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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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UC San Diego Bio-Engineers Develop Wearable Device To Monitor Stomach Activity

April 17
By Kenny Goldberg

A pair of bioengineers at UC San Diego has come up with a wearable device that could provide some insight into digestive problems.

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California Files Motion To Intervene In Lawsuit Challenging Legality Of Obamacare

April 10
By Kenny Goldberg

California and 15 other states have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that claims Obamacare is unconstitutional.

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Access To Care For Denti-Cal Patients Remains Challenging

April 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Despite recent improvements to the Denti-Cal program, the number of participating dentists has declined.

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Poway's First Community Clinic To Open Later This Month

April 2
By Kenny Goldberg

The first community clinic in Poway will soon open its doors.

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Federal Audit Finds State Enrolled Thousands Of People In Medi-Cal Program Who Were Ineligible

March 28
By Kenny Goldberg

A federal audit reveals the state mistakenly enrolled an estimated 450,000 people in the Medi-Cal program.

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UC San Diego Study Finds Link Between E-Cigarette Ads And Cigarette Smoking

March 27
By Kenny Goldberg

New research from UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center suggests e-cigarette ads may actually prompt people to try regular cigarettes.

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Survey: Large Number Of People Forgoing Medical Care Because Of Costs

March 27
By Kenny Goldberg

A new survey reveals a large number of Americans didn't go to a doctor when they were sick or injured last year because of cost.

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Poll: Vast Majority Of Californians Support Stricter Gun Laws

March 22
By Kenny Goldberg

A new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California reveals 70 percent of likely voters support stronger gun laws.

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San Diego's Medical Community Pushes Colorectal Cancer Screening

March 21
By Kenny Goldberg

The effort to get more people screened for colorectal cancer is starting to have positive results in San Diego.

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FDA Proposal To Slash Nicotine In Cigarettes Could Have Big Impact In California

March 19
By Kenny Goldberg

Smoking-related deaths will likely decline in California if a Food and Drug Administration proposal to cut nicotine in cigarettes is enacted.

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Bill To Ban Sale Of Short-Term Health Insurance Plans Advances In State Senate

March 15
By Kenny Goldberg

A measure that would ban the sale of short-term health insurance plans in California has passed its first hurdle in the state Senate.

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Report Highlights Steps To Make Health Insurance More Affordable In California

March 7
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report from the UC Berkeley Labor Center outlines some steps California could take to make health insurance more affordable.

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California Falls Short In Early Diagnosis Of Lung Cancer

March 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Less than one out of five cases of lung cancer in California are diagnosed at an early stage, according to a new report.

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Flu Vaccination Rate Varies Among California Health Professionals

March 1
By Kenny Goldberg

Public health officials recommend an annual flu shot for everyone over six months of age. But not all health professionals heed that advice.

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California Hospital Association Launches Effort To Reduce Medical Errors

Feb. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

The California Hospital Association and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation are joining forces to reduce medical errors.

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Consumer Groups Slam Trump Administration Over Proposal To Expand Short-Term Health Plans

Feb. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

Consumer groups are blasting a proposal by the Trump Administration to expand the scope of short-term health insurance plans.

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Nurses Throughout California Rally Against Supreme Court Case

Feb. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

A case that organized labor fears could diminish their political clout will be heard in the Supreme Court next week.

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Deaths Linked To Anti-Anxiety Drugs Rise, But Fly Under The Radar

Feb. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

The anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax are among the most widely prescribed medications in the country. And doctors say they can be dangerous.

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Sharp Health Plan Earns Top Marks From Nonprofit Ratings Group

Feb. 14
By Kenny Goldberg

The nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance has given San Diego’s Sharp Health Plan its highest rating.

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Report: California Facing Major Shortage Of Behavioral Health Professionals

Feb. 13
By Kenny Goldberg

California needs to find a way to replace its aging behavioral health workforce, according to a new report from UCSF's Healthforce Center.

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UC San Diego Research Finds More Children Affected By Fetal Alcohol Disorders Than Previously Thought

Feb. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

New research from UC San Diego reveals fetal alcohol disorders may be more prevalent than autism.

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UC San Diego Research Reveals Potential New Area Of Exploration For Female Infertility

Feb. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Researchers at UC San Diego have discovered what could be a new avenue to explore for answers to female infertility

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Bill To Give California More Oversight Over Health Plan Mergers Clears State Assembly

Feb. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

The California Assembly has approved a measure that would give state regulators the power to reject proposed health plan mergers.

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When A Tragedy Occurs, San Diego's TIP Volunteers Respond With Emotional Support

Feb. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

When someone experiences a traumatic event in San Diego County, specially-trained volunteers from the TIP program offer emotional first aid.

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Covered California Health Care Enrollment Deadline Looms

Jan. 30
By Kenny Goldberg

This year’s open enrollment period for Covered California health care ends at midnight on Wednesday. Laggards face a tax penalty.

