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STROLLERS RECALLED DUE TO AMPUTATION RISK

 

East County News Service

November 23, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission on Thursday announced a recall of 11 models of Graco strollers.  The strollers can pinch a young child’s finger and have caused several amputations.

FDA WARNS AGAINST SURGICAL DEVICE FOR FIBROIDS: IT CAN SPREAD CANCER

 

East County News Service

November 24, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that most women should not have hysterectomies or removal of fibroids using a morcellator device, because it can spread cancer.

CPUC MAY REVOKE ABILITY TO OPT OUT OF SMART METERS

 

East County News Service

November 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is weighing options that could make it more expensive to opt out of having a smart meter or even allow your right to remove a smart meter to be taken away in the future, under an interim proposed plan, warns the Center for Electrosmog Prevention. The group is an official intervenor in the current CPUC proceding on smart mater opt outs and recently   filed a formal response to a proposal that CEP founder Susan Brinchman of La Mesa calls “noxious.”

WARNING TO PARENTS: LAUNDRY PODS HAVE POISONED THOUSANDS OF KIDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Laundry pods are colorful packets of liquid detergent intended to offer convenient use in washing machines.  But to kids, they look like candy or juice.

DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEDGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF PATIENTS

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2014 (El Cajon)—A doctor who volunteered at Volunteers in Medicine in El Cajon and other facilities has been arrested and charged with 24 felony counts, ECM news partner 10 News reports.   The charges include 15 felony counts of sexually penetrating an unconscious victim, 8 counts of sexual battery and one count of child pornography.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: NOVEMBER IS DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

November 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Did you know that one in twelve Americans has diabetes? That’s more than 25 million people. Another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Why is this awareness important? Because diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.

MORE YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITOES FOUND, THIS TIME IN CHULA VISTA

 

Source: County News Service

November 3, 2014 (San Diego) – Last week, the first ever yellow-fever mosquitos, Aedes Aegypti, were found in our county at Naval Base San Diego.  Now County health officials report they have found two more of the yellow fever mosquitoes in Chula Vista after a resident reported being bitten by small, black, white-striped mosquitoes during the daytime in his home. The mosquitoes were found in his residence.

SHOULD EAST COUNTY HAVE A TRAUMA CENTER?

 

By Sharon Penny

November 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--San Diego’s County Trauma System received recognition last June for its role in saving lives. As noted in a previous East County Magazine story, the rate of preventable trauma deaths today stands at less than one percent, whereas 30 years ago it was 21 percent (http://eastcountymagazine.org/county-trauma-system-driving-deaths-down-east-county-lacks-trauma-center).

THANKSGIVING HEALTH FAIRE AND OPEN HOUSE IN LA MESA NOV. 15

 

October 28, 2014 (La Mesa)—The Om Center for Spiritual Living in La Mesa is holding its second Thanksgiving Health Faire and Open House, Saturday, Nov. 15th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The La Mesa community is invited to the Center at 7232 University Ave., just east of Massachusetts. Admission is free.

YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITOES FOUND IN COUNTY

 

October 29, 2014 (San Diego)—For the first time, a new invasive mosquito that carries yellow fever has been found in San Diego County.  These mosquitoes feed in daylight hours and can transmit several diseases.

BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE LINKED TO SERIOUS HARM IN WOMEN; MAKER COVERED UP DANGERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - An ABC News investigation that includes 10 News in San Diego reveals that the maker of the Essure birth control device covered up evidence that patients have been seriously harmed by the device for over a decade.

SHERIFF WARNS PARENTS: BEWARE OF HALLOWEEN MARIJUANA CANDIES THAT CHILDREN CAN OVERDOSE ON

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff’s Department

October 27, 2014 (San Diego)--They look like chocolate bars, cookies, brownies and gummy or jelly candies. Children might mistake them for Halloween goodies, but these treats are not what they seem. Parents are advised to carefully check their children's trick‐or‐treat bags for candies infused with marijuana, Sheriff Bill Gore warns.

MT. HELIX DEATH LINKED TO WEST NILE VIRUS

 

 

 

East County News Service

October 23, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – A Mt. Helix resident who died October 10th at Grossmont Hospital is believed to have died of West Nile Virus, 10 News reports. He may have been bitten by a mosquito in Eucalyptus Park in La Mesa, at the base of Mt. Helix, his daughter has said.

MORE RABID BATS FOUND; CHILDREN EXPOSED TO DEADLY VIRUS SOUGHT

 

East County News Service

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

October 21, 2014 (San Diego) – Five bats have tested positive for rabies in North County, the County reports. County health officials are asking for public help to identify five children who found a bat on Saturday outside the Pizza Nova outlet on North Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. The bat later died and was confirmed to have rabies.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

 

 

 

A joint report by East County Magazine and Reporting San Diego

By Miriam Raftery and Nadin Abbott

October 21, 2014 (La Mesa) – How prepared is East County's major hospital to handle an Ebola patient?

We contacted Grossmont Hospital to find out.  Although the risk of this occurring here is considered low by experts, errors in a Dallas hospital's handling of an Ebola patient pointed out the importance of proper planning.  Moreover, a survey published last week by National Nurses United revealed that 85 percent of hospitals had reportedly not provided any training for nurses on Ebola and most are short on equipment for handling a patient with the infectious disease that kills 70% of victims.

