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DALLAS SENDS EMERGENCY MESSAGE WARNING TO 11,000 RESIDENTS REGARDING EBOLA CASE

 

Latest cases prompt clarification: Ebola can be spread by sneezing, coughing to people 3 to 6 feet away

(Photo: European Commission DG ECHO/Flickr/Creative Commons)

By Miriam Raftery

October 2, 2014 (Dallas)--The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. occurred this week in Texas, where the patient was initially sent home from a hospital.  A search is underway for about 100 people in the Dallas area who may have been exposed to the Ebola patient, who had traveled here from Liberia.  Dallas officials sent a reverse emergency call to 11,000 area residents to warn them about the situation, including parents at four schools  where several exposed children attended class. Four family members have now been placed in quarantine:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/texas-Ebola-patients-contacts-now-reach-100/story?id=25912405   United Airlines has also contacted patients who were onboard the flight, though it is not believed the patient was contagious yet while on board.

FOSTER FARMS RECALLS CONTAMINATED CHICKENS

 

East County News Service

September 30, 2014 (September 30, 2014) - Foster Farms, a major poultry company based in California, has recalled 40,000 pounds chicken due to Listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DEADLIEST FLU SEASON

 

County urges residents to get flu vaccine

Source: County News Service

September 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Last influenza season had the most deaths in San Diego since the County began tracking the disease. Seventy people died due to complications from the flu, the highest number ever recorded by the County Health and Human Services Agency.

NEW APP SCANS TEXT, CONVERTS TO AUDIO FOR BLIND

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Imagine being blind and having a device that can take photos of text on ordinary items, such as menus, ballots, store signs or classroom materials – and then read them to you out loud.  It sounds like science fiction, but a brand new app for Apple’s iphones can now do just that.  It can also convert the text to Braille.

SQUIRRELS TEST POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE: PRECAUTIONS URGED FOR HIKERS, CAMPERS AND HUNTERS

 

East County News Service

September 23, 2014 (Palomar) -- County officials are reminding people to protect themselves when they hike and camp after two squirrels trapped in routine monitoring in the Palomar Mountain area tested positive for plague.

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CALIFORNIA OVER DELAYS IN MEDI-CAL APPROVALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--A lawsuit has been filed in California, alleging that a huge backlog in processing Medicaid applications has caused suffering to low-income patients who are unable to get healthcare.

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY

 

September 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Saturday, September 27th is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. 

If you are looking to get rid of unwanted and expired prescription drugs, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will collect and dispose of these medicines during the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ninth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Old prescription drugs can pose hazards to others if they fall into the wrong hands.

ENTEROVIRUS CONFIRMED AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

 

Source: County News Service

September 18, 2014 (San Diego)—Four children at Rady Children’s Hospital have been confirmed by state and county health officials as California’s first cases of Enterovirus D69.

SAN DIEGO IS BECOMING A HUB FOR RARE DISEASE RESEARCH & TREATMENT, INCLUDING MESOTHELIOMA

 

By Nancy Werner

September 19, 2014 (San Diego)--Most people familiar with drug research think of Boston as the center for leading drug research, but San Diego leads in research and development into RNA therapies and treatments that bring hope for patients with rare diseases like mesothelioma.

A CURE FOR SCHIZOPHRENIA?

 

September 14, 2014 (San Diego) – Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found what appears to be a chemical basis for schizophrenia.

BEAT THE HEAT

 

East County News Service

September 16, 2014 (San Diego)--If you’re sweltering in the extreme heat that’s hit our region, San Diego County health officials recommend these tips to help stay cool:

SEVERE VIRUS STRIKING CHILDREN; SAN DIEGO DOCTORS REPORT FIRST SUSPECTED CASES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 13, 2014 (San Diego) – A virus suspected of sickening hundreds of children in the Midwest this summer is spreading across the nation, with 80 cases confirmed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports.

SUICIDES INCREASE 20% COUNTYWIDE

 

Source: County News Service

September 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Suicides are up 20% in San Diego County.  That’s one of the startling findings in the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council’s Report to the Community.  The suicide rate steadily increased from 2008 to 2013. Last year, 14 suicides occurred for every 100,000 residents in San Diego County. That rate is also  20 percent higher than the average for the entire state of California.

2014 KIDS CARE FEST SEPT. 20 IN LA MESA: FREE HEALTH CARE SCREENINGS FOR 1,000 CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2014 (La Mesa)--The date has been announced for the 2014 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented event open to the public featuring free health care screenings. This year’s Kids Care Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Now in its 13th year, Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 children will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals.

WELLNESS TIPS FOR SEPTEMBER

 

September 6, 2014 (El Cajon) – The East County Wellness Center provides free wellness tips for our readers.  This month’s wellness tips include infant massage, massage for weight loss, daily walking tips, neuromuscular massage, making your own coffee scrub, and relaxation tips for self confidence.

