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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

California Teens Consuming More Sugary Drinks

The largest source of added sugar in teens' diets is sugary drinks, and California teens are drinking more of them.

UC San Diego Surgeons Reach Lung Surgery Milestone

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For people who suffer from blocked arteries in the lungs, the only viable solution is a unique surgical procedure developed at UC San Diego.

No Need For Haste In Signing Up For Covered California

If you haven't already signed up for health insurance on Covered California, don't worry. Consumers have until Feb. 15 to enroll in a plan.

California To Expand Access To Abortions

While many states are restricting access to abortions, California will soon do just the opposite.

California To Expand Access To Abortions

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants to perform a type of early abortion.

Scripps Health Hedges Its Bets On Obamacare

Scripps HealthCare isn't immersing itself fully in Covered California, the state's online insurance exchange.

Caring, Empathy Front And Center At Student-Run Nursing Clinic In Ocean Beach

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A student-run clinic for the homeless in Ocean Beach teaches aspiring nurses human skills they just can't learn in school.

State Insurance Regulators Warn Californians Of Obamacare Scams

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Covered California opens for business next week, but the scams have already begun.

New Phone App Reminds Users To Take Their Meds

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Remembering to take one's medications can be tough, especially for the elderly. Now there's a new phone app for that.

Hospital Expansion To Create More Access To Mental Health Treatment In San Diego

San Diego's mental health treatment capacity will expand, thanks to a renovation of the area's oldest behavioral health facility.

San Diego Professor Develops Device To Identify Concussions

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A professor at San Diego State University has developed a device that could provide a more objective way to detect whether an athlete has suffered a concussion.

Medi-Cal Patients Major Factor In Surge In California Emergency Dept. Visits

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The number of patients visiting California emergency departments has increased. A new report reveals Medi-Cal patients have powered the surge.

Bill Giving California Pharmacists More Duties Goes To Governor

Need a tetanus shot or birth control? You may be able to get both from a pharmacist beginning next year without going to a doctor first.

San Diego Hospitals Adopt New Painkiller Policy

Patients hoping to score prescription painkillers from San Diego and Imperial County hospital emergency departments need to think again.

Middle-Income Californians May Get A Break On Health Insurance

Low-income Californians will get the biggest break on health insurance under Obamacare but millions of middle-class people won't have to pay retail, either.

Community Clinics Spreading Awareness About Covered California

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A surprising number of people haven't heard about Covered California, a new online health insurance marketplace. Community clinics are trying to get the word out.

Cancer Patients Take Extra Steps To Preserve Fertility

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Chemotherapy and radiation can damage a cancer patient's fertility. But there are steps patients can take to preserve their chances.

Union Supporters Mark Third Annual Labor Day Rally In Escondido

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For the third year in a row, a coalition of union supporters and Democratic groups celebrated Labor Day with a rally in Escondido.

41 California Inmates Begin Seventh Week Of Hunger Strike

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Forty-one California inmates who've been on a hunger strike since July 8 are still refusing food. Prison officials are calling for an end to the protest.

1,000 Hospital Workers Accidentally Stuck By Needles Daily, Nationwide

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Nurses, doctors, and other hospital caregivers are at constant risk of needlestick injuries.

Judge Green Lights Consumer Lawsuit Against Anthem Blue Cross

A consumer lawsuit accuses Anthem Blue Cross of bait-and-switch tactics.

Critics Say Force-Feeding Is Violation Of Prisoners' Rights

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Critics wonder if California prison officials would rather force feed inmates who are on a hunger strike than negotiate with them.

Closure Of Skilled Nursing Center Puts North County In A Bind

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A skilled nursing center in Escondido that's treated thousands of patients over the last 30 years is closing, leaving a gap in the county's safety net.

Palomar Health Reaches Four-Year Deal With Nurses, Caregivers

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Nurses and other caregivers at Palomar Health have tentatively agreed to a new four-year contract that covers more than 3,000 employees at three North County hospitals.

UC San Diego Professor Develops New Way To Monitor TB Patients

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A smart phone app developed at UC San Diego offers a low-cost way to make sure that TB patients are following their treatment regimen.

Kaiser Opens New Medical Complex In Carmel Valley

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Kaiser's newest health facility is open in Carmel Valley, a veritable one-stop shop for most medical needs.

California's Newest Medical School Opens At UC Riverside

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UC Riverside's new medical school has a unique mission: to produce doctors who want to serve in California's Inland Empire.

UC Riverside Opens New Medical School

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The first public medical school in nearly 50 years opens its doors at UC Riverside.

Scripps Study To Evaluate Whether Mobile Health Apps Help Lower Medical Costs

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Mobile health apps are cool, but can they help lower health care costs? A new study hopes to find out.

Prescription Drug Discount Card Saves San Diegans $11.5 Million

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You can't beat this deal: a free card that offers prescription drug discounts and rebates a portion of each sale to the county.

Prescription Drug Deaths And Suicides Set Records In San Diego

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San Diego set some dubious records last year: the highest number of suicides and prescription drug overdose deaths ever recorded in the county.

California Hospitals May Help People Get Health Insurance

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Walk into a hospital, walk out with health insurance. That could happen beginning in October.

Escondido Woman Takes A Different Path In Her Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple sclerosis can be a crippling disease, but an Escondido woman refuses to submit to it.

UC Riverside Discovery Leads To Mosquito-Fighting Patch

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A discovery from UC Riverside has led to a new way to protect humans from mosquitoes.

California's Teen Birth Rate Falls Again

California's teen birth rate continues its downward trend.

California Voters May Have Final Say On Medical Malpractice Awards

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California's cap on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases hasn't changed in 38 years. Some say it's time for a change.

Jacobs Center Hosts Free Health Fair This Saturday

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Free health screenings, healthy food giveaways, and information on the Affordable Care Act will be available at a special health fair at the Jacobs Center this Saturday.

San Diego Health Centers Get Federal Grants To Enroll People In New Plans

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Awareness about the Affordable Care Act remains low. Millions of dollars in new federal grants are part of an effort to change that.

Sharp Cardiologists Test Dissolvable Heart Stent

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A clinical trial is underway at Sharp Memorial Hospital testing how well a dissolvable heart stent works compared to a conventional metal device.

California May Expand Access To Abortions

While a number of states are restricting access to abortions, California may do just the opposite.

Pregnant Women Advised To Increase Water Intake

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Doctors say as the thermometer rises, pregnant women need to make sure they're staying hydrated.

UnitedHealthcare Leaves California's Individual Market

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One month after healthcare giant Aetna decided to pull out of California's individual market, UnitedHealthcare has followed suit.

Abnormal Brain Connections Found In Children With Autism

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The diagnostic criteria for autism may need to be expanded, according to a new study from San Diego State University.

Group Works To Spread Awareness Of Hepatitis B In Asian Communities

There's a high prevalence of hepatitis B among Asians, but awareness of the disease is low. Some local doctors and pharmacy students are trying to change that.

San Diego Marks National HIV Testing Day

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Public health officials say National HIV Testing Day serves as a reminder for everyone to get tested for the virus.

Kaiser Says $4 Million State Penalty Is Unfair

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State regulators have fined Kaiser for not providing better access to its mental health services, but Kaiser officials maintain they've already made improvements.

California Scores Poorly In National Ranking Of Children's Well-Being

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California is the most populous state in the nation, but a new report reveals it's far from the leader when it comes to children's well-being.

Group Puts Suicide Prevention On Front Burner In San Diego

The San Diego Suicide Prevention Council holds its annual meeting Tuesday as it seeks to heighten awareness about a vexing problem.

Many Grandparents Who Care For Grandchildren Struggle To Make Ends Meet

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Many grandparents in California who have custody of their grandchildren don't have the income to meet their basic needs, according to a new report from UCLA.

Lawmakers Restore Medi-Cal To Include Some Benefits Cut During Recession

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More Californians will soon be eligible for Medi-Cal coverage, but finding doctors willing to treat them may be a challenge.