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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

Stillbirths Still A Problem In The U.S.

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Despite advances in medicine, about 1 in 160 pregnancies in the U.S. results in a stillbirth. Nearly 24,000 babies are stillborn in America each year.

Officials: Covered California Enrollees Receiving Lifesaving Hospital Care

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A new report from Covered California underscores the benefits of having health insurance.

California Ranks No. 1 On Gains In Health Coverage For Hispanic Kids

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In Obamacare's first year, a new report finds California extended coverage to more Hispanic kids than any other state.

San Diego Blood Bank Partners With La Jolla Institute

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Donations to the San Diego Blood Bank can now potentially help researchers unravel the mysteries of the immune system.

UCSD, Sharp Partner To Improve Care For Patients With Liver Disease

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The healthcare organizations said they will collaborate on research, expand specialized liver care and enhance liver transplant services.

Covered California Plans 500 Enrollment Events

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The push is on statewide to get as many people enrolled in the state health insurance exchange by Jan. 31, when open enrollment ends.

California Earns Poor Marks For Children's Well-Being

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A new report card on children's well-being gives California bad grades, except in one important category: health insurance.

New California Law Aims To Stop Revolving Hospital Door

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A new California law requires hospitals to inform a family caregiver of a patient's medical needs when he or she is being discharged.

Uninsured Californians To Face Rising Tax Penalties In 2016

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Unlike in 2015, health officials say they won't offer second chances for individuals and families who miss the Jan. 31 deadline to enroll in a health plan.

New San Diego Research Suggests E-Cigarettes Damage Human Cells

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New research from San Diego's VA Medical Center calls into question the claim that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco.

Crowdfunding Website Aims To Give Young Diabetes Researchers A Leg Up

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A group of San Diegans concerned about type 1 diabetes have created a website designed to stimulate novel research.

Kaiser Plans To Open New Medical School In Southern California

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Kaiser plans to educate future generations of doctors at its own medical school beginning in 2019.

Stanford Researchers Say Doctors Need To Change Prescribing Habits

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A new study finds a small subset of doctors should not be blamed for the nation’s epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.

Covered California Identifies Uninsured Populations In San Diego County

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Covered California says it will concentrate its enrollment efforts on places where high numbers of uninsured people live, including six parts of San Diego County.

Aid-In-Dying Law Comes To California

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Beginning next year, terminally ill Californians will be allowed to request a lethal dose of drugs from a physician.

Obama Administration Says No Extension On Health Insurance Deadline

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The Obama administration says if you miss the Jan. 31 deadline to buy a health insurance plan, you're out of luck.

San Diego Chapter Of Alzheimer's Association Goes Its Own Way

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The San Diego chapter has decided to go its own way, after the national office announced plans to consolidate all of its affiliates.

Advocates Push For Another Tobacco Tax Ballot Measure

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A coalition of public health groups will try to put a measure to raise California's tobacco tax on November's ballot.

Scripps Health Opens First Retail Clinic

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Scripps Health is opening its first retail clinic in a place you might not expect.

How To Cope With The Holiday Blues

The holidays are a great time to be with family and friends, but sometimes an unwelcome guest drops in: depression.

What's Behind Trend That Has Mexicans Leaving U.S.

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A study from Pew Research Center found that in recent years the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. is larger than the number coming to the U.S.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases On The Rise In San Diego County

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The number of cases of both gonorrhea and syphilis rose 15 percent in the county between 2013 and 2014.

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.