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Women victimized by John Meehan share stage, discuss domestic abuse issues raised by 'Dirty John' series
John Meehan spent years terrorizing women and manipulating them to obtain money, sex and power. He focused on isolating them from their loved ones.Yet two of the women he abused, his ex-wives Debra Newell and Tonia Bales, have started a cross-country friendship. They spent part of the Thanksgiving... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

A healthful lifestyle start with diet-friendly snacks: 4 to try
It ’s almost time to renew those New Year’s “eat right” resolutions. Luckily, there are smart ways to indulge. Whether you have a sweet tooth or seek the gratifying crunch of something salty, stores are increasingly filled with healthier versions of forbidden junk foods, including less sugar, n o... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

This great L.A. walk takes in architectural gems, and fine city views
An important L.A. architectural artifact and a small public green space, hidden in the heart of East Hollywood, are the backdrop for this short stroll in the Barnsdall Art Park. It ’s mostly flat, but involves several staircases. Shady on a hot day, this 36-acre park offers fine views of the city... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charles Fleming Source Type: news

Southern California's hospitals prepare for the worst as embers ignite throughout the region
Hospitals across Southern California reported that high numbers of patients with breathing problems caused by this week ’s wildfires visited emergency rooms.Health officials in Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties warned of high pollution levels caused by smoke. The microscopic particles... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Is this what the doctor's office of the future will look like?
As people tire of long wait times, rushed visits, a reliance on prescription medicines and dealing with the morass that is the insurance system, some doctors, practitioners and entrepreneurs - especially those trying to attract millennial customers - are finding another way. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

Already hating everything (and everyone) this holiday season? This can help.
It ’s the most wonderful time of the year… except when it’s the absolute worst. Unrealistic expectations, awkward family dinners and the stress of checking off that long gift list can grind down even the most cheerful among us.Although you might not be able to eliminate family dysfunction or shopping... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melinda Fulmer Source Type: news

The reason why race car driver Danica Patrick doesn't drink — or eat sugar
Pro race car driver Danica Patrick is accustomed to the euphoria that comes with a triumphant spin around the track. As one of the sport ’s highest-profile members, she has raced on speedways around the country, including Talladega and Daytona.But a couple of years ago, Patrick ’s post-race celebration... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

4 fitness and lifestyle devices to improve your health — at work
That so many of us are bound to our desks for too many hours is a given. But a clutch of forward-thinking companies are creating products that can make being attached to that workspace a little healthier, plugging into a trend described as “random acts of fitness.”Trade in a conventional office... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - December 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

Skin care expert Hillary Peterson, founder of True Botanicals, urges women: Know what's in your face oil
After cancer scare, Peterson shuns toxic ingredients. Her company buys organic whenever possible, she says. She warns customers off of lotions and creams. "It has an amazing effect on the skin." (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Short Source Type: news

5 can't-miss strategies to keep your fitness goals on track this holiday season
If there ’s any time for excuses, it’s during the holidays when sweaters come out, socializing heats up and the overindulging begins.With so much to do, it can be hard to imagine a way to squeeze in the American College of Sports Medicine ’s recommended fitness guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melinda Fulmer Source Type: news

Don't be scared: New Santa Monica studio aims to take the fear out of acupuncture
In Santa Monica, acupuncture goes mainstream and a gym rolls out a new high intensity interval training class; a new meditation studio in Sherman Oaks offers mindfulness sessions for teens; and a crystal healing workshop is happening in Silver Lake. Here are some well-being options around Los Angeles... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

The key to a happy life? Gratitude that goes beyond Thanksgiving
The importance of gratitude goes beyond a picture-perfect Thanksgiving tableau.Many experts believe that feeling grateful is also beneficial to your health.“Gratitude is good medicine,” says Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at UC Davis and founding editor in chief of the Journal of Positive... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alene Dawson Source Type: news

Thanksgiving treats that won't ruin your diet
A traditional made-from-scratch Thanksgiving feast isn ’t for everyone. For those who would prefer to lighten their day-of workloads, or have the option of healthful dishes for vegan and gluten-free guests, here are some easy and nutrient-dense products that can be bought in advance, stored easily,... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

Officials are still searching for the source of 4 Legionnaires' cases. Disneyland cooling towers haven't been ruled out
Disneyland shut down two cooling towers contaminated with Legionella after 11 people who spent time at the park were infected with Legionnaires'. But four more people who didn't visit the park were also infected, raising questions about the outbreak's source. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Anaheim Legionnaires' outbreak grows; 11 cases linked to Disneyland visits
The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires ’ disease after visiting Anaheim or Disneyland increased to 15, Orange County health officials said Wednesday.The victims were infected between late August and October. Two patients have died, though neither of them visited Disneyland.Legionnaires ’... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Second death in Anaheim Legionnaires outbreak; 2 new cases linked to Disneyland
Orange County health officials said Wednesday that three more people had been infected with Legionnaires ’ disease, including one who died, as part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland.In total, 15 people who spent time in Anaheim or visited Disneyland between late August and October have been diagnosed... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

