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Hike Vasquez Rocks, famous from 'Westworld' and 'Planet of the Apes'

People all over the world know Vasquez Rocks because it’s been a featured location for decades in movies such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Blazing Saddles” and TV shows like “Westworld” and “Star Trek.” But I’m always surprised by how few Los Angeles residents have seen the strange lunar landscape...

Here's why you're about to see actress Judith Light everywhere, talking about flu shots

But exercise can only do so much to keep a person well. That's why Judith Light has become such an outspoken advocate of people getting an annual flu vaccination.

What Dirty John reveals about domestic abuse

The Los Angeles Times series “Dirty John” tells the story of a grifter in Orange County who lied to and manipulated his wife. John Meehan threatened Debra Newell’s family and isolated her from them. He told her he loved her, but called her names and said her kids were waiting for her to die so...

This is the secret to actor Sterling K. Brown’s Instagram-ready abs

"I'm not just looking good for the sake of looking good. I want to live a long, healthy life. The life expectancy of the African-American male is the shortest of all groups in this country. I want to be around to see great grandchildren - and be able to enjoy them."

Hacking your health at the new Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica

The first thing Dave Asprey will tell you about his newly opened Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica is that it’s not a gym. Rather, he says, it’s the world’s first “human upgrade” facility dedicated exclusively to biohacking, or tweaking your biology for better performance. At first glance, the light-filled...

Fighting fatigue? Here are 6 easy ways to recharge your personal batteries

Dave Asprey says just a handful of simple diet and lifestyle "hacks" alone can deliver a significant boost in daily energy and brain power.

Sky Yoga: Try warrior pose 1,000 feet above Los Angeles

There's beachfront yoga, yoga in blazing temperatures, yoga on the dance floor. Now, there's Sunset Yoga in the Sky.

Health roundup: Some documentaries to help you cope, feel better and relax

Zen master offers uplifting message, as do a range of experts on the health problems that haunt us.

Do-it-yourself gels and strips can do the job, experts say

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spend more than $1.4 billion on teeth-whitening products annually, so don't be surprised if you find yourself amid their ranks and browsing the enormous selection of gels and strips, rinses and toothpastes — online or at the local...

What everyone should know before getting that smile straighened, whitened or veneered

Cosmetic dentistry procedures — teeth whitening and straightening, veneers, bonding — have become commonplace in the U.S. and, seemingly, mandatory in Southern California, where image enhancement is something akin to religion. Here are four things to consider before you take the plunge. 1. Success...

Actor Robert Patrick works to stay fit — but those 6 a.m. call times can be killer

The liquid-metal death robot in “Terminator 2” was virtually indestructible. But actor Robert Patrick, 58, feels the pain of being human. “I’m developing more injuries as time goes by,” said Patrick, who played the liquid-metal T-1000 in 1991. He specifically mentioned an issue with the bursa in...

STD rates hit another record high, with California near the top

The number of Americans diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis reached a record high in 2016 for the second year in a row, with more than 2 million cases reported and particularly high rates in California, according to federal data released Tuesday. Cases of these three sexually transmitted...

Death toll from West Nile climbs to 7 in L.A. County, officials say

Los Angeles County health officials warned residents Monday to protect themselves against the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus, as the number of people killed by the disease in L.A. County this year reached seven. The department launched a campaign Monday called “It’s Not Just A Bite” to...

West Nile virus has killed 8 Californians this year. In parts of L.A. County, the risk is especially high

Julie Shepherd ended up in the hospital earlier this month after her neighbor found her on the floor of her West Covina home, unable to move. Shepherd, 84, was paralyzed and had lost the ability to speak. Doctors diagnosed her illness as West Nile virus. Humans contract the virus through a mosquito...

Pet food goes upscale, with kale, quinoa and cage-free duck. But check with your vet first.

Americans will spend close to $30 billion feeding their pets this year, according to the American Pet Products Assn. That’s up from $28.23 billion last year. Driving the growth: premium, human-grade food that is organic, minimally processed, slow-cooked and loaded with previously niche ingredients...

How Guru Jagat helps you get your groove back in a techy and complex era

Guru Jagat may be the new model for a thoroughly modern, multimedia yogi and the fresh, female face making the Kundalini yoga tradition increasingly popular. In her new book, “Invincible Living: The Power of Yoga, the Energy of Breath, and Other Tools for a Radiant Life” (Harper Elixir), Guru Jagat...

Health officials declare hepatitis A outbreak in L.A. County

Los Angeles County public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak Tuesday, days after an emergency was declared in San Diego, where at least 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus. Case numbers are still small, with only 10 people infected as part of the outbreak, said Dr....

Cool canyon trails, glorious ocean views: You need to take this hike

This popular walk in the Santa Monica mountains offers cool canyon trails and glorious ocean views. But it can get crowded, and it can be hot. Go early, bring plenty of water and plan on having a snack break or a picnic at Parker Mesa Overlook. Signs warn to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes and...

Medi-Cal plans are asking state to let them stop printing and mailing directories the size of phone books

2 months agoHealth : LA Times: Health

In Los Angeles County, signing up for Medi-Cal is often followed by a phone book-sized directory landing on your doorstep. The 2017 directory for L.A. Care, a local Medi-Cal health plan, is 2,546 pages of doctors’ names listed by city, by specialty — anesthesiologists, gastroenterologists, ophthalmologists....

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