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School for autistic adults makes splash in Hollywood shows

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New insulin pump spells more freedom for diabetics

Sitting on the bleachers at Peninsula High School, a lacrosse helmet and stick beside him, Scott Phillips glances at fingers scarred from nearly six years of daily blood sugar tests. Phillips was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 12 years old, a...

By Cynthia Washicko|

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  • Addiction and substance abuse

    How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction

    Chronic drug users are commodities, exploited by a growing world of drug and alcohol rehab operators who put profit ahead of patient care. Everything from the opioid epidemic and Obamacare to prison realignment and legal loopholes has created conditions in which unethical operators can flourish, using addicts to bilk insurance companies and the public out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Though many legitimate centers remain, critics and long-time insiders say a darker...

  • Features/People

    A ‘Pretty Blonde Nurse’ basks in the glow of Florence Nightingale – and rightly so: Dennis McCarthy

    It was the last newspaper clipping in a dusty, discarded scrapbook found in the bottom of an old file cabinet at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Sylmar a few months back. “Pretty Blonde Nurse Selected as Finalist,” the slightly sexist, but true headline in the old Valley News & Green Sheet read. Vibeke “Veba” Gerkins, 38, was a knockout. It was August of 1970 and she had been chosen as one of 25 nurses from different area hospitals to vie...

    Dennis McCarthy
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  • Health issues

    Counties are getting budget help for indigent adults, but is it enough?

    Counties straining to pay the higher cost of in-home care for California’s neediest adults are getting a $400 million lifeline from Gov. Jerry Brown. But while counties are grateful for the money in the governor’s revised budget, they still worry about the long-term cost of In-Home Supportive Services or IHSS. “If nothing changes in a few years, vital services in health care, social services and public safety will be at risk,” California State...

    Jeff Horseman
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  • Medical biotechnology

    LA biosciences industries: $40 billion and growing

    Not only does Los Angeles County already play a leading role in statewide biomedical advances, including brain-machine interfaces, heart-on-a-chip and lab-grown body parts, but it has vast growth potential, according to the 2017 Biocom California Economic Report released Tuesday. Because San Francisco and San Diego are better known for their robust life-sciences industry clusters in the state, this is the first...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Regulatory agencies

    State meets with cultivators to kick off public hearings on cannabis regulations

    Limits on farm sizes, renewable energy mandates and a lack of clarity on rules for tribal lands were among the concerns raised by 100 or so cannabis cultivators who gathered Tuesday at a community center in Santa Ana. The hearing, hosted by the Department of Food and Agriculture, was the first of 14 that will be held across California over the next month as state officials gather feedback from the public on proposed regulations for the medical marijuana industry. Regulations were...

    Brooke Edwards Staggs
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  • Politics

    New research says salt helps with weight loss, but government causes bloat: Susan Shelley

    The Trump administration took a small step toward restoring freedom to school lunches, and, as usual, the blowback is ferocious. The Department of Agriculture said schools don’t have to cut salt in meals any further, can serve fewer whole grains,and can bring back lowfat chocolate and strawberry milk. For this, former first lady Michelle Obama, appearing at a healthy-eating conference, seethed that moms across America should “think about why someone is OK with your...

    Susan Shelley
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  • Health

    Successful aging: The issue of responsibility as you care for a friend’s well being

    Q I recently went on our 20th annual female golfing trip with good friends ages 68 to 82 years. One of the women has very early stages of dementia. After I drove her home and walked her to the door, she found the front door locked and became agitated because she could not find her keys. Her husband was inside unconscious from drinking, and also bleeding. The police came to the rescue. This couple can no longer manage on their own. And they have a daughter who does nothing. I want to help.

    Helen Dennis
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  • Nutrition

    Nutrition: Changing behaviors for children’s eating habits starts with structure

    Emotional eating — the habit of eating to cope with stress, boredom or negative feelings rather than to satisfy true hunger ­— is a behavior that can often lead to overeating and weight gain. The feeding styles of parents and other caregivers play a significant role in the relationship young children develop with eating. Emotional feeding or the giving of food or beverages to children to help soothe or calm them down can encourage emotional eating in...

    LeeAnn Weintraub
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  • Dementia

    ‘Boot camp’ helps dementia caregivers care for themselves

    LOS ANGELES >> Gary Carmona thought he could do it all. He’s run companies and chaired nonprofit boards. But since his wife was diagnosed with dementia, Carmona, 77, has felt overwhelmed. “I really see myself at times crashing,” he said. “In my mind, I’m saying, ‘You know, I can’t really handle all this.’ ” There was the time his wife, Rochelle, wandered outside and fell down. And the time she boiled...

    By Anna Gorman California Healthline|

  • Medication

    Nearly 1 In 3 FDA drug approvals followed by major safety actions

    The Food and Drug Administration is under pressure from the Trump administration to approve drugs faster, but researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that nearly a third of those approved from 2001 through 2010 had major safety issues years after they were widely available to patients. Seventy-one of the 222 drugs approved in the first decade of the millennium were withdrawn, required a “black box” warning on side effects or warranted a safety announcement about...

    By Sydney Lupkin California Healthline|

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