We sent a detailed list of questions to Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s director of marketing and communications, Bruce Hartman, on topics such as training and protective equipment for healthcare workers, whether patients are asked about their travel histories, and plans for sanitizing areas where an Ebola patient might have been waiting or treated. He responded with this detailed statement, followed by answers to our questions below.

The Hospital's responses include changes in procedures being made to reflect new guidelines just issued by the federal government, such as providing full protective suits with no skin exposed and training in how to safely remove such gear. Below is the full text of Hartman's response:

SDSU STUDENT DECLARED BRAIN DEAD FROM BACTERIAL MENINGITIS; HUNDREDS POSSIBLIY EXPOSED

 

Correction:  An SDSU press release Friday incorrectly stated that Stelzer had died.  The university later clarified that she was brain dead and being kept on life support pending possible donation of her organs. She has since been removed from life support and her organs were donated to help save several lives.

East County News Service

October 17, 2014 (San Diego) – An 18-year-old freshman at San Diego State University has died of meningococcal meningitis.  Sara Stelzer from Moorpark, who was studying pre-communications, passed away at a local hospital after flu-like symptoms, SDSU announced today.

According to CBS News in Los Angeles, Stelzer was a member of a sorority at SDSU and had recently attended two fraternity parties and her sister’s 21st birthday party. She was also in Moorpark over the weekend for homecoming at Moorpark High School.  County health officials are seeking those who have been in close contact with Stelzer and may have been exposed.

MENINGITIS AT SDSU

 

October 17, 2014 (San Diego) - A San Diego State Student has been diagnosed with meningitis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

CONSUMER WATCHDOG BLASTS NO-BID CONTRACTS BY COVERED CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 13, 2014 (Sacramento)--Why did Covered California award $184 million in no-bid contracts – including millions to consulting companies with ties to executives on the Covered California board?   For instance, $4.2 million went to the Tori Group, whose founder once worked with Covered California’s executive director, Peter Lee, and other contracts went to a subsidiary of a firm  that Lee once led.

SECOND EBOLA TREATMENT IN TESTING FROM SAN DIEGO FIRM

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2014 (San Diego)--A blood filtration treatment made by a San Diego company has now joined the fight against Ebola.  Aethlon Medical announced Tuesday the first use its Hemopurifier therapy on a patient infected with Ebola virus, Times of San Diego reports.

NURSES CALL FOR MANDATORY NATIONAL STANDARDS ON EBOLA, MORE PROTECTIONS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

 

National survey finds 80% of nurses say their hospital has not communicated any policy on Ebola: 2,200 RNs across U.S. say hospitals still lagging

Source: National Nurses Union

October 14, 2014 (Silver Springs, Maryland)--Following news Sunday that the first U.S. nurse has now tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, National Nurses United called for all hospitals to have in place the highest standard of optimal protections, including Hazmat suits, and hands-on training to protect all RNs, other hospital personnel to confront Ebola.

COUNTY SEEKS RUNNERS EXPOSED TO RABID BAT IN DEL MAR MUD RUN

 

Source: County News Service

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)--The County’s Health and Human Services Agency is asking for the public’s help to identify people who may have been exposed to rabies during the Del Mar Mud Run at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Saturday, Oct. 4.

FREE TEEN HEART SCREENINGS NOV. 2 AND 9 AT STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL

 

1 in 100 Teens Are At Risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Eric’s Foundation screens at his alma matter To mark 5th anniversary of student’s death

October 9, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)-- Five years ago, Eric Paredes joined the 7,000 U.S. kids who die every year when their heart unexpectedly stops beating due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a syndrome that happens without warning, as it did for Eric—a healthy student athlete. To mark the fifth anniversary of his passing, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is hosting a free heart screening at Eric’s alma matter, Steele Canyon High School, on Sunday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

JUDGE RULES INTRUSIVE MEDICAL EXAMS BY COUNTY ON CHILDREN ARE ILLEGAL

 

October 6, 2014 (San Diego)--The County is violating constitutional rights of children and their parents by conducting intrusive medical exams on youngsters, federal judge Thomas Whelan has ruled.  The examinations have been routinely conducted on all children brought to the Polinsky Children’s Center,  the county’s emergency shelter by social workers, UT San Diego reports.  The tests include genital and anal exams, or what amounts to strip searches without parental notification or consent.

DECEPTIVE ADS SEEK TO DUPE PUBLIC ON PROP 45

 

East County News Service

October 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --The insurance industry is funding a 37 million dollar TV and radio ad campaign attacking Prop 45, a ballot measure that would stop health insurance rates from going up in California unless insurance companies can first convince the State Insurance Commissioner that a rate hike is necessary.

WIND TURBINES DAMAGE EAR, SCIENTISTS FIND; LONG-TERM EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE DEAFNESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 4, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) The inner ears of people were “drastically” altered after exposure to low frequency noise. Living close to wind turbines may lead to severe hearing damage or even deafness. Those are the findings of scientists from the University of Munich, Germany, according to a study published in the Royal Society’s Open Science Journal on October 1st.

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