Elizabeth Aguilera Senior Reporter, Health

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Elizabeth Aguilera is a Senior Reporter for KPCC's health desk.

Elizabeth is an experienced, award-winning beat reporter who has spent the bulk of her career in print. For the past three years she was been a staff writer at U-T San Diego, where she covered immigration and demographics. In 2013, Elizabeth traveled to Mexico to cover cross-border sex trafficking. She covered urban affairs, immigration, and business during a seven-year stint at the Denver Post, and has also worked for the Orange County Register and Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Elizabeth says that, throughout her career, her work has focused on the intersection of people and policy.

An L.A. native, Elizabeth has a B.A. in political science and journalism from Pepperdine University, and a M.A in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School.

Stories by Elizabeth Aguilera

Bill headed to Assembly would allow optometrists to do more

A bill approved by the state Senate and on its way to the Assembly would allow eye doctors to do more procedures and give vaccines.

Doctors debate the ethics of assisted suicide

Physicians who oppose it point to the Hippocratic Oath and the aphorism "Do no harm." Those who support it say helping a suffering person die would not violate the oath.

Major religions agree: 'No' to assisted suicide

While most major faiths say only God can take life, there are those who dissent, arguing that God doesn't want the terminally ill to suffer if they don't want to.

State says BPA harms reproductive health

Bisphenol-A goes on the Prop. 65 list this week after a state agency determines it is harmful to women's reproductive health.

State Senate passes nurse practitioner bill

SB 323 would let nurse practitioners affiliated with a medical group operate without a physician's oversight. It now moves to the assembly.

'Yeah, I've tried vape.' Teens weigh in on e-cigarettes

Government studies have shown teens are using e-cigs more than ever, but it's not clear why. Teens in Pomona and Glendale share their views on the phenomenon.

State Senate takes up bill to expand nurse practitioners' authority

Under SB 323, nurse practitioners could operate without a doctor's supervision. The California Medical Association is opposed, saying the bill threatens "team-based care."

CalWORKs will cut aid to ensure kids are vaccinated

The welfare program restores aid it has cut once parents submit proof that their kids under six are fully immunized or are exempt.

3D printed hands today, maybe organs tomorrow

3D printers are changing the medical device industry and giving researchers a powerful tool in efforts to grow organs.

A special program helps pregnant women combat depression

The founder of the L.A. County-USC Medical Center program says untreated mental health problems can lead to preterm delivery, stillbirth and miscarriage.

LA emergency rooms get tough on opioid pain meds

Seventy-five public and private hospital emergency departments agree to rules designed to prevent over prescription of hydrocodone, oxycodone and other drugs.

Why don't hospitals have to report all 'superbug' infections?

The California public health department says it's because there's no consensus definition of what the superbug is. A congressman wants to require full reporting.

State revokes Blue Shield of California's tax-exempt status

Without the exemption, Blue Shield could be subject to state taxes of tens of millions of dollars a year.

Study finds some breast biopsy analyses are often inaccurate

The study in JAMA finds that certain breast biopsy analyses are wrong half the time. Get a second opinion, says the study's co-author.

Old suitor again interested in Daughters of Charity hospitals

Venture capital firm Blue Wolf Capital Partners is going after Daughters of Charity hospitals again now that the chain is back on the market.