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A 'potentially powerful model' for treating sickle cell

A sickle cell clinic in South L.A. is believed to be the first of its kind: It brings primary and specialty care providers under one roof to treat the disease.
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Two LA businesses closed and fined for selling counterfeit drugs

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The LA City Attorney's office closed the stores and fined the people who run them $20,000. An injunction stops the owners from selling drugs 10 more years.

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Update: A Young Man's Experiment With A 'Living Drug' For Leukemia

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After trying one treatment after another for his leukemia, 20-year old Aaron Reid enrolled in a study to test an experimental therapy using modified cells from his own body.

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New Medicare Advantage Tool To Control Drug Prices Could Narrow Choices

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Federal officials will allow private Medicare insurance plans to require patients who are candidates for certain expensive drugs to try cheaper drugs first.

A Setback For Massachusetts In States' Drive To Contain Medicaid Drug Spending

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Massachusetts planned to exclude expensive drugs that weren't proven to work better than existing alternatives from its Medicaid plan. Medicaid drug spending had doubled in five years.

LA County looks into beefing up mental health programs for first responders

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Whether there’s a mass shooting, a large fire or a fatal car crash, first responders are there. That kind of job can lead to chronic stress and depression. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors asked the fire chief, sheriff's department and other agencies to reevaluate their current suicide and mental health programs with an eye towards improving them.

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FDA Intensifies Crackdown On E-Cigarette Sales To Teenagers

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The Food and Drug Administration said teen vaping has reached epidemic proportions, prompting more than 1,300 warning letters to stores selling e-cigarettes to kids and an ultimatum to four companies.

Many 'Recovery Houses' Won't Let Residents Use Medicine To Quit Opioids

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Evidence shows the drugs methadone and buprenorphine can help people recover from opioid use disorder by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings. So why do many sobriety facilities ban their use?

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More Older Americans Are Turning To Marijuana

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As marijuana gains popularity among people 65 and older, geriatricians call for more research on how it affects elderly patients. Shifts in metabolism as we age can intensify any drug's side effects.

What's Mine Is Yours, Sort Of: Bonobos And The Tricky Evolutionary Roots Of Sharing

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Bonobos are much more likely than common chimpanzees to share their food, a study suggests. But researchers who study sharing say human kids are more helpful and cooperative than either species.

The Queasy Truth About Why Kids Are So Prone to Vomiting

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Why do children throw up so often and so colorfully? When should parents be worried? All your childhood vomit questions answered.

Infectious Theory of Alzheimer's Disease Draws Fresh Interest

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Money has poured into Alzheimer's research, but until very recently not much of it went toward investigating infection in causing dementia. A million dollar prize may lead more scientists to try.

'Predatory Bacteria' Might Be Enlisted In Defense Against Antibiotic Resistance

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Microbe-eating-microbes are found in "almost every ecosystem on Earth," says a defense department scientist who hopes bacteria of this type might one day be deployed to fight human infections.

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Hospitals Prepare To Launch Their Own Drug Company To Fight High Prices and Shortages

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A consortium of hospital systems and three foundations is moving ahead with a nonprofit drugmaker that would produce some of the generic medicines health care facilities need the most.

What's At Stake In The Latest Affordable Care Act Court Battle

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On Wednesday, a federal judge in Texas will hear arguments from Republicans who want him to strike down the health law and from Democrats who say the law is constitutional and should stay in place.

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Low-income residents living near highways and agricultural and industrial zones are getting hit with a "double whammy" as wildfire smoke drifts to areas where the air is often polluted already.

His $109K Heart Attack Bill Is Now Down To $332 After NPR Told His Story

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"I don't feel any consumer should have to go through this," says Drew Calver, of the huge surprise bill he got from an Austin hospital after his 2017 heart attack. He's worried about other patients.