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New bill could tax soft drinks

A Santa Monica Assemblyman and two other legislators introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose a tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California, although similar efforts have failed to

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases rise in L.A. County

Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise across the nation,

Physicians say the same things to Black and White patients, but nonverbal cues show bias

Physicians give less compassionate nonverbal cues when treating seriously ill Black patients compared with their White counterparts,

‘Walkable’ neighborhoods boost heart health, stamina

Two new studies suggest that your heart health may depend, at least in part, on the sidewalks and public transportation available in the community where you live.

Breast cancer equally common now among Blacks, Whites

Breast cancer is now as common among Black women as among Whites, although Black women continue to have a higher death rate from the disease, an American Cancer Society (ACS) report says.

Covered California targets African Americans, Latinos

Covered California still faces a major challenge enrolling African Americans and Latinos as the state’s health insurance exchange launches its third open-enrollment period Nov. 1.

Breast cancer guidelines change

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently published a new breast cancer screening guideline for women at average risk for developing breast cancer in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Covered California unveils new campaign to attract more Black enrollees

Covered California will launch its third enrollment period this weekend with an increased focus on African American enrollment. The state’s heathcare exchange has not attracted a sufficient amount of Black enrollees and will introduce a new marketing and outreach campaign ...

‘America’s Biggest Health Fair’ arrives at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

Walmart has made a commitment to make healthcare and healthier food more affordable and accessible, and the company showcased these efforts last Saturday at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with their “America’s Biggest Health Fair” event.

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.