3 more Legionnaires' cases — one fatal — reported in outbreak linked to Disneyland
Orange County health officials said Wednesday that three more people had been infected with Legionnaires ’ disease, including one who died, as part of an outbreak linked to Disneyland.In total, 15 people who spent time in Anaheim or visited Disneyland between September and early November have been... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

In California, an unexplained increase in valley fever this year
This year is shaping up to be the worst on record in California for people infected with valley fever, a lung infection caused by a fungus found in soil.State health officials announced earlier that 2016 broke the record for the most valley fever cases reported since the state started keeping... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

In California, an unexplained increase in valley fever this year
State health officials announced earlier this year that 2016 broke the record for the most valley fever cases reported since the state started keeping count in 1995. Now 2017 is on pace to have even more infections. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Why powerful men make women watch them masturbate
There ’s one disturbing and confounding thing that many of the powerful men who have been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting women have in common: They like to masturbate in front of women.The sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, screenwriter and... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady MacDonald Source Type: news

Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center
Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lake View Terrace is a popular spot for swimming, horseback riding, golf and soccer. But it ’s also a wide-open space laced with footpaths. Here’s a circular walk that will give you a good feel for the place without wearing you out.1. Enter by turning southeast from... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charles Fleming Source Type: news

Gay and bisexual men at higher risk of hepatitis A in L.A. County as outbreak grows
L.A. County's hepatitis A outbreak has been much smaller than San Diego's, with 29 cases compared with 544. But officials say gay men are now at risk here and that an LAPD officer who works on skid row was infected, raising questions about the county's strategy to focus on the homeless. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla, Gale Holland Source Type: news

Why hasn't California cracked down on anti-vaccination doctors?
Advocates are concerned that doctors are writing illegitimate exemptions to get kids out of vaccines under the state's tough new vaccination law, SB 277. But as of yet, no action has been taken against doctors. "Is it an abuse? Of course it's an abuse," said UC Hastings law professor Dorit Reiss. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Why hasn't California cracked down on anti-vaccination doctors? A loophole in state law
Advocates are concerned that doctors are writing illegitimate exemptions to get kids out of vaccines under the state's tough new vaccination law, SB 277. But as of yet, no action has been taken against doctors. "Is it an abuse? Of course it's an abuse," said UC Hastings law professor Dorit Reiss. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

California has yet to crack down on anti-vaccination doctors despite rise in medical exemptions
Advocates are concerned that doctors are writing illegitimate exemptions to get kids out of vaccines under the state's tough new vaccination law, SB 277. But as of yet, no action has been taken against doctors. "Is it an abuse? Of course it's an abuse," said UC Hastings law professor Dorit Reiss. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Stay fit without leaving the house, with this creative workout gear
Can ’t get to the gym? Fitness pros have come up with effective and transportable at-home exercise equipment that will counter just about every excuse.Although Erika Rayman was an avid runner, it wasn ’t until she regularly performed a series of intense squats with a trainer that she noticed a difference... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

We tried Aerospace, the sleek new cardio-boxing gym in West Hollywood
What if the anger about our unjust world was taken out in a boxing class instead of by devouring cake, writing anxious posts on social media or crying into a pillow?This past month, after the bad news vortex, my air punches atAerospace High Performance Center, a new boutique boxing gym in West... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sophia Kercher Source Type: news

The 9 worst things you can do to your teeth
It ’s that scary time of year — sugar season. You might know it as Halloween, when Americans are predicted to buy $2.7 billion worth of candy, according to the National Retail Federation. However, dentists and wary parents know the holiday is the unofficial launch of a sweets bacchanal that starts. .. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Valli Herman Source Type: news

Kobe, Bezos, Gladwell to speak at next week's Super Bowl of wellness in L.A.
Next weekend ’s Summit LA 17 in downtown Los Angeles is aimed at inspiring people to live better and more creative lives, whether it’s by racing home to declutter after listening to the queen of organizing, Marie Kondo, learning about cleaner living from Jessica Alba, or sitting in on a panel about... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

L.A. County death toll from West Nile virus climbs to 17
At least 222 people in L.A. County have fallen sick with West Nile virus this year, the majority of whom have ended up in the hospital. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

California ’s opioid death rate is among the nation’s lowest. Experts aren’t sure why
Is it demographics? The type of heroin available? More funding for treatment? Experts can't agree on why California's overdose crisis has leveled off while it has skyrocketed in other states. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

As flames fade, wine country grapples with emotional scars of devastating fires
In the days since fires ravaged towns here, people have pulled together. Strangers at coffee shops share their trauma, talking of homes destroyed and loved ones lost.Almost everyone seems to know a neighbor who knocked on a door or lifted someone into a car, and saved a life.The phrase “The love... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

