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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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Want help explaining a medical procedure? Ask a 9-year-old

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Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

Avocado hand injuries are real. Is a seedless fruit the answer?

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Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute seedless variety.

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GOP tax plan expected to preserve medical expense deduction

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Lawmakers have agreed to keep the medical expense deduction, according to reports from NPR. The deduction provides tax relief to an estimated million California households.

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Deadline extended for January Covered California plans

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Dec. 22 is now the last day to sign up for Covered California health insurance policies that begin Jan. 1. Procrastinators will still have a little more time.

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Quarter of California youth are seen as gender nonconforming

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The authors of the study say the 27 percent of children perceived as gender nonconforming are more vulnerable to bullying and other psychological distress.

Teens are pretty sober, except for the marijuana and vaping

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A national survey finds teen substance abuse at the lowest levels since the early 1990s. But marijuana use hasn't declined, and the number of teenagers who are vaping is rising quickly.

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.