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Four San Diego County Hospitals Make C-Section Honor Roll

Jan. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

Four San Diego-area hospitals have met or exceeded a federal target of reducing cesarean births for first-time moms.

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Full Dental Benefits Restored For Adults On Medi-Cal

Jan. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

State lawmakers have fully restored Denti-Cal benefits as of Jan. 1. They were cut in 2009 during the depths of the recession, and only partially restored in 2014.

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Bill To Allow Abortion Pills On College Campuses Survives Crucial Vote

Jan. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill that would require all public college and university health centers in California to offer medication-assisted abortions is making its way through the state senate.

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Governor Brown's Proposed Budget Has Only Modest Boost For Health Care

Jan. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

Critic says Brown’s budget should have restored more funding that was cut during the last recession.

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Flu Death Toll Continues To Rise In San Diego County

Jan. 9
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

The number of reported influenza-related deaths in the San Diego region doubled last week, bringing this season's total to 91, while the number of lab-confirmed flu cases was down, county health officials reported Tuesday.

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California Office Of Traffic Safety Ad Criticized For Glamorizing Marijuana

Jan. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

An ad designed to warn people of the risks of driving stoned is being criticized for promoting marijuana use. The Office of Traffic Safety said it's committed to warning people about the dangers of impaired driving and regrets the message was lost in the ad campaign.

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Education Is Key To Conquering Stigma Against Mental Illness

Jan. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Part 3 — The stigma associated with mental illness is a destructive force. A number of efforts are underway in San Diego to combat it.

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Stigma Against Mental Illness Is Built Into Health Care System

Jan. 4
By Kenny Goldberg

Part 2 — People with serious mental health challenges are often considered to be different, dangerous or even beyond help. That kind of stigma against mental illness can exist in our health care system too.

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For Those With Mental Illness, Battling Stigma Is First Step In Getting Help

Jan. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

Part 1 — Nearly one out of five Americans suffer from it. But that hasn’t prevented the stigma of mental illness from being a powerful and damaging force.

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Advocates Urge Congress To Provide Long-Term Funding For Children's Health Insurance Program

Jan. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

A deal to provide long-term funding for the popular Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, remains elusive.

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Community Health Clinics Still Waiting For Long-Term Funding

Dec. 26, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Congress has given community clinics some stop-gap funding, but it won't take them very far in 2018.

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Covered California Health Care Program Extends Deadline

Dec. 18, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A surge in enrollment has prompted Covered California to extend its deadline for those wanting to buy health care.

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Research Finds Novel Method Of Handling Premature Births May Improve Outcomes

Dec. 14, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A study from Sharp Mary Birch Hospital finds a novel way of handling the umbilical cord of premature babies may improve their development.

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UC San Diego Researcher Semifinalist For Women's Safety XPRIZE

Nov. 29, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A UC San Diego researcher is a semi-finalist in a worldwide contest to develop an inexpensive device that can improve women’s safety.

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San Diego Hospitals Grappling With Shortage Of IV Bags

Nov. 27, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A nationwide shortage of small IV bags has forced hospitals in San Diego to come up with other options.

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California's Uninsured Rate Drops To Record Low

Nov. 21, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Three years into full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the rate of uninsured people in California has dropped to a record low.

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Covered California Health Care Enrollment Is Taking Off

Nov. 20, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

The fifth annual open enrollment period for Covered California is off to a strong start.

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California Smokers' Helpline Marks 25th Anniversary

Nov. 16, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A San Diego-based toll-free phone line designed to help smokers kick the habit is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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Opioid Epidemic Prompting Changes In San Diego Emergency Rooms

Nov. 9, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

The epidemic of opioid abuse is prompting physicians to rethink their prescribing habits, especially in hospital emergency rooms.

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San Diego Conference Addresses Epidemic Of Opioid-Related Deaths

Nov. 8, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

The epidemic of opioid-related deaths is the topic of a two-day conference in San Diego this week.

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Scripps Health Modernization Plan Includes New Hillcrest Hospital

Nov. 7, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Scripps Health plans to launch a massive $2.6 billion makeover of its health care system.

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Covered California Official Says Exchange Is Alive And Well

Oct. 31, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Despite President Trump's attacks on the Affordable Care Act, Covered California is alive and well as it enters the open enrollment season.

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Growing Number Of Babies Born Addicted To Opioids

Oct. 27, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

The epidemic of opioid abuse is affecting an increasing number of defenseless victims: newborn babies.

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Time Running Out For Children's Health Insurance Program

Oct. 19, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

California will soon run out of federal funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program, called CHIP, unless Congress acts soon.

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California Sues To Block Trump's Executive Orders On Health Care

Oct. 17, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

California is joining 17 other states in a lawsuit challenging President Trump's executive orders on the Affordable Care Act.

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