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2020 will be a year of looking outward, as scientists send spacecraft to the moon and Mars. They’ll also look inward, to cells that signal disease — or cure it.
The overall cancer death rate has been falling about 1.5% a year since 1991. It fell 2.2% from 2016 to 2017, according to the American Cancer Society.
Health administration costs were more than four-fold higher per capita in the U.S. than in Canada ($2,479 vs. $551 per person), which has a single-payer system.
Women who used baby powder in the genital area were no more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who didn’t, according to a study of 250,000 women.
The eroding economy could be partly to blame for the nation’s opioid crisis, according to an analysis of auto plant closures and drug overdoses.
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Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed $20 million Friday to purchase new parkland. He won’t say where, but a likely candidate is a 51,000-acre ranch on sale near Livermore.
Upcoming gardening events include a camellia celebration, L.A. Arboretum’s lantern sculptures fest, a native landscaping talk and a succulents show.
Like many of his White House rivals, Steyer is promising to use executive action to reinstate Obama administration protections for people brought to the country illegally as children.
Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board chair, fears the U.S. Supreme Court could take away the state’s power to set its own emissions standards.
Researchers backed by the San Diego Zoo are scrambling to save koalas threatened by the rampaging brush fires in Australia.
The largest private holding of the world’s largest trees will be preserved after Save the Redwoods League raised millions in four months.
Bolstered by cooler weather and desperately needed rain, exhausted firefighters in Australia raced to shore up defenses against deadly wildfires before the blazes flare again within days when scorching temperatures are expected to return.
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After a fatal school shooting, antidepressant use among student survivors increases by 21%. It’s a window into the psychological toll of such attacks.
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