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Susan Murphy

Health Reporter

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Susan Murphy is a multimedia health reporter for KPBS, providing in-depth coverage of a variety of issues that impact San Diego County and the Imperial Valley — from infectious diseases and mental health to health care policy and medical breakthroughs. Susan started working in the KPBS Newsroom in 2003. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Recent Stories by Susan Murphy

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San Diego Hospital To Offer Newly-Approved Nasal Spray For Severe Depression

March 21
By Susan Murphy

Five years before the FDA approved a novel antidepressant nasal spray called Esketamine, doctors in San Diego were testing it on patients as part of the drug’s clinical trials.

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Mosquito-Borne West Nile Virus Cases Expected To Increase With Spring's Arrival

March 18
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County's cool winter temperatures have kept mosquitoes at bay, but as the weather warms up, mosquito growth will accelerate, said Chris Conlan, supervising vector ecologist for the county’s Vector Control Program.

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Pediatric Surgeons Use 3D Printing To Help With Complex Operations

March 13
By Susan Murphy

Before Lincoln Matthews, 7, underwent his most recent complicated heart surgery, his doctor held a 3D-printed replica of the small boy’s heart in his hands to practice the procedure.

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Aggressive New Flu Strain On The Rise In San Diego County

March 6
By Susan Murphy

“As more H3N2 is seen, that means it’s more likely that we’ll see older people in our community getting affected by the flu. We can expect more outbreaks," said Eric McDonald, M.D., medical director of epidemiology for the county of San Diego.

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Biomedical Nonprofit In San Diego Using Robots To Speed Drug Discovery

March 5
By Susan Murphy

Inside a biomedical lab in San Diego, robots are working around the clock to discover medicines to potentially treat diseases like cancer and brain disorders.

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Health Officials Warn Parents, Doctors Of Potentially Deadly Kawasaki Disease

Feb. 18
By Susan Murphy

“If it’s not treated, eventually it will go away for a period of weeks, but one in four children will be left with permanent, potentially devastating, fatal damage to their heart," said Jane Burns, M.D., director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center in San Diego.

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Heart Disease Remains Top Killer, But Many Cases Are Preventable

Feb. 13
By Susan Murphy

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. live with heart disease or high blood pressure, and every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association.

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San Diego Neurologist: New Alzheimer's Drug Could Slow Or Halt Disease Progression

Feb. 11
By Susan Murphy

There is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease yet, but researchers at UC San Diego say there is reason to be optimistic.

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San Diego Researchers Discover Why Some Children Are Prone To Strep Throat

Feb. 6
By Susan Murphy

Every year, thousands of children in the U.S. are infected with strep throat, but some children are hit with the painful bacterial infection over and over again. Now, a study provides details on why repeat infections occur.

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Education Leader Urges Opioid Overdose Training In San Diego County Schools

Feb. 4
By Susan Murphy

San Diego County teachers are already trained on school shooting drills and identifying sex trafficking victims. Now, they may be tasked with learning to revive students who overdose on opioids.

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