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November 12, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Severe depression doesn't just affect the mind, it may also attack the body on a cellular level by speeding up the aging process, according to a new study. In a paper published Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychology, researchers in California and the Netherlands said they found an association between major depressive disorder, or MDD, and accelerated cellular aging.   Specifically, study authors said that after examining the white blood cells of more than 2,400 Dutch study participants, they found that people with clinical depression had shorter telomeres than their healthy peers.
November 1, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
The Red Cross, the Salvation Army and a neighborhood medical clinic catered to the needs of some of the injured as well as travelers stranded outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after a lone gunman's attack on transportation security agents brought air traffic to a standstill. The Reliant-LAX Airport Medical Clinic treated a security agent with some surface metal fragment wounds -- presumably from a gunshot --to his lower leg, as well as several passengers, said clinic director Dr. Max Lebow.
October 31, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - A federal appeals court allowed most of Texas' new abortion restrictions to take effect immediately, lifting an injunction Thursday that had suspended much of the law. The decision came three days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin blocked restrictions that he found unconstitutional, including one that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and another that limits medication-induced abortions....
October 28, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Organizers of a high-profile annual free clinic in Los Angeles that attracts thousands of uninsured and underinsured patients have hoped that improvements in the nation's healthcare system would greatly reduce demand for their services. The massive Care Harbor event returns to town this week, amid the rollout of new and shifting insurance options for millions of Californians under the Obama administration's overhaul of the healthcare system. Once again, thousands showed up Monday at the Sports Arena to secure appointments for everything from mammograms to teeth cleaning - but with new expectations for the future.
October 28, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
While politicians continue to debate Obamacare, a large crowd of uninsured and underinsured people lined up outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Monday morning, hoping to get free health and dental care at this year's annual Care Harbor clinic. Some camped out overnight. Others trickled in during the wee hours. By 8 a.m., organizers estimated, a couple thousand people were waiting calmly in a line that snaked around the Los Angeles Sports Arena, doubling back on itself. At the head of the line, they received wristbands marked with the day of the week they could return for care -- Thursday through Sunday.
September 25, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 A free coaches' clinic will be held on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hope International University, and among the four college coaches scheduled to speak are first-year coaches Steve Alford of UCLA and Andy Enfield of USC. Alford is on at 8 p.m. and Enfield speaks at 6 p.m. Also at the clinic are Arizona Coach Sean Miller (5 p.m.) and Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski (7 p.m.). Coaches should RSVP at  
August 25, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve
WASHINGTON - Sarah Tuttle led her bowling team to a fourth-place finish in a nationwide tournament this April that raised $553,133 to help low-income women seeking abortions. "Some people fundraise to fight breast cancer; I fundraise for abortion access," said Tuttle, a hot line operator and board member for the Lilith Fund, a Texas nonprofit that helps women pay for abortions. "It's about having access to abortion and that not being about economics. " Representatives from such abortion rights organizations say new restrictions are disproportionately affecting women whose income is below the poverty line, about 42% of those who have abortions.
August 21, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A Beverly Hills outpatient surgery center affiliated with the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign has lost its accreditation, a step that prohibits the center from performing many surgeries. The Joint Commission denied accreditation to New Life Surgery Center, one of several Southern California clinics tied to the ad campaign that once blanketed local freeway billboards, television, radio and the Internet. Five patients died after Lap-Band weight-loss surgeries at clinics affiliated with the ad campaign from 2009 to 2011, according to lawsuits, autopsy reports and other public records.
August 15, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
An Encino physician was charged Thursday with prescribing narcotic painkillers and other potent drugs to patients who had no legitimate need for the medications, prosecutors said. Yahya Hedvat, 68, was arrested at his Ventura Boulevard clinic, Encino Medical Urgent Care, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Hedvat, who specializes in internal medicine, faces eight felony counts of unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance, including hydrocodone, clonazepam and suboxone, according to a felony complaint for arrest warrant.
August 10, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
In response to a scathing report about a lack of government oversight and improper payments to taxpayer-funded rehabilitation clinics, a local official is calling for a review of Los Angeles County's authority over such contracts and its ability to end payments to clinics that are breaking the law. "This is an embarrassment to all concerned, the notion that contracts were being awarded and renewed to contractors who had deficiencies and we didn't...
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