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

Surgery patients allege fake screws were implanted

A slew of new cases were filed Friday against a former hospital executive and his network alleging counterfeit hardware was implanted in patients' spines.

LA County health officials say they are ready for Ebola

The officials say the county has taken a number of steps, including training hospital employees on how to identify Ebola.

Questions raised about when to choose double mastectomy

A study finds that more women with early stage cancer in one breast are choosing double mastectomy, but they are not improving their chances of surviving the cancer.

Enterovirus D68 now has 14 victims in California

Health officials say all of the cases involve children 15 or younger. All are said to be in various stages of recovery. Officials expect more cases.

Brown vetoes antibiotic farm bill, seeks new legislation

The governor said the bill was unnecessary, while indicating he would support legislation that contained "new and effective" ways to cut antibiotic use on the farm.

Thousands risk losing health insurance by Tuesday

Thousands of families must prove legal residency by Tuesday or risk losing health insurance they bought through Covered California.

UC Riverside pioneers program to 'grow' local doctors

The Inland Empire's severe doctor shortage is focus of new UC Riverside Medicine School. It recruits and builds residencies to ease the problem.

Anthem partners with hospitals to create unique health plan

Under Anthem's Vivity plan, seven southern California hospitals join with the insurer to offer coverage to large employers - and to share any profits or losses.

Gov. Brown signs bill to put overdose antidote in pharmacies

The new law will allow pharmacists to distribute Naloxone, an antidote to opiate overdoses, without a prescription.

Medi-Cal starts covering popular autism therapy

Under new state guidelines Applied Behavior Analysis therapy is now available to autistic kids on Medi-Cal.

Gov. Brown signs bill mandating sick days for workers

The new law will require employers to provide at least three days of annual sick leave. It takes effect next July.

Whooping cough cases continue to decline in Calif.

Whooping Cough cases continue to decrease but experts still recommend vaccine for mothers-to-be to protect infants in first months of life.

Gov. Brown mulls bill to curb antibiotic use in livestock

The bill would prevent the use of antibiotics for the fattening of livestock. Farm groups support it; consumer and health advocates say it doesn't go far enough.

Glendale Adventist to pay $700K in patient dumping settlement (updated)

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer sued the hospital one week ago, accusing it of illegally dumping mentally and disabled patients on Skid Row over the last four years.

E-cigarettes stoke teens' interest in tobacco cigarettes: study

Teens who tried e-cigarettes were twice as likely to intend to try tobacco cigarettes than those who had not vaped, according to the CDC.