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cure for diabetes

City of Hope has a bold vision and the generous funding from the Wanek Family has allowed the team to set their timeline for research and a cure for Diabetes. The JDRF estimates that approximately 1.25 million Americans have Type 1 Diabetes. They set healthcare costs for Type 1 Diabetes at 14.9 …
Rx for Prevention

From DPH Rx for Prevention- Diabetes and pre-diabetes continue to remain problematic as a major cause of morbidity and mortality, an important contributor to the rising health care costs and indicator of quality of life across the US. Rx for Prevention recently took at look at the statistics here in LA …
Medical Transportation

Reprinted from Kaiser Health News – Some days, the drivers showed up late to take Julian Myers to and from dialysis. Other days, they didn’t come at all. When that happened, Myers, who has end-stage kidney disease, scrambled to find a ride. “My blood pressure was rising and I’d get …
maternal death rates

Vox has had some interesting articles on healthcare recently. Here’s a long, but good read by Julia Belluz on women’s healthcare and how California has instituted protocols that have cut maternal death rates to 7.3 per 100,000 in 2013 while the US average stood at 22 per 100,000.  Belluz writes, …
PTSD

RAND Corporation recently asked a Research Question around PTSD and meditation: What are the effects of meditation interventions on post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, depression, anxiety, health-related quality of life, functional status, and adverse events compared with treatment as usual, waitlists, no treatment, or other active treatments, in adults with post …
opioid abuse

From STAT and other sources on opioid abuse- Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price sparked a firestorm last week with his comments about medication-assisted treatment, saying that “if we’re just substituting one opioid for another, we’re not moving the dial much” in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Notably, the former …
opioid prescriptions

From PNN According to a new report, the number of opioid prescriptions written by California physicians dropped 17% over the past three years (2013-2016). The California Medical Association (CMA) reports that the data, from Quintiles IMS, shows that, per capita, California is now tied with Hawaii for the lowest number …
cure for diabetes

From STAT CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Where other people see bacon, biologist Luhan Yang sees lifesaving organs — hundreds and thousands of them, pig livers and pig kidneys and diabetes-curing pancreases, and possibly hearts and lungs, all growing inside droves of pampered swine. More established scientists than Yang have dreamed of …
vaccinating for pertussis

From KPCC Radio A large-scale study of tens of thousands of births appears to validate the federal government’s recommendation that pregnant women get vaccinated to protect their unborn babies from pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, finds that maternal Tdap vaccination during pregnancy …
Surge Unit

We are working with the LA County Department of Health Services on a Disaster Healthcare Volunteer Project.  We have been given a grant to help with the recruitment and training of 200 physician volunteers from LA County.  This project is aimed at improving the county’s public health and medical preparedness …