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

CA Medical Association opposes pot bill because of lack of science

The California Medical Association says so long as medical marijuana is listed as an illegal drug under federal law, there won't be enough research to guide doctors.

Woman dies of suspected overdose at Coachella

In the first weekend at Coachella Music Festival, a young woman died of a suspected drug overdose. Local medical facilities have staffed up for the weekend.

New medical school in Inland Empire

Plans for a new medical school in the Inland Empire aim to help bring and keep doctors in the area. It will be the second to open this decade.

New surge in salmonella cases tied to Foster Farms

Federal officials link the outbreak to three Foster Farms facilities in central California. Most of the new victims are Californians.

The need for glasses is great, but many kids go without

Several private groups work to provide free glasses to poor kids, but they say thousands are still going without in poor communities, where cost and access are issues.

Health care enrollment deadline remains for Californians

The extension would so far not apply to California, where the state's health care exchange said it will not follow the federal government's lead.

Women and alcohol: Health risks are greater than for men

Women who drink face a higher risk of developing liver disease than men, and at a younger age. Drinking also increases a woman's chances of getting breast cancer.

Flu season slowing, 302 dead so far this season

The flu epidemic appears to be slowing down, but health officials say Californians should not let their guard down just yet. The powerful H1N1 virus has fueled this flu season and it is a tricky strain.

Measles cases have health officials worried about vaccine refusers

The anti-vaccination movement is still relatively small, and it is not growing rapidly. But it still worries health officials.

Ex-hospital chief admits to health fraud scheme and Calderon bribery

Michael Drobot admits to orchestrating a conspiracy that fraudulently billed workers comp insurers for more than $500 million over five years.

Flu deaths are up again, but the pace is slowing

Flu deaths rose in California again for the week ending Feb. 7, but health experts are increasingly confident that the epidemic peaked about a month ago.

Higher rate of older kids with whooping cough worries health officials

Health experts are asking whether kids need more pertussis shots, to combat a jump in recent years of cases involving 5 to 14-year-olds in L.A. County.

Flu deaths jump to 202 in Calif.; epidemic may be easing (updated)

Four of those who died were children, and officials are investigating an additional 41 deaths to determine if they were flu-related.

Heroin deaths on the rise in L.A. County after a dip

The number of heroin deaths in L.A. County fell from 225 in 2010 to just 29 in 2012, but it rose to 46 last year. Prescription drug abuse may be a key.

Flu at epidemic levels as deaths top last season

State health officials say 147 people have died from the flu so far this season, up from 106 for all of last season.