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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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California lawmakers move to limit gay conversion therapy

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The practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation has been shown to be ineffective, says the Assemblyman who wrote the bill that now heads to the state Senate.

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High blood pressure can cause severe health problems, but some of the medications to control it have unpleasant side effects. A new drug test alerts doctors when patients aren't taking their meds.

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Bush, 92, has had a series of hospitalizations and now is focused on "comfort care," according to a statement released by the office of George H.W. Bush.

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The measure is backed by several influential unions frustrated that health care costs are gobbling an increasing share of compensation.

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High deductible health insurance doesn't turn out to be a great option for people with chronic health conditions and people with lower incomes.

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More than 42,200 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016. That means the first step to overcoming an addiction may very well having a supply of naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose, on hand.

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Scientists have long been fascinated with whether dramatic restrictions in the amount of food we eat can help us live longer. New research suggests it might, but the question is, is it worth it?

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Doctors at UC Irvine Medical Center are teaching courses to show people how to stop severe bleeding before first responders arrive during an emergency.

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In a proposed ruling Wednesday, an L.A. judge wrote that coffee companies failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced in the roasting process was insignificant.

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Los Angeles County alone is home to over 300,000 veterans, the most in the country. And L.A. also has the largest VA medical center in the country.

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A recent report argued that single payer health care would take several years to realize in California and recommended that lawmakers instead take a series of short-term steps to improve coverage.

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Standards for how to investigate and report on overdoses vary widely across states and counties. As a result, opioid overdose deaths often go overlooked in the data reported to the federal government.

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Research suggests that African-American and Latino children with autism are diagnosed later in life because of bias on the part of healthcare providers or lack of access among families, among others.

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Many doctors oppose the idea, and similar laws elsewhere haven't increased the number of moms treated.

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