aside their Obamacare repeal-and-replace efforts this summer, there are big policy changes that could become law under pending tax proposals.

DACA uncertainty taking a toll on mental health

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“The level of trauma that our undocumented students are facing on a regular basis is concerning,” says one local care coordinator.

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Rare and mysterious vomiting illness linked to heavy marijuana use

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For a small percentage of people who smoke marijuana, long term use can make them sick with violent vomiting.California doctors worry they'll see more cases when pot is fully legalized in January.

7 ways you can protect yourself from outrageous medical bills

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Prepare to joust over bills with hospitals, medical providers and insurers. You can win by being smart and assertive and acting before a test or treatment is administered.

Can crowdsourcing food illnesses help stop outbreaks?

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People can use the website to report restaurants, symptoms and whether they notified health department officials. But there are potential downsides — like mistaken culprits and malicious accusations.

Gene therapy shows promise for a growing list of diseases

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After decades of hope and disappointment, doctors have now been able to treat several different types of genetic conditions by giving each patient a healthy version of their defective gene.

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