Community Health |

5 Boyle Heights firms face criminal charges over toxics

Elizabeth Aguilera
| The L.A. City Attorney files criminal charges against the firms' owners for illegally disposing highly toxic chemicals and/or not properly storing them.

Using paramedics to help hospice patients avoid unwanted care

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A pilot project in Ventura County has trained paramedics to assess whether or not hospice patients need to go to the hospital.

Quemetco rejects state plan for expanded lead testing

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The state wants Quemetco to test for lead in a half-mile radius around the plant. The company says it should only have to test in a quarter-mile radius.

Planned Parenthood LA will offer HIV-preventive drugs

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The group will gradually roll out Truvada at its 20 clinics over the course of 2016, joining an L.A. County effort. It will also offer a post-exposure drug.

Study finds tone of voice can help predict marital fate

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The tone of voice you and your partner use with each other is a key to determining whether your relationship will get better or worse, USC researchers find.

Breaking the mental health taboo in Orange County churches

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Two years ago, evangelists Rick and Kay Warren launched a faith-based mental health outreach effort. One Catholic church in Cypress was ahead of the curve.

State takes first steps in expanded Exide cleanup effort

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Some residents of East L.A., Boyle Heights, Maywood and Commerce have begun receiving letters informing them that their property may be contaminated with lead.

LA County looks to make drug firms pay for disposal of old meds, needles

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A draft county ordinance would require companies to pay for collection and disposal of old or unused prescription drugs and needles in people's homes.