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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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Hundreds Rally For Planned Parenthood In Balboa Park

March 24, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

The threat of a cut-off of federal funding for Planned Parenthood prompted hundreds of people to rally Friday in Balboa Park.

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New Survey Reveals Americans' Fears About Aging

March 22, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A new survey reveals most people think America is not well prepared to take care of its seniors.

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California Rises In Rankings In Scorecard On Health System Performance

March 16, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

California improved more than any other state in the latest scorecard on health system performance from the Commonwealth Fund.

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Low-Income, Older Californians Would Be Hit Hardest By Obamacare Repeal Plan

March 14, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Older and low-income Californians would feel the pain under the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.

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San Diego Congressional Reps Hold Town Halls

March 11, 2017
By Alison St John, Gina Diamante, Kenny Goldberg

Republicans Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, and Democrat Susan Davis, all held town hall meetings on Saturday.

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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Experts To Meet In San Diego

March 9, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

The latest advancements in treatment will be one of the topics this weekend at the 12th annual Scripps Health conference on brain injury and rehabilitation.

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California Consumer Groups Blast Obamacare Repeal Plan

March 8, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Consumer groups call the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act a major step backward for California.

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Disability Rights Groups Oppose Obamacare Repeal

March 7, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

The disabled rights community fears the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare could eliminate some vital protections.

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Clinic Restores San Diego Seniors' Smiles With Much-Needed Dental Care

March 6, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Dental care is hard to come by for seniors, but a dental clinic in downtown San Diego is trying to reverse that trend.

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Mission Bay Run-Walk Highlights Need For Colon Cancer Screenings

March 3, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A special run-walk along Mission Bay on Saturday will try to raise awareness about the need for colorectal cancer screenings.

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San Diegans Encouraged To Get Blood Pressure Checked On Valentine's Day

Feb. 13, 2017
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

San Diegans are being encouraged to love their heart on Valentine’s Day by getting their blood pressure checked.

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Imperial Valley Food Bank Launches Capital Campaign

Feb. 10, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Prompted by widespread hunger, the Imperial Valley Food Bank is launching a campaign to upgrade its aging facilities.

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One Out Of Four American Adults Have Suffered Hearing Loss

Feb. 8, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report from the CDC reveals the elderly aren't the only ones affected by hearing loss.

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Trump, GOP Reverse Course On Speedy Obamacare Repeal

Feb. 7, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Repealing Obamacare upon taking office was one of Donald Trump's most fervent pledges. Now, the president has said it won't happen anytime soon.

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At 31, Cal State San Marcos Basketball Player Keeps His Teammates Young

Feb. 6, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Stefawn Payne is a Marine staff sergeant, a 31-year-old college freshman, is happily married, a new father and he plays on his school's basketball team.

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Cold Meds, Dementia Can Be A Dangerous Mix

Jan. 30, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

When you’re feeling under the weather, over-the-counter cold and flu medicines can offer some relief. But they can be risky, especially with people who have dementia.

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San Diego Gets Poor Marks In Tobacco Control Report

Jan. 25, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego may be known as America's finest city, but not when it comes to tobacco control.

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Flu-Related Hospitalizations At 10-Year High In California

Jan. 20, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

State health officials say this year's flu season is shaping up to be much more severe than last year's.

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Momentum Builds For San Diego Women's March

Jan. 19, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Organizers expect more than 22,000 people at the San Diego Women's March on Saturday.

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San Diego Small Business Group Calls Obamacare Repeal Misguided

Jan. 18, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A San Diego coalition of small businesses has added its voice to the chorus of opposition to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

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California Reps Who Voted To Repeal Obamacare Keeping Low Profile

Jan. 17, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

While supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold rallies throughout the state, the 13 California members of the House who voted for the resolution to repeal the law are keeping a low profile.

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Obamacare Supporters Protest At Issa's North County Office

Jan. 12, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Congressman Darrell Issa wants to repeal Obamacare. That's not a popular position among some of his constituents.

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California Only State To Approve Higher Tobacco Taxes On Election Day

Jan. 11, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Four states had measures to raise tobacco taxes on the November ballot, but only California’s Proposition 56 prevailed.

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Key Health Benefit For Women To Vanish If Obamacare Repealed

Jan. 10, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

Repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean the end for the requirement that health plans provide contraceptives at no cost.

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Medi-Cal Recipients Statewide Would Feel The Pain Of Obamacare Repeal

Jan. 6, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

A proposed repeal of Obamacare would devastate the Medi-Cal program, and wouldn't just affect people in Democratic strongholds, according to the California Budget & Policy Center.

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Flu Activity Picks Up In San Diego

Jan. 5, 2017
By Kenny Goldberg

County health officials say at least 881 San Diegans have come down with the flu so far this season.

