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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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Young men, frequent drivers most likely to get distracted while driving

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Distracted driving is a growing problem, accounting for at least 12 percent of road crashes worldwide. Phones don't help. But personality and gender may play a role, too, researchers say.

Free mobile clinic returns to LA with a new focus on the homeless

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Organizers hope their volunteer providers will treat 450 homeless in need of health care over the course of the three-day clinic.

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Officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases near Disneyland

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Legionnaires' has sickened a total of 15 people, two of whom have died. The four not connected to Disneyland lived in or had visited Anaheim — suggesting there could be sources of infection not yet discovered.

SoCal retiree says losing medical deduction would be 'huge hit'

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The House GOP tax plan would end the medical expense tax deduction. A Claremont man who's had heart issues says that would increase his tax bill by $7,000.

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California fines Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for ignoring complaints

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Health regulators say Anthem Blue Cross is guilty of hundreds of "systemic" violations of its customer grievance policy. The insurer "strongly disagrees" with the findings.

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No Obamacare mandate could mean higher health costs in CA

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The latest attempt to repeal the individual mandate was added to the GOP tax plan Tuesday. If it passes, Californians could eventually see higher insurance premiums.

Scientists try 1st gene editing in the body in California

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Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body. The procedure was performed in Oakland on a 44-year-old man with Hunter syndrome.

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FDA approves first digital pill that can track if you've taken it

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Abilify MyCite is a tablet with an embedded sensor activated by fluid in the stomach. Although the drug's approval is a big step for digital medicine, there are concerns about privacy and cost.

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AARP Foundation sues nursing home to stop illegal evictions

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Gloria and Bill Single lived together in a nursing home until she was evicted without warning. Complaints about illegal evictions from nursing homes are up 73 percent in California since 2011.

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Half of US adults have high blood pressure in new guidelines

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High pressure, which for decades has been a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, drops to 130 over 80 in advice announced Monday by a dozen medical groups.

Sip wine, chat about postponing motherhood at an 'egg social'

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First, there were Tupperware parties. Then Mary Kay soirees. Now, you might be sipping cocktails at an egg-freezing fête for women considering postponing motherhood.

Supreme Court takes on case about free speech and abortion

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Does a California law violate the Constitution by requiring anti-abortion pregnancy centers to inform clients about free or low-cost abortion and contraception services?

Disneyland shuts down cooling towers due to Legionnaires' disease

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Twelve people came down with the bacterial illness in October. Nine of them had visited Disneyland the previous month.

Scientists start to figure out the subtle ways racism destroys your health

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The effects of lifelong exposure to discrimination are complicated — but they're probably similar to other kinds of chronic stress.

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Hospitals scramble to deal with a shortage of saline drip bags

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Hurricane Maria disrupted the operations of a leading manufacturer of saline IV bags — leading to a shortage that has affected California.

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Talking to kids about marijuana gets tougher

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Now that recreational marijuana use in California and other states is legal for adults and marketers are ramping up ads, youth drug educators fear that kids may think it's safe for them to light up.