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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

UCLA Report Examines Demographics Of Young Vapers

A new study offers a look at the demographics of California teenagers who use e-cigarettes.

Report: Most Insurers Lost Money On Obamacare In Program's First Year

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Only about one-third of health insurers made a profit on Obamacare plans in 2014, according to an analysis by the Commonwealth Fund.

Report Finds Medi-Cal Expansion Strains San Diego's Safety Net

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The expansion of the Medi-Cal program has exposed some gaps in San Diego County’s safety net, according to a new analysis from the California Health Care Foundation.

New App Helps San Diegans Navigate Psychiatric Emergency

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The free mobile app offers information on what to do before, during and after a psychiatric crisis.

Scripps Institute Wins $120 Million Grant From NIH

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A major grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow the Scripps Translational Science Institute to play a key role in an unprecedented national study.

San Diego Parents Sue To Block California's Vaccine Law

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A lawsuit filed in federal court in San Diego challenges the constitutionality of California's new law eliminating personal and religious exemptions to school immunizations.

Proposed Measure To Cap Hospital Execs' Pay Pulled From November Ballot

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SEIU United Healthcare Workers West was forced to withdraw the measure, which would have limited compensation to $450,000 a year, after an arbitrator ruled it violated an agreement the union had with the California Hospital Association.

San Diego Is 13th Most Expensive City In U.S. To Deliver A Baby

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In San Diego, the cost of a routine vaginal delivery ranges from a low of $3,243 to a high of $13,779. For routine C-sections, the cost ranges from $11,216 to $22,736.

San Diego: Addicted To Meth

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The methamphetamine that’s being sold on the street is extremely potent, highly addictive and cheaper than ever. That dangerous combination means meth is sending more people to our emergency rooms, jails and morgue.

Federal Panel Recommends Against Using FluMist

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An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against using the nasal spray flu vaccine during the upcoming flu season.

San Diego State Lands $10 Million Public Health Award

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The National Institutes of Health has given San Diego State University a $10 million grant to bolster its public health research.

Imperial County Remains Divided Over Planned Parenthood Clinic

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One year after it opened, Imperial County's only Planned Parenthood clinic remains dogged by protesters and shunned by much of the religious community.

Report Finds Sharing Prescription Painkillers Is Common Practice

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The sharing of prescription painkillers like Oxycontin is fairly common, according to a new study.

California's Legal Age To Buy Tobacco Is Now 21

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It's now illegal in California to sell tobacco products and vaping devices to people under 21.

Proposed Ballot Measure Would Cap Pay Of Hospital Executives

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California voters may get a chance to weigh in on whether the pay of hospital executives should be capped at $450,000 a year.

Live Well Center Brings Social Services To National City

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The 84,000-square-foot facility has a host of county services under one roof, including child support services, aging and independence services and a military and veterans resource center.

Terminally Ill San Diego Woman Plans To Take Advantage Of Aid-In-Dying Law

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For most people, death is an unplanned event. But not for San Diegan Eurika Strotto, who plans to take her own life just after California's End of Life Option Act takes effect in June.

North County's First Crisis Home To Open In Escondido

People who are suffering from a mental health crisis in North County will soon have a new place to get help.

Federal Grants Help 6 Community Clinics Increase Capacity

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Six community clinics in Southern California will expand their services, thanks to a new round of federal grants.

Enforcement Of California's Landmark Tobacco Law Likely To Be Spotty At First

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California’s law raising the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 takes effect in less than a month. Will the state be ready?

Community Clinic To Open In Linda Vista

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A new community clinic in Linda Vista will be a one-stop shop, with 21 exam rooms and a spacious waiting area for adult patients.

Teen Birthrate Declines, But So Does Percentage Of Teens Getting Sex Ed

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A new report compared the proportion of teens that were taught about birth control in two time periods: 2006 to 2010 and 2011 to 2013.

California Assembly Approves Tobacco-Free College Campuses

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Most San Diego-area schools are already smoke-free. Cal State San Marcos is the only university in San Diego County that still allows smoking on campus.

Bill Aims To Give Quicker Access To Reproductive Health Care In California

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A measure in the California Assembly would eliminate the need for women to get a referral from their primary care doctor to see a gynecologist.

San Diego County Launches Laura's Law

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Residents now have the option of getting court-ordered outpatient care for a loved one with a severe mental illness.

California Senate Committee Approves Drunken Driving Measure

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There are 25 states that require all convicted drunken drivers to have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicle. California could be next.

West Nile Virus Still A Concern In San Diego

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West Nile virus, not Zika, is the biggest concern as the mosquito season gets underway in San Diego County.

The Stethoscope May Have Reached Retirement Age

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A new article in the journal Lancet argues it might be time for the stethoscope to take retirement. The author of the article said pocket-sized ultrasound devices can give doctors a lot more information than the stethoscope provides.

San Diego Emergency Rooms Feeling Strain From Overuse

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Health officials say more than half of the visits to San Diego emergency departments have been for non-emergencies.

San Diego Vietnam Vets Honored At VA Ceremony Tuesday

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More than 50 years after U.S. ground troops entered Vietnam, three San Diego Vietnam War veterans are being honored at a ceremony hosted by the VA and other San Diego veterans organizations.

San Diego Neurologist Says Gut Health Is Crucial

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In her new book, San Diego neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary says the key to good health is a healthy digestive system.

Tech Conference For People With Disabilities Underway In San Diego

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Thousands of people with disabilities are meeting in San Diego this week for the 31st annual International Technology and People With Disabilities Conference.

Battle Over California Drug Pricing Initiative Could Be One Of The Most Expensive

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The battle over a fall ballot measure that aims to control the price of prescription drugs has already attracted more than $50 million in contributions, mostly in opposition.

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.