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Mumps Cases Rise In San Diego And Across The Nation

Dec. 23, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Even though there's a vaccine for it, mumps is making a comeback nationwide.

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Health Care Access And Affordability Improve In California, New Report Finds

Dec. 21, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

As the threat of repeal hangs over Obamacare, a new report reveals the improvements in access and affordability California has experienced under the law.

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San Diego Area Planned Parenthood Says Loss Of Federal Funds Could Be Devastating

Dec. 20, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Republicans in Congress are pledging to cut off federal money for Planned Parenthood when Trump takes office.

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A New Mother's Dilemma: The Challenges Of Returning To Work

Dec. 9, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

When new moms return to work, breastfeeding often goes by the wayside. But California has laws aimed at making it easier for working women who nurse.

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New Report Highlights Risks Of E-Cigs; California Prepares To Tax Vaping Liquid

Dec. 8, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Tobacco control advocates in California are praising a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General that highlights the risks of e-cigarettes.

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A New Mother's Dilemma: For Some, Help With Breastfeeding Isn't Always There

Dec. 8, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Breastfeeding rates in the U.S. fall short of federal goals, especially among African-American and Latina women. Some experts believe these disparities are due more to socioeconomic factors than race.

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Consumer Advocates: Obamacare Repeal Would Be Disastrous For California

Dec. 7, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Californians will share nearly $4.6 billion in federal tax credits to buy health insurance this year, something that consumer advocates warn would evaporate if Republican leaders in Congress get their way.

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A New Mother's Dilemma: Hospital Staff Play Crucial Role In Breastfeeding

Dec. 7, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

The benefits of breastfeeding have been reported to be long-lasting for both babies and their mothers. But for many new moms, breast-feeding is a struggle.

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UC San Diego-Led Study Finds Genetic Links To High Schizophrenia Risk

Nov. 23, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

An international team led by a UC San Diego researcher has identified several genetic mutations that are linked to a high risk of schizophrenia.

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High-Tech Jacobs Medical Center Opens In La Jolla

Nov. 21, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

The new state-of-the-art medical facility in La Jolla cost nearly $1 billion to construct and includes plenty of amenities.

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Sharp HealthCare Nurses Planning Strike Point To Employee Turnover

Nov. 18, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Union nurses at Sharp HealthCare are planning a three-day strike the last week of November to protest what they say is an inadequate contract offer.

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UC San Diego Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test For Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Nov. 10, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

UC San Diego researchers say they've come up with a blood test that could help diagnose fetal alcohol syndrome in utero.

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Sharp Chula Vista Hospital Launches Major Expansion

Nov. 8, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Sharp Chula Vista Hospital will soon get a seven-story, $244 million face-lift.

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Contract Battle Between Sharp HealthCare, Nurses' Union Heats Up

Nov. 2, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

The battle over a new three-year contract between union nurses and Sharp HealthCare could soon become much more acrimonious.

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It's Open Enrollment Time For Covered California

Nov. 1, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Officials say the cost of health plans may be rising, but consumers can save money if they shop around.

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Number Of Uninsured Kids In California Drops 55 Percent In 2 Years

Oct. 31, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

The state saw the number of uninsured children fall by about 371,000 from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report.

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Dependence On Cars Costs California $15B A Year, Report Says

Oct. 27, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

The state's reliance on gas-powered vehicles racks up billions of dollars a year in health and climate related costs, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

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Most San Diego Hospitals Fail To Meet Goal For Reducing C-Sections

Oct. 26, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

There's a nationwide effort underway to reduce unnecessary C-sections, but only three San Diego hospitals have hit the mark.

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New Report Cards Grade California Health Plans And Medical Groups

Oct. 24, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

There are new tools to help consumers choose the right health plan and medical group: the 2016 report cards from the California Office of the Patient Advocate.

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Proposition 52: Critical For Medi-Cal Or Perks For Hospital Execs?

Oct. 24, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

There are plenty of controversial propositions on the November ballot. Proposition 52 isn't one of them.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Continues To Take Toll In San Diego

Oct. 20, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

The latest San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Report Card reveals some disturbing numbers.

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Measure K Supporters Say Ballot Bleed-Through Could Affect Votes

Oct. 19, 2016
By City News Service, Kenny Goldberg

The registrar of voters said the pens at polling places do not bleed through, and voters can always safely mark their ballot with a ballpoint pen. According to him, every single ballot is reviewed as part of the quality control process.

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Planned Parenthood Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

Oct. 17, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

The local affiliate, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, has 17 health centers in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties. In San Diego County clinics alone, Planned Parenthood treats about 100,000 people each year.

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Covered California Policyholders In For Sticker Shock

Oct. 10, 2016
By Kenny Goldberg

Covered California is sending policyholders a letter, telling them to check online to find out how much more they'll be paying next year.