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LA County strikes deal with cities to ‘streamline’ homeless services

By Susan Abram|

Campaign continues to find bone marrow match for San Pedro officer

Since a campaign began in April to find a bone marrow match for a San Pedro police officer suffering from a rare blood disorder, more than 1,700 people have registered with Be The Match. And, though a match has not yet been found for Officer Ma...

By Melissa Evans|


  • Poverty

    Texas cuts aid to ‘colonias’ after years of offering help

    ALAMO, Texas >> While the economy in Texas has boomed over the last 20 years, along the border with Mexico about a half million people live in clusters of cinderblock dwellings, home-built shacks, dilapidated trailers and small houses. Texas has more than 2,300 of these communities known as colonias, the Spanish word for “colony.” For decades, the villages have sprung up around cities as a home for poor Hispanic immigrant families. Some are shantytowns with neither...

    By Paul J. Weber Associated Press|

  • Ovarian cancer

    UCR researchers find way to thwart ovarian cancer, plan to work with City of Hope

    A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have found a mechanism for blocking the spread of ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers for women. Recent University of Notre Dame transplants Mark Alber and Oleg Kim, along with a team of researchers, published a study in Oncology Times in July that detailed how they used a monoclonal antibody named GC-4 to block a protein responsible for allowing ovarian cancer cells to latch onto and penetrate other cells. That’s how the...

    Mark Muckenfuss

  • Public health

    California funds groups to serve food to Medi-Cal’s poor, just like medicine

    Federico Guzmán moved from Mexico to San Francisco in 1992, fleeing anti-gay sentiment and searching for AIDS treatment. He couldn’t find a job and sometimes went hungry until friends introduced him to Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that began serving free, nutritious meals to HIV patients in 1985. The people there “were like angels from the sky,” said Guzmán, 50, who went home from his first visit with vegetables, eggs, bread and...

    By Kellen Browning California Healthline|

  • Retail

    New eyewear dealer opens at Lakewood Center

    Eyewear provider America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses recently opened a new store at the Lakewood Center shopping complex. The retailer, which opened in late July, is located at 4429 Candlewood St. Customers can also receive an eye exam at the store. America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses is part of National Vision, Inc.’s portfolio of retailers. The Georgia-based company’s origins go back to its 1990...

    Andrew Edwards

  • HIV and AIDS

    Los Angeles gets biggest boost from HIV housing funds

    In a bipartisan push, Congress has restructured a federal housing program for HIV patients to funnel more money into areas struggling to control the spread of the virus. While legislators and housing advocates say the adjustments will better target regions with high rates of HIV, the changes are likely to mean less money for some of the large cities that faced the early effects of the epidemic. But California’s largest city, Los Angeles, will see its percentage of total program...

    By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez California Healthline|

  • LGBT

    LGBTQ Center of Long Beach reactivating AIDS Walk in November

    The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach recently announced it will relaunch AIDS Walk in November. The walk was originally organized by The Center, then the Long Beach AIDS Foundation took over. In all, it ran from 1987 to 2014, Center Executive Director Porter Gilberg said. “This is kind of brand new for us,” Gilberg said. “The funding for HIV services in Long Beach depends on this. The Center knows how important it is this event continues... With this event,...

    By Emily Thornton Special to the Press-Telegram|

  • Food safety

    East Long Beach, downtown restaurants closed after inspectors find live cockroaches

    Two Long Beach restaurants were closed, and allowed to reopen, recently after the discovery of live cockroaches on the premises, according to the Long Beach Health Department. The most recent closure happened El Burrito Grill in the Lakewood Village area, which was shut down Aug. 1, and allowed to reopen two days later, on Thursday, after health inspectors found five live cockroaches and two dead cockroaches near a sink and closet. Inspectors also found a can of Raid stored...

    Staff report|

  • Health care industry

    Paying doctors more — now will they treat more poor Californians?

    It seems like a simple solution. Raise what you pay doctors for treating low-income patients, and they’ll treat more of them. All those waits for appointments and physician shortages that have long plagued the state’s low-income health insurance program—a program that one out of every three Californians now relies on—could be remedied with a simple dose of economics. But in health care, nothing is that simple. Yes, while debate over the future...

    By Matt Levin CALmatters|

  • Teen pregnancy

    Teen pregnancy prevention programs at risk after Trump Administration budget cuts

    Luanne Rohrbach was stunned when she got the letter from Washington: The federal money for her teen pregnancy prevention program was being shut off. Rohrbach helps lead a program providing sexual health education for middle- and high-school students in Los Angeles and Compton. Called “Keeping It Real Together,” the initiative was supposed to reach 80,000 teens and their parents, as well as 55 schools, by 2020 in a community with a teen birth rate higher than the state...

    By Ana B. Ibarra and Kellen Browning California Healthline|

  • Health care services

    Leap of faith: Will healthcare ministries cover your costs?

    Martin Estacio was shelling out $800 per month for a health plan that didn’t fit his two-state lifestyle. The retired San Bernardino firefighter lives between Oklahoma and California. But his health insurance policy, purchased in Oklahoma, didn’t cover non-emergency care outside the state. So Estacio dropped his plan this month and took a leap of faith. He joined Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM), an alternative to health insurance that offers a religious...

    By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News|

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