The hottest trends in workout wear this fall
The athleisurewear trend isn't going anywhere. Particularly in California where so many of us swear by clothing that can transition from workouts to the rest of our lives. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alene Dawson Source Type: news

'Walking Dead' actor Tom Payne talks training — for the zombie apocalypse
If the dead do rise, will you be ready?Actor Tom Payne, who plays the role of Paul “Jesus” Rovia on AMC’s megahit “The Walking Dead,” which has its Season 8 premiere Sunday night, believes he may have a fighting chance.Training to slay zombies for the camera has real-world application.“If you... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James S. Fell Source Type: news

Hike Vasquez Rocks, famous from 'Westworld' and 'Planet of the Apes'
People all over the world know Vasquez Rocks because it ’s been a featured location for decades in movies such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Blazing Saddles” and TV shows like “Westworld” and “Star Trek.”But I ’m always surprised by how few Los Angeles residents have seen the strange lunar landscape... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charles Fleming Source Type: news

Here's why you're about to see actress Judith Light everywhere, talking about flu shots
But exercise can only do so much to keep a person well. That's why Judith Light has become such an outspoken advocate of people getting an annual flu vaccination. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James S. Fell Source Type: news

What Trump's decision to end a federal healthcare subsidy means for Californians
In an aggressive move to dismantle Obamacare, President Trump announced Thursday that the government was ending payments to health insurers that help fund the law.The approximately $7 billion a year in federal dollars have allowed companies to offer discounted plans to low-income Americans who... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

California declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak
California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency Friday because of the state ’s hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people.“Vaccinating people at risk of exposure is the most effective tool we have to prevent the spread of hepatitis A infection during an outbreak,” said California... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Sorry, pumpkin spice latte. You're not the only way to indulge this holiday season
Pumpkins are for more than carving or scooping out of a can and into a pie crust. The seeds of the bright orange squash, and the spices associated with it, are showing up in handy, pantry-friendly products, lending a festive nutritional punch to everything from nut butters to popcorn.“Pumpkin... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

What Dirty John reveals about domestic abuse
The Los Angeles Times series“Dirty John” tells the story of a grifter in Orange County who lied to and manipulated his wife.John Meehan threatened Debra Newell ’s family and isolated her from them. He told her he loved her, but called her names and said her kids were waiting for her to die so... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Sky Yoga: Try warrior pose 1,000 feet above Los Angeles
There's beachfront yoga, yoga in blazing temperatures, yoga on the dance floor. Now, there's Sunset Yoga in the Sky. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

Hacking your health at the new Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica
The first thing Dave Asprey will tell you about his newly openedBulletproof Labs in Santa Monica is that it ’s not a gym. Rather, he says, it’s the world’s first “human upgrade” facility dedicated exclusively to biohacking, or tweaking your biology for better performance.At first glance, the light-filled... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melinda Fulmer Source Type: news

This is the secret to actor Sterling K. Brown ’s Instagram-ready abs
"I'm not just looking good for the sake of looking good. I want to live a long, healthy life. The life expectancy of the African-American male is the shortest of all groups in this country. I want to be around to see great grandchildren - and be able to enjoy them." (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roy M. Wallack Source Type: news

Fighting fatigue? Here are 6 easy ways to recharge your personal batteries
Dave Asprey says just a handful of simple diet and lifestyle "hacks" alone can deliver a significant boost in daily energy and brain power. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melinda Fulmer Source Type: news

California's deadly hepatitis A outbreak could last years, official says
At least 568 people in California have already contracted Hepatitis A as part of a deadly outbreak that officials are struggling to control. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Health roundup: Some documentaries to help you cope, feel better and relax
Zen master offers uplifting message, as do a range of experts on the health problems that haunt us. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kavita Daswani Source Type: news

Do-it-yourself gels and strips can do the job, experts say
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spend more than $1.4 billion on teeth-whitening products annually, so don't be surprised if you find yourself amid their ranks and browsing the enormous selection of gels and strips, rinses and toothpastes — online or at the local... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Short Source Type: news

What everyone should know before getting that smile straightened, whitened or veneered
Cosmetic dentistry procedures — teeth whitening and straightening, veneers, bonding — have become commonplace in the U.S. and, seemingly, mandatory in Southern California, where image enhancement is something akin to religion.Here are four things to consider before you take the plunge.1. Success... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Short Source Type: news

What everyone should know before getting that smile straighened, whitened or veneered
Cosmetic dentistry procedures — teeth whitening and straightening, veneers, bonding — have become commonplace in the U.S. and, seemingly, mandatory in Southern California, where image enhancement is something akin to religion.Here are four things to consider before you take the plunge.1. Success... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Short Source Type: news

STD rates hit another record high, with California near the top
The number of Americans diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis reached a record high in 2016 for the second year in a row, with more than 2 million cases reported, according tofederal data released Tuesday.Cases of these three sexually transmitted diseases have been increasing since... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news