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Two nonprofits face more than $47,000 in fines over L.A. lobbying forms

Two nonprofits could face fines totaling more than $47,000 from the city Ethics Commission for failing to accurately report how much they had spent on lobbying at City Hall. Ethics Commission staffers have proposed a fine of $30,000 for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, an influential...

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  • This free healthcare clinic is staffed and run by UC Irvine students

    This free healthcare clinic is staffed and run by UC Irvine students

    In April 2014, a small group of UC Irvine undergraduates began working to open a free healthcare clinic for underserved patients that also would prepare the students for medical careers. Eight months later, the An Lanh Clinic in Garden Grove became a reality. About 40 UCI undergrads staff the clinic,...

  • Bill that aimed to shed light on specialty prescription drug pricing is shelved

    Bill that aimed to shed light on specialty prescription drug pricing is shelved

    In a battle between two Capitol lobbying heavyweights — health insurers and pharmaceutical companies — the latter scored a major win Tuesday, beating back a measure designed to provide more transparency on prescription drug pricing. Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) declined to put his transparency...

  • Drug firms team up on cancer trials

    Drug firms team up on cancer trials

    A handful of pharmaceutical companies, including local biotech giant Amgen, are joining together to test cocktails of their latest cancer drugs in an ambitious initiative aimed at rapidly developing new treatments — but one that's gotten off to a shaky start.Cancer MoonShot 2020 was announced Monday...

  • Troubled drugmaker MannKind names another new CEO

    Troubled drugmaker MannKind names another new CEO

    With its stock price in a tailspin, Valencia drugmaker MannKind Corp. faced more confusion Monday when it said it had been forced to withdraw a job offer to a new chief executive. Last week, MannKind's stock price plunged after it disclosed that its key partner, French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi,...

  • California regulators are urged to scrutinize health insurance mega-mergers

    California regulators are urged to scrutinize health insurance mega-mergers

    California is becoming a battleground state in the fight over health insurance mega-mergers. Consumer advocates are putting pressure on regulators in California and a dozen other key states to scrutinize the deals amid concerns that consumers will be left with fewer choices and higher costs. There's...

  • When a rapist is released

    When a rapist is released

    At the foot of a fence around a small house in the desert, a protester cleared her throat. She wanted to scream loud enough for the man inside to hear. "Raaaaaapist!" she shouted. "Go away, rapist!" "No one in this world loves you," her friend yelled. "You are a sexually violent predator!" The...

  • You can't ignore all that road noise: It could shorten your life

    You can't ignore all that road noise: It could shorten your life

    Living in a city like Los Angeles means being exposed to honking horns, revving engines and loud traffic on a pretty much constant basis. You know this; what you might not know is that living in the vicinity of road noise, or spending too much time on the noisy freeway, might be endangering your...

  • Afrezza patients worry they'll lose access to their insulin

    Afrezza patients worry they'll lose access to their insulin

    As Valencia drugmaker MannKind scrambles to replace the strategic partner it was relying on to market and distribute its Afrezza inhalable insulin treatment, diabetics who have come to rely on the drug are wondering whether they’ll be able to continue using it — despite assurances that it will...

  • Doctor gets 9 years in prison for his role in Glendale clinic fraud case

    A doctor who pre-signed thousands of blank prescription slips for a sham medical clinic in Glendale that defrauded Medicare and Medi-Cal of $9 million has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison, officials said. Kenneth Johnson, 49, was convicted in 2014 of fraudulently prescribing expensive...

  • Los Angeles County outlines strategies to reduce homelessness

    Los Angeles County outlines strategies to reduce homelessness

    Los Angeles County officials released a wide-ranging plan Thursday with nearly four dozen recommended strategies to address homelessness in the region. The problem has grown in recent years, with more than 44,000 people found to be without homes in last year's countywide homeless count, a 12% increase...

  • Obamacare helping improve access to medical care for the poor, new studies show

    Obamacare helping improve access to medical care for the poor, new studies show

    States' Medicaid expansions through the Affordable Care Act are helping low-income patients access medical care and improving hospitals' bottom lines, according to two new studies that add to growing evidence about the benefits of the health law. Fewer low-income residents of Kentucky and Arkansas,...

  • MannKind plans to seek new marketing partner for insulin drug

    MannKind plans to seek new marketing partner for insulin drug

    Hours after MannKind Corp. announced on Tuesday that Sanofi had pulled out of an agreement to license its Afrezza inhaled insulin, a MannKind executive said the Valencia company does not plan to sell the drug and will seek a new marketing partner. “This is not the end of the line for Afrezza or...

  • Under Obamacare, Medi-Cal ballooned to cover 1 in 3 Californians

    Under Obamacare, Medi-Cal ballooned to cover 1 in 3 Californians

    California officials never anticipated how many people would sign up for state-run health insurance under Obamacare. The state's health plan for the poor, known as Medi-Cal, now covers 12.7 million people, 1 of every 3 Californians. If Medi-Cal were a state of its own, it would be the nation's...

  • Despite GOP efforts, Obama's safety net expansion is historic

    Despite GOP efforts, Obama's safety net expansion is historic

    Despite Republican majorities in Congress through much of his tenure and increasingly insistent calls from GOP presidential candidates to rein in “free stuff,” President Obama has engineered the largest expansion of the federal government's safety net in half a century, a record he cemented further...

  • Alfred Gilman dies at 74; won Nobel for breakthrough research on proteins

    Alfred Gilman dies at 74; won Nobel for breakthrough research on proteins

    Alfred Gilman, who won a Nobel Prize for his breakthrough research into the inner workings of cells and later left Texas' $3-billion cancer-fighting initiative, citing a lack of oversight that led to a scandal, has died. He was 74. Gilman was the former dean of the University of Texas Southwestern...

  • KaloBios fires former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli after his arrest

    KaloBios fires former Turing CEO Martin Shkreli after his arrest

    South San Francisco drug company KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday that it terminated its chief executive, Martin Shkreli, last week. KaloBios also said Shkreli resigned from his position on the company's board of directors. The decision comes after the much-criticized pharmaceutical executive...

  • Baltimore officer's mistrial might not hurt prosecutors in Freddie Gray case

    Baltimore officer's mistrial might not hurt prosecutors in Freddie Gray case

    The deadlocked jury in Officer William G. Porter's trial raised questions last week about prosecutors' approach to the case, but research on hung juries suggests that the mistrial will not hurt their chances of convicting him in the death of Freddie Gray. When juries cannot reach a unanimous verdict...

  • San Diego County jail protocols aim to cut suicide rate

    San Diego County jail protocols aim to cut suicide rate

    Jason Nishimoto was not supposed to have a sheet in his jail cell, or anything to hang it from. But he did. The 44-year-old, who'd been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, was supposed to be in a suicide watch cell with special safeguards under new policies at the San Diego County Sheriff's...

  • California's stem cell agency charts course for next five years

    California's stem cell agency charts course for next five years

    California's stem cell agency has adopted a sweeping new plan to chart its course for the next five years and possibly beyond. The plan approved by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine's board aims to make the best possible use of the approximately $900 million left from the $3 billion...

  • Five tips to get a jump on your weight-loss resolution

    Five tips to get a jump on your weight-loss resolution

    We're betting you've already "treated yourself" a little too much this holiday season — hey, who can resist that extra reindeer cookie? Pretty much no one. But here's some good news. You can get a jump on your resolution to drop a few pounds in 2016 — and it won't be hard at all. New research shows...

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