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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Migraine Warning Signs May Differ in Kids, Adults

Fatigue and mood changes are the most common symptoms that occur before children develop migraines, a new study finds.

Climate Change May Up Asthma Irritant, Study Says

Climate change may increase people's exposure to an outdoor fungus that can damage airway cells, leading to a rise in asthma and allergy symptoms, a new study contends.

It's Snakes to the Rescue for Heart Patients

Scary pit vipers may need an image upgrade: Their venom might end up helping human heart patients, research suggests.

Can Online Treatment Replace Your Therapist?

Many barriers can keep people from psychotherapy, such as cost or the availability of a qualified health provider. But new research suggests that online therapy programs can help some people with mild to moderate depression. The study found the results ...

Marijuana May Make Your Gums Go to Pot

Frequent pot smokers might be dooming themselves to diseased gums, a new study suggests. "It is well known that frequent tobacco use can increase the risk of periodontal [gum] disease, but it was surprising to see that recreational cannabis [pot] ...