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  • Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is banned from running medical labs

    Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is banned from running medical labs

    Blood-testing start-up Theranos Inc. has been dealt a major blow: Federal regulators banned founder and Chief Executive Elizabeth Holmes from owning or running a medical laboratory for two years. The sanctions, announced late Thursday by the company, follow months of investigation by government...

  • Meningitis outbreak in L.A. gay community prompts plea for vaccinations

    Meningitis outbreak in L.A. gay community prompts plea for vaccinations

    Los Angeles County public health officials and LGBT advocates are urging gay and bisexual men to get meningitis vaccinations, citing a recent outbreak of potentially deadly meningococcal disease that is disproportionately affecting men who have sex with men. There have been 17 confirmed cases of...

  • Trump healthcare plan would cut some premiums but leave 18 million uninsured, study finds

    Trump healthcare plan would cut some premiums but leave 18 million uninsured, study finds

    Donald Trump's healthcare plan would make 18 million people uninsured, but also lower premiums significantly for policies purchased directly by consumers, according to an independent study released Thursday. The new policies would be stingier than what's sold now. Trump's plan would have little...

  • U.S. military to allow transgender men and women to serve openly

    U.S. military to allow transgender men and women to serve openly

    The Pentagon on Thursday lifted a long-standing ban against transgender men and women serving openly in the military, removing one of its last discriminatory hurdles and placing gender identity on par with race, religion, color, sex and sexual orientation. The announcement by Defense Secretary...

  • Patients pay a higher share of hospital bills, study finds

    Patients pay a higher share of hospital bills, study finds

    Patients, even those with employer-sponsored health plans, may face another condition after they are discharged from a hospital stay: acute sticker shock. Out-of-pocket hospitalization costs rose 37% from 2009 to 2013, with the average patient paying more than $1,000 per hospital visit, according...

  • Key passages from the Supreme Court's abortion decision

    Key passages from the Supreme Court's abortion decision

    The Supreme Court issued a 5-3 decision Monday that limits states’ ability to restrict access to an abortion by passing unnecessary health and safety regulations. Justice Stephen Breyer issued the majority opinion in the case, which has been called the court’s most definitive stance on abortion...

  • Cutting healthcare costs shouldn't be this painful

    Cutting healthcare costs shouldn't be this painful

    When my son was circumcised, Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” was playing on a radio at the hospital. The pediatrician glanced over at me and said, “Some day, he’ll hear that song and won’t know why it makes him uncomfortable.” Snip. I recalled this experience while speaking the other day with...

  • Kaiser Permanente nurses are preparing to strike over wages and staffing

    Kaiser Permanente nurses are preparing to strike over wages and staffing

    About 1,300 nurses at Kaiser Permanente’s Los Angeles Medical Center are set to begin a four-day strike Thursday. The nurses, members of the California Nurses Assn. and National Nurses United, are seeking a contract to improve staffing levels, wages and patient care. The nurses contend that inadequate...

  • Stocks slip as energy and tech companies struggle

    Stocks slip as energy and tech companies struggle

    U .S. stocks finished lower Wednesday as energy companies sank with the price of oil and weak quarterly reports weighed down technology companies. After two up days, stocks rose in the morning but couldn't hang on to the gains. Energy companies fell after U.S. energy stockpiles shrank by a smaller...

  • Boeing partners with MemorialCare to offer healthcare direct to workers

    Boeing partners with MemorialCare to offer healthcare direct to workers

    Aerospace giant Boeing Co. has established a preferred partnership with MemorialCare Health System to offer most of its Southern California employees a health plan option that eliminates much of the role of a traditional insurer. Starting in January, Boeing employees who choose the MemorialCare...

  • LAPD jailers didn't conduct proper cell checks 8 times out of 10, watchdog report finds

    LAPD jailers didn't conduct proper cell checks 8 times out of 10, watchdog report finds

    Jailers at the Los Angeles Police Department’s busiest detention facility frequently failed to properly conduct welfare checks of cells to ensure inmates were safe, according to a report released Friday by the LAPD’s watchdog. The review, conducted by Inspector General Alex Bustamante, found that...

  • Shares jump on IPO for Soon-Shiong start-up NantHealth

    Shares jump on IPO for Soon-Shiong start-up NantHealth

    Shares of biotech start-up NantHealth, run by Los Angeles billionaire physician Patrick Soon-Shiong, had a strong first day of trading Thursday, closing 32% above their offer price. The price of a NantHealth share closed at $18.59, up $4.59. NantHealth offered 6.5 million new shares at $14 a share,...

  • Obama's solicitor general Donald Verrilli is stepping down

    Obama's solicitor general Donald Verrilli is stepping down

    Donald B. Verrilli Jr., President Obama’s top courtroom lawyer who defended his healthcare and immigration plans before the Supreme Court, is stepping down as U.S. solicitor general at the end of this month. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch announced his departure Thursday and described Verrilli as “a...

  • 11 deaths at Huntington Hospital among patients infected by dirty scopes, city report says

    11 deaths at Huntington Hospital among patients infected by dirty scopes, city report says

    Pasadena health officials said Wednesday that 16 patients were infected by dangerous bacteria from medical scopes at Huntington Hospital from January 2013 to August 2015, including 11 who have now died. Many of those patients were already severely ill, including some with cancer. Health officials...

  • Here's why it's so difficult to solve soaring drug prices

    Here's why it's so difficult to solve soaring drug prices

    Seen as a narrative of soulless profiteers versus innocent, needful patients, the crisis of high pharmaceutical prices has produced a convenient gallery of villains: the board of Gilead Sciences, for instance, which priced its hepatitis cure at what it thought the market would bear (nearly $100,000);...

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