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STATE ISSUES WARNING AS DISNEYLAND MEASLES OUTBREAK GROWS

 

By Miriam Rafttery

January 21, 2015 (Sacramento) – Babies and people of all ages who have not been vaccinated for measles should temporarily avoid Disneyland and all public places likely to have many foreigners, due to a growing number of measles cases linked to the amusement park in Anaheim.

MORE MEASLES CASES: 13 CONFIRMED COUNTYWIDE

 

East County News Service

Update January 21, 2015: 13 cases are now confirmed, the County reports.

January 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – A measles outbreak in San Diego County has now climbed to 10 confirmed cases and 3 more suspected cases. That includes 9 confirmed cases in East County and one in San Diego. The 3 suspected cases are in North County.

NEW CEO NAMED AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

 

January 18, 2015 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont Hospital has announced that Scott Evans, Pharm.D, MHA, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital in East San Diego County.

BILL TO BAN MOST ABORTIONS AFTER 20 WEEKS SET FOR VOTE IN HOUSE JAN. 22

 

By Hayden Parsley and Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – A bill pushed forward by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives seeks to ban abortions after 20 weeks—five months-- except in cases of rape, incest, or a serious danger to the mother.

ANCIENT FOSSILS REVEAL POTENTIAL RISK OF RISE IN PARASITIC INFECTIONS DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

 

Scientists advise that communities prepare for possible ecological and human health risks

January 14, 2015 (Columbia, MO)--– When seeking clues about the future effects of possible climate change, sometimes scientists look to the past. Now, a paleobiologist from the University of Missouri has found indications of a greater risk of parasitic infection due to climate change in ancient mollusk fossils. His study of clams from the Holocene Epoch (that began 11,700 years ago) indicates that current sea level rise may mimic the same conditions that led to an upsurge in parasitic trematodes, or flatworms, he found from that time. He cautions that an outbreak in human infections from a related group of parasitic worms could occur and advises that communities use the information to prepare for possible human health risks.

MEASLES OUTBREAK IN EAST COUNTY: 10 CASES IN 5 COMMUNITIES

 

10 confirmed cases countywide including 9 in East County:  exposures at public locations in Alpine, El Cajon, La Mesa, Julian and San Diego

East County News Service

January 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The County is confirming 10 cases of measles locally related to an outbreak at Disneyland, including 9 in East County.  You may have been exposed if you visited locations that include pharmacies, gyms, markets, an urgent care center, a shopping mall, and a city of San Diego building. 

Here is a list of San Diego County locations and times of possible exposures to measles:

SUSPECTED MEASLES CASES SHUT DOWN URGENT CARE NEAR GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy 10 News, an ECM news partner

Update January 15, 2015 - The Urgent Care is now reopened.

January 14, 2015 (La Mesa) – The Sharp Rees-Stealy Urgent Care on the campus of Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa  temporarily shut down due to six patients who came in today with rashes and symptoms consistent with measles. The clinic reopened in the evening.

The patients arrived shortly before noon and were soon isolated after healthcare workers recognized symptoms of measles, a highly contagious disease that can be spread by coughing or sneezing. Tests were conducted to confirm whether the patients in fact have measles; results are pending.

MENTAL HEALTHCARE WORKERS STRIKE AT KAISER, CITE DELAYS IN PATIENT CARE

 

By Hayden Parsley

January 12, 2015 (San Diego) – Mental healthcare clinicians marched in protest outside the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center on Zion Avenue in San Diego today, claiming Kaiser’s rules are unfair to them and their patients. It’s part of a statewide,week-long strike at over 65 locations --the largest walk-out of mental health workers in the nation, 10 News reports.

HOUSE WEAKENS MANDATE FOR EMPLOYERS TO PROVIDE HEALTHCARE

 

East County News Service

January 8, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--The House of Representatives voted today to strike down a portion of the Affordable Care Act’s healthcare mandate.  The law requires that employers must provide healthcare for all employees working 30 hours a week or more.

MEASLES EXPOSURE AT PARKWAY PLAZA IN EL CAJON

 

Disneyland visitors also exposed in December

January 7, 2015 (El Cajon)--Two San Diego siblings may have exposed others to measles at Parkway Plaza Mall in El Cajon on Dec. 29, 2014 the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced today.

PETCO PULLS PET TREATS FROM CHINA OFF SHELVES DUE TO ILLNESSES, DEATHS OF PETS

 

East County News Service

January 7, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego-based Petco, the nation’s largest pet product retailer, announced this week that it has removed all dog treats and cat treats made in China off its store shelves nationwide, as well as from its website.

