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What if LA County paid residents to house the homeless? Leaders are exploring the idea

By Susan Abram|

Lack of brain donations is hampering understanding of dementia in blacks

The question came as a shock to Dorothy Reeves: Would she be willing to donate her husband’s brain for research? She knew dementia would steadily take Levi Reeves’ memories of their 57-year marriage, his remaining lucidity and, eve...

By Ann Gorman California Healthline|


  • Philanthropy

    Why this Manhattan Beach mom knits baby blankets to draw awareness to drug addiction

    Every Tuesday afternoon, there’s a faint and inviting sound of laughter coming from the Joslyn Community Center in Manhattan Beach. In a room at the end of a hallway, a dozen women sit chatting and knitting around a long table covered with a colorful display of their handmade baby blankets. On one end, the blankets are rolled up and tagged with a message for the needy families they’ll eventually reach: “Made with love, donated in hope.” Just one year...

    Megan Barnes

  • Health

    This drug puts $750,000 ‘price tag on life’

    Jana Gundy and Amanda Chaffin live within two hours of each other in Oklahoma. Each has a child with the same devastating disease, one that robs them of muscle strength, affecting their ability to sit, stand or even breathe. So both families were ecstatic when the Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment for the genetic condition — known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) — two days before Christmas 2016. It seemed the gift they had been waiting for...

    By Julie Appleby California Healthline|

  • Health

    California-led effort helps improve blood pressure control among low-income patients

    California faces a big challenge in controlling the blood pressure of low-income residents with hypertension, but a state-led program has shown some signs of progress. Nine of the state’s 23 Medicaid managed care plans spent a year working with state officials, studying the latest blood pressure control methods, consulting with experts and sharing their own successes and failures. The results: The rate of hypertensive patients who managed to stabilize their blood pressure...

    By Anna Gorman California Healthline|

  • Heart transplants

    San Pedro girl with new heart in ‘lot of pain’ but back on iPad; family ‘humbled’ by support

    Leah Mendez, the 12-year-old San Pedro girl who received a desperately needed heart transplant on Friday, is “doing great” as she recovers from surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, according to family members. In an update posted Tuesday on Facebook, Leah’s aunt, Iris Mendez, said she was taken off a breathing machine that was...

    Donna Littlejohn

  • Residential care facilities

    State slaps Carson nursing home with its most severe citation, $100,000 fine for patient’s death

    The California Department of Public Health has issued its most severe citation and fined a Carson nursing home $100,000 following an investigation that found nurses failed to properly care for a 61-year-old woman found dead in her bed following surgery. The health agency announced the fine and Class AA citation Wednesday against the Greenfield Care Center of Gardena, 16530 S. Broadway, saying the inquiry “

    Larry Altman

  • Wildlife health

    Record number of whales entangled off California coast because of crab fishing

    Some of the largest mammals on Earth have been increasingly disabled by fishing lines off the West Coast, prompting one environmental nonprofit to threaten a lawsuit against the state over the problem. The Center for Biological Diversity argues the California Department of Fish and Wildlife violates the Endangered Species Act by continuing to allow crab fishers to put down gear that’s injuring humpback and blue whales, among other threatened species. The nonprofit...

    Lauren Williams

  • Affordable Care Act

    Here’s what you need to know as Covered California rates go up in 2018

    Covered California on Tuesday said insurance rates will jump an average of 12.5 percent for next year, driven in part by uncertainty about the future of Obamacare. Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, described 3 percent of premium increases as an “uncertainty surcharge,” fueled by the unclear future of the Affordable Care Act. Uncertainty about the law also will prompt a big private insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, to stop selling Covered California plans in...

    By Courtney Perkes @cperkes on Twitter|

  • Access to health care

    My Turn: Managing your health care requires heavy lifting

    First, let me say that I’m on Medicare, which means I’m better off than those who are not. But that doesn’t mean managing my health is a walk in the park; it’s more like a walk in the dark. Before I go into specifics, let me try to explain how this works. Now, granted this is from my experience on Medicare, but I’m sure there are some worthwhile cross-references you can make to any health care plan. The first thing you have to do is choose a...

    By Ed Masciana|

  • Disease outbreaks

    LA County on alert after hepatitis outbreaks among homeless in California counties

    Outbreaks of hepatitis A among the homeless populations in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties prompted an alert by Los Angeles County health officials Monday to urge physicians and health care workers to look for and report any confirmed cases. The alert was issued because the disease has the potential to spread to Los Angeles County, health officials warned. The outbreaks in San Diego and Santa Cruz counties are among homeless people who may or may not be using drugs and is being...

    Susan Abram

  • Parenting

    Paid parental leave may be the idea that transcends politics

    Tameka Henry takes care of her disabled husband, her 87-year-old grandfather and her four children, ages 10 to 16. Two of her kids have asthma. Her husband has a chronic intestinal condition, diabetes and congestive heart failure. He’s unemployed. Henry, who makes around $30,000 a year as a case administrator for a behavioral health care provider, saves up sick days and vacation time to use when someone in the family is sick or needs help. Her husband, she said, often needs...

    By Steven Findlay Kaiser Health News|

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