Health and Wellness

A bill sitting on Governor Gavin Newsom's desk would require all UCs and state universities to offer the abortion pill to students who want it. Gov.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

While poverty is a potent driver of poor health care there are other factors such as access, the health care system, patients, culture, and health care providers.

from Second Opinion

The FDA sent a letter this week to vaping giant Juul, saying it illegally marketed its products as safer than traditional cigarettes.

Med school professor on what we know (and don't know) about the safety of vaping

The FDA sent a letter this week to vaping giant Juul, saying it illegally marketed its products as safer than traditional cigarettes.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Vaping-related lung illness is responsible for at least 6 deaths nationwide. But cannabis industry leaders say their products are not to blame.

Is it safe to vape cannabis?

Vaping-related lung illness is responsible for at least 6 deaths nationwide. But cannabis industry leaders say their products are not to blame.

from KCRW Features

If you read the LA Times, a recent op-ed headline may have gotten your attention: “   Hi, I’m David. I’m a drug addict.

Journalist gets backlash for intimate essay on quitting antidepressants

If you read the LA Times, a recent op-ed headline may have gotten your attention: “ Hi, I’m David. I’m a drug addict.

from Greater LA

When LA Times business columnist David Lazarus turned to antidepressants, he had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and struggled with sleep.   The pills helped.

Antidepressants: tell us your story

When LA Times business columnist David Lazarus turned to antidepressants, he had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and struggled with sleep.  The pills helped.

from Greater LA

In Tanzania poverty can have a devastating effect on health – particularly for women and children.  But, its not just Africa that has this problem….

The impact of poverty on health care in Africa

In Tanzania poverty can have a devastating effect on health – particularly for women and children.  But, its not just Africa that has this problem….

from Second Opinion

The California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to reduce vaccine exemptions. The bill is now on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, but its fate is up in the air.

Bill that strengthens vaccine law for school kids goes to Gov. Newsom's desk

The California Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to reduce vaccine exemptions. The bill is now on Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk, but its fate is up in the air.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

State lawmakers are expected to pass a bill requiring campus health centers to provide pills used for medication abortions. If the measure becomes law, it will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

California again considers making abortion pills available at public colleges

State lawmakers are expected to pass a bill requiring campus health centers to provide pills used for medication abortions. If the measure becomes law, it will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

from NPR

More than 200 people are sick, and one person has died from a mysterious lung illness tied to vaping.

Hundreds of young people are getting sick from vaping

More than 200 people are sick, and one person has died from a mysterious lung illness tied to vaping.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

More than 200 people are sick, and one person has died from a mysterious lung illness tied to vaping.

Mysterious lung illness can emerge with just one vape, says doctor

More than 200 people are sick, and one person has died from a mysterious lung illness tied to vaping.

It is time to improve communication to assure that patient’s end of life wishes are respected.

Missed opportunities at the end of life

It is time to improve communication to assure that patient’s end of life wishes are respected.

from Second Opinion

We know that deep breathing can help when you’re stressed. Now some deep breathing evangelizers say it can cure a lot more: chronic back pain,  depression, and even acne.

Deep breathing can lead to better health

We know that deep breathing can help when you’re stressed. Now some deep breathing evangelizers say it can cure a lot more: chronic back pain,  depression, and even acne.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Anti-vaccination sentiment has popped up on Pinterest, better known for recipes, wedding planning, and mood boards than for contentious political battles.   
  Now Pinterest is…

Pinterest takes on the anti-vaccination movement

Anti-vaccination sentiment has popped up on Pinterest, better known for recipes, wedding planning, and mood boards than for contentious political battles.  Now Pinterest is…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million for playing down the risks of opioids and overselling the benefits.

Johnson & Johnson found guilty of contributing to the opioid epidemic

Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million for playing down the risks of opioids and overselling the benefits.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

At the Video Music Awards in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, five protestors who were demanding clean water got arrested.

There's lead in California's tap water. What you need to know

At the Video Music Awards in Newark, New Jersey on Monday, five protestors who were demanding clean water got arrested.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Conflicts of interests impact most medical specialties, most hospitals, and many product manufactures – the conflicts all impact our health.

Medicine is plagued by conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interests impact most medical specialties, most hospitals, and many product manufactures – the conflicts all impact our health.

from Second Opinion

The birth of a child is a beautiful, messy, painful, confusing, exhilarating and life-changing experience. It's also a private one.

Photographing childbirth: growing trend in LA for new parents

The birth of a child is a beautiful, messy, painful, confusing, exhilarating and life-changing experience. It's also a private one.

from Greater LA

Preliminary studies suggest that for at least some people high stress jobs can cause harm to DNA.

The impact of work-related stress on DNA

Preliminary studies suggest that for at least some people high stress jobs can cause harm to DNA.

from Second Opinion

When Beyond Meat first hit the market in 2014, few thought it would be a success. But Del Taco sold more than 2 million Beyond Meat tacos in two months.

Fake meat: a fad or here to stay?

When Beyond Meat first hit the market in 2014, few thought it would be a success. But Del Taco sold more than 2 million Beyond Meat tacos in two months.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand