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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

Anthem Blue Cross Backs Off On Controversial Policy

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Anthem Blue Cross is suspending a program that would have prevented HIV/AIDS patients from getting their medications from local pharmacies.

Palomar Health Unveils New Way Of Monitoring Patients

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Palomar Health will introduce a new patient monitoring system that looks like something out of Star Trek.

Health Care Exchange Announces Benefit Plan Choices

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Low-income Californians without health insurance or who aren’t eligible for Medi-Cal can now see which benefits they can expect under the federal health care overhaul- and how much their coverage will cost.

California Could Expand Practice For Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

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Should nurse practitioners and physician assistants be allowed to operate independently? Some California lawmakers think so.

San Diego Surgeon Helps People With Paralysis Regain Movement

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A unique type of neurosurgery offers hope to patients with spinal cord injuries.

Consumer Group Says California Doctors Should Be Drug Tested

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The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog says doctors in California should be drug tested.

California's Premature Birth Rate Continues To Fall

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California has one of the nation's lowest premature birth rates, according to a new report from the March of Dimes.

Feds Outline Proposed Fines Under Affordable Care Act

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Starting next year, everyone will be required to have health insurance, or pay a fine.

Kaiser Has Biggest Piece Of State's $53 Billion Insurance Market

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Kaiser Permanente has 40 percent of California's lucrative health insurance market.

Doctors Ask Court To Review Medi-Cal Pay Cut

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California doctors are asking a federal appeals court to review a decision that allows the state to cut the Medi-Cal payment rate by 10 percent.

Implantable Heart Pumps Are Keeping The Beat Going

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The newest generation of implantable heart pumps are keeping many patients alive while they wait for a heart transplant.

Some CEOs At California Non-Profit Hospitals Made At Least $1 Million In 2010

What recession? Hospital executives at many of California's non-profit hospitals are making seven figures a year.

Salk Institute Receives $42 Million Grant For Genomic Center

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies has received its largest-ever grant, $42 million to establish a research center for decoding common genetic factors among chronic human diseases.

Optimum Time For HIV Treatment Is Within Four Months Of Infection

HIV treatment is most beneficial when it's started within four months of the estimated infection date, according to a new study.

San Diego Gets Poor Marks For Tobacco Control

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San Diego may be known as America's Finest City, but it doesn't rank very high in the latest tobacco control report from the American Lung Association.

Anthem Blue Cross Sued Over New HIV/AIDS Drug Policy

Anthem Blue Cross's new policy requiring HIV/AIDS patients to get their drugs by mail order has prompted a lawsuit charging the move is discriminatory.

Kids Living With Spina Bifida Face Major Challenges

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Babies born with spina bifida, one of the most common birth defects, can face a lifetime of medical issues.

Study Of Junior Seau's Brain Finds Signs Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health.

San Diego's Flu Season Off To A Normal Start

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Health officials say so far this season, San Diego hasn't been hit as hard with the flu as many other parts of the country.

California Officials Say Hands Are Tied Over Health Insurance Rate Hikes

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California regulators aren't happy about it, but they don't have the power to block the latest Anthem Blue Cross rate hike from taking effect later this month.

California Officials Investigate Whether Kaiser Violated Patient Privacy Laws

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Kaiser Permanente may be held responsible for compromising the medical records of nearly 300,000 people.

California Law Aimed At Preventing Drug Overdose Deaths Takes Effect

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Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in California. A new law aims to reduce the problem.

2012: Top Health And Education Stories

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KPBS takes a look at the top health and education stories with KPBS reporters Kenny Goldberg and Kyla Calvert.

Seniors Often Forgotten During The Holidays

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The Christmas holidays can be an especially rough time for the elderly who are in poor health and live alone.

Suicidal Thoughts Not Uncommon Among Californians

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Gays, lesbians and bisexual adults in California are at the highest risk of suicide, according to a new report from UCLA.

