Anyone can get skin cancer; learn how to protect the skin you’re in

You may have heard that people with light skin, light-colored hair, and blue or green eyes have a greater risk for developing skin cancer. But did you know that people with darker skin are at risk for skin cancer too? ...

Love at first crunch: How crickets could be the future of food

Eleven years ago, a series of health concerns forced me to leave my carnivorous ways behind. Since then, I've been one of those annoying people to dine with, vacillating between being vegan and vegetarian before finally landing in the world ...

Mayor launches program to target homelessness

Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday announced what he said are the first steps of a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, an effort that would invest at least $100 million annually in City funding to help house ...

New blood test may help predict heart disease risks in obese Black teens

A new blood test appears to help predict the risk for future heart disease among Black teens struggling with obesity.

How to get blood pressure down to 120

Doctors have long known that systolic blood pressure below 120 was considered normal and meant a lower risk of heart disease and kidney problems. But they would often only treat patients if that top number crept above 140, the threshold ...

Prosthetic hand 'tells' the brain what it is touching

Research on prosthetic hands has come a long way, but most of it has focused on improving the way the body controls the device.

Heat wave alert

Los Angeles County's top health official declared a “heat alert” this week and warned residents of the greater Los Angeles area, including the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, not to leave older adults, children or pets unattended ...

Acupuncture might help ease high blood pressure

Can acupuncture benefit people with mildly or moderately elevated blood pressure? Perhaps, a small study suggests, but the researchers behind the trial acknowledge that it's too soon to say for sure.

A folding paper microscope? It's real

Sometimes, inventors come up with things the world wants. The Rubik's Cube. iPhones. Snuggies. Then there are the things the world needs. The wheel. Penicillin. Anything with caffeine in it.

UCLA Health notifying patients about stolen laptop with personal health info

UCLA Health announced this week that 1,242 patients are being notified about the theft of a faculty member’s laptop computer containing names, medical record numbers and health information used to prepare patient treatment plans. According to UCLA, no Social Security ...

Black Women at increased risk of carrying breast cancer genes

Young Black women have a higher rate of breast and ovarian cancer-related gene mutations than previously reported compared to young White women with breast cancer, a new study finds.

Thousands of seniors among the ‘hidden poor’

Nearly 20 percent of adults over 65 in California live between an economic rock and hard place—unable to afford basic needs but ineligible to receive government assistance—making them the state’s “hidden poor,” according to a UCLA study released Monday.

Here's how to calculate your heart's age

About 69 million Americans are not as young at heart as they believe they are, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Is early breast cancer overtreated?

More than 60% of all women over 40 in the United States have had a mammogram in the past two years. And 20% of mammograms detect something called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS -- also known as Stage 0 ...

Special enrollment for healthcare

HealthCare.gov is promoting a special opportunity to obtain healthcare coverage during the recess between enrollment periods for Covered California. You can enroll in a healthcare plan, if you have life changes such as getting married, having a baby, losing other ...