September 26, 2011 (San Diego) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Peevey has issued a ruling ordering San Diego Gas & Electric Company and two other utility companies to allow consumers who don’t want a “smart meter” installed to place their names on a delay list, pending the outcome of upcoming workshops on the issue.
The order applies only to homes that do not yet have a smart meter, and does not provide an option for people who want to have a smart meter removed.
September 23, 2011 (La Mesa)—The 10th annual Kids Care Fest is a fun and free interactive family event sponsored by Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa. Festivities take place at at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa Street in La Mesa from 9-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Over 50 exhibits for families with children will be provided, including free health screenings from healthcare professionals and free information from pediatricians, a pharmacist and a dermatologist. More free activities include sports, face painting, Rady's Safety Store, water safety and organic produce information, astro & bungee jumps, pony rides, La Mesa's Fire and Police Departments, Lemon Grove's Fire Safety Trailer and nonprofit organizations (including East County Magazine and Viejas Wildfire Alerts), many with interactive displays.
CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS AND CITY OF SAN DIEGO PROCLAIM THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER AS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN SAN DIEGO.
September 1, 2011 (Alpine) ---- A free Alpine Viejas Days Resource Fair for Seniors and Veterans Benefits on Sept. 21 will offer help for people of all ages. Information, opportunities and screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd.
September 17, 2011 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa will host a free seniors discussion on “Electronic Medical Records and Personal Health Records,” featuring a presentation from Julie McCoy, program manager of clinical informatics at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and Kathy Quinn, library director, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
660 Shots Available
September 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- With flu season on the way, residents—18 years of age and older—in the Skyline community of San Diego and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to receive a flu shot at no cost.The community clinic will offer 660 doses to the public and take place Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive."
September 16, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – If you have taken any of the following brands of birth control pills manufactured by Qualitest Pharamaceuticals, you are advised to switch to another, non-hormonal form of birth control immediately and talk to your doctor or pharmacist: Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Osrythia, Previfem, and Tri-Previfem.
These pills have been recalled nationwide by the manufacturer due to an error that could allow women to become pregnant.
September 14, 2011 (Pine Valley) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a boil water order for Cibbetts Flats Campground at Kitchen Creek Road & Fred Canyon Road in Pine Valley. The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.
September 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa will host the 10th annual Kids Care Fest on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family event features free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa.
Additional free, hand-on activities will include arts and crafts, water safety, bungee and astro jumps and pony rides, along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials. Free new reading books, along with coloring books and crayons, will also be available for children to take home.
County Reminds Businesses of Important Measures for Food and Customer Safety
September 11, 2011 (San Diego)--Last week’s boil water advisory has been lifted, but the Department of Environmental Health is reminding restaurants and markets that were impacted by the advisory to follow food and water safety procedures before reusing tap water. These include guidelines for flushing and sanitizing, as well as assuring that food served is safe.
September 10, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – We have received several inquiries from readers seeking more details on procedures to follow to stay safe during boil-water advisories issued for several communities. The following advice is offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
This link has details for consumers as well as links for medical professionals and more: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/crypto/health_professionals/bwa/index.html . Below is the information for consumers including how long to boil water, special instructions for children and those with immune-compromised health, and directions on how to flush pipes and appliances after the boil water order is lifted.
Boil waters are in effect locally through Sunday at the following locations due to pump failures during the blackout:
Rural Video Interviewing Program Garners National Award
The HHSA North Coastal and North Inland Video Interviewing Program was one of six programs across the nation recognized in the Government-to-Citizen County Government category by the DGAA.
September 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa have jointly announced that Saturday, Sept. 24 will be the date for the 2011 Kids Care Fest, a free family event featuring free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day. It will be the 10th annual Kids Care Fest event. The public is invited to attend.
September 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Students from Grossmont College’s cardiovascular technology (CVT) program will provide free screenings for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center, Brier Patch campus, 9000 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The screenings will test the arterial blood flow to the legs and blood pressure at the ankles and arms. Symptoms of PAD can include aching, cramping or pain in your legs after walking or exercising. An appointment is required for the free screening. To register, call 1-800-827-4277, or visitwww.sharp.com.
