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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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.

San Diego County Gonorrhea Cases Up 10% In 2013

Preventing sexually-transmitted diseases is part of the county's "Live Well San Diego" initiative, which aims to improve the health and well-being of local residents.

Report: Doctors Not Inundated With Newly Insured Patients

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Millions of previously uninsured Americans now have coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But a report finds most doctors haven’t seen a surge in new patient visits.

Another Failure In The Search For Alzheimer's Treatments

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When it comes to the search for new Alzheimer's treatments, it's been one failure after another.

California Officials Pledge To Reduce Medi-Cal Backlog To 350,000

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State officials are pledging to slash a backlog of applications to the Medi-Cal program.

Forensic Program Helps North County Abuse Survivors

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For nearly 30 years, the Forensic Health Program in Escondido has helped thousands of abuse survivors in their quest for justice.

Feds Ask California For Plan To Fix Medi-Cal Backlog

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The Obama administration has given California until Monday to submit plans to reduce a massive backlog of people waiting for Medi-Cal coverage.

4.6 Million Medical Records Exposed In California In Last Five Years

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Federal health officials say the medical records of 4.6 million Californians have been compromised since 2009.

San Francisco And Berkeley Take On Soft Drink Industry

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The two Northern California cities have soda-tax measures on the November ballot. There are no plans to do that in San Diego, but soft-drink consumption here remains a concern.

Annual Medical Checkups May Not Make Sense

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Annual physicals exams have long been a staple of the American health care system, but new research suggests they're not very effective.

San Diego VA Says It's Taking Steps To Reduce New Patient Wait Times

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Officials at the San Diego VA Healthcare System say improvements are on the way to reduce wait times for new patients.

Covered California Questions Measure To Regulate Health Insurance Prices

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Covered California officials are raising concerns about Proposition 45, a November ballot measure that would regulate the price of health insurance.

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Unveils New Emergency Department

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To meet growing demand, Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas has expanded its emergency department.

San Diego VA Encourages Vets To Seek Treatment For PTSD

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The San Diego VA Medical System marked PTSD Awareness Day on Friday by handing out information about two front-line therapies that can help those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Covered California Drops Ball With Non-English Speakers, Report Says

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Covered California fell short of enrolling people with limited English skills, according to a new report from the non-profit Greenlining Institute.

Bill To Expand Access To Medical Interpreters Advances

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A bill designed to increase Medi-Cal patients’ access to interpreters is moving through the state Legislature.

Survey: Majority Of Obamacare Enrollees Were Previously Uninsured

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A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey finds a majority of those who bought an individual plan under Obamacare had been uninsured for at least two years.

Mobile Medical Units Deliver To San Diego's Underserved

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When it comes to expanding access to care, especially under the Affordable Care Act, mobile medical units are working to fill the gap.

Health Care Advocates Say New State Budget Falls Short

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Some health care advocates say they’re disappointed with California’s new state budget, because lawmakers didn't rescind cuts made during the recession.

Scripps 'Project Dulce' Tries New Ways To Manage Diabetes

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With diabetes on the rise, health providers at Scripps' Project Dulce are experimenting with ways to help people manage their disease.

VA San Diego Healthcare Director Says New Clinic, Hires Will Decrease Wait Times

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San Diego’s VA Healthcare System is not one of those being audited, but officials admit the wait times for new patients is too long.

California Bill Would Let Patients See Out-Of-Network Providers

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The California Senate will soon consider a bill that would allow insured patients to visit out-of-network doctors and hospitals at no additional cost.

Family

Teen Birth Rate In California Drops To Historic Low

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State officials credit California’s laws that require all school-based sex education to be comprehensive and medically accurate.

Scripps Research Institute Wins $13M Grant For Work On HIV Vaccine

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Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have won a $13 million federal grant to continue their efforts to develop an HIV vaccine.

Voters To Decide On Giving Sharp Lease Extension At Grossmont Hospital

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East County voters will decide Tuesday whether Sharp HealthCare should get a 30-year lease extension to operate Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.

North County's Only Forensic Center Gets Financial Reprieve

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A forensic health center that serves survivors of child abuse and sexual assault in North County has received a much-needed financial booster shot.

