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Summertime, when the living is risky

It's summer — time to get burned by the sun, stung by a stingray, poisoned by undercooked chicken and more. So much more. There are plenty of summer-centric mishaps that send people to the emergency room or the doctor, and yet, in many instances, those trips are avoidable.

L.A. Walks

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Find a walk near you

Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a city of 3.8 million.

Five Questions

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Mental Health

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When it's you versus the dog: New book 'Stepdog' tackles the blending of families with pets

Mind & Body

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  • Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

    Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

    Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression.

  • Six common plants that might do a body good

    Six common plants that might do a body good

    (Eric Hanson / For Los Angeles Times) Basil Basil is the anti-inflammatory rock star of herbs. Not only is it one of the oldest cultivated herbs, dating back 5,000 years in India, but it's also the most versatile, fragrant and tasty of our garden herbs. The active ingredients, called volatile oils,...

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