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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

California Health Watchdog Sues More E-Cigarette Companies

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A nonprofit health watchdog is suing 15 e-cigarette makers for violating California’s product-labeling law.

San Francisco Considers Raising Age For Buying Tobacco To 21

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The city of New York has done it. So has the state of Hawaii. Now, San Francisco will consider a measure to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Kaiser and Northern California Therapists Reach Tentative Deal

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After five years of talks, Kaiser Permanente and the union representing mental health providers in Northern California have reached a tentative deal on a new contract.

Soft Drinks In The Bullseye At San Diego Forum

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A special forum in San Diego will explore what effect soft drink consumption has on health.

Access To Care Challenging In San Diego County's Backcountry

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The Community Health Center in Campo sits in a double-wide trailer. Other than Indian Health Services on the Campo Indian Reservation, it’s the only place to get care in an area that spreads over 950 square miles.

California Home Care Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay Starting February 2016

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More than 400,000 in-home supportive services workers in California will be eligible for overtime pay beginning next February.

San Diego International Airport Goes Breastfeeding-Friendly

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Nursing moms flying in and out of San Diego now have private lactation rooms they can use.

Morbid Obesity Extracts Heavy Toll In California

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A new study finds California spent $9.1 billion treating people with morbid obesity in 2013.

Covered California Kicks Off Third Open-Enrollment Period

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About 2.2 million Californians who are eligible for a subsidized plan or Medi-Cal remain uninsured.

Anthem Blue Cross Will Refund $8.3 Million To California Consumers

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The $8.3 million will settle two lawsuits that claim Anthem Blue Cross illegally raised the co-pays and deductibles of 50,000 individual policyholders when it made changes to their policies in mid-2011.

Study Shows Benefits Of Pertussis Vaccine During Pregnancy

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A new California Department of Public Health study finds infants are less likely to get severely ill from whooping cough if their mothers were vaccinated against the disease.

California Kaiser Therapists Threaten To Walk Out

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More than 1,000 mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California are threatening to go out on strike.

Feinstein Bill Puts Excessive Health Insurance Rate Hikes In The Bullseye

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants the government to have the authority to put the brakes on excessive health insurance rate hikes.

Covered California Enrolled 2 Million Since January 2014

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As it gears up for its third open enrollment period, Covered California says its enrolled more than two million people since it opened for business.

Group Wants To Kill California's Right-To-Die Law

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A group that calls itself Seniors Against Suicide wants to put a measure on the ballot to repeal California's new right-to-die law.

Struggling To Treat San Diego County's Mentally Ill

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More than 188,000 people in San Diego County are living with diseases like schizophrenia or major depression. But the mental health system struggles to deliver them appropriate care.

Denti-Cal Program Under Investigation

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The non-partisan Little Hoover Commission has launched an investigation into California's dental program.

Prescription Drug Deaths Down, Heroin Deaths Up In San Diego County

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The latest report card from the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force reveals some diverging trends.

San Diego County Opens New Live Well Center In Escondido

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San Diego County has opened a new Live Well Center in Escondido, which houses a wide array of health and social services.

American College Of Physicians Asks Gov. Brown To Veto Right-To-Die Bill

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The nation's second-largest doctors' group is asking Gov. Brown to veto California's right-to-die measure.

UCSD Researchers Discover Protein That Can Help Damaged Hearts

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Researchers from UC San Diego and Stanford have discovered a method of helping the heart repair itself after a heart attack.

Marina Del Rey Foundation Gives People With Disabilities A Taste Of Surfing

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A foundation that helps people with disabilities go surfing swept into La Jolla Shores over the weekend.

UC San Diego Researchers Identify Possible Biomarker For PTSD

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Researchers looked at the heart rate variability of Marines before and after deployment.

State Lawmakers Drop Effort To Expand Eligibility For Covered California

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A legislative effort to allow people who are here illegally to buy Covered California health plans has been shelved.

Bill Giving Dying Patients Easier Access To Experimental Drugs Heads To Governor's Desk

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A bill designed to make it easier for dying patients to get unapproved treatments is awaiting a decision by Governor Jerry Brown.

New Research Reveals E-Cigarettes Emit Cancer-Causing Gases

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New research reveals e-cigarettes are not a "safe and healthy" alternative to smoking.

University Of San Diego Opens New Institute For Nursing Research

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The three-story facility has computerized mannequins, simulated hospital suites, and other equipment to help nurses hone their skills.

Tropical Diseases In The Bullseye At UC San Diego Lab

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A new lab at UC San Diego is trying to discover new drugs to treat some of the world's most vexing tropical diseases.

Controversial Health Bills Face Final Votes In California Legislature

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Two controversial health bills will face their final votes in the California legislature in the next two weeks.

Study Reveals Most Covered California Plans Have Narrow Provider Networks

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New research reveals 75 percent of Covered California health plans have narrow provider networks.

California Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age To 21

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A bill that would require Californians to be at least 21 years old to buy cigarettes has been introduced in the Legislature’s special session.

University Of Southern California Study: Teens Who Vape May Be More Likely To Smoke

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New research suggests teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely start smoking tobacco.

California's Uninsured Rate Falls To New Low

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A new fact sheet from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows 13.6 percent of Californians were uninsured in 2014.

FDA Approval Of OxyContin For Kids Raises Concerns

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Drug abuse prevention advocates question the FDA's decision allowing doctors to prescribe OxyContin to children.

New Study Suggests Link Between Pot Shops, Marijuana-Related Hospitalizations

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New research suggests there's a connection between the density of medical marijuana dispensaries and pot-related hospitalizations.

Report: Latinos 'Severely Underrepresented' Among California Prosecutors

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A survey by Stanford researchers finds that while Latinos make up nearly 39 percent of the population, they make up less than 10 percent of the state's full-time prosecutors.

San Diego Remembers World War II, 70 Years After Japan Surrenders

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This week marks the 70th anniversary of the day President Harry Truman announced Japan’s surrender during World War II. Midday Edition looks at San Diego's role in the war effort.

Measles Vaccination Rates Low At Many San Diego Schools

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With the start of school approaching, health officials are asking parents to make sure their kids’ vaccinations are up-to-date.

UCSD May Help Develop Medical School In China

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UC San Diego officials will meet this week with a delegation from the Chinese government to help create a medical school in the central Chinese city of Xi'an.

Peak Time For West Nile Virus Looming

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There have been no human cases of West Nile virus so far this year. But the peak season is approaching.

California Health Officials Issue Whooping Cough Warning To Pregnant Women

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Doctors recommend that pregnant women get the pertussis vaccine in their third trimester. That offers babies some short-term protection, until they can receive their first pertussis shot when they’re two-months old.

New Model Of Prenatal Care In The South Bay Is Having Positive Impacts

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A new model of prenatal care has emerged that doctors say may improve maternal and child health. It's called Centering and brings together pregnant women who have a similar due date. The group functions as a support system.

Covered California Getting Two More Health Plans

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UnitedHealth and Oscar plan to begin offering insurance in parts of the state next year, which will give California consumers more options.

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Will Soon Be Available In California

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Beginning this fall, California women will no longer need a prescription to buy birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives.

'Kids Count' Report Gives California Low Marks

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The report released Tuesday on the well-being of children ranks California 38th in the nation, just ahead of Oklahoma.

SDSU Study Aims To Shed Light On Adults With Autism

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There's a lot of information about children with autism. But there's little known about how autism affects adults.

Free Beer Coming Soon At Farmers Markets

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Starting next year, free samples of beer may be available at your local farmers market.

San Diego's VA Healthcare System Wants More Female Vets To Enroll

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San Diego VA healthcare officials are trying to entice more women to take advantage of their veterans benefits.

Advocates Push To Expand California Welfare Program

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A bill is making its way through the California Legislature that would give Medi-Cal benefits to low-income adults who are living here illegally.

California's Dental Program Gains Patients While Losing Dentists

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A new state review of the Denti-Cal program, shows between 2009 and 2014, the number of children enrolled in the Denti-Cal program increased by nearly 40 percent.