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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

San Diego Gets Poor Marks In Tobacco Control Report

San Diego Gets Poor Marks In Tobacco Control Report

Jan. 25
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego may be known as America's finest city, but not when it comes to tobacco control.

Flu-Related Hospitalizations At 10-Year High In California

Flu-Related Hospitalizations At 10-Year High In California

Jan. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

State health officials say this year's flu season is shaping up to be much more severe than last year's.

Momentum Builds For San Diego Women's March

Momentum Builds For San Diego Women's March

Jan. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

Organizers expect more than 22,000 people at the San Diego Women's March on Saturday.

San Diego Small Business Group Calls Obamacare Repeal Misguided

San Diego Small Business Group Calls Obamacare Repeal Misguided

Jan. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

A San Diego coalition of small businesses has added its voice to the chorus of opposition to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

California Reps Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare Keeping Low Profile

California Reps Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare Keeping Low Profile

Jan. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

While supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold rallies throughout the state, the 13 California members of the House who voted for the resolution to repeal the law are keeping a low profile.

Obamacare Supporters Protest At Issa's North County Office

Obamacare Supporters Protest At Issa's North County Office

Jan. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

Congressman Darrell Issa wants to repeal Obamacare. That's not a popular position among some of his constituents.

California Only State To Approve Higher Tobacco Taxes On Election Day

California Only State To Approve Higher Tobacco Taxes On Election Day

Jan. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

Four states had measures to raise tobacco taxes on the November ballot, but only California’s Proposition 56 prevailed.

Key Health Benefit For Women To Vanish If Obamacare Repealed

Key Health Benefit For Women To Vanish If Obamacare Repealed

Jan. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean the end for the requirement that health plans provide contraceptives at no cost.

Medi-Cal Recipients Statewide Would Feel The Pain Of Obamacare Repeal

Medi-Cal Recipients Statewide Would Feel The Pain Of Obamacare Repeal

Jan. 6
By Kenny Goldberg

A proposed repeal of Obamacare would devastate the Medi-Cal program, and wouldn't just affect people in Democratic strongholds, according to the California Budget & Policy Center.

Flu Activity Picks Up In San Diego

Flu Activity Picks Up In San Diego

Jan. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

County health officials say at least 881 San Diegans have come down with the flu so far this season.

Mumps Cases Rise In San Diego And Across The Nation

Mumps Cases Rise In San Diego And Across The Nation

Dec. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

Even though there's a vaccine for it, mumps is making a comeback nationwide.

Health Care Access And Affordability Improve In California, New Rep...

Health Care Access And Affordability Improve In California, New Report Finds

Dec. 21
By Kenny Goldberg

As the threat of repeal hangs over Obamacare, a new report reveals the improvements in access and affordability California has experienced under the law.

San Diego Area Planned Parenthood Says Loss Of Federal Funds Could ...

San Diego Area Planned Parenthood Says Loss Of Federal Funds Could Be Devastating

Dec. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

Republicans in Congress are pledging to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood when Trump takes office.

A New Mother's Dilemma: The Challenges Of Returning To Work

A New Mother's Dilemma: The Challenges Of Returning To Work

Dec. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

When new moms return to work, breastfeeding often goes by the wayside. But California has laws aimed at making it easier for working women who nurse.

New Report Highlights Risks Of E-Cigs; California Prepares To Tax V...

New Report Highlights Risks Of E-Cigs; California Prepares To Tax Vaping Liquid

Dec. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

Tobacco control advocates in California are praising a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General that highlights the risks of e-cigarettes.

A New Mother's Dilemma: For Some, Help With Breastfeeding Isn't Alw...

A New Mother's Dilemma: For Some, Help With Breastfeeding Isn't Always There

Dec. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. fall short of federal goals, especially among African-American and Latina women. Some experts believe these disparities are due more to socioeconomic factors than race.

Consumer Advocates: Obamacare Repeal Would Be Disastrous For Califo...

