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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

San Diego Health Care Workers Required To Get Flu Shot Or Wear Mask

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San Diego County’s public health department has issued an order requiring health care providers to either get a flu shot or wear a mask this flu season.

Majority Of Covered California Enrollees Needed Help To Sign Up

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The vast majority of consumers who signed up for a Covered California health plan this year received help with the enrollment process.

Bringing Christmas Cheer To The Hospital

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Having a family member in the hospital can be a scary and stressful experience, especially during the Christmas holidays.

7 San Diego Hospitals Penalized For Medical Mistakes

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The hospitals will have their Medicare payments cut by 1 percent through next September.

New San Diego Effort To Develop Treatments For Alzheimer's Disease

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San Diego County aims to stimulate more research into potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

California's Health Insurance Exchange Admits Problems

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Some consumers who attempted to switch their health plans encountered problems.

Scripps Researchers Use DNA To Explore Mystery Of Sudden Death

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Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute hope to solve the mystery of sudden unexplained death by using genetic sequencing.

Covered California Officials Say Foreign Languages Not A Barrier To Enrollment

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Speaking a language other than English or Spanish doesn’t have to be a barrier to getting health insurance through Covered California.

Covered California Tells Latinos Enrollment Info Isn't Shared With Immigration Authorities

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An estimated 600,000 Latinos in California are uninsured.

SDSU Encourages 'Young Invincibles' To Buy Health Insurance

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San Diego State University is reaching out to students in an attempt to get them to buy health insurance under the new health insurance exchange.

Nearly 15,000 San Diegans Diagnosed With AIDS Since Epidemic Began

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San Diego marked World AIDS Day with free HIV testing at various locations.

Despite Seniors' Risk, Many Doctors Don't Screen For Falls

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The study reveals more than half a million California seniors fall more than once a year. But less than half receive any advice on how to prevent falls from their doctor.

Some California Politicians Find Tobacco Money Hard To Resist

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Tobacco giant Philip Morris contributed a total of $24,600 to six California Assembly candidates right before Election Day.

Kaiser Launches Retail Clinics At Target

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Kaiser Permanente has opened clinics inside the Target stores in Mission Valley and Vista.

Eight San Diego Hospitals Make National List Of Top Performers

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Seven San Diego hospitals rank among the nation's top performers in a new report on healthcare quality.

Covered California Works To Insure More Youths, Latinos

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Covered California officials say they’re trying new moves to get more people to sign up for health insurance as open enrollment approaches Saturday.

San Diego Group Encourages Young Adults With Mental Illness To Have Fun

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A group in San Diego has a mission to encourage young adults with mental health issues to build relationships and have fun.

Childhood Trauma Can Have Long-Lasting Health Effects

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A new report reveals most Californians have experienced at least one form of childhood trauma.

Californians Vote Against Insurance Commissioner Regulating Health Insurance Costs

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Proposition 45 would give California's insurance commissioner the power to reject health insurance price hikes found to be excessive.

Voters Reject Drug Tests For Doctors, Medical Malpractice Proposition

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Proposition 46, which would raise medical malpractice awards, is trailing badly -- with 73 percent of voters rejecting it -- in early returns.

San Diego Program Reduces ER Visits, Improves Health

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A program in southeastern San Diego aims to teach the chronically ill how to avoid the hospital and better manage their own health.

Dietary Supplement Helps Veterans With Gulf War Illness

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An inexpensive dietary supplement may provide some benefits to Desert Storm veterans who suffer from Gulf War illness, according to a new study from UC San Diego.

Health Officials Suspect San Carlos Man Died Of West Nile Virus

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San Diego County health officials said Friday they believe a 71-year-old San Carlos man was the second person in the region to die of West Nile virus, an illness spread by mosquitoes.

Students Protest Lack Of Sexual Assault Prevention At Cal State San Marcos

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About two dozen students marched through the campus of Cal State San Marcos to protest what they say is a lack of preventative measures.

Abortion Emerges As Issue In North County Campaign

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Abortion has become an issue in the campaign to fill seats on the Palomar Health District's board of directors.

'No On 45' Campaign Coffers Continue To Grow

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Last week insurance companies contributed more than $12 million to defeat Propostion 45, a ballot measure that would regulate the price of health insurance in California.

