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Column: A cancer survivor advises research, persistence and second opinions

In the fall of 2022, Robin Clough and Dr. Gene Dorio were going about their lives as they had for many years, serving older adults in the Santa Clarita Valley. Clough was busy with her work as an administrator at…

Long Beach aquarium rehabilitates otter pup using a surrogate mom

Millie, a fatigued mother of an infant, was ready for a nap. So she grabbed her baby, flipped it around, threw it on her belly and started grooming its tail — a soothing behavior. Aggressive and impactful reporting on climate…

Kaiser facing union accusations that patients are losing mental health care

Months after Kaiser Permanente reached a sweeping agreement with state regulators to improve its mental health services, the healthcare giant is facing union allegations that patients could be improperly losing such care. The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents…

Neighbors balk at renewed permit for hazardous waste facility

California regulators could soon grant a fresh permit for a hazardous waste treatment facility in Santa Fe Springs, even as they face off with the same company in court over alleged violations. The upcoming decision has alarmed environmental and community…

What is Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s voice condition? Spasmodic dysphonia

There was a time before the turn of the millennium when Robert F. Kennedy Jr. gave a full-throated accounting of himself and the things he cared about. He recalls his voice then as “unusually strong,” so much so that he…

A solar eclipse is happening today in California. How to get best view

Millions of people across the United States will collectively look up at the sky Monday — wearing the necessary protective glasses, one hopes — to witness a rare total solar eclipse. And although California won’t experience the phenomenon of totality,…

Can Calmara AI app really detect infections in sex partners?

Late last month, the San Francisco-based startup HeHealth announced the launch of Calmara.ai, a cheerful, emoji-laden website the company describes as “your tech savvy BFF for STI checks.” The concept is simple. A user concerned about their partner’s sexual health…

Can Monday eclipse help unite politically divided Americans?

To hear Herodotus tell it, a total solar eclipse in 585 BC ended a five-year war between ancient kingdoms in present-day Turkey. Could another total eclipse on Monday bring an end to the partisan wars in America? The idea may…

I drove from L.A. to the Midwest to feel the wonder of an eclipse.

With the probable exception of glimpsing Earthrise out the window of Apollo 8, a total solar eclipse may be the best show in the universe accessible to human eyes. I didn’t quite understand this seven years ago when I drove…

Poppies are sparse across Southern California this year

Scan the rolling hills of the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve and you’ll notice something missing. Golden poppies. Even as Instagram-worthy wildflowers bloom across the state, the blazing orange flower has been conspicuously absent from some of its usual haunts…