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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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.

Scripps Health Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings To First Responders

Scripps Health Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings To First Responders

Aug. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

Scripps Health will offer free skin cancer screenings to local lifeguards, police and firefighters Monday afternoon.

Diagnostic Giant LabCorp Buys San Diego's Sequenom

Diagnostic Giant LabCorp Buys San Diego's Sequenom

July 27
By Kenny Goldberg

North Carolina-based LabCorp will pay $371 million to acquire San Diego biotech company Sequenom.

Making A Splash: Program Teaches Water-Shy Adults How To Swim

Making A Splash: Program Teaches Water-Shy Adults How To Swim

July 26
By Kenny Goldberg

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people drown every day in the U.S. Adult swim coach Chris Holley is trying to make a dent in that statistic, one student at a time.

UCLA Report Examines Demographics Of Young Vapers

UCLA Report Examines Demographics Of Young Vapers

July 25
By Kenny Goldberg

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

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

July 21
By Kenny Goldberg

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

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

July 14
By Kenny Goldberg

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

New App Helps San Diegans Navigate Psychiatric Emergency

July 12
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Scripps Institute Wins $120 Million Grant From NIH

July 6
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego Parents Sue To Block California's Vaccine Law

July 5
By Kenny Goldberg

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 Ba...

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

July 1
By Kenny Goldberg

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

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

June 30
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego: Addicted To Meth

June 27
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Federal Panel Recommends Against Using FluMist

June 23
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego State Lands $10 Million Public Health Award

June 16
By Kenny Goldberg and Michael Price, SDSU

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

Imperial County Remains Divided Over Planned Parenthood Clinic

June 16
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Report Finds Sharing Prescription Painkillers Is Common Practice

June 15
By Kenny Goldberg

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

California's Legal Age To Buy Tobacco Is Now 21

June 9
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Proposed Ballot Measure Would Cap Pay Of Hospital Executives

June 7
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Live Well Center Brings Social Services To National City

May 31
By Kenny Goldberg

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-Dy...

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

May 26
By Katie Schoolov, Kenny Goldberg

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

North County's First Crisis Home To Open In Escondido

May 20
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Federal Grants Help 6 Community Clinics Increase Capacity

May 13
By Kenny Goldberg

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 Spott...

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

May 10
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Community Clinic To Open In Linda Vista

May 3
By Kenny Goldberg

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 Se...

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

May 2
By Kenny Goldberg

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

California Assembly Approves Tobacco-Free College Campuses

April 26
By Associated Press, Kenny Goldberg

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 Cal...

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

April 25
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego County Launches Laura's Law

April 4
By Kenny Goldberg

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

California Senate Committee Approves Drunken Driving Measure

April 1
By Kenny Goldberg

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

West Nile Virus Still A Concern In San Diego

March 30
By Kenny Goldberg

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

The Stethoscope May Have Reached Retirement Age

March 30
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego Emergency Rooms Feeling Strain From Overuse

March 28
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego Vietnam Vets Honored At VA Ceremony Tuesday

March 28
By Kenny Goldberg, Megan Burke

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

San Diego Neurologist Says Gut Health Is Crucial

March 24
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Tech Conference For People With Disabilities Underway In San Diego

March 23
By Kenny Goldberg

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 ...

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

March 21
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Approved Anti-Smoking Bills Not Advanced To Governor

March 21
By Kenny Goldberg

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

California Could Raise Legal Smoking Age From 18 To 21

March 16
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Palomar Pulls Plug On Downtown Escondido ER

March 10
By Kenny Goldberg

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.