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Dr. Hong-Phuc Tran is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

UCLA Santa Monica Geriatrician: Viewing Cataracts In Sharper Focus

Posted Aug. 18, 2014, 9:14 am

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide and the leading cause of vision loss among adults 55 or older. However, unlike many other eye diseases, vision loss from cataracts can be treated. In fact, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed surgery in the United States and boasts a high success rate.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

Face Mapping: The Window To Your Heath & Wellbeing

Posted Aug. 14, 2014, 8:05 am

Next time you look in the mirror, you may see yourself very differently. “Face mapping,” a practice that began more than 5,000 years ago in China is now becoming more and more popular among health and beauty practitioners to help diagnose, prevent, and cure disease.

News, City Council, Health, Santa Monica

Mental Illness Diversion Program Proposal Gains Santa Monica Support

Posted Aug. 7, 2014, 8:17 am

Though only a ceremonial act of support, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted July 22 to support an effort by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to create a diversion program for people with mental illness to avoid staying in prison but instead sent into “effective community-based treatment.”

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Promotes Breastfeeding Benefits

Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:37 am

“World Breastfeeding Week” is Aug. 1-8 and The BirthPlace at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica is acknowledging this occasion by increasing breastfeeding awareness.

Divya Vats, MD, is the medical director of the Newborn Screening Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Health, Santa Monica, Youth, Chla

Newborn Screening Uncovers Hidden Genetic Disorders In First Days Of Life

Posted Aug. 5, 2014, 8:58 am

Your baby was born with pink skin, a loud cry, and a full set of adorable fingers and toes. But a few days after you arrive home, your phone rings: your baby has screened positive for a genetic disorder.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist, Hot Flash

The Weekly Hot Flash: Meditate To Calm “Waves Of Evil”

Posted Aug. 5, 2014, 8:56 am

Do you ever have those days where you’re so stressed that your insides feel like they’re bubbling up and are about to explode? I have. I call them “waves of evil.” I usually get them right before my period, or when I’m really tired. And it seems as if nothing can stop them. And I feel sorry for anyone who happens to cross my path when I’m in this state. Until recently. I discovered mudra and meditation.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Alcoholics Anonymous Convention To Come To Santa Monica This November

Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 9:20 am

In a development without precedent in the world of 12-step organizations, hundreds of recovering alcoholics and addicts from around the world who describe themselves as atheists or agnostics will gather in Santa Monica this November for the first ever We Agnostics and Freethinkers International Alcoholics Anonymous Convention (WAFT IAAC).

Debra Fine, who was shot five times during the 2013 Santa Monica College shootings, spoke about gun violence outside SMC on Wednesday. She is flanked by Richard Martinez and Amar Kaleka.

News, Health, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Santa Monica College Shooting Victim Advocates For Better Gun Responsibility

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 8:51 am

With the tragically rising frequency with which mass public shootings have occurred throughout recent years, including the tragic Santa Monica College shootings last June, the issue of gun responsibility has inevitably been put in the political spotlight as a response to such heinous crime.

Naam Yoga’s 'Beach Yoga' debuts at Palisades Park in Santa Monica.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Enjoy Free Yoga At Palisades Park On Sundays Through Sept. 21

Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:31 am

Naam Yoga LA has begun its annual “Beach Yoga” class taking place at Palisades Park (at Idaho and Ocean Avenue) in Santa Monica from 9-10 am. Classes are free to the community every Sunday, until Sept. 21 and taught by experienced Naam Yoga LA instructors.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

A Mid-Summer Safety Reminder From UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 29, 2014, 10:01 am

Summer is now in full swing – and a perfect time to remind families to make sure they’re doing all they can to enjoy a summer that’s safe and healthy.

News, Venice, Health, Santa Monica

Thunderstorm Safety Do's & Don'ts Following Fatal Venice Lightning Strike

Posted Jul. 29, 2014, 9:00 am

With thunderstorms still possible in the Southland, and in the aftermath of a fatal lightning strike at Venice Beach on Sunday, county officials have issued a series of storm safety tips.

A Washington D.C. based environmental advocacy group, who is working with the local group Malibu Unites, alleges the SMMUSD is failing to take the most conservative steps regarding environmental questions at Malibu schools.

