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Stories by Kenny Goldberg

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.

California Earns Poor Marks For Children's Well-Being

California Earns Poor Marks For Children's Well-Being

Jan. 6
By Kenny Goldberg

A new report card on children's well-being gives California bad grades, except in one important category: health insurance.

New California Law Aims To Stop Revolving Hospital Door

New California Law Aims To Stop Revolving Hospital Door

Jan. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

A new California law requires hospitals to inform a family caregiver of a patient's medical needs when he or she is being discharged.

Uninsured Californians To Face Rising Tax Penalties In 2016

Uninsured Californians To Face Rising Tax Penalties In 2016

Jan. 4
By Kenny Goldberg

Unlike in 2015, health officials say they won't offer second chances for individuals and families who miss the Jan. 31 deadline to enroll in a health plan.

New San Diego Research Suggests E-Cigarettes Damage Human Cells

New San Diego Research Suggests E-Cigarettes Damage Human Cells

Dec. 29
By Kenny Goldberg

New research from San Diego's VA Medical Center calls into question the claim that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking tobacco.

Crowdfunding Website Aims To Give Young Diabetes Researchers A Leg Up

Crowdfunding Website Aims To Give Young Diabetes Researchers A Leg Up

Dec. 21
By Kenny Goldberg

A group of San Diegans concerned about type 1 diabetes have created a website designed to stimulate novel research.

Kaiser Plans To Open New Medical School In Southern California

Kaiser Plans To Open New Medical School In Southern California

Dec. 17
By Kenny Goldberg

Kaiser plans to educate future generations of doctors at its own medical school beginning in 2019.

Stanford Researchers Say Doctors Need To Change Prescribing Habits

Stanford Researchers Say Doctors Need To Change Prescribing Habits

Dec. 16
By Kenny Goldberg

A new study finds a small subset of doctors should not be blamed for the nation’s epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.

Covered California Identifies Uninsured Populations In San Diego Co...

Covered California Identifies Uninsured Populations In San Diego County

Dec. 14
By Kenny Goldberg

Covered California says it will concentrate its enrollment efforts on places where high numbers of uninsured people live, including six parts of San Diego County.

Aid-In-Dying Law Comes To California

Aid-In-Dying Law Comes To California

Dec. 9
By Katie Schoolov, Kenny Goldberg

Beginning next year, terminally ill Californians will be allowed to request a lethal dose of drugs from a physician.

Obama Administration Says No Extension On Health Insurance Deadline

Obama Administration Says No Extension On Health Insurance Deadline

Dec. 8
By Kenny Goldberg

The Obama administration says if you miss the Jan. 31 deadline to buy a health insurance plan, you're out of luck.

San Diego Chapter Of Alzheimer's Association Goes Its Own Way

San Diego Chapter Of Alzheimer's Association Goes Its Own Way

Dec. 3
By Kenny Goldberg

The San Diego chapter has decided to go its own way, after the national office announced plans to consolidate all of its affiliates.

Advocates Push For Another Tobacco Tax Ballot Measure

Advocates Push For Another Tobacco Tax Ballot Measure

Dec. 2
By Kenny Goldberg

A coalition of public health groups will try to put a measure to raise California's tobacco tax on November's ballot.

Scripps Health Opens First Retail Clinic

Scripps Health Opens First Retail Clinic

Dec. 1
By Kenny Goldberg

Scripps Health is opening its first retail clinic in a place you might not expect.

How To Cope With The Holiday Blues

Nov. 27
By Kenny Goldberg, Marissa Cabrera

The holidays are a great time to be with family and friends, but sometimes an unwelcome guest drops in: depression.

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.