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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

What's Behind Trend That Has Mexicans Leaving U.S.

What's Behind Trend That Has Mexicans Leaving U.S.

Nov. 23
By Kenny Goldberg, Maureen Cavanaugh, Neiko Will

A study from Pew Research Center found that in recent years the number of Mexicans leaving the U.S. is larger than the number coming to the U.S.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases On The Rise In San Diego County

Sexually Transmitted Diseases On The Rise In San Diego County

Nov. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

The number of cases of both gonorrhea and syphilis rose 15 percent in the county between 2013 and 2014.

California Health Watchdog Sues More E-Cigarette Companies

California Health Watchdog Sues More E-Cigarette Companies

Nov. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

A nonprofit health watchdog is suing 15 e-cigarette makers for violating California’s product-labeling law.

San Francisco Considers Raising Age For Buying Tobacco To 21

San Francisco Considers Raising Age For Buying Tobacco To 21

Nov. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

The city of New York has done it. So has the state of Hawaii. Now, San Francisco will consider a measure to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Kaiser and Northern California Therapists Reach Tentative Deal

Kaiser and Northern California Therapists Reach Tentative Deal

Nov. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

After five years of talks, Kaiser Permanente and the union representing mental health providers in Northern California have reached a tentative deal on a new contract.

Soft Drinks In The Bullseye At San Diego Forum

Soft Drinks In The Bullseye At San Diego Forum

Nov. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

A special forum in San Diego will explore what effect soft drink consumption has on health.

Access To Care Challenging In San Diego County's Backcountry

Access To Care Challenging In San Diego County's Backcountry

Nov. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

The Community Health Center in Campo sits in a double-wide trailer. Other than Indian Health Services on the Campo Indian Reservation, it’s the only place to get care in an area that spreads over 950 square miles.

California Home Care Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay Starting Feb...

California Home Care Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay Starting February 2016

Nov. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

More than 400,000 in-home supportive services workers in California will be eligible for overtime pay beginning next February.

San Diego International Airport Goes Breastfeeding-Friendly

San Diego International Airport Goes Breastfeeding-Friendly

Nov. 9
By Kenny Goldberg

Nursing moms flying in and out of San Diego now have private lactation rooms they can use.

Morbid Obesity Extracts Heavy Toll In California

Morbid Obesity Extracts Heavy Toll In California

Nov. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study finds California spent $9.1 billion treating people with morbid obesity in 2013.

Covered California Kicks Off Third Open-Enrollment Period

Covered California Kicks Off Third Open-Enrollment Period

Nov. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

About 2.2 million Californians who are eligible for a subsidized plan or Medi-Cal remain uninsured.

Anthem Blue Cross Will Refund $8.3 Million To California Consumers

Anthem Blue Cross Will Refund $8.3 Million To California Consumers

Oct. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

The $8.3 million will settle two lawsuits that claim Anthem Blue Cross illegally raised the co-pays and deductibles of 50,000 individual policyholders when it made changes to their policies in mid-2011.

Study Shows Benefits Of Pertussis Vaccine During Pregnancy

Study Shows Benefits Of Pertussis Vaccine During Pregnancy

Oct. 26
By Kenny Goldberg

A new California Department of Public Health study finds infants are less likely to get severely ill from whooping cough if their mothers were vaccinated against the disease.

California Kaiser Therapists Threaten To Walk Out

California Kaiser Therapists Threaten To Walk Out

Oct. 22
By Kenny Goldberg

More than 1,000 mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California are threatening to go out on strike.

Feinstein Bill Puts Excessive Health Insurance Rate Hikes In The Bu...

Feinstein Bill Puts Excessive Health Insurance Rate Hikes In The Bullseye

Oct. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants the government to have the authority to put the brakes on excessive health insurance rate hikes.

Covered California Enrolled 2 Million Since January 2014

Covered California Enrolled 2 Million Since January 2014

Oct. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

As it gears up for its third open enrollment period, Covered California says its enrolled more than two million people since it opened for business.

Group Wants To Kill California's Right-To-Die Law

Group Wants To Kill California's Right-To-Die Law

Oct. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

A group that calls itself Seniors Against Suicide wants to put a measure on the ballot to repeal California's new right-to-die law.

Struggling To Treat San Diego County's Mentally Ill

Struggling To Treat San Diego County's Mentally Ill

Oct. 7
By Kenny Goldberg

More than 188,000 people in San Diego County are living with diseases like schizophrenia or major depression. But the mental health system struggles to deliver them appropriate care.

Denti-Cal Program Under Investigation

Denti-Cal Program Under Investigation

Sept. 29
By Kenny Goldberg

The non-partisan Little Hoover Commission has launched an investigation into California's dental program.

Prescription Drug Deaths Down, Heroin Deaths Up In San Diego County

Prescription Drug Deaths Down, Heroin Deaths Up In San Diego County

Sept. 23
By Kenny Goldberg

The latest report card from the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force reveals some diverging trends.

San Diego County Opens New Live Well Center In Escondido

San Diego County Opens New Live Well Center In Escondido

Sept. 21
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego County has opened a new Live Well Center in Escondido, which houses a wide array of health and social services.

American College Of Physicians Asks Gov. Brown To Veto Right-To-Die...

American College Of Physicians Asks Gov. Brown To Veto Right-To-Die Bill

Sept. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

The nation's second-largest doctors' group is asking Gov. Brown to veto California's right-to-die measure.

UCSD Researchers Discover Protein That Can Help Damaged Hearts

UCSD Researchers Discover Protein That Can Help Damaged Hearts

Sept. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

Researchers from UC San Diego and Stanford have discovered a method of helping the heart repair itself after a heart attack.

Marina Del Rey Foundation Gives People With Disabilities A Taste Of...

Marina Del Rey Foundation Gives People With Disabilities A Taste Of Surfing

Sept. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

A foundation that helps people with disabilities go surfing swept into La Jolla Shores over the weekend.

UC San Diego Researchers Identify Possible Biomarker For PTSD

UC San Diego Researchers Identify Possible Biomarker For PTSD

Sept. 11
By Kenny Goldberg

Researchers looked at the heart rate variability of Marines before and after deployment.

State Lawmakers Drop Effort To Expand Eligibility For Covered Calif...

State Lawmakers Drop Effort To Expand Eligibility For Covered California

Sept. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

A legislative effort to allow people who are here illegally to buy Covered California health plans has been shelved.

Bill Giving Dying Patients Easier Access To Experimental Drugs Head...

Bill Giving Dying Patients Easier Access To Experimental Drugs Heads To Governor's Desk

Sept. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill designed to make it easier for dying patients to get unapproved treatments is awaiting a decision by Governor Jerry Brown.

New Research Reveals E-Cigarettes Emit Cancer-Causing Gases

New Research Reveals E-Cigarettes Emit Cancer-Causing Gases

Sept. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

New research reveals e-cigarettes are not a "safe and healthy" alternative to smoking.

University Of San Diego Opens New Institute For Nursing Research

University Of San Diego Opens New Institute For Nursing Research

Sept. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

The three-story facility has computerized mannequins, simulated hospital suites, and other equipment to help nurses hone their skills.

Tropical Diseases In The Bullseye At UC San Diego Lab

Tropical Diseases In The Bullseye At UC San Diego Lab

Aug. 31
By Kenny Goldberg

A new lab at UC San Diego is trying to discover new drugs to treat some of the world's most vexing tropical diseases.

Controversial Health Bills Face Final Votes In California Legislature

Controversial Health Bills Face Final Votes In California Legislature

Aug. 28
By Kenny Goldberg

Two controversial health bills will face their final votes in the California legislature in the next two weeks.

Study Reveals Most Covered California Plans Have Narrow Provider Ne...

Study Reveals Most Covered California Plans Have Narrow Provider Networks

Aug. 27
By Kenny Goldberg

New research reveals 75 percent of Covered California health plans have narrow provider networks.

California Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age To 21

California Lawmakers Consider Raising Smoking Age To 21

Aug. 24
By Kenny Goldberg

A bill that would require Californians to be at least 21 years old to buy cigarettes has been introduced in the Legislature’s special session.

University Of Southern California Study: Teens Who Vape May Be More...

