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To help protect infants from whooping cough, vaccinate during pregnancy

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| The state health department faces an uphill battle persuading obstetricians to start vaccinating pregnant women against whooping cough.

Selling the spine: Doctors profit in the OR, but at whose expense?


California has seen a rapid growth in what are called Physician Owned Distributorships in the spinal device business. Critics argue they create a financial incentive to do more and at times unnecessary surgeries.

North Hills VA under review due to scheduling 'confusion'


A spokesman says the national VA will take a closer look at the North Hills facility's scheduling practices, but stressed that a national audit found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Strange bedfellows: the health care union and the hospital association


SEIU-UHW and the California Hospital Association's deal to work together has gotten mixed reviews.

Senate passes bill simplifying health plan search by drug coverage


SB 1052 fixes a problem that anyone taking a drug for a chronic condition may have encountered: It was nearly impossible to shop for an insurance plan by drug.

Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center to open in south LA


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center will offer greatly expanded services on the campus of the old King/Drew Medical Center.

A young vet's frustration with long wait times at SoCal's VA's


An Apple store "genius," Lance MacNiven can solve vexing technological problems. But he can’t solve a problem in his own life: long wait times at VA medical centers.

The most important conversation you're not having


Eighty percent of Californians say they'd like to have a conversation with their physicians about advanced care planning, but only seven percent have, an expert says.