Health & Wellness

A new form of physical therapy for long COVID patients involves singing lullabies, pop songs, and spirituals, while using opera techniques to rebuild their breath capacity and vocal…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The new LAUSD term begins on August 15 — with eased COVID rules. Wearing masks is now optional, and weekly universal testing will no longer happen.

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LA County has so far identified more than 600 monkeypox cases. The low vaccine supply makes it tough to get doses to Latino and Black communities with limited health care access.

60 doses become hundreds: Doctor stretches monkeypox vax in South LA

LA County has so far identified more than 600 monkeypox cases. The low vaccine supply makes it tough to get doses to Latino and Black communities with limited health care access.

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After pressure from San Clemente residents, the City Council turned down Steven Knoblock’s proposal banning abortion facilities from opening.

Republicans dominate San Clemente, residents value abortion

After pressure from San Clemente residents, the City Council turned down Steven Knoblock’s proposal banning abortion facilities from opening.

from Greater LA

Georgia has new tax rules allowing an embryo to be claimed as a dependent on state tax returns. Indiana Gov.

Do new laws in Georgia, Indiana signal a push for nationwide abortion ban?

Georgia has new tax rules allowing an embryo to be claimed as a dependent on state tax returns. Indiana Gov.

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We currently have no good communication systems to assure that those at risk for serious inherited diseases are informed of their risk.

Informing relatives of genetic risks

We currently have no good communication systems to assure that those at risk for serious inherited diseases are informed of their risk.

from Second Opinion

On Tuesday the Senate approved the PACT Act, which would help veterans struggling with health problems after being exposed to toxic chemicals mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For military vets facing surprise cancer, PACT Act is critical

On Tuesday the Senate approved the PACT Act, which would help veterans struggling with health problems after being exposed to toxic chemicals mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Nearly 85 kids globally now have monkeypox, says the World Health Organization. There are concerns that the disease may spread as kids return to classes and are in close contact.

No one’s immune: More kids could get monkeypox if virus isn’t controlled

Nearly 85 kids globally now have monkeypox, says the World Health Organization. There are concerns that the disease may spread as kids return to classes and are in close contact.

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Compared to sunscreen sold in the U.S., those from non-U.S.

Less greasy SPF with longer shelf life? Turn to overseas market

Compared to sunscreen sold in the U.S., those from non-U.S.

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President Biden on Saturday announced that he tested positive for COVID again. He had been negative. Like many people, he apparently now has the Paxlovid rebound.

‘Rebound is a nuisance.’ Paxlovid prevents hospitalization, death

President Biden on Saturday announced that he tested positive for COVID again. He had been negative. Like many people, he apparently now has the Paxlovid rebound.

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It turns out that much of what we’ve been told about antidepressants is wrong or misleading. The prevailing thinking has led to huge sales with little evidence of effectiveness.

Anti-depressants needs a major “rethink”

It turns out that much of what we’ve been told about antidepressants is wrong or misleading. The prevailing thinking has led to huge sales with little evidence of effectiveness.

from Second Opinion

Dangerous levels on PFAs linger not only in bowls, wrappers, and plates, but also in the ink of food packaging.

New report finds dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ in food packaging

Dangerous levels on PFAs linger not only in bowls, wrappers, and plates, but also in the ink of food packaging.

from Good Food

Medical historian Elena Conis follows the trail of DDT, a pesticide that was used in warfare during WWII, to hazardous outcomes resulting in bans by the EPA.

Riveting and infuriating: How toxic DDT pesticide was pushed on humanity

Medical historian Elena Conis follows the trail of DDT, a pesticide that was used in warfare during WWII, to hazardous outcomes resulting in bans by the EPA.

from Good Food

Scientists are checking LA sewage for coronavirus. As fewer people report test results, health officials say the data helps them see what’s next with the pandemic.

Not reporting test results? Scientists still track COVID via your toilet waste

Scientists are checking LA sewage for coronavirus. As fewer people report test results, health officials say the data helps them see what’s next with the pandemic.

from Greater LA

In some low-income African countries, 5% or less of the population is fully vaccinated, according to local government data. Why the slow progress against COVID?

Most of Africa isn’t protected against COVID. Blame western countries

In some low-income African countries, 5% or less of the population is fully vaccinated, according to local government data. Why the slow progress against COVID?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Kansas Constitution currently guarantees abortion access, and on August 2, residents will vote on whether the legislature could restrict the procedure.

Neck-and-neck: Kansas residents to vote on abortion amendment

The Kansas Constitution currently guarantees abortion access, and on August 2, residents will vote on whether the legislature could restrict the procedure.

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“Aftershock” tells the story of two Black women who died from childbirth-related complications. Both deaths could have been prevented if medical staff listened and acted.

More pregnant Black women are dying, ‘Aftershock’ shares partners’ stories

“Aftershock” tells the story of two Black women who died from childbirth-related complications. Both deaths could have been prevented if medical staff listened and acted.

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Another mask mandate might be imposed on LA County as early as July 29. The risk of COVID infection is now high, but the risk of a bad outcome is low, says UCSF’s Dr. Robert Wachter.

New LA mask mandate is in sight, but not stronger subvariant

Another mask mandate might be imposed on LA County as early as July 29. The risk of COVID infection is now high, but the risk of a bad outcome is low, says UCSF’s Dr. Robert Wachter.

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Hundreds of unhoused Angelenos are seeking shelter in the Mojave Desert, having been pushed out of nearby Lancaster due to aggressive policing.

Mojave Desert for unhoused Angelenos: Fewer cops, more dehydration, no help

Hundreds of unhoused Angelenos are seeking shelter in the Mojave Desert, having been pushed out of nearby Lancaster due to aggressive policing.

from Greater LA

California has over 400 monkeypox cases, and tests and vaccines are tough to access.

US will ‘be constantly chasing behind outbreaks’ without stronger public health

California has over 400 monkeypox cases, and tests and vaccines are tough to access.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand