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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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.

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.


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.

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