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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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.

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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.

Needy San Diegans Get Free Surgeries

Needy San Diegans Get Free Surgeries

March 9
By Kenny Goldberg, Maureen Cavanaugh

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

Study: Doctors Could Do More To Prevent Prescription Drug Overdoses

March 7
By Kenny Goldberg

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

UCSD Offers Living Donor Option For Liver Transplantation

March 3
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego Dental Professionals Offer Free Preventive Care For Children

Feb. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

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

California's Paid Family Leave Could Get Sweeter For Workers

Feb. 25
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Bill Would Ban Anorexic Models In California

Feb. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

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 Buildin...

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

Feb. 19
By Kenny Goldberg, Pat Finn

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

People With Food Allergies Say Life-Saving Drug Too Expensive

Feb. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Data Breaches Exposed 24 Million Records Of Californians In 2015

Feb. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Prescription-Free Birth Control Coming To California

Feb. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Gas Prices Continue To Drop In San Diego

Feb. 12
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

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

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Offered Throughout San Diego County

Feb. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

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

California Anti-Tobacco Forces Targeting Menthol Cigarettes

Feb. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

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

Late Rush Pushes Covered California Enrollment To Nearly Half-Million

Feb. 4
By Kenny Goldberg

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.

Stillbirths Still A Problem In The U.S.

Feb. 4
By Kenny Goldberg

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 Hospit...

Officials: Covered California Enrollees Receiving Lifesaving Hospital Care

Jan. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

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

California Ranks No. 1 On Gains In Health Coverage For Hispanic Kids

Jan. 15
By Kenny Goldberg

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

San Diego Blood Bank Partners With La Jolla Institute

Jan. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

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

UCSD, Sharp Partner To Improve Care For Patients With Liver Disease

Jan. 11
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

The healthcare organizations said they will collaborate on research, expand specialized liver care and enhance liver transplant services.

Covered California Plans 500 Enrollment Events

Covered California Plans 500 Enrollment Events

Jan. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

The push is on statewide to get as many people enrolled in the state health insurance exchange by Jan. 31, when open enrollment ends.