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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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County Officials Warn Of Fentanyl Deaths In Ocean Beach And Pacific Beach

Sept. 14
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

County law enforcement and health officials are warning residents of three deaths this past weekend caused by fentanyl-laced cocaine in Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach. Two others overdosed but survived.

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Suicides In San Diego County Rise 5 Percent

Sept. 13
By City News Service, Susan Murphy

County officials said calls to the county's crisis hotline and visits to its suicide-prevention website have also been on the rise, reducing emergency room visits for self-inflicted wounds.

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Former SDSU Basketball Star Launches Cancer Fund For Students In Crisis

Sept. 12
By Susan Murphy

Cameron McCullough, 19, is carrying a heavier load than most of his 33,000 fellow students at San Diego State University. His mom, his only family member, is fighting for her life.

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UCSD Engineer Invents Microscopic Sponge To Combat Arthritis, Other Diseases

Sept. 3
By Susan Murphy

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a microscopic sponge that can soak up proteins that trigger rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint pain and inflammation.

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San Diego Councilman Ward: Discharged Homeless Patients Need More Places To Recover

Aug. 31
By Susan Murphy

Recuperative care facilities offer sick or injured homeless people a safe and healing place to go after they are discharged from the hospital. But in San Diego County, the facilities are almost nonexistent.

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San Diego Health Officials, Police Warn Of Dangers Of Driving High

Aug. 22
By Susan Murphy

“Today’s marijuana is between five and 30 times stronger than the marijuana of 20 years ago," said Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

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San Diego Alzheimer's Day Care Center Recreates 1950s To Stimulate Brains

Aug. 17
By Susan Murphy

Dozens of Alzheimer’s patients from all walks of life, journeyed together down memory lane on Wednesday at Glenner Town Square, a miniature village replicating the 1950s.

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Rady Children's Hospital Opens Pediatric Outpatient Campus In Murrieta

Aug. 13
By Susan Murphy

“It’s the first time we’ve ever put up a building outside of San Diego County," said Donald Kearns, M.D., president and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital. “We are really excited about being in Riverside County.”

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As Temperatures Hit Triple Digits, ER Doctors Brace For Surge In Patients

Aug. 10
By Susan Murphy

Temperatures in El Cajon in 30 of the last 40 days have reached 90 degrees or hotter, according to data from the National Weather Service, with nearly 10 of those days hitting triple digits.

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Easing Unhealthy Homeless People Off San Diego Streets Can Be A Daunting Process

Aug. 3
By Susan Murphy

Hundreds of unhealthy homeless people who have recently racked up $20,000 or more in Medi-Cal costs are the target of a new San Diego County pilot program.

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