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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

New California Guide Reminds Adults To Stay Current On Vaccinations

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The California Medical Association Foundation is releasing a new guide with recommendations for adults based on age, dosage and vaccine type.

California Bill Seeks To Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

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A new measure in the California Assembly would prevent hospital patients from getting “surprise” medical bills from out-of-network doctors.

Health Data Breaches Continue, But Fines Are Rare

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A new review found health care companies have reported more than 1,140 large data breaches since 2009. But the federal government has only issued 22 fines.

Scripps Opens New Center Dedicated To Heart Care

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Scripps Health is celebrating Thursday the grand opening of its $456 million cardiovascular institute.

California Has Highest Child Poverty Rate In Nation

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A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 27 percent of California children live in poverty.

California Regulators Say Kaiser Still Hasn't Fixed Access To Care Problems

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In a new report, state regulators say they still have some serious concerns about access to mental health care at Kaiser Permanente.

Covered California Gives The Uninsured Another Chance

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The Feb. 15 deadline to buy health insurance and avoid a tax penalty has come and gone, but Covered California is offering consumers another chance to sign up.

Consumer Group Calls For State To Audit Hospitals That Commit Frequent Medical Mistakes

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A prominent consumer group wants California regulators to audit ten hospitals that have been fined multiple times for lapses in safety, including UC San Diego Medical Center.

Covered California Gives Some People Another Week To Enroll

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Covered California officials have decided to extend the deadline to enroll in a health plan for one week. But there's a catch.

North County Program To Open New Home For Homeless Vets

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The new Interfaith Community Services Veteran and Family Resource Center will have 32 beds, including 20 for homeless veterans who need post-operative care.

Covered California Enrollment Deadline Less Than A Week Away

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Those who miss the Feb. 15 deadline will face a tax penalty on next year's return.

Health Watchdog Group Takes Legal Action Against E-Cigarette Companies

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The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health is taking legal action against more that 20 e-cigarette companies for failing to put warning labels on their products.

Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Forces Hard Choices For San Diegans

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The Feb. 15 deadline to enroll in a Covered California plan is forcing people to make a choice: buy coverage, or pay a fine.

Access To Care An Issue For Kids On Medi-Cal

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With nearly 5 million California children in the Medi-Cal program, access to doctors who will treat them is not a sure thing.

Doctors, Dentists Strike At UC Student Health Centers

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Some 150 doctors and dentists at University of California student health centers statewide held a one-day strike Tuesday, over what they claim are UC's unfair labor practices.

Family

San Diego's First Pediatric Heart Transplant Performed At Rady Children's Hospital

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Eric Montaño, 11, is the recipient of the first pediatric heart transplant ever performed in San Diego. But his twin brother is still waiting for a donor.

San Diego Hospitals Working To Make Their Food Tasty

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When you think of hospitals, tasty food doesn’t usually come to mind, but hospitals throughout San Diego County are trying to change that reputation.

Kaiser Therapists Strike Over Staffing Issues

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Mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente clinics throughout California are out on strike this week, over what they say is a lack of adequate staffing.

How To Prevent The Flu, Measles and Whooping Cough

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San Diego County officials reported the first two deaths in the region from the flu this season and are also warning of a potential exposure to measles at Parkway Plaza. KPBS talks to a Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Center doctor about how to prevent these diseases.

2 Elderly Women Are First Flu Deaths in San Diego This Season

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San Diego County officials said the two victims were living in a local nursing home and had underlying health problems.

New Law Expands Privacy Protections For Insured Californians

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A new law allows Californians who are covered under a parent's or spouse's health plan to keep their medical information private.

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.

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