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Long Beach Marine, other vets trace illnesses to open-air burn pits in Iraq, Afghanistan

By David Whiting dwhiting@scng.com @DavidWhiting on Twitter|

Porn producers want a seat at table on LA County health permit fees

A public hearing to discuss health permit fees to be paid by porn film producers was postponed by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, after members from the adult entertainment industry raised questions about the process and expressed concerns that they...

By Susan Abram|

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  • State legislature

    ‘Urgent…alarming’ – but rehab investigator won’t be in thick of SoCal action any time soon

    The idea seemed simple, elegant and eminently logical — but in Sacramento, there may be no such thing as a simple idea. Assembly Bill 572 would move one of the state-paid inspectors of addiction treatment centers from Sacramento to the epicenter of the drug rehab industry, Southern California. “I’m a former resident of an Orange County treatment center, with six years of sobriety,” a young woman, a recovering alcoholic, told state senators last week.

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

  • Legal settlements

    Kaiser, California reach settlement on lapses in mental-health access

    California insurance regulators have reached a settlement with Kaiser Permanente to address its repeated failures to provide patients with timely access to mental-health services. Under the agreement — the result of two years of negotiations between the state Department of Managed Health Care and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan — Kaiser has agreed to hire an outside consultant for three years to help it address the access problems and improve oversight of its behavioral...

    By Jenny Gold California Healthline|

  • Art galleries

    Whittier artist to show works created while undergoing treatment for cancer

    WHITTIER >> Last summer Suzette Hodnett was nearing the end of six months of chemotherapy for an aggressive form of lymphoma. This weekend, the working artist and tai chi instructor will be presenting a one-woman show of artwork she created during the past two years during the chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and physical therapy she endured fighting stage 3 follicular lymphoma and advanced stage 4 metastasized squamos cell...

    Sandra T. Molina
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  • Health care policy

    Southern California patients uneasy about future of health care after Senate bill fails

    Obamacare prognosis: Uncertain. Across Southern California on Tuesday, patients, doctors and insurance experts reacted to the collapse of a Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with a mixture of relief, worry and calls for a bipartisan solution. While much is unknown about what lawmakers might do next and how the Trump administration could choose to undermine the law, insurers are expected to raise rates sharply for next year. And consumers will likely use...

    By Courtney Perkes cperkes@scng.com @cperkes on Twitter|

  • Drug addiction

    Boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisis

    MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state’s youngest victims of the opioid crisis. Preliminary toxicology tests show Alton Banks had fentanyl in his system when he collapsed and died at his home on June 23, the Miami Herald reported . Health officials say fentanyl and other synthetic forms of the drug are so powerful that just a speck breathed in or absorbed through the skin can be...

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  • Health

    Successful Aging: If we have ageism laws, what’s the problem?

    Last week we discussed G.C.’s somewhat ageist experience with a cardiac technician (and by ageist, we are referring to age discrimination). This week I’d like to explore that topic a little further. Ageism — prejudice against older people — is the last remaining socially acceptable “ism” in our society. While racism, sexism and homophobia still exist, ageism seems a bit different for one reason: It’s considered a social norm. It is...

    Helen Dennis
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  • Waste disposal

    ‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

    LOWELL, Mass. — They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere. In Portland, Maine, officials have collected more than 700 needles so far this year, putting them on track to handily exceed the nearly 900 gathered in all of 2016. In March alone, San Francisco collected more...

    By MICHAEL CASEY Associated Press|

  • Health care costs

    Your credit score soon will get a buffer from medical-debt wrecks

    For many consumers, an unexpected healthcare calamity can quickly burgeon into a financial calamity. Just over half of all the debt that appears on credit reports is related to medical expenses, and consumers may find that their credit score gets as banged up as their body. Changes in the way credit agencies report and evaluate medical debt are in the works that should reduce some of the painful financial consequences of having a health care problem. Starting Sept. 15, the three...

    By Michelle Andrews California Healthline|

  • Birth rates

    Why are California women giving birth at record-low rates?

    The pace of motherhood in California is slowing and its members are aging, a shift demographers expect to continue and contribute to far-reaching and uncertain changes in the decades to come. Last year, the state reached a historic milestone: the lowest birth rate on record — 12.4 births per thousand people. That rate was 12.3 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and a Southern California News Group analysis of state projections shows the...

    By Ian Wheeler iwheeler@scng.com @iwhlr on Twitter|

  • Consumer services

    24 Hour Fitness to open 3 Southern California locations, one in San Gabriel Valley

    24 Hour Fitness is about to expand its Southern California footprint with three new locations. The San Ramon-based fitness chain will hold a grand opening Saturday for a new health club at 18730 Amar Road in Walnut. Another location, at 130 E. Imperial Highway in Fullerton, is set to open July 29, and the company has scheduled a Sept. 16 opening for a third club at 1400 W. Edinger Ave. in Santa Ana. The Walnut club will mark the...

    Kevin Smith
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