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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

Most San Diego Hospitals Fail To Meet Goal For Reducing C-Sections

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There's a nationwide effort underway to reduce unnecessary C-sections, but only three San Diego hospitals have hit the mark.

New Report Cards Grade California Health Plans And Medical Groups

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There are new tools to help consumers choose the right health plan and medical group: the 2016 report cards from the California Office of the Patient Advocate.

Proposition 52: Critical For Medi-Cal Or Perks For Hospital Execs?

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There are plenty of controversial propositions on the November ballot. Proposition 52 isn't one of them.

Prescription Drug Abuse Continues To Take Toll In San Diego

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The latest San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Report Card reveals some disturbing numbers.

Measure K Supporters Say Ballot Bleed-Through Could Affect Votes

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The registrar of voters said the pens at polling places do not bleed through, and voters can always safely mark their ballot with a ballpoint pen. According to him, every single ballot is reviewed as part of the quality control process.

Planned Parenthood Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

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The local affiliate, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, has 17 health centers in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. In San Diego County clinics alone, Planned Parenthood treats about 100,000 people each year.

Covered California Policyholders In For Sticker Shock

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Covered California is sending policyholders a letter, telling them to check online to find out how much more they'll be paying next year.

Roundtable: Money And Lilac Hills, Housing Shortage, Haitian Refugees

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A sudden $50,000 contribution to the county Republican Party is connected to Measure B on the ballot. When squalid, illegal apartments are rehabbed, not everyone benefits. The Haitian refugees at our doorstep cope with changing rules.

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Suit Against Anti-Abortion Group

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A federal judge in San Francisco has rejected a motion to dismiss Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against an anti-abortion rights group called the Center for Medical Progress.

San Diego Unified School Board Says Proposition 56 Will Reduce Teen Smoking

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The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education has given its stamp of approval on Proposition 56, the tobacco tax measure opponents say will cheat schools.

Student Films About Suicide Prevention Screen In San Diego

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Suicide prevention is the theme of the award-winning student films that will be screened Wednesday night at e3 Civic High School in downtown San Diego.

Criticism Continues Over High-Priced EpiPen

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The company that makes the EpiPen has been under fire for making the drug too expensive for many consumers. But it's not the only prescription drug with an exorbitant price.

Following 2014 Decline, Suicide Rate In San Diego County Holds Steady

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About 13 out of 100,000 San Diegans took their own lives in 2015. The San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council said that's the same rate from the year before, when the frequency of suicides declined for the first time in recent history.

Love On A Leash: Therapy Dogs Spread Love Throughout San Diego

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A friendly dog can help you feel better. That's the concept behind Love on a Leash, a nonprofit group that brings therapy dogs to people who need an emotional boost.

New Home Court A Game Changer For Cal State San Marcos

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Cal State San Marcos has a new home court for volleyball and basketball: The Sports Center.

San Diego Blood Bank Working To Comply With FDA Mandate To Test For Zika

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The San Diego Blood Bank is working on a plan to comply with the FDA's requirement to test donations for the Zika virus.

Bill Aimed At Stopping 'Doctor Shopping' Moves Forward

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A measure designed to curb the practice of doctor shopping for prescription painkillers has cleared both houses of the California Legislature.

Bill Prompted By San Diego Tragedy Advances

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A bill prompted by the traffic deaths of two UC San Diego medical students has cleared both houses of the California legislature. The bill would make responsible beverage service training mandatory for anyone who serves alcohol.

State Bill Would Have Established Toll-Free Line For Aid-In-Dying Law

A bill in the California State Senate would create a toll-free information line for the End of Life Options Act.

California Falls Short In New Report On States' Cancer-Fighting Policies

California misses the mark when it comes to preventing and reducing pain and suffering from cancer, according to a new report.

West Nile Virus Looms Large In San Diego

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While Zika has prompted widespread concern, West Nile virus poses a more imminent threat in the county.

Campaign To Defeat Drug Pricing Measure Rakes In The Dough

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The fight over Proposition 61 is shaping up to be one of the most expensive in the fall election.

Dissolving Heart Stent Hits San Diego Market

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Sharp Memorial has become the first hospital in San Diego to use a newly-approved dissolving heart stent.

Scripps Health Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings To First Responders

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Scripps Health will offer free skin cancer screenings to local lifeguards, police and firefighters Monday afternoon.

Diagnostic Giant LabCorp Buys San Diego's Sequenom

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North Carolina-based LabCorp will pay $371 million to acquire San Diego biotech company Sequenom.

