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Two bills aimed at making it harder for California’s youth to use tobacco products passed in the state Senate on Tuesday. Senate Bill 151 (Hernandez) would raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. SB 140 (Leno) would regulate e-cigarettes similar to combustible cigarettes, including banning their …

As published in LA Daily News. Written by LACMA President Pedram Salimpour, MD. Click here for the published article. The opening paragraph to my dad’s biography reads, “I miraculously survived my mother’s difficult labor and in the years that followed, I fought and survived measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, typhoid fever, …

In all the activity and publicity surrounding Senate Bill 277, which abolishes the personal belief exemption (PBE) from immunization for children entering public schools and institutions, the physician plays the crucial role of weighing in equipped with an informed opinion, backed by scientific expertise. In Los Angeles County alone, there …

The California Medical Association (CMA), American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAPCA), California Immunization Coalition (CIC), Vaccinate California and Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) have joined forces to launch the “I Heart Immunity” campaign in an ongoing effort to promote the importance of vaccines and Senate Bill 277 (Pan/Allen). The …

Written by LACMA CEO Rocky Delgadillo and LACMA President Pedram Salimpour, MD. As published in LA Daily News on March 12, 2015. Click here for original article. Los Angeles is one of the greatest cities in the world, but we have our share of problems. While celebrity drug overdoses get …

As published in the Los Angeles Daily News on January 19th, 2015. Written by LACMA Member Robert Bitonte, MD JD. Recent meningitis deaths on college campuses in California and the worst whooping-cough outbreak in generations serve as grave reminders of the omnipresent threat of vaccine-preventable diseases. Despite recent progress at …

Abuse of prescription drugs, including pain relievers, continues to be a significant problem in United States. In California, 4.7 percent of persons aged 12 or older nationwide reported having used pain relievers nonmedically in the past year according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey …