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Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital Names New VP of Operations

Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital has named Joanne Laguna-Kennedy as its new vice president of operations.

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Clearlake Acquires Health Tech Company Symplr

Private equity firm Clearlake Capital Group, based in Santa Monica, has completed its acquisition of Symplr, a health-tech company based in Houston, the company announced on Dec. 7.

Catasys Thrives on Data Dives

Health Care: Firm helps providers lower costs

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Kaiser Permanente Launches $6M in Grants for SoCal Mental Health Agencies

Kaiser Permanente Southern California on Dec. 3 announced a $6 million initiative to bolster mental and behavioral health services throughout the region.

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Cedars-Sinai Joins Koreatown-Based Pragma to Offer VR Course in GI Surgery

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has teamed up with digital health startup Pragma Inc. to launch what may be the first accredited continuing medical education course taught in virtual reality.

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UCLA Develops Technique to ID ‘Small’ Molecules to Speed Drug Discovery and Production

UCLA has developed a new way to identify “small” molecules that could speed up drug discovery and manufacturing.

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USC Researchers Aim to Eradicate Polio With New Freeze-Dried Polio Vaccine

Scientists at USC have created a freeze-dried polio vaccine that needs no refrigeration, widening its reach across the globe, according to a USC study published on Nov. 27.

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UCLA/Berkeley Study: Change in ACA Could Increase Statewide Uninsured to 4.4M by 2023

More than 4 million Californians will lack health insurance by 2023 because of a pending change in the federal health insurance law that drops an individual mandate to get health coverage, according to a UCLA and Berkeley study released Nov. 27.

Brain Gains: Neural Analytics Makes Waves With Portable Brain Scan Headset

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Medical-device company Neural Analytics Inc. has developed a portable headset that can assess several types of brain damage, from stroke symptoms to concussions and other disorders.

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Coordinated Care: 123 Home Care Alleviates Pressure on Patients, Medical Facilities

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123 Home Care has helped thousands of seniors and disabled residents with nonmedical assistance, housekeeping and trips about town.

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DxTerity Stays Nimble: Customized Blood Test-Maker Moves Into Autoimmune Arena

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DxTerity Diagnostics Inc. holds $150 million in contracts for blood tests for radiation, a gene-based test that can triage residents in the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

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New CEO at Dignity Health's Northridge Hospital Medical Center

Dignity Health has named Paul Watkins as president of the nonprofit’s Northridge Hospital Medical Center.

GoForward Opens New Concierge Medical Office at Americana at Brand

GoForward Inc. opened its second mall-based concierge medical service in Los Angeles County on Nov. 19 with a Forward Glendale office located at the Americana at Brand.

NantHealth Reports Nearly $100 Million Loss

NantHealth Inc. of Culver City, part of a health care conglomerate owned by Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, on Nov. 16 reported a third quarter loss of nearly $100 million, with flat year-over-year revenue.

Catasys Reports $4 Million Q3 Loss Despite Record Billings

Catasys Inc., a digital health analytics company based in Brentwood, reported a $4 million loss in the third quarter despite record billings and soaring enrollment.