Elizabeth Aguilera Senior Reporter, Health
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
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.
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.
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.
Federal officials link the outbreak to three Foster Farms facilities in central California. Most of the new victims are Californians.
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.
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 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.
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.
The anti-vaccination movement is still relatively small, and it is not growing rapidly. But it still worries health officials.
Michael Drobot admits to orchestrating a conspiracy that fraudulently billed workers comp insurers for more than $500 million over five years.
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.
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.
Four of those who died were children, and officials are investigating an additional 41 deaths to determine if they were flu-related.
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.
State health officials say 147 people have died from the flu so far this season, up from 106 for all of last season.