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Should Calif. allow parents to skip vaccines on religious grounds?

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| As lawmakers draft a bill, critics of the religious exemption argue that it provides a loophole for parents who oppose vaccines for personal, not religious, reasons.

How will Calif. decide on controversial hospital sale?

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AG Kamala Harris must consider whether the proposed sale of the Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare is in the public interest.

Trouble sleeping? UCLA researchers say meditation might help

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Adults who learned to meditate reported better sleep than those who took a course on sleep habits and relaxation.

Lawmaker tries again for warning label on sugary drinks

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State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) introduced the same bill last session. It passed the Senate but died in the Assembly health committee.

Schools don't track whether under-vaccinated kids get all of their shots

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L.A. Unified and other schools have no system to track whether "conditional entrants" — kindergartners who don't have all of their shots — get up to date.

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Younger doctors need a measles crash course

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Because measles was eliminated in the United States in 2000, the majority of younger physicians have never seen it. So hospitals have launched an education campaign.

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First Person: Eric Barr fights back against his stroke with theater

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A former UC Riverside theater professor is the writer-performer of a one-man show about his battle to recover from a series of strokes.

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Green alleys: Pilot project to collect rainwater, beautify neighborhoods

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Two alleys in South L.A. will soon get a makeover. The asphalt will be replaced with a surface that filters and collects water. Lighting, trees and artwork will transform the alleys into semi-parks.

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