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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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L.A. County officials want more help for homeless people with mental health issues. As for those who refuse treatment, the options are imperfect.

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Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say.

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How does the 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice stay fit? Planking and push-ups with her personal trainer. He's sharing his tips in The RBG Workout.

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Why do we fall for false cures that maim and kill people? The book 'Quackery' chronicles the history of snake oil.

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She evacuated patients from the hospital as her home burned

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Two Santa Rosa hospitals had to evacuate all their patients as wildfires spread. Nurse Julayne Smithson was on duty.

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Outrage and lawsuits after Trump ends health insurance subsidies

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Things haven't changed, yet. But several states have already filed suits to protect these subsidies, which defray costs for low-income consumers.

California feels protected against Trump pulling health subsidies

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Covered California's move to raise premiums on its silver plans was designed to insulate consumers from the effects of Trump's move. Experts think it should work.

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California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

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The proclamation gave the state's Department of Public Health the authority to purchase vaccines and distribute them to impacted areas.

Trump administration to end Obamacare subsidies for the poor

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Despite repeated threats to end the cost-reduction payments, the White House had continued the subsidies while waiting for a lawsuit to move through the courts. Thursday's decision reverses that.

Here’s how Trump’s health care order affects California

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The executive order on health care President Donald Trump signed Thursday seeks to do away with many requirements under Obamacare. California officials vow to fight.

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California blames Trump for health care price hike

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Covered California's most popular plans will have an added 12.4 percent surcharge in 2018. Officials say the increase covers Trump administration's inaction on subsidies.

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Mom evacuates smoke-filled hospital as baby is on his way

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With contractions four and five minutes apart, Nicole Veum started to see and smell smoke at her Santa Rosa, Calif. hospital.

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Several million consumers who buy their own health insurance earn too much to qualify for government help to defray the cost.

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"Because of all the concern about Zika, most folks did use mosquito repellent. However, that was not good enough."

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Health resources vary a lot from school to school — and many students don't know how to get the care they need.

Trump guts requirement that employer health plans pay for birth control

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With a new regulation, the administration will allow any company or nonprofit group to refuse to cover contraception by claiming a religious or moral exemption to the federal health law.