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LA County wants more people to sign up for food stamps as Trump budget threatens cuts

By Susan Abram|

Senior Moments: How a kazoo can help seniors memory skills

If you think a kazoo is an unlikely gift for my almost 101-year-old mom, you haven’t met Francine Katz. She’s a speech pathologist who teaches lip reading and memory enhancement to seniors. As Mom’s memory ebbs, I am acutely...

By Patricia Bunin|

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  • Addiction and substance abuse

    How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction

    Chronic drug users are commodities, exploited by a growing world of drug and alcohol rehab operators who put profit ahead of patient care. Everything from the opioid epidemic and Obamacare to prison realignment and legal loopholes has created conditions in which unethical operators can flourish, using addicts to bilk insurance companies and the public out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Though many legitimate centers remain, critics and long-time insiders say a darker...

  • Politics

    New research says salt helps with weight loss, but government causes bloat: Susan Shelley

    The Trump administration took a small step toward restoring freedom to school lunches, and, as usual, the blowback is ferocious. The Department of Agriculture said schools don’t have to cut salt in meals any further, can serve fewer whole grains,and can bring back lowfat chocolate and strawberry milk. For this, former first lady Michelle Obama, appearing at a healthy-eating conference, seethed that moms across America should “think about why someone is OK with your...

    Susan Shelley
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  • Health

    Successful aging: The issue of responsibility as you care for a friend’s well being

    Q I recently went on our 20th annual female golfing trip with good friends ages 68 to 82 years. One of the women has very early stages of dementia. After I drove her home and walked her to the door, she found the front door locked and became agitated because she could not find her keys. Her husband was inside unconscious from drinking, and also bleeding. The police came to the rescue. This couple can no longer manage on their own. And they have a daughter who does nothing. I want to help.

    Helen Dennis
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  • Nutrition

    Nutrition: Changing behaviors for children’s eating habits starts with structure

    Emotional eating — the habit of eating to cope with stress, boredom or negative feelings rather than to satisfy true hunger ­— is a behavior that can often lead to overeating and weight gain. The feeding styles of parents and other caregivers play a significant role in the relationship young children develop with eating. Emotional feeding or the giving of food or beverages to children to help soothe or calm them down can encourage emotional eating in...

    LeeAnn Weintraub
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  • Dementia

    ‘Boot camp’ helps dementia caregivers care for themselves

    LOS ANGELES >> Gary Carmona thought he could do it all. He’s run companies and chaired nonprofit boards. But since his wife was diagnosed with dementia, Carmona, 77, has felt overwhelmed. “I really see myself at times crashing,” he said. “In my mind, I’m saying, ‘You know, I can’t really handle all this.’ ” There was the time his wife, Rochelle, wandered outside and fell down. And the time she boiled...

    By Anna Gorman California Healthline|

  • Medication

    Nearly 1 In 3 FDA drug approvals followed by major safety actions

    The Food and Drug Administration is under pressure from the Trump administration to approve drugs faster, but researchers at the Yale School of Medicine found that nearly a third of those approved from 2001 through 2010 had major safety issues years after they were widely available to patients. Seventy-one of the 222 drugs approved in the first decade of the millennium were withdrawn, required a “black box” warning on side effects or warranted a safety announcement about...

    By Sydney Lupkin California Healthline|

  • Education

    Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

    WASHINGTON >> Michelle Obama on Friday criticized a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier, saying kids will end up “eating crap” instead. Mrs. Obama told an annual health conference in Washington that more nutritionally sound school lunches are needed since millions of kids eat federally subsidized breakfast and lunch at school. Without mentioning President Donald Trump by name, she urged parents to think about...

    By Darlene Superville Associated Press|

  • Climate change

    Elon Musk urges Trump to stick with Paris climate-change effort

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk joined dozens of industry executives in signing an open letter asking President Donald Trump to stay in the Paris Agreement on climate change and protect U.S. trade. Musk owns the pioneering private rocketbuilder SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, and also operates a Tesla electric-car design center in the South Bay city. The executives and companies are raising their voices at a critical policy juncture as the administration considers withdrawing from the...

    By Louis Hansen Bay Area News Group|

  • Public health

    Casa Vega closed for cockroaches days before Cinco de Mayo

    Three restaurants in the San Fernando Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Between April 30 and May 6, those facilities had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Closures can occur during routine and owner-initiated...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Environment

    Report on lead testing near Quemetco plant in City of Industry delayed until June

    Nearly one year has passed since a state environmental agency began testing the soil for dangerous chemicals surrounding a City of Industry lead-smelting plant, but residents still don’t know if the plant poses a threat to their health. That’s because a report detailing what chemicals at what concentrations may have been found in soil samples surrounding Quemetco Inc., has been delayed several times. The final report was expected out in March, then was delayed until May.

    Steve Scauzillo
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