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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

Approved Anti-Smoking Bills Not Advanced To Governor

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Some speculate Democratic leaders are holding on to the package of bills, which the tobacco industry wants to quash with a ballot referendum, until the last possible minute.

California Could Raise Legal Smoking Age From 18 To 21

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The California Legislature has sent a sweeping package of anti-tobacco bills to the governor and raising the minimum smoking age is just one measure under consideration.

Palomar Pulls Plug On Downtown Escondido ER

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It's the end of an era, as Palomar Health permanently closes its downtown Escondido emergency department on Monday. Emergency cases will now go to Palomar Medical Center on Citracado Parkway in Escondido.

Needy San Diegans Get Free Surgeries

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Thanks to doctors and nurses who are volunteering their time, eight needy San Diegans will get free hernia surgeries Saturday.

Study: Doctors Could Do More To Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses

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A new study suggests many drug overdose deaths could be prevented if more physicians used an online database designed to prevent doctor-shopping.

UCSD Offers Living Donor Option For Liver Transplantation

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People who need a new liver can die while on the waiting list. But there is another option: living liver donation.

San Diego Dental Professionals Offer Free Preventive Care For Children

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More than 100 dental professionals in San Diego will offer free preventive care to children on Saturday, Feb. 27.

California's Paid Family Leave Could Get Sweeter For Workers

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California's family-leave program would get more lucrative for workers, under a revived measure in the state assembly.

Bill Would Ban Anorexic Models In California

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Extremely thin models would be prohibited in California, under a bill introduced in the state Assembly.

Roundtable: The Pope Makes News, A Cop Sues SDPD, An Iconic Building Is In Trouble

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The Pope took a swing at the Zika virus and Donald Trump in unexpected ways. A former San Diego Police officer says the department treats residents north of Interstate 8 differently. The Balboa Park Conservancy has some explaining to do.

People With Food Allergies Say Life-Saving Drug Too Expensive

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An EpiPen, an auto-injector filled with epinephrine, is a drug that can stop an allergic reaction. But it's expensive, and 95 percent go unused by the expiration date.

Data Breaches Exposed 24 Million Records Of Californians In 2015

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A new report from the state Attorney General's Office says that over the past four years data breaches led to more than 49 million electronic records being placed at risk.

Prescription-Free Birth Control Coming To California

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Supporters say the new practice will increase access to contraceptives, while some fear fewer women will get screened for sexually transmitted diseases.

Gas Prices Continue To Drop In San Diego

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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County dropped Friday to its lowest amount since Feb. 5, 2015, decreasing 1.8 cents to $2.565.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Offered Throughout San Diego County

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San Diego marks "Love Your Heart Day" on Thursday by offering free blood pressure screenings at dozens of spots throughout the county.

California Anti-Tobacco Forces Targeting Menthol Cigarettes

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Menthol masks the harshness of tobacco, making it easier to inhale. That makes menthol cigarettes especially popular among young smokers.

Late Rush Pushes Covered California Enrollment To Nearly Half-Million

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More than 425,000 people signed up for a health plan during Covered California's just-completed open enrollment period.

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.