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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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.

Transgender Veteran Fights For Equality In U.S. Military

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Retired Army Col. Sheri Swokowski has been working to change a military ban that stops openly transgender individuals from serving in the armed forces.

California Assembly Rejects Bill Giving Nurse Practitioners More Independence

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A bill that would have allowed nurse practitioners to work without a doctor’s supervision has died in the California legislature.

San Diego Tightens Water Restrictions To Meet State Conservation Goal

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The drought in California prompted San Diego leaders to step up conservations efforts this week, ordering residents and businesses to cut back on outdoor watering.

California Court Strikes Down Nursing Home Law

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A California judge has thrown out a law that allows nursing homes to make medical decisions for mentally incompetent residents.

Critics Of California Vaccine Bill Vow To Keep Fighting

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Opponents of a California bill that would ban personal belief exemptions for childhood vaccinations say they’re not going away.

Tech Problems Cast Shadow On California's New Prescription Drug Database

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There’s a problem with California’s newly upgraded prescription drug database called CURES 2.0.

Covered California's Plan To Collect Health Info Raises Concerns

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Privacy rights experts say Covered California should notify patients before tracking their care.

Bill Aims To Reduce Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths

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A measure in the California legislature would require doctors to check a statewide drug-history database before prescribing narcotics.

Fledgling San Diego Biotech Pledges Not To Make Money

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Drugs & Diagnostics For Tropical Diseases, or DDTD, develops tests that detect whether someone is infected with worms.

District May Pull Plug On Old Palomar Hospital In Escondido

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It may be the end of the line for the old Palomar Hospital in downtown Escondido.

Planned Parenthood Launches STD Testing App

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Planned Parenthood has launched a new app that allows people to order testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases through their smart phone.