University Of Southern California Study: Teens Who Vape May Be More Likely To Smoke

Aug. 20
By Kenny Goldberg

New research suggests teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely start smoking tobacco.

California's Uninsured Rate Falls To New Low

California's Uninsured Rate Falls To New Low

Aug. 19
By Kenny Goldberg

A new fact sheet from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows 13.6 percent of Californians were uninsured in 2014.

FDA Approval Of OxyContin For Kids Raises Concerns

FDA Approval Of OxyContin For Kids Raises Concerns

Aug. 18
By Kenny Goldberg

Drug abuse prevention advocates question the FDA's decision allowing doctors to prescribe OxyContin to children.

New Study Suggests Link Between Pot Shops, Marijuana-Related Hospit...

New Study Suggests Link Between Pot Shops, Marijuana-Related Hospitalizations

Aug. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

New research suggests there's a connection between the density of medical marijuana dispensaries and pot-related hospitalizations.

San Diego Remembers World War II, 70 Years After Japan Surrenders

San Diego Remembers World War II, 70 Years After Japan Surrenders

Aug. 13
By Kenny Goldberg, Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the day President Harry Truman announced Japan’s surrender during World War II. Midday Edition looks at San Diego's role in the war effort.

Report: Latinos 'Severely Underrepresented' Among California Prosec...

Report: Latinos 'Severely Underrepresented' Among California Prosecutors

Aug. 13
By Kenny Goldberg, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

A survey by Stanford researchers finds that while Latinos make up nearly 39 percent of the population, they make up less than 10 percent of the state's full-time prosecutors.

Measles Vaccination Rates Low At Many San Diego Schools

Measles Vaccination Rates Low At Many San Diego Schools

Aug. 13
By Kenny Goldberg

With the start of school approaching, health officials are asking parents to make sure their kids’ vaccinations are up-to-date.

UCSD May Help Develop Medical School In China

UCSD May Help Develop Medical School In China

Aug. 12
By Kenny Goldberg

UC San Diego officials will meet this week with a delegation from the Chinese government to help create a medical school in the central Chinese city of Xi'an.

Peak Time For West Nile Virus Looming

Peak Time For West Nile Virus Looming

Aug. 10
By Kenny Goldberg

There have been no human cases of West Nile virus so far this year. But the peak season is approaching.

New Model Of Prenatal Care In The South Bay Is Having Positive Impacts

New Model Of Prenatal Care In The South Bay Is Having Positive Impacts

Aug. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

A new model of prenatal care has emerged that doctors say may improve maternal and child health. It's called Centering and brings together pregnant women who have a similar due date. The group functions as a support system.

California Health Officials Issue Whooping Cough Warning To Pregnan...

California Health Officials Issue Whooping Cough Warning To Pregnant Women

Aug. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

Doctors recommend that pregnant women get the pertussis vaccine in their third trimester. That offers babies some short-term protection, until they can receive their first pertussis shot when they’re two-months old.

Covered California Getting Two More Health Plans

Covered California Getting Two More Health Plans

July 24
By Kenny Goldberg

UnitedHealth and Oscar plan to begin offering insurance in parts of the state next year, which will give California consumers more options.

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Will Soon Be Available In Cali...

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Will Soon Be Available In California

July 22
By Kenny Goldberg

Beginning this fall, California women will no longer need a prescription to buy birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives.

'Kids Count' Report Gives California Low Marks

'Kids Count' Report Gives California Low Marks

July 21
By Kenny Goldberg

The report released Tuesday on the well-being of children ranks California 38th in the nation, just ahead of Oklahoma.

SDSU Study Aims To Shed Light On Adults With Autism

SDSU Study Aims To Shed Light On Adults With Autism

July 20
By Kenny Goldberg

There's a lot of information about children with autism. But there's little known about how autism affects adults.

Free Beer Coming Soon At Farmers Markets

Free Beer Coming Soon At Farmers Markets

July 17
By Kenny Goldberg

Starting next year, free samples of beer may be available at your local farmers market.

San Diego's VA Healthcare System Wants More Female Vets To Enroll

San Diego's VA Healthcare System Wants More Female Vets To Enroll

July 10
By Kenny Goldberg

San Diego VA healthcare officials are trying to entice more women to take advantage of their veterans benefits.