Consumer Advocates: Obamacare Repeal Would Be Disastrous For California

Dec. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

Californians will share nearly $4.6 billion in federal tax credits to buy health insurance this year, something that consumer advocates warn would evaporate if Republican leaders in Congress get their way.

A New Mother's Dilemma: Hospital Staff Play Crucial Role In Breastf...

A New Mother's Dilemma: Hospital Staff Play Crucial Role In Breastfeeding

Dec. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

The benefits of breastfeeding have been reported to be long-lasting for both babies and their mothers. But for many new moms, breast-feeding is a struggle.

UC San Diego-Led Study Finds Genetic Links To High Schizophrenia Risk

UC San Diego-Led Study Finds Genetic Links To High Schizophrenia Risk

Nov. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

An international team led by a UC San Diego researcher has identified several genetic mutations that are linked to a high risk of schizophrenia.

High-Tech Jacobs Medical Center Opens In La Jolla

High-Tech Jacobs Medical Center Opens In La Jolla

Nov. 21
By Kenny Goldberg

The new state-of-the-art medical facility in La Jolla cost nearly $1 billion to construct and includes plenty of amenities.

Sharp HealthCare Nurses Planning Strike Point To Employee Turnover

Sharp HealthCare Nurses Planning Strike Point To Employee Turnover

Nov. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

Union nurses at Sharp HealthCare are planning a three-day strike the last week of November to protest what they say is an inadequate contract offer.

UC San Diego Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test For Fetal Alc...

UC San Diego Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test For Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Nov. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

UC San Diego researchers say they've come up with a blood test that could help diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome in utero.

Sharp Chula Vista Hospital Launches Major Expansion

Sharp Chula Vista Hospital Launches Major Expansion

Nov. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

Sharp Chula Vista Hospital will soon get a seven-story, $244 million face-lift.

Contract Battle Between Sharp HealthCare, Nurses' Union Heats Up

Contract Battle Between Sharp HealthCare, Nurses' Union Heats Up

Nov. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

The battle over a new three-year contract between union nurses and Sharp HealthCare could soon become much more acrimonious.

It's Open Enrollment Time For Covered California

It's Open Enrollment Time For Covered California

Nov. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

Officials say the cost of health plans may be rising, but consumers can save money if they shop around.

Number Of Uninsured Kids In California Drops 55 Percent In 2 Years

Number Of Uninsured Kids In California Drops 55 Percent In 2 Years

Oct. 31
By Kenny Goldberg

The state saw the number of uninsured children fall by about 371,000 from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report.

Dependence On Cars Costs California $15B A Year, Report Says

Dependence On Cars Costs California $15B A Year, Report Says

Oct. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

The state's reliance on gas-powered vehicles racks up billions of dollars a year in health and climate related costs, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

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

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

Oct. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

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

New Report Cards Grade California Health Plans And Medical Groups

Oct. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

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?

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

Oct. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Prescription Drug Abuse Continues To Take Toll In San Diego

Oct. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Measure K Supporters Say Ballot Bleed-Through Could Affect Votes

Measure K Supporters Say Ballot Bleed-Through Could Affect Votes

Oct. 19
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

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

Planned Parenthood Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

Oct. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Covered California Policyholders In For Sticker Shock

Oct. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

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

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

Oct. 7
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

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

Judge Rejects Motion To Dismiss Suit Against Anti-Abortion Group

Oct. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

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...

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

Sept. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Student Films About Suicide Prevention Screen In San Diego

Sept. 13
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Criticism Continues Over High-Priced EpiPen

Sept. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

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

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

Sept. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

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

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

Sept. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

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

New Home Court A Game Changer For Cal State San Marcos

Sept. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

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...

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

Aug. 26
By Brooke Ruth, Kenny Goldberg

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

Bill Aimed At Stopping 'Doctor Shopping' Moves Forward

Aug. 25
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Bill Prompted By San Diego Tragedy Advances

Aug. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

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

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

Aug. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Aug. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

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

West Nile Virus Looms Large In San Diego

Aug. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Campaign To Defeat Drug Pricing Measure Rakes In The Dough

Aug. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Dissolving Heart Stent Hits San Diego Market

Aug. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

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