California Coughs Up $18 Billion In Smoking-Related Costs

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A new study from UC San Francisco reveals more than 34,000 Californians died from smoking-related causes in 2009, the latest figures available for the research.

Crowded Field Vying For Tri-City Healthcare District's Board of Directors

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Voters in North County have the chance to choose who will sit on the Tri-City Healthcare District’s board of directors.

Scripps Research Institute Wins $6.6 Grant To Study Lassa Fever Virus

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Ebola isn’t the only tropical disease scientists are concerned about. Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have received a multi-million dollar federal grant to study the Lassa fever virus.

Battle Over Proposition 46 Focuses On Medical Malpractice Awards

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The fight over Proposition 46 is proving to be one of the most expensive in this fall’s election. Supporters say it will enhance patient safety, but critics call it a money grab by trial attorneys.

Prop. 45 Seeks To Limit Health Insurance Price Hikes

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Prop 45 on the November ballot aims to put a stop to rising health insurance costs.

Vaccinating Kids A Topic At San Diego Pediatricians Meeting

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Unvaccinated children will be one of the topics this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Diego.

New Law Requires Hospitals To Intensify Violence Prevention Efforts

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California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will require hospitals to boost their efforts to prevent workplace violence.

Some Covered California Plans To Offer Smaller Provider Networks Next Year

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At least two of California’s major health plans will offer more restricted physician networks next year.

San Diego Company Develops Test To Indicate Risk Of Acute Kidney Injury

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Astute Medical developed a first-of-its-kind test that can determine someone’s risk of developing acute kidney injury.

Lopsided Battle Over Proposition 45

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The fight over Proposition 45, a ballot initiative that would give the state authority to regulate health insurance rates, is shaping up to be a one-sided affair.

San Diego County Suicides Reach All-Time High

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The number of San Diegans who committed suicide reached an all-time high in 2013.

San Diego Service Offers Mental Health Support Online

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San Diegans who have a mental health issue can now access an online chat service to speak to a counselor.

Measure Would Make Drug Overdose Antitdote More Widely Available In California

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A bill designed to reduce drug overdose deaths in California is on its way to the governor’s desk.

Breastfeeding Rates Increase In California, But Disparities Remain

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The percentage of babies who are breastfed exclusively in the hospital is on the rise in California, but ethnic and regional disparities still exist.

San Diegans Combat Stigma By Sharing Personal Struggles With Mental Illness

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The stigma surrounding mental illness is a powerful force. Some San Diegans with mental health issues are trying to reduce it, by sharing their personal stories.

Lawmakers Approve Bill To Speed Up Clinics' Medi-Cal Approval

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State lawmakers have approved a measure that would help new community clinics could get up and running faster.

Veterans Affairs Opens New Clinic In Sorrento Valley

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VA San Diego Healthcare System is opening a new clinic in Sorrento Valley, part of a plan to expand medical services to local veterans.

Concussion-Measuring Device Developed At SDSU Hits Market

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A device developed at San Diego State that helps trainers figure out if an athlete has suffered a concussion is now on the market.

Access Issues Prompt Lawmakers To Order Audit Of Medi-Cal Managed Care

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California lawmakers have ordered an audit to see if Medi-Cal managed care patients are getting decent access to doctors.

Only Kaiser Permanente To Reduce Covered California Premiums In 2015

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A new analysis by Citigroup says Kaiser Permanente will be the only insurer on Covered California that will lower its premiums next year.

New UC San Diego Research Reveals Previously Unknown Details Of Infant Brains

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UC San Diego researchers hope a better understanding of normal brain development in infants could lead to insights into how and when developmental disorders arise.

UCSD Surgeon Uses Unique 3-D Tools During Brain Surgery

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A medical specialist at UC San Diego is a pioneer in using a groundbreaking collection of 3-D imaging technology to guide his tools during brain surgery.

Groundbreaking Imaging Tools Help Advance Brain Surgery

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Removing a brain tumor is an extremely delicate surgery. To ensure accuracy, surgeons at UC San Diego are using a unique combination of 3-D imaging tools, that offer an unprecedented look at the brain’s inner structure.

Report: Health Premiums Rose Significantly In 2014

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Health insurers say the increases are partly due to new mandates in the federal health law. The California insurance commissioner disagrees.

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