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According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, smoke from Creek Fire and Skirball Fire has caused poor air quality that affects all individuals in the areas of: East San Fernando Valley West San Fernando Valley Northwest Los Angeles County Coastal areas Southwest Los Angeles County Coastal areas and …

As the impacts of climate change continue to intensify across Los Angeles County, clinicians can expect an exacerbation of many patient health problems ranging from respiratory illness to infectious diseases. Residents of LA County are especially vulnerable to health risks associated with increasing extreme heat events, declining air quality, longer …

Courtesy of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles Urban drilling is a dangerous industrial practice that is happening right next door to where people live, work, play, and learn. These operations are inherently hazardous to human health. They emit toxic contaminants into our communities, exposing residents to dangerous chemicals while …

Beginning in June 2017, cases of hepatitis A were observed among persons in LA County who had recent exposure in San Diego or Santa Cruz County. LA County health officials declared an outbreak in September when hepatitis A was confirmed in two homeless LA County residents without any links to …

Los Angeles County Public Health recently released a health report including an update about the current Hepatitis A outbreak in LA County. The key points of report were: An increased number of cases of hepatitis A virus (HAV) is occurring among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Los …

Seasonal flu activity in LA County began around mid-September when 3% of respiratory specimens from sentinel surveillance sites tested positive for influenza. Peak illness occurs between the months of December and February, and disease may continue through March or later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee …

Last week, California Congressman and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives plans to vote November 2, 2017, on a bill that would finally repeal the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). The bill—HR 849, “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017”— is a …

Homelessness is a serious health problem throughout the United States, and has shown to disproportionately affect Los Angeles County. Since taking office, Mayor Eric Garcetti has made it his priority to address the homelessness crisis. The administration has a three pillar approach: housing those who are homeless, preventing people at …

Earlier this week, several physician leaders hosted members of the Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association (HPMA) at LACMA‘s headquarters for lunch. LACMA and the HPMA have a longstanding relationship based on a continuous exchange of information and key insights into treating radiation-exposed surviving victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima. More than 60-years …

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recently declared a Hepatitis A outbreak among individuals who are homeless and/or use illicit drugs. According to recent health reports, the hepatitis A virus is primarily being transmitted person-to-person through close contact or through contact with fecally contaminated environment. Hepatitis A can …