Making A Splash: Program Teaches Water-Shy Adults How To Swim

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people drown every day in the U.S. Adult swim coach Chris Holley is trying to make a dent in that statistic, one student at a time.

UCLA Report Examines Demographics Of Young Vapers

A new study offers a look at the demographics of California teenagers who use e-cigarettes.

Report: Most Insurers Lost Money On Obamacare In Program's First Year

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Only about one-third of health insurers made a profit on Obamacare plans in 2014, according to an analysis by the Commonwealth Fund.

Report Finds Medi-Cal Expansion Strains San Diego's Safety Net

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The expansion of the Medi-Cal program has exposed some gaps in San Diego County’s safety net, according to a new analysis from the California Health Care Foundation.

New App Helps San Diegans Navigate Psychiatric Emergency

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The free mobile app offers information on what to do before, during and after a psychiatric crisis.

Scripps Institute Wins $120 Million Grant From NIH

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A major grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow the Scripps Translational Science Institute to play a key role in an unprecedented national study.

San Diego Parents Sue To Block California's Vaccine Law

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A lawsuit filed in federal court in San Diego challenges the constitutionality of California's new law eliminating personal and religious exemptions to school immunizations.

Proposed Measure To Cap Hospital Execs' Pay Pulled From November Ballot

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SEIU United Healthcare Workers West was forced to withdraw the measure, which would have limited compensation to $450,000 a year, after an arbitrator ruled it violated an agreement the union had with the California Hospital Association.

San Diego Is 13th Most Expensive City In U.S. To Deliver A Baby

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In San Diego, the cost of a routine vaginal delivery ranges from a low of $3,243 to a high of $13,779. For routine C-sections, the cost ranges from $11,216 to $22,736.

San Diego: Addicted To Meth

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The methamphetamine that’s being sold on the street is extremely potent, highly addictive and cheaper than ever. That dangerous combination means meth is sending more people to our emergency rooms, jails and morgue.

Federal Panel Recommends Against Using FluMist

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An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against using the nasal spray flu vaccine during the upcoming flu season.

San Diego State Lands $10 Million Public Health Award

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The National Institutes of Health has given San Diego State University a $10 million grant to bolster its public health research.

Imperial County Remains Divided Over Planned Parenthood Clinic

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One year after it opened, Imperial County's only Planned Parenthood clinic remains dogged by protesters and shunned by much of the religious community.

Report Finds Sharing Prescription Painkillers Is Common Practice

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The sharing of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin is fairly common, according to a new study.

California's Legal Age To Buy Tobacco Is Now 21

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It's now illegal in California to sell tobacco products and vaping devices to people under 21.

Proposed Ballot Measure Would Cap Pay Of Hospital Executives

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California voters may get a chance to weigh in on whether the pay of hospital executives should be capped at $450,000 a year.

Live Well Center Brings Social Services To National City

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The 84,000-square-foot facility has a host of county services under one roof, including child support services, aging and independence services and a military and veterans resource center.

Terminally Ill San Diego Woman Plans To Take Advantage Of Aid-In-Dying Law

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For most people, death is an unplanned event. But not for San Diegan Eurika Strotto, who plans to take her own life just after California's End of Life Option Act takes effect in June.

North County's First Crisis Home To Open In Escondido

People who are suffering from a mental health crisis in North County will soon have a new place to get help.

Federal Grants Help 6 Community Clinics Increase Capacity

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Six community clinics in Southern California will expand their services, thanks to a new round of federal grants.

Enforcement Of California's Landmark Tobacco Law Likely To Be Spotty At First

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California’s law raising the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 takes effect in less than a month. Will the state be ready?

Community Clinic To Open In Linda Vista

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A new community clinic in Linda Vista will be a one-stop shop, with 21 exam rooms and a spacious waiting area for adult patients.

Teen Birthrate Declines, But So Does Percentage Of Teens Getting Sex Ed

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A new report compared the proportion of teens that were taught about birth control in two time periods: 2006 to 2010 and 2011 to 2013.

California Assembly Approves Tobacco-Free College Campuses

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Most San Diego-area schools are already smoke-free. Cal State San Marcos is the only university in San Diego County that still allows smoking on campus.

Bill Aims To Give Quicker Access To Reproductive Health Care In California

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A measure in the California Assembly would eliminate the need for women to get a referral from their primary care doctor to see a gynecologist.

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