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Supervisors blast Obamacare repeal

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to push back against the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

There has been a sharp rise in the number of American seniors who take three or more medications that affect their brains, a new study reveals. The study looked at seniors' use of opioid painkillers, antidepressants, tranquilizers and antipsychotic drugs. ...

Vitamin D Linked to Lower Risk of Respiratory Infections

There's preliminary evidence that adequate amounts of vitamin D might help lower rates of respiratory infections. These infections include colds, bronchitis and pneumonia, the researchers said. In a review of past trials of people taking vitamin D supplements, researchers from ...

Tightened rules for antibiotics in food animals go into effect

A new rule that aims to safeguard essential antibiotics for humans by limiting their use in food animals is now fully in effect. Under the Food and Drug Administration policy, antibiotics that have been designated “medically important”—in other words, they’re ...

Back to the future: Insurance pools for high-risk patients could be revived

It wasn’t so long ago that health insurance horror stories fueled discussions around the family dinner table and the national debate over health care reform. “One company said I was too heavy,” said Scott Svonkin, of Los Angeles, of the ...

Do women who wait to have children live longer lives?

In what’s believed to be the first study of its kind, research suggests that women who give birth for the first time at age 25 or older are more likely to live to 90. The researchers also found that women ...

California faces major reversal if Trump, Congress scrap health law

California has a lot to lose if President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress fulfill their campaign pledge to repeal Obamacare.

New law will expand mental health services for low-income Californians

Legislation recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown will allow about 1,000 clinics statewide to bill Medi-Cal for treatment by marriage and family counselors, deepening the pool of mental health providers.

California won’t extend parental leave rights to small businesses

Aiming to attract and keep top-notch talent, a growing number of companies are dangling family-friendly perks such as lengthy paid leave for new moms and dads, back-up child care and onsite infant vaccines. But the attention-grabbing headlines — such as ...

Ken Griffey Sr. tells his cancer story

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) will host one of the largest meetings for patients, where leading prostate cancer physicians and specialists share insights on the latest research and treatment.

Providence St. Joseph Health system merger creates $100 million mental health initiative

The newly merged Providence St. Joseph Health system announced this week a $100 million initiative to pay for mental health counseling and research in California and six other states.

Advance planning for your end-of-life care

Millions of Californians are newly eligible for a health care benefit that could determine the treatment they receive in their final days - and most don’t know it.

Congresswoman Waters urges U.S.P.S. to issue Alzheimer’s Stamp

Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43), ranking member of the Financial Services Committee and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, sent a letter to Mary Anne Penner, director of stamp services at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), urging ...

Cedars-Sinai critical in Ebola defense

Cedars-Sinai has been tapped to play a critical role in bolstering the country’s front line of defense against Ebola and other highly infectious diseases under a federal grant announced Tuesday.

Let Medicare help you stop smoking

It’s never too late to quit smoking. While it’s best to stop as early as possible, kicking the smoking habit at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life.

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