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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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Routine DNA Screening Moves Into Primary Care

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The Pennsylvania-based health care chain Geisinger Health System plans to soon offer DNA sequencing as part of routine care for all patients. Is there a downside?

Another cause of doctor burnout? Being forced to give immigrants unequal care

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Undocumented patients with kidney disease often can't get treatment unless they are in a state of emergency — this bothers clinicians who want to treat all patients equally.

Is sleeping with your baby as dangerous as doctors say?

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Many doctors in the U.S. say the practice puts an infant at risk of sleep-related death. A close look at the research reveals a different picture.

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'Pain is my constant companion'

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KPCC follows one woman for a week to see what it's like to experience near constant pain. Check back for daily updates.

USDA unveils GMO food labels — and they're confusing

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The prototype labels use "BE," for bioengineered, instead of GMO. One design features a smiling sun that a skeptic calls "propaganda for the industry."

What Does Trump's Proposal To Cut Planned Parenthood Funds Mean?

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The Trump administration is pulling out an old regulation that it believes will be able to meet a conservative goal: cutting a key program's funding for Planned Parenthood. The strategy might work.

New Type Of Drug To Prevent Migraines Heads To Market

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An antibody-based drug reduces the frequency of migraine headaches, according to data reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. The agency approved Aimovig, priced at about $6,900 a year.

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Report: Most Former Research Chimps Should Move To Retirement Sanctuaries

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A working group convened by the National Institutes of Health looked at where chimps that had been used in research should live now. Unless relocating chimps would endanger them, a sanctuary is best.

White House To Ban Federal Funds For Clinics That Discuss Abortion With Patients

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The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to announce that it is reviving a Reagan-era rule that bars groups that receive federal funding from discussing abortion with patients.

Army 'Leans In' To Protect A Shooter's Brain From Blast Injury

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The Army tells NPR of plans to monitor blast exposure across a military career, to enforce limits on firing certain weapons, and to even look into whether special helmets could help stop blast waves.

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Grand jury faults response to San Diego's hepatitis outbreak

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A grand jury report following one of the worst outbreaks of Hepatitis A in the United States in 20 years faulted the response of San Diego city and county officials on Thursday and recommended improving communications to prepare for future health emergencies.

How ER docs could help fight the opioid epidemic

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L.A. County-USC Medical Center is piloting a program in which ER doctors steer patients with opioid use disorders into treatment.

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Test of Herceptin Finds Briefer Treatment Can Work, With Fewer Side Effects

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An aggressive type of breast cancer — a HER2-positive tumor — often shrinks with Herceptin treatment, but side effects can be tough. Researchers say a shorter course of the drug may be a good option.

Could cannabis help keep seniors in pain off opioids?

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The Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective has more than 800 members on the books, a sign that seniors are open to using pot for chronic pain and other issues. The community has had a high rate of opioid overdose deaths.

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Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide

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The number of children and teens who visited the hospital for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled from 2008 to 2015. Rates were highest during the school year.

Judge tosses California law allowing life-ending drugs

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A Riverside County judge has thrown out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature.

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