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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 ...

Coke funds health group that shifts blame away from soda

Coke is funding a health research organization that shifts blame away from sugary soda drinks as a cause of obesity.

How to beat smoking, other bad habits with better self-control

Ready to kick your bad habit once and for all? Even if you're not completely committed yet, there's a technique that may unconsciously help, whether you're intending to quit smoking, binge eating, gambling or another addictive behavior -- and even ...

Surprising signs you’re suffering from allergies and tips to manage them

When you think of seasonal allergies, sneezing may come to mind first. But there's a lot more to allergies than "achoo," say experts. According to allergist Dr. Myron Zitt, there are many ways allergies can manifest. Here are a few ...

June 27 is National HIV Test Day

Tomorrow is National HIV Test Day, and Blacks are still at high risk for contracting the disease. Following are facts to know: * More than 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 ...

FDA orders food manufacturers to stop using trans fat

Artificial trans fat will have to disappear from the American diet, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA on Tuesday ruled that trans fat is not “generally recognized as safe” for use in human food.

Doctor’s office building coming to MLK campus

For the first time in its long history, the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Campus is poised to get a medical office building to house physicians as well as other healthcare providers as part of a broader plan to transform ...