August 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – GRIGRI 2 belaying devices used by rock-climbers to control safety ropes have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer Petzl, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position, disabling the assisted braking function and posing a fall hazard to climbers.
Brain injuries affect more than 11,000 local families each year; local foundation “struggling” for funds to continue helping patients and families, including wounded veterans
August 26, 2011 (San Diego)--"When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, it’s like a bomb explodes in the middle of the family," a release from San Diego Brain Injury Foundation observes. "Everyone is thrown into an emotional crisis and immersed in a medical emergency. Their lives are changed forever."
Can chickens provide early warnings of wind turbine health dangers?
By Miriam Raftery
August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Like those proverbial canaries in the coal mine, chickens near wind farms may provide early clues to potential harm to health of humans and animals. That’s the contention of Hamish Cumming, a farmer battling proposed wind turbines near his home in Australia.
He has written a letter to East County Magazine seeking help from people living near wind farms locally (and in other locations) to document cases of shell-less eggs, dead chickens, or other animals that suffer internal hemmorrhaging.
August 20, 2011 (La Mesa) --Sharp Healthcare announces two programs for seniors.
PROJECT C.A.R.E. OFFERS HELP FOR SENIORS: Do you live alone? Concerned about someone living alone? Project C.A.R.E. can provide a daily computerized telephone call, Vial of Life, friendly visitor and more. Call the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center at 619-740-4214 for details.
MEET THE PHARMACIST
Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center is partnering with the East County Action Network and others in offering a "Meet the Pharmacist" event on Tuesday, September 13.
August 19, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Senior Resource Center 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.
Name of Product: "metoo" Clip-on Chair
By Brian Lafferty
August 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- I’m sure many of you are wondering about the absence of columns. I feel it’s required of me to explain.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I lost my mother last November from aggressive and invasive breast cancer. It was so aggressive that doctors believed that by the time she discovered something was wrong it was already too late.
August 13, 2011 (San Diego) -- Six physicians on Alvarado Hospital’s medical staff were identified by U.S. News & World Report as “Top Doctors” in the nation.
These physicians are Dr. Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, infectious disease specialist; Dr. Irwin Goldstein, urology (he is the medical director of the Sexual Medicine Program at Alvarado Hospital); Dr. Alborz Hassankhani, cardiac electrophysiologist; Dr. Frederick Howden, thoracic surgeon; Dr. Choll Kim, orthopedic surgeon (specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery at Alvarado Hospital); and Dr. Nasrin Mani, ophthalmologist.
Group contends use of “unauthorized drug” in drinking water should require FDA approval
August 11, 2011 (San Diego)-- Alleging willful misrepresentation and deceptive business practices by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, attorneys for citizen/consumers from San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties filed a lawsuit in the public interest of millions of consumers in Southern California.
August 3, 2011 (San Diego)—Ground turkey has been linked to 77 cases of salmonella nationwide, including six in California and at least one in San Diego, California’s Department of Public Health confirms. One person has died in San Franciso from the contaminated meat.
July 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Bravo Sports is recalling Disney-brand Pogo sticks due to fall and laceration hazards. Bravo and CPSC have received 82 reports of the bottom tip wearing out on the pogo sticks, including five injuries. A 9-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture and chipped a tooth. Another child cut her lip and chin, requiring stitches. Other injuries include scrapes, hits to the head and teeth pushed in.
The products were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, K-mart, Kohls, Target and Toys R Us from February 2009 through June 2011 for about $20.
Whooping Cough Cases On Track To Hit 300 for Region
July 27, 2011 (San Diego)—Under a new law, middle and high school students have to show proof they’ve received a booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis( also known as whooping cough) in order to enroll in school.
There are three places where students may get the Tdap vaccine, their primary care physician, a local retail pharmacy or, if they don’t have insurance, a County public health center.
"Bionic Man"-type research aims to help wounded soldiers and repair spinal cord injuries, allowing sufferers to walk again.
July 24, 2011 (SDSU News Center)--The National Science Foundation has announced an $18.5 million grant to establish an Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering based at the University of Washington with San Diego State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as research partners.