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AV Hospital first in area to offer TIF procedure for acid reflux

Antelope Valley Hospital is the first hospital in the area to offer a surgical procedure called transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Also known as chronic acid reflux, GERD is a condition where food or liquid ...

Hearing Loss Rates Holding Steady for U.S. Teens: Study

There's good and bad news from a new study on the noise blasted in American teenagers' ears -- more kids are listening to music via earphones than ever before, but rates of hearing loss have not increased. Still, "the overall ...

Binge Drinking Rates Dropping on College Campuses

After years of increases in binge drinking among the college crowd, new research shows those rates have now dropped. Unfortunately, the reverse held true for young adults who did not go to college. Between 1999 and 2005, binge drinking among ...

The fight for healthcare has always been about civil rights

It was a cold March night when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. turned his pulpit towards health care. Speaking to a packed, mixed-race crowd of physicians and health-care workers in Chicago, King gave one of his most influential late-career speeches, ...

GOP abandons healthcare plan

The Republican-led effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) collapsed this week when two additional GOP senators, Utah’s Mike Lee and Jerry Moran of Kansas, said they would vote “no” in a crucial vote that had been ...

Promising new sickle cell drug may target complications of disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a promising new drug developed by a Torrance pharmaceutical company to treat complications of sickle cell disease. Emmaus Medical Inc., a subsidiary of Emmaus Life Sciences Inc., developed the drug, Endari, over ...

Supervisors blast GOP healthcare; cite dire consequences for county

Citing dire consequences for Los Angeles County if the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is signed into law, four of the five members of the Board of Supervisors said this week that the pending ...

Good eats with grapes

Heart-healthy foods can play a role in healthy aging. Whether you enjoy them by the handful as a refreshing snack or use them to add color, crunch and a touch of sweetness to a meal, grapes are a heart-healthy option ...

Single-payer health bill passes senate but critics question how to fund it

California has long been a national leader in healthcare innovation, and if Senate Bill 562 (which seeks to establish a Medicare-for-all system) passes, the state could change the direction of health care in the nation. SB 562 is sponsored by ...

'Couch Potatoes' May Face Higher Risk of Kidney, Bladder Cancers

Add greater risk of kidney and bladder cancer to the long list of why a lifetime of sitting on the sofa isn't good for your health, a new study suggests.

First Decline Seen in 'Vaping' Among U.S. Teens: CDC

For the first time since the U.S. government began tracking e-cigarette use among American youth, a new report shows fewer teens are vaping. The drop was significant, falling from 3 million in 2015 to 2.2 million in 2016, according to ...

Fire up the Fourth with tasty backyard recipes

Fireworks, family and food are what the Fourth of July is all about. This year, add some spark to backyard staples like grilled chicken and potato salad with a little help from tangy condiments, smoky rubs and your cast-iron skillet. ...

California’s kids are healthier but many are living in poverty

Ambar Garcia, who lives just north of downtown Los Angeles, said she’s thankful her two daughters have health coverage through California’s version of Medicaid, the government program for low-income people. That’s one less bill to worry about. But Garcia, a ...

Mental health organization marks 25 years of uplifting the Black community

Black folks love to congregate and break bread, and the Coalition of Mental Health Professional’s (CMHP) 25th Anniversary Celebration satisfied these primal urges as well as highlighting the timely issue of mental hygiene in metropolitan Los Angeles this past Sunday, ...

With Summer Sun Comes Heightened Skin Cancer Risk

Summer beckons, and with those sunny skies comes a warning to protect yourself from skin cancer. "Skin cancer, like all types of cancer, is capable of destroying healthy tissue and spreading to distant body sites," said Dr. C. Blake Phillips, ...