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Obesity rising in Los Angeles despite fast food ban

Obesity rates have gone up faster in South Los Angeles than in other parts of the city, despite a seven-year ban on new fast-food restaurants billed as a way to curb unhealthy eating in the area, according to a Rand ...

State senate to explore limiting sugar

The California Senate Committee on Health will hold a hearing Wednesday, April 22 to discuss legislation, SB 203, introduced Feb. 11 by Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning, that would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act.

If you must smoke, do it away from the kids

There is a growing body of evidence that children's exposure to smoking increases their risk of heart disease as an adult.

What is your obesity costing you?

Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing ...

Jenesse wins million dollar grant

Jenesse Center Inc., which is celebrating 35 years of service to the Los Angeles community, was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). The grant was funded to help break the ...

New study reveals effective treatment program for breast cancer survivors

In a new study that could help improve the day-to-day quality-of-life for women with breast cancer, UCLA researchers have developed a cognitive rehabilitation program to address post-cancer treatment cognitive changes, sometimes known as “chemo brain,” which can affect up to ...

Women entrepreneurs wanted at seminar

Young African American women are invited to attend a free seminar targeting the next generation of prospective entrepreneurs March 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Community and Youth Center in Inglewood.

With Covered California, reaching out on L.A. College campuses

With the Feb. 15 deadline for open enrollment in Covered California fast approaching, teams from Dakota Communications were on the campus of Los Angeles City College this week

Lucentis Approved for Diabetic Retinopathy

A drug to treat the most common eye disease among diabetics has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

AIDS/HIV awareness efforts continue

With African Americans accounting for almost half (44 percent) of all people living wth HIV/AIDS in the United States and Black males ages 13-24 representing the highest percentages of new HIV infections (38 percent), National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held ...

Instagram for doctors' lets medics share photos to solve mystery cases

The idea is at the foundation of social media channels: Seen something strange? Post it online. The desire to share the unknown, or complex, is a human urge, and no-one knows this better than doctors.

Vaccinations are best way to prevent infectious diseases

Measles, whooping cough, influenza and other infectious diseases were once believed to be largely contained and/or erradicated in America. Now some parents, teachers and medical pratictioners are at odds over what are the best safeguards against communicable illness while maintaining ...

New Healthvana app launches in time for National Black HIVAwareness Day

National Black HIV Awareness Day is on Feb. 7 and the CDC estimates that nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year. A simple, life-saving tool is Healthvana – a Yelp-like health app that helps users find free ...

Nationwide 9.5 million persons signed up for health insurance

Nationwide, 9.5 million consumers selected or were automatically reenrolled in quality, affordable health insurance coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace through the second month of 2015 open enrollment, according to a report released Tuesday by the United States Department of ...

Young sickle cell patients gain alternative treatment to blood transfusions

For young sickle cell anemia (SCA) patients at the highest risk of stroke, a daily dose of the medication hydroxyurea provides management of the disease that is just as effective as monthly blood transfusions, without the issues of iron overload ...

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