VET WARNS OF NEUROTOXIC SNAKES IN SUBURBAN SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOODS

 

Photo, left: rattlesnake in Ramona, by Elena Pena

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Neurotoxic snake bites, known as “super bites”, were formerly  rare in our region, found mainly in the Mojave Desert. But 10 News reports these serious bites are occurring now in suburban areas of San Diego and East County.

A dog with a neurotoxin bite in Del Cerro, for example, went into shock and had difficulty walking. The dog was treated at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in La Mesa, where vets told 10 news that three of the ten snakebites treated in the past week have been neurotoxic bites.

NEED A BODY PART? SCI FI BECOMES REALITY WITH 3-D MEDICAL IMPLANTS

 

From head to toe, 3-D implants are revolutionizing modern medicine

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Doctors  at Peking University in China have implanted the first-ever vertebra in a patient made using a 3-D printer, Business Insider reports.  Unlike most items printed in 3D, which use plastic, the custom-designed vertebra is made of titanium powder – a lightweight, porous material that allows real bone to grow through it, eventually creating a more natural fusion for the young patient’s spine.

THREE PEOPLE CONTRACT WEST NILE VIRUS IN EAST COUNTY

 

East County News Service

August 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Three East County residents have contracted West Nile Virus – the first victims of the disease in San Diego County in the past two years.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

 

August 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

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HEWLETT PACKARD POWER CORDS FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS RECALLED DUE TO FIRES

 

August 26, 2014 (San Diego) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that Hewlett-Packard (HP) is recalling AC power cords for HP and Compaq notebook computers. The AC power cord can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of property damage.

DEATHS FROM OPIATE PAIN KILLERS FELL 33.7% WHERE MEDICAL POT IS LEGAL

 

Landmark study funded by National Institute of Health yields dramatic results

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Arguments in favor of medical marijuana just got a big shot in the arm.

A new study in the prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, which is published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that in 13 states where medical marijuana is legal, fatal overdoses from prescription pain medications dropped dramatically.

OUTLIERS COLLECTIVE: FLYING SOLO AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

 

By Leon Thompson

August 24, 2014 (El Cajon)—Outliers Collective (www.outco.com) the only marijuana dispensary licensed by the County of San Diego, held its open house on August 2nd, one month after opening its doors to provide medical cannabis to patients who bring a doctor’s recommendation.  

The open house at the new facility near Gillespie Field at 8157 Wing Avenue in El Cajon was a great success, in spite of the rain. Patients came from as far away as Oceanside.  A couple from Imperial Beach said they read about the grand opening in East County Magazine and were happy to know there was at least one dispensary in San Diego that is licensed by the County.  “I’m 66 years old and smoked pot for the first time when I was 16,” the coastal resident said, “So today for the first time in 50 years I am buying marijuana legally.”

PEANUT AND ALMOND BUTTERS RECALLED DUE TO SALMONELLA

 

East County News Service

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Before you pack up a peanut butter sandwich for your children’s school lunches, check the labels.

There is a recall of several brands of peanut butters and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway which own Vons, Kroger’s which owns Ralph and Food 4 Less, and others.

WELLNESS TIPS FOR AUGUST

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 14, 2014 (El Cajon) – The East County Wellness Center has provided new wellness tips for our readers, including massage for dieting, benefits of massage and self-massage after yoga.  To read full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

COUNTY OFFERS HELP FOR DEPRESSION AFTER SUICIDE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

County News Service

Photo, 2011, loaded by Eva Rinaldi on FlickR, Creative Commons license

 

August 13, 2014 (San Diego)--The suicide of Robin Williams is dominating local and national news, social media and dining table conversations. Running through all is the persistent question “Why?” He had global fame, legions of fans, and leaves behind a wife and chldren.

In the search for answers, much of the media focus has turned to the fact that the beloved actor and comedian suffered from major depression and addiction. While it’s true that clinical depression can increase the risk of suicide, San Diego County health experts say suicide is a much more complex issue.

HELP SAVE A LIFE: SIGN UP FOR PULSEPOINT APP TO BE NOTIFIED IF SOMEONE NEAR YOU NEEDS CPR

 

August 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Every minute that a victim of sudden cardiac arrest waits for CPR, their chance of survival drops by up to 10 percent.

FREE ZUMBA, PILATES AND YOGA CLASSES FOR OUR READERS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 (El Cajon) -- Now you can get fit, have fun and it's all free for East County Magazine readers, thanks to our wonderful landlord at the East County Wellness Center!  Just bring in this coupon and let them know you heard about them on East County Magazine.  Here's to your health!

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