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Nathaniel Ayers, playing his violin on 4th Street in downtown L.A., is adamantly opposed to forced medication and believes he can function well without it, despite a psychiatrist's testimony to the contrary.

No easy answer to the question of forcible medication

Howard Askins grew up in New York, the son of blue-collar transit authority employees who expected him to go far, and he did. His first stop was Brown University, and then he was off to Harvard, where he earned both...

Long Beach health officials are warning residents of a sharp increase in whooping cough cases in the city.

City officials are starting to pore over thousands of signatures to determine whether a proposal for a Los Angeles city health commission could make it to the ballot...

Finding ways to make every day Earth Day

Finding ways to make every day Earth Day

I wash 1-quart plastic bags to reuse them. And every time, I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. Am I saving plastic? Wasting water? Just being...

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Free samples of prescription drugs are costly to patients, study says

Free samples of prescription drugs are costly to patients, study says

Free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients. But even when doctors think they’re doing patients a favor...

For vegetative patients, a brain scan may detect hope of recovery

For vegetative patients, a brain scan may detect hope of recovery

In the netherworld that lies between death and full consciousness, some grievously injured or ill patients will remain suspended...

E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say

E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say

WASHINGTON — E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock...

Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to spread easily in people

Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just 5 mutations to spread easily in people

It’s a flu virus so deadly that scientists once halted research on the disease because governments feared it might be used by...

Haruko Obokata says she created STAP stem cells "more than 200 times"

Haruko Obokata says she created STAP stem cells "more than 200 times"

The Japanese stem cell scientist who was accused of misconduct by her own research institution apologized Wednesday for making careless...

Procrastinating on those taxes? Blame your genes

Procrastinating on those taxes? Blame your genes

New research suggests the Internal Revenue Service should expand the list of acceptable explanations for procrastinators' yearly extension...

Glucosamine promotes longevity in worms and mice, study says

Glucosamine promotes longevity in worms and mice, study says

Researchers in Europe say glucosamine helped to extend the life span of worms and aging mice by mimicking a low-carbohydrate diet.

For many teens, formal sex education comes too late, CDC report says

For many teens, formal sex education comes too late, CDC report says

Health experts have some simple advice for reducing the teen birthrate in the U.S. — make sure teens learn about abstinence and...

Black boys facing chronic adversity show signs of early genetic aging

Black boys facing chronic adversity show signs of early genetic aging

By the time they have reached the fourth grade, African American boys who have run a childhood gantlet of poverty, shifting family...

Medical cost of childhood obesity is $19,000, researchers say

Medical cost of childhood obesity is $19,000, researchers say

Are the millions of dollars spent to try to reverse childhood obesity a good investment? One answer might be found in the cost if the...

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