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

Wider Exide contamination hasn't sparked more blood lead tests

The news that many more homes may be contaminated with lead from the shuttered battery recycler has not created greater interest in a free blood lead testing program.

Huntington Hospital suspects endoscope link to infections

The Pasadena hospital is investigating whether scopes linked to previous "superbug" outbreaks are linked to a "small" number of bacterial infections at its facility.

Kids who vape 4x more likely to smoke tobacco, according to new JAMA study

The state legislature will reconsider a bill Wednesday that would regulate e-cigarettes the same as tobacco, one day after a new study was released that shows 14-year-olds who've tried e-cigarettes are four times more likely to try other tobacco products.

Study suggests teens who vape go on to try tobacco

As state lawmakers consider regulating e-cigs like tobacco, a new study says 14-year-olds who try e-cigarettes are likely to sample other tobacco products.

Study: More seniors in 2030 will be single and childless

The Public Policy Institute of California calls for more in-home caregivers, since in-home care costs Medicare and Medi-Cal less than nursing homes.

Coordination key to stopping spread of drug-resistant infections

Patients spread antibiotic-resistant infections from one facility to the next, and several studies conclude that better coordination is key to fighting this phenomenon.

CDC: 1 in 5 Americans reports having a disability

Limited mobility tops the list and those most impacted by all disabilities are women, seniors, southerners, people of color, and those with less-education and lower incomes

Judge dismisses suit seeking to legalize assisted suicide

A Superior Court judge rejected plaintiffs' argument that California law prohibiting the practice violates the state's constitution.

Kamala Harris to review Daughters of Charity bailout deal

The BlueMountain investment firm would give the nonprofit $250 million and run Daughters of Charity's six hospitals, including St. Vincent and St. Francis in L.A.

Doctors 'supervise,' but most nurse practitioners work independently

Amid a fight in Sacramento over a bill that would let an N.P. operate without a doctor's oversight, nurse practitioners are already operating fairly independently.

New MLK Hospital pairs an advocate with every patient

In an effort to reduce return visits, MLK has expanded the traditional role of "care managers" - they now help patients throughout treatment and beyond.

Assembly panel kills nurse practitioners autonomy bill (updated)

A bill that would have allowed nurse practitioners to work more independently dies in an Assembly committee after facing stiff opposition from physician groups.

Study finds autism is not caused by C-sections

Researchers were following up on their own earlier work that had found a a slight increase in autism diagnoses among kids delivered by C-section.

FDA's handling of counterfeit implant probe angers critics

A tipster said a Riverside firm was selling counterfeit hardware for spinal surgeries. The FDA only explored the firm's quality control procedures, not the hardware.

LA Supervisors approve ambitious plan for HIV-prevention drug

The supervisors vote to set up a countywide program to provide Truvada — which fends off HIV — to those most at risk of contracting the virus.