News, Health, Malibu, Santa Monica, Smmusd

New Testing Reportedly Finds Illegal Levels Of Toxins At Malibu Schools

Posted Jul. 25, 2014, 8:49 am

Two groups urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week to reject a plan reportedly offered by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) to maintain a 15-year status quo after a new round of testing purportedly revealed “illegal levels of a toxic compound dramatically higher than previously reported” at district-operated schools in Malibu.

The Santa Monica Relay for Life returns to Santa Monica College.

News, Health, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

Relay For Life Returns To Santa Monica College This Weekend

Posted Jul. 23, 2014, 9:24 am

Santa Monica’s annual Relay for Life, a relay to promote cancer awareness, is a touching event about to celebrate its 12th year. It will be held this weekend – July 26-27 – at Santa Monica College (co-sponsor and host of the event).

Learn how to properly protect your skin from melanoma while out in the sun this summer.

Health, Business, Santa Monica

Sun Protection 101: What You Need To Know This Summer

Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 12:24 pm

By Lisa Watts - KO'AN Center Executive Director The most common pro...

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Health, Opinion, California, Columnist

Is Vaccination Order Linked to Pertussis Epidemic?

Posted Jul. 13, 2014, 9:05 am

For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Consumer Watchdog Files Suit Against Anthem Blue Cross

Posted Jul. 10, 2014, 8:11 am

Anthem Blue Cross misrepresented the size of its physician and hospital networks in an effort to bolster sales during the Affordable Care Act enrollment period, according to a lawsuit announced on Wednesday.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica, Columnist

Seven Natural Boosters For Summer Energy

Posted Jun. 29, 2014, 8:59 am

Now that summer is here, match that burst of energy that that causes blossoms to form and flower. Feel ready and raring to tackle outdoor chores, plant gardens, and just be outside feeling invigorated.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Long Beach

First Rabid Skunk Found in 35 Years

Posted Jun. 28, 2014, 2:12 am

The first skunk to be confirmed positive for rabies in Los Angeles County since 1979 was found in East Long Beach.

Use promo code BEAUTY at checkout at when you purchase Anti-Aging Serum and receive Dual Action Eye Gel for free, $29.99 value.

Health, Santa Monica

Free Offer: Modere Dual Action Eye Gel

Posted Jun. 26, 2014, 8:21 am

Want that oh-I-just-woke-up-but-look-like-a-supermodel-effortless look? Try Modere’s Dual Action Eye Gel for free when you purchase Modere’s Anti-Aging Serum (more on that later!). The Dual Action Eye Gel soothes puffiness under the eyes and reduces the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Stuart E. Siegel, MD, directs CHLA’s Center for Global Health and is a staff physician at CHLA-Santa Monica.

Health, Santa Monica, Chla

CHLA Physician: What's Next In Fighting Childhood Cancer?

Posted Jun. 26, 2014, 8:07 am

With survival rates for childhood cancer at an all-time high, research into better and less-toxic treatments is more important than ever.

After Kenny Bass reached out to his friend Joshua Rivers who founded The Battle Buddy Foundation, he was prescribed a $15,000 dog for his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Battle Buddy Foundation Seeks To Assist Veterans With PTSD

Posted Jun. 25, 2014, 9:02 am

The month of June is supposed to be recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Month. However, the general public is sadly unaware of the tragic statistics that pertain to the disorder and specifically to the veteran population.

E-cigarettes may soon be regulated the same way as cigarettes in Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Health, Santa Monica

E-Cigarettes Could Be Regulated Same As Real Cigarettes In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 23, 2014, 9:16 am

The act of vaping might soon be no different than smoking under the eyes of the law, as the Santa Monica City Council will be discussing this Tuesday the possibility of an ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes the same way as cigarettes.

Health, Business, Santa Monica

The Sun & Skin Cancer: Things To Look For When Checking For Melanomas

Posted Jun. 23, 2014, 9:09 am

This summer, be safe out there! With the warm weather approaching there are many backyard barbeques and trips to the beach to be had, but with a few simple precautions we can protect ourselves.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica

Four Reasons To Add Diversity To Your Health Plan

Posted Jun. 22, 2014, 8:58 am

Sometimes more is more – especially when it comes to your health! Mixing up your diet and lifestyle with plenty of diversity can defend you better against top killers like cancer, heart disease, and inflammation.

Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Health, Santa Monica, Columnist

10 Fast, Easy Tips For Fresh, Healthy Meals

Posted Jun. 19, 2014, 8:51 am

We all agree that it’s much healthier and tastier to eat fresh produce and homemade meals from scratch. But in this fast-paced world, who has the time and energy?

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