NEW LAW ALLOWS PATIENTS TO REQUEST CONFIDENTIALITY IN HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS

 

January 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- As the second wave of open enrollment into Covered California is in full swing, individuals covered under their parent or spouse's health plan can start feeling safe enough to actually use their insurance. SB 138 - the Confidential Health Information Act - took effect on January 1st to close loopholes in existing state and federal laws that result in breaches in patient confidentiality through Explanation of Benefits letters and other standard communications from health insurance plans.

HAVE A HEALTHY NEW YEAR

 

County News Service

January 6, 2015 (San Diego)--It’s the time of year when people make ambitious resolutions and many of them seem to focus on getting fit, losing weight or just living a more active lifestyle.

FDA APPROVES TRIALS OF SAN DIEGO COMPANY'S EBOLA TREATMENT

 

By Chris Jennewein

Photo: Aethlon Medical’s Hemopurifier blood filtration system.

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association.

January 6, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego-based Aethlon Medical Inc. announced Friday the Food and Drug Administration has approved a clinical protocol to treat Ebola-infected individuals in the United States with the Aethlon’s Hemopurifier blood filter.

SAFE SURRENDER LAW IS SAVING BABIES' LIVES

 

East County News Service

January 6, 2015 (San Diego) -- In an effort to protect newborn babies from being abandoned in unsafe places or facing an even worse fate, California has a Safe Surrender Law.  Parents can bring their infant, up to three days old, to any fire station or hospital in California, as well as other designated sites. Parents are protected against prosecution as long as the child has no signs of abuse.

WHOLE FOODS RECALLS CHEESES DUE TO HEALTH RISKS

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling Bleating Heart brand cheeses sold in California, Arizona and Hawaii.

FDA ISSUES POWDERED CAFFEINE WARNING

 

January 2, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning recommending that the public avoid powdered pure caffeine—especially bags sold over the internet.  At least two young men who used powdered caffeine have died, the FDA reports.

FLU EPIDEMIC DECLARED

 

December 31, 2014 (San Diego)--The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has declared a flu epidemic following a high number of flu cases diagnosed as well as the deaths of 15 children from influenza.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

December 29, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

JANUARY HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS AT SHARP GROSSMONT

 

December 25, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.

5 DEAD, 28 ILL AFTER EATING CARAMEL APPLES

 

East County News Service

December 19, 2014 (San Diego) – Five people are dead and 28 have been sickened with listeria after eating pre-packaged caramel apples. The illnesses have occurred in ten states including California, according to the U.S.Centers for Disease Control.

SPENDING BILL CALLS FOR FEDS TO BACK OFF ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT, BUT LANGUAGE IS VAGUE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 17, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – Two California Congressmen slipped language into the $1.1 trillion spending bill signed into law by the President, calling on the federal government to stop spending money enforcing marijuana laws in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. But the language is vague and lacks teeth, so it’s not yet clear whether marijuana patients, clinics and growers can breathe a sigh of relief.

SOLVING SUDDEN DEATHS: NEW EFFORT COULD SAVE LIVES

 

Source: County News Service

December 9, 2014 (San Diego)--Sudden unexplained death is one of the toughest mysteries in forensic science. Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute or STSI are teaming with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office for a clinical trial aimed at finding answers.

THE BRIGHTER SIDE OFFERS WOMEN WHO HAVE BREAST CANCER HOPE, HAPPINESS AND COMFORT

 

 

By Janis Russell

December 9, 2014 (La Mesa)- The Brighter Side is a boutique that offers services and products to women with breast cancer who are in recovery. Founded in Solana Beach in 1997, The Brighter Side opened its La Mesa store a year ago.

REGIONAL PLAN TO TACKLE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE GETS GO AHEAD

 

December 2, 2014 (San Diego)--Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disorder that plunges its victims into a fog of lost memories, forgetfulness and an eventual loss of the ability to remember the most basic day-to-day details about their own lives.

It’s the region’s third leading cause of death.

HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: GET YOUR FLU SHOT, COUNTY SAYS

 

 

East County News Service

December 2, 2014 (San Diego) -- The County is reminding residents that the best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza is to get your flu shot.

NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER NAMED AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)-Sharp Grossmont Hospital is pleased to announce that Daniel Kindron has been named Chief Financial Officer of its 536-bed acute care hospital.  Kindron has been with Sharp Grossmont Hospital since 2006. During his time at Sharp he has fulfilled interim CFO duties and served as Finance Director, Manager, Supervisor, and Senior Financial Analyst.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont Hospital announces that Louise White, RN, BSN, MHA has been named Chief Nursing Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital.  She has also been named Vice President of Patient Care Services and will be responsible for the Clinical Nursing Departments.

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