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Vaccinations: Losing the option to opt out

Singer Chaka Khan’s sister, Tammy McCrary, believes there is a link between her 17-year-old son’s autism and a measles mumps and rubella (MMR) shot a pediatrician gave him when he was a two-year-old toddler. Before agreeing, with reluctance, to the ...

Heart and Stroke Ball planned

It’s not a secret: African Americans are affected by heart disease and other related illnesses more than any other racial group. In an effort to bring awareness to this issue, the American Heart Association will host its second annual Los ...

Sickle Cell Disease Foundation raises funds for Camp Crescent Moon

More than 500 people attended the fifth annual Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California Walk-a-Thon this past Saturday at Los Angeles Southwest College. The purpose of the event was to raise $50,000 to send children affected by sickle-cell disease to ...

Fitness zones are providing locals an alternative to gyms

Many Los Angeles residents are hitting the local parks for their resistance training. But instead of lifting heavy weights or laboring away on expensive machines that have cables attached to steel plates, the equipment at the parks use good ole ...

Few sickle cell patients recieve beneficial drug

Few American adults with sickle cell anemia are getting a recommended medication that can help them manage pain, breathing problems and other debilitating symptoms, according to a new study.

Asthma rates similar among Black children in urban, rural areas

Asthma rates are essentially identical among Black children living in Detroit and rural Georgia, researchers report. The finding challenges the common belief that living in a city boosts the chances of developing the respiratory condition, the study authors said.

Black women less likely to struggle with depression than Whites

Black women are much less likely to report suffering from depression than White women are, a new study suggests.

L.A. Controller audits paramedic billing

Los Angelese City Controller Ron Galperin released an audit of the City of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) billings and collections processes. The report found that billing a larger share of insurance providers, together with the expansion ...

First asthma symposium set

Breathe California of Los Angeles County will hold its first asthma symposium May 5 in conjunction with the recognition of World Asthma Day. The two-hour event will be held at the California Science Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ...

Marketing unhealthy foods unfairly targets children

It’s another David and Goliath story. A small group of South LA parents, alarmed about companies advertising unhealthy foods to their children, has banded together to draw attention to the problem.

‘Empire’ educates Black community about stigma of mental health issues

The recent finale of the hit FOX show “Empire” drew 21 million viewers. The show tackles numerous issues affecting the Black community such as class, incarceration, homophobia and interestingly enough, mental health. One of the main characters, Andre, has bipolar ...

L.A. City Council puts focus on bridging local health gap

Residents of Brentwood reportedly live 12 years longer than those in Watts, and more than 30 percent of children in South L.A. are obese compared with less than 12 percent of kids living roughly 21 miles due west.

The worst foods to eat when you're sick, and the best ones Linda Melone

CNN) -- When you're under the weather the last thing you want is to eat something that makes you feel worse. But what if the last thing you want is chicken soup or crackers, and you're craving ice cream or ...

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.