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California the over-regulator? Not for addiction treatment

When it comes to drug and alcohol rehab centers, California channels its inner Texas: few burdens on business and as free-market as possible. That stands in sharp contrast to New York, Massachusetts and a dozen other states, where would-be rehab...

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

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    LA County’s first human case of West Nile virus reported in San Gabriel Valley

    An elderly resident living in the San Gabriel Valley was hospitalized in late March after contracting West Nile virus, health officials said Thursday. It was the first case of a human West Nile infection reported in Los Angeles County this year, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Public Health statement. The patient has since recovered from the virus, which is spread through the bite of mosquitoes. Officials reminded residents to take precautions against mosquito...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Public health

    As opioid abuse grips nation, LA County sheriff deploys Narcan to reverse overdoses

    Hoping to stem a national wave of opioid- and heroin-related deaths, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday that deputies from across the region will be equipped with a potentially life-saving nasal spray. Deputies from the Santa Clarita, La Crescenta and East Los Angeles sheriffs stations along with the parks and community college bureaus will be equipped with 1,200 doses of a nasal spray known on the market as Narcan. The spray reverses the effects of...

    Susan Abram
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  • Hospital and clinic services

    Gift of $32 million will allow Torrance Memorial to create new medical institutes

    A $32 million donation to Torrance Memorial Medical Center will help establish two new medical institutes allowing South Bay residents to receive specialized care closer to home, officials announced Thursday. The gift by Palos Verdes Estates residents Richard and Melanie Lundquist — part of the nation’s largest philanthropic donation to a nonteaching, nonresearch hospital — will help underwrite what’s being called the Lundquist Neuroscience Institute and the...

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  • Health care services

    Vish Chatterji appointed to Beach Cities Health District board

    Seven months after losing his bid to join the governing body of the Beach Cities Health District, Vish Chatterji has been appointed to an 18-month term at the preventative health agency. Chatterji, a holistic health and leadership coach from Redondo Beach, was chosen from a crowded field of 30 hopefuls during a special meeting Tuesday to replace Lenore Bloss, who

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  • Poverty

    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 30-year-old receptionist at a dental office, said she still has trouble paying the rest. Nearly all of her monthly income goes to her rent, so she relies on her mom to help with child care, and the federal...

    By Anna Gorman California Healthline|

  • Emergency care

    Medi-Cal patients flocking to ERs more than before Obamacare

    Medi-Cal patients are swamping California emergency rooms in greater numbers than they did before the Affordable Care Act took effect, despite predictions that the health law would ease the burden on ERs. Emergency room visits by people on Medi-Cal rose 75 percent over five years, from 800,000 in the first quarter of 2012 to 1.4 million in the last quarter of 2016, according to data recently released by the state’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The...

    By Kellen Browning California Healthline|

  • Suicide prevention

    California law spurs reforms after heartbreaking student suicide cluster

    About 24 hours after a Clovis High School boy killed himself in early March, his cell phone buzzed. The incoming text was the latest in a conversation thread among the deceased boy and three teenage girls before he died. One of the girls, also from the Central Valley, was thinking of killing herself. At the Fresno County coroner’s office, a deputy coroner discovered the text and launched a search for the girl that would reach into the records of the Clovis Unified School...

    By Jane Meredith Adams EdSource|

  • Addiction and substance abuse

    A ‘safe’ space to shoot up: Worth a try in California?

    Tawny Biggs’ seemingly happy childhood in Santa Clarita showed no outward sign that she would one day struggle with drug addiction. As Biggs tells it, she was raised with two siblings “in a very good family” by an assistant fire-chief dad and a stay-at-home mom. Her after-school hours were filled with hockey and soccer. But paradise was lost sometime during her late teens, when emotional problems, drugs and alcohol turned Biggs into a self-described...

    By Stephanie O’Neill California Healthline|

  • Health care reform

    Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care

    WASHINGTON >> Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care. They’re trying to scale back major benefit programs being used by millions of people. And they’re trying to do it even though much of the public is leery of drastic changes, and there’s no support outside the GOP. It’s not stopping them. After seven years attacking former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans are finally in control of the entire...

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press|

  • Wildlife

    How do coyotes thrive in Southern California? Scientists dissect 200-plus carcasses to find clues

    The coyote known as CY120 thawed in a cooler, awaiting his rendezvous with eternity. Death? No, CY120 already was long gone. But CY120’s carcass — specifically, the contents of his stomach — was about to become a data point in a growing body of knowledge, part of a research project underway at several Southern California universities to learn more about the mysterious lives and sometimes sudden deaths of urban coyotes. What researchers learn from the dissections of...

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