| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:53 PM
SACRAMENTO — A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth.
For decades, trial lawyers and consumer groups have railed against limits on certain damages in malpractice cases,...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 1:18 PM
The Belgian government this week approved new measures allowing the euthanasia of terminally ill children, a decision that on first reading would make most of us gasp.
It is a distressing concept, and the idea of helping a child die sounds incredibly...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 4:57 PM
A groundbreaking Los Angeles clinical trial has proven a disappointment in demonstrating that a safe and inexpensive mineral infusion could reduce disability in stroke patients. But the researchers behind a UCLA trial called "Fast-Mag" said the eight-year...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 7:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Citing studies linking soda to obesity, a state lawmaker and medical experts proposed a first-in-the-nation bill Thursday that sugary drinks sold in California carry health warning labels similar to those on cigarette packs.
| Feb 9, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Americans love their doctors. But Michele Monserratt-Ramos says love isn't always enough. When it comes to choosing a medical professional, she says, information is power.
As a patient advocate and Torrance-based activist for open records, she...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 6:41 PM
After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office.
A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble...
| Feb 9, 2014
| 8:22 PM
The Los Angeles Fire Department is launching a sweeping overhaul of cumbersome 911 call handling procedures that officials say contribute to delays in getting rescuers to victims in life-threatening medical emergencies.
By early next year, the agency...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:21 PM
Most California health plans make it hard for patients to get care easily and do a poor job of controlling chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes, a new state report shows.
The findings were published Tuesday in the state's annual report card on...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 5:49 PM
WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan agreement, congressional leaders have settled on a plan to fix Medicare's system for paying physicians, potentially ending years of uncertainty that often held up fees for doctors who care for the nation's senior...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 7:24 AM
Admitting it gave some consumers bad information, California's health insurance exchange pulled its physician directory for having too many errors.
Covered California made the move late Thursday amid growing frustration among both consumers and...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The doctor holds up a hand and says, "Wait." She turns away to rummage through a drawer, explaining: "I want to show you something."
It takes a moment to push aside the syringes and packets of gauze before she locates a small, white shard and cups it in...