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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?

Dr. Grace Chen is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

UCLA Geriatrician Offers Sound Advice On Hearing Loss In Older Adults

Posted Jun. 19, 2014, 8:47 am

Hearing loss is one of the most common medical conditions affecting older adults. Approximately one-third of the population between ages 65 and 74 has some form of hearing loss and this number increases to 50 percent after age 75.

Anthea Kerou, Columnist

Health, Columnist, Dating

The Dating Report: Age Difference

Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:23 am

Hi Anthea! I’m a 40 something, newly divorced woman and I want to get back into the dating scene. I look great for my age, the problem is the only guys who approach me are much younger. Don’t get me wrong, they are hot and I’m interested, but I’m worried about what other people will think. How young is too young for me to date? Evelyn, 40

Los Angeles, Health, Chla

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Ranked Top Five In The Country

Posted Jun. 11, 2014, 9:25 am

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked among the top five children’s hospitals in the country, a distinction that recognizes the hospital’s clinical expertise and the quality and breadth of its patient care.

Santa Monica resident Caron Block has founded Funding Addiction Research, an organization that is a local group of people who research the latest, most important developments regarding heroin addiction and seek to find ways to garner interest and raise funds.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Advocate Seeks Funds For Heroin Vaccine Research

Posted Jun. 10, 2014, 9:03 am

It is blaringly apparent that there is a need for a solution within the addiction community after a conversation with advocate Caron Block.

Linda Randolph, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Medical Geneticist.

Health, Santa Monica, Youth, Chla

Pediatric Medical Geneticists Look To Genes To Unravel Mystery Illnesses In Children

Posted Jun. 9, 2014, 9:04 am

The genes children inherit determine everything from their height to their hair color. But sometimes, a child’s genetic code also contains hidden abnormalities that can cause an array of health issues, such as developmental delays or physical or mental illness.

Health, Seven Days, Fitness, Santa Monica

Free Self-Defense Seminar At School Of Martial Arts On June 24

Posted Jun. 8, 2014, 9:05 am

Learn how to protect yourself and your family in one dynamic, fun hour at a free event later this month.

Eating is a time to slow down, join friends and family, and savor the time enjoying the flavorful food that’s been prepared.

Health, Dr. Mao, Santa Monica

It’s Not Just What You Eat – It’s How You Eat, Too

Posted Jun. 8, 2014, 8:55 am

We’re a nation of multitasking, at-the-desk eaters, TV eaters, over-the-sink eaters, skipping-breakfast eaters, and the biggest one of all – fast eaters. With so much focus on “saving” time, it’s no surprise that one of our biggest contributions to the world is fast food.

News, Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica To Hold “Sidewalk” CPR Training Today

Posted Jun. 5, 2014, 8:26 am

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica is hosting mini-CPR trainings today to teach local residents the simple techniques that can help a friend, neighbor or community member survive a life-threatening cardiac event.

Health, Santa Monica, Dr Mao

5 Fast Ways To Look Even Better

Posted Jun. 1, 2014, 2:10 am

Here are five completely natural ways to perk up your spirits and your looks!

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