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By Susan Abram|

‘Urgent…alarming’ – but rehab investigator won’t be in thick of SoCal action any time soon

The idea seemed simple, elegant and eminently logical — but in Sacramento, there may be no such thing as a simple idea. Assembly Bill 572 would move one of the state-paid inspectors of addiction treatment centers from Sacramento to the ep...

By Teri Sforza tsforza@scng.com @terisforza on Twitter|

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  • Health care reform

    Trump’s ‘dying in the streets’ line vs. health care reality

    WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump has often said he doesn’t want people “dying in the streets” for lack of health care. But in the United States, where chronic conditions are the major diseases, people decline slowly. Preventive care and routine screening can make a big difference for those at risk for things such as heart problems and cancer, especially over time. That edge is what doctors and patients fear will be compromised if Republican efforts...

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press|

  • Public health

    Cockroaches, rodent droppings shut down 6 Los Angeles restaurants

    Six restaurants in Los Angeles were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between July 2 and July 8, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach and rodent infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Public health

    Rodent droppings, invalid health permit shut down 2 San Fernando Valley restaurants

    Two restaurants in the San Fernando Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between July 2 and July 8, those facilities had their health permits suspended for a rodent infestation and for not having a valid health permit, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Lawsuits

    Lawsuit claims discrimination against millions of Medi-Cal patients, especially Latinos

    California’s Medicaid patients lack access to health care and are therefore facing discrimination, because doctors are not being paid enough to take them. That’s the charge in a lawsuit filed Wednesday against state regulators. The suit, filed in Alameda County by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, among others, alleges that the state’s Department of Health Care Services has failed to monitor the problem. The issue has...

    Susan Abram
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  • Smoking

    Is the $2-per-pack state cigarette tax reducing the number of smokers?

    In the fall, California voters approved the biggest increase in cigarette taxes since the state first began levying tobacco in the 1950s. Advocates for Proposition 56, which passed with a fairly overwhelming 64 percent of the vote, argued that a $2 per-pack tax hike would hurt pocketbooks enough to nudge millions of California smokers to quit, or at least to light up less frequently. When the tax went into effect in April, smokers saw the average cost of a pack of cigarettes soar from...

    By Matt Levin CALmatters |

  • Health care policy

    Medi-Cal cuts in GOP healthcare bill could be costly for Southern California’s hospitals

    California hospitals will still have patients if the health care bill proposed by U.S. Senate Republicans becomes law. But instead of insured patients getting preventative care, many who lose coverage through Medicaid cuts will show up in dire shape at emergency rooms with no way to pay, imperiling hospitals’ finances along the way. That’s the grim future foreseen by hospital executives as they read the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which could be voted on this...

    Jeff Horseman
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  • Cancer

    Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong opens ‘next generation’ cancer treatment institute in El Segundo

    Pledging to provide cancer patients with groundbreaking advancements in care, billionaire physician Patrick Soon-Shiong opened a state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostics center in El Segundo on Tuesday. The Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Medicine at Mariposa — or CSS Institute, for short — will use pioneering next-generation immuno-oncology treatments for all types of cancers, officials said at a grand opening ceremony. “I...

    Megan Barnes
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  • Coastlines and beaches

    Thousands of tiny red crabs wash ashore on Catalina Island — are mainland beaches next?

    Thousands of cherry-red, leggy, crawfish-like crabs washed up Catalina Island’s shoreline this week, leaving mainland coastal communities wondering: Are our beaches next? The free-floating crustaceans have made repeat visits to Southern California in recent years, where the currents have dumped them in mass beach graveyards. About 100 children tried to rescue the crustaceans Sunday on Catalina Island, said Micah Stovall of Huntington Beach, whose 8-year-old triplets joined...

    Laylan Connelly
    Sandy Mazza
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  • Health care policy

    Survey: US uninsured up by 2M this year as gains erode

    WASHINGTON >> The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode. The new numbers highlight what’s at stake as Congress returns to an unresolved debate over Republican proposals to roll back much of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, published Monday, found that the uninsured rate among...

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press|

  • Pollution clean-up

    LA County leaders disappointed with cleanup plan of homes around Vernon’s Exide plant

    Los Angeles County leaders on Monday blasted the state’s two-year plan to clean up 2,500 homes near Vernon’s shuttered Exide Technologies battery-recycling plant, saying thousands of homes would remain contaminated with toxic materials. Last week, the state Department of Toxic Substance Control released its action plan outlining how it will clean up the most contaminated homes in a 1.7 mile radius of the plant, which closed in 2015. Five private schools, two parks and 46...

    Susan Abram
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