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LA Supervisors set to vote on drug take-back ordinance — again

The board has postponed four previous votes on a proposal that would force drug makers to design and pay for a disposal program for unused prescriptions and sharps.

Orange County homeless want to use food stamps at restaurants

With no place to store fresh foods, some homeless in Orange County want officials to allow them to use food stamps to eat things like meat, cheese, and vegetables at restaurants.

Lonny Shavelson has studied America's experiments with aid in dying. He's now helping patients and doctors in California come to grips with the state's new law.

This doctor wants to help California figure out aid-in-dying

It's now legal for doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients. But many say they feel queasy about it. Lonny Shavelson wants to help them with that.

So you're going to a place with Zika? Here's what you need to know

The first question: Should you go at all? The next question: If you do go, how do you protect yourself?

More than ever, Americans are dying by accident

Car crashes aren't killing as many people as they did a decade ago. But accidental deaths are up by more than 15 percent from a decade ago.

State says expanded Exide cleanup won't start for a year

The environmental review process will delay the removal of lead-tainted soil from homes in an expanded cleanup area until May or June of 2017.

California's End of Life Option Act goes into effect today. Here's how it works.

California's doctor-assisted suicide law takes effect Thursday. Doctors who agree to participate can provide lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who qualify.

LA Fire wants program for alcoholics who call 911 excessively

Last year, 40 people in L.A. accounted for 2,000 911 service calls. The Fire Department says most are alcoholics who should be shuttled to a sobriety center instead of the ER.

Despite Prince's death, fentanyl still a rarity among opioids

The extremely powerful painkiller still only commands a small fraction of the legal opioid prescription market.

New Medi-Cal rules ease access to hepatitis C drugs

State data show a drop in denials of requests from Medi-Cal fee-for-service patients. The vast majority still don't get the drugs, however.

Why kale could be the new kelp

Chefs are adopting sea greens in their cuisine. But will it be artisanal, organic, hand-picked, GMO-free, small batch seaweed?

Meet the man behind some of LA's most infamous billboards

From naked boxers to "Feel the Burn?" and "Test Your Wiener," Jason Farmer oversees the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's provocative ad campaigns.

Families isolated by rare genetic conditions find new ways to reach out

A website that helps connect families of kids who have extremely rare genetic diseases with scientists and other families is turning up new diagnoses.

A doctor's crusade to save children from lead poisoning

In the '70s, Dr. Herbert Needleman made a discovery that changed how people think about lead. But as seen in Flint, Mich., lead poisoning is still a concern.

Doctors are still wary of prescribing life-ending drugs

Although a new law made it legal for physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients, there are concerns it could lead to hasty decisions, misdiagnosis and waning support for palliative care.

UnitedHealth to exit California's Obamacare market

The nation’s largest health insurer announced in April it was dropping out of all but a handful of 34 health marketplaces it was in but hadn't discussed California plans.