California Sets Goal Of Becoming Healthiest State By 2022

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California has set a goal of becoming the healthiest state in the country within 10 years.

San Diego County Keeps Close Tabs On DUI Offenders

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DUI offenders who are at high risk of making the same mistake are being closely monitored by the San Diego County Probation Department.

Doctors Livid About Medi-Cal Pay Cut

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California doctors say their Medi-Cal payment rate is already too low. Now an appeals court ruling has given the green light to cut the rate even more.

More Young Californians Turning To Smokeless Tobacco Products

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A growing number of young Californians are getting their nicotine buzz from smokeless tobacco products.

Wide Variations In Elective Surgeries Among Western Cities

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The likelihood of having elective surgery largely depends on where you live. A new report reveals some wide variations on elective surgeries among different parts of the West.

San Diego's Newest Hospital Tries To Prevent Medication Errors

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Medication errors are among the most common medical mistakes. Escondido's Palomar Hospital is trying to zero them out.

State Offers New Way To Dispute Health Insurance Decisions

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Forget faxing and mailing. Consumers can now file complaints about their health insurance plans online.

Officials To Move 80,000 San Diego Kids To Medi-Cal

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California officials say they're going full speed ahead with plans to close the popular Healthy Families program and move kids to Medi-Cal.

California Lawmakers Face Tight Deadline To Tackle Health Reform

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The clock is ticking for California to get ready for the complete rollout of healthcare reform.

San Diego Hospice Lays Off Staff, Cuts Services

Financial pressures have forced San Diego's oldest and largest hospice to cut staff and services.

Anthem Blue Cross Announces Another Rate Hike

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Another price increase is on the way for Anthem Blue Cross individual policyholders in California.

Four Commonly Used Antipsychotic Drugs Don't Work

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Antipsychotic drugs are widely prescribed to treat dementia-related mood disorders, but a new study finds they're not effective.

More Than 34,000 California Teens Start Smoking Each Year

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Smoking control advocates say too many California teens light up.

California Lawmakers To Tweak New Rules Governing Insurance Exchange

The rules governing insurance exchanges, including what benefits health plans must cover, have just been released by the federal government.

San Diego Company Offers Solution To Most Common Surgical Mistake

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A company with a research arm in San Diego has come up with a high-tech solution to the medical error of leaving a sponge inside a patient after surgery.

San Diego Hospice Says Resignations Not Linked To Federal Audit

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Two top executives of San Diego Hospice have stepped down, but officials say the moves are unrelated to a recent government audit.

San Diego Hospice May Have To Cut 200 Workers

The largest hospice program in San Diego County may lay off hundreds of employees to cope with financial problems because it may have violated Medicare regulations.

UC San Diego Engineers Try To Redesign Heart Pump

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Mechanical engineers at UC San Diego are trying to come up with a better designed heart pump.

Blue Shield of California Refunds $50 Million To Consumers

Blue Shield of California says it will refund $50 million to consumers before the end of December.

Job-Based Health Insurance Declines Dramatically In California

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A new report shows jobs with health benefits are shrinking in California.

Tijuana Battles Mexico's Highest Rate Of Tuberculosis

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An innovative tuberculosis control program in Tijuana will run out of money at the end of the year.

U.S. To Study Cancer Risk Near San Onofre Nuclear Plant

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is launching a pilot study of cancer risks in people living near six U.S. nuclear power plants, including the San Onofre generating station in Southern California.

SDSU Bones Up On Physical Therapy With New Doctoral Program

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San Diego State University has just introduced a doctoral program in a field that federal officials call one of the fastest growing in the nation.

More San Diegans May Get To Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Ballot measures to allow medical marijuana dispensaries seem to be cropping up like weeds.

San Diego Pastor Sues To Overturn Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Ban

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A Rancho San Diego pastor is among those suing to overturn a landmark law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from applying therapies intended to make gay and lesbian youth straight, it was reported Wednesday.