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Study: Air pollution tied to increased diabetes risk

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| The USC study of overweight Latino children in Los Angeles finds exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

SoCal lawmakers introduce bills to reform toxics agency

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The author of one bill pointed to the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon to argue why the legislation is needed.

3 CA counties have higher death rate from testicular cancer

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A study finds the rate has been dropping throughout California, but it's gone up somewhat in San Bernardino, Imperial and Stanislaus counties.

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Syphilis cases up 400 percent in the OC

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The number of Californians diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases continues to increase, but one Orange County has seen a particularly big jump.

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Planned Parenthood California braces for loss of federal funding

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The group's California branch projects it would lose about 80 percent of its annual budget. Patients might need to seek care at other clinics, which are already struggling to meet demand.

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Report on tests for toxics near battery recycler delayed

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Toxics regulators had planned to report in December on levels of lead and other metals around Quemetco. Now they plan to release their findings in March.

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Key state HIV program in disarray after contract switch

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A change in contractors for a state-run AIDS program has led to enrollment delays and left some patients unable to get necessary medications and timely care.

Second Paramount firm agrees to chromium 6 reduction plan

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If Anaplex Corp.'s emissions exceed a certain threshold, it must shut down any equipment that could emit the carcinogen. Aerocraft agreed to a similar plan last month.