Some Teens Resort To Cutting Themselves To Deal With Emotional Pain

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For some teenagers, cutting themselves is a way to cope with emotional pain and distress. But the relief doesn't last, and the behavior can become compulsive.

Teens With Chronic Disease Get Help From Mobile Phones

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Mobile phones can help teens do a better job of managing chronic diseases, according to a new study from UC San Diego.

Suicide Prevention Becomes Priority As Number Of Deaths Increases

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Suicides in San Diego County in 2012 reached their highest number in 24 years, and nationally suicide has emerged as a leading cause of non-natural death. With that as a backdrop, state legislators are considering making mental health professionals get suicide-prevention training.

More Money For Medi-Cal, But Doctors' Pay Cut Remains

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California Governor Jerry Brown's new budget calls for $1.2 billion in new Medi-Cal spending, but doesn't rescind a 10 percent pay cut to doctors and other providers.

Non-Invasive Fetal Screening Faster, Safer Than Amniocentesis

A new UC San Diego study suggests there’s a high-tech alternative to amniocentesis that's safer and just as accurate for screening fetuses for genetic defects.

California Drug Take-Back Bill Forced To Sidelines By Stiff Opposition

Supporters argued more than half of all prescription drugs are thrown in the garbage, but the pharmaceutical industry said collecting large amounts of meds at various sites would have created additional problems.

Lawsuit Prompts California Companies To Drop Use Of Toxic Chemical In Soaps, Shampoos

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More than two dozen companies that make shampoo and other personal care products that are sold in California have agreed to stop using a cancer-causing chemical.

Hospital Violence Prevention Bill Advances In State Senate

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Statistics show workers in healthcare settings are five times more likely to be the victims of a violent attack than workers in other professions.

Baby Cuddlers Give Sick Infants In San Diego Some Love

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New research shows the benefits of close human contact for premature infants can be seen 10 years down the line.

San Diego's Air Quality Getting Better

The American Lung Association’s latest report shows the San Diego County has made significant progress in reducing air pollution.

Soft Drink Labeling Bill Goes Flat

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A state Senate bill that would have required health-warning labels on soft drinks has lost its fizz.

$25 Million Raised To Defeat Measure On Regulating Health Insurance Costs

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Opponents of a fall ballot measure that would regulate the price of health insurance in California have out-fundraised supporters by more than 20 to 1.

San Diego Enrollment In Covered California Beats Projections

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The number of San Diegans who signed up for Covered California health plans greatly exceeded expectations.

Measles Cases Hit 14-Year High In California

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Fifty-six Californians have come down with measles so far this year, including four in San Diego County.

Wider Availability Of Naloxone Could Help Curb Drug Overdose Epidemic

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In an attempt to reduce the epidemic of fatalities from prescription narcotic overdoses, health officials want to broaden access to an effective antidote that doctors have been using for years.

Covered California Not Yet All It Can Be, Consumer Group Says

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A prominent consumer group says Covered California has plenty of work to do to improve its operations.

San Diego Conference Aims To Improve Elder Care In Hospitals

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An annual conference that focuses on improving hospital care for the elderly wraps up in San Diego.

CDC: Major Spike In E-Cigarette-Related Calls To Poison Hotlines

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Calls to the nation's poison control centers involving e-cigarettes rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 in February 2014, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Critics Pressure FDA To Pull San Diego Company's Painkiller Off The Market

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Doctors and consumers concerned about a powerful new painkiller will protest at the Irvine office of the Federal Drug Administration.

Measure To Raise California's Malpractice Cap Could Be On November Ballot

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An expensive battle is looming over a proposed ballot measure that would raise the state’s cap on medical malpractice awards.

Genomic Sequencing Provides Hope For La Jolla Girl

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A teenage girl from La Jolla who has suffered from a mysterious illness her entire life has gotten some new found hope after having her genome sequenced.

California's Supply Of Dentists In State Of Flux

Nearly one out of four California dentists is reaching retirement age, according to a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

San Diego Assemblywoman's Bill Requiring Employee Sick Leave Advances In California Assembly

A bill requiring employers to offer workers at least three paid sick days a year has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

Community Clinics Push Enrollment in Covered California As Deadline Approaches

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There are just two weeks left in this year’s open enrollment period to get health insurance through Covered California. San Diego's community clinics are pulling out all the stops.

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