By Nadin Abbott
June 28 (San Diego)-- This morning the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold the key provisions of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). The majority decision was written by Chief Justice Roberts, who was joined by Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in a 5-4 vote. Dissenting were Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.
The majority ruled that the ACA mandate requiring individuals to purchase healthcare is Constitutional under the federal government’s power to levy taxes.
June 25, 2012 – (Kearny Mesa) Several independent small business owners from East County and surrounding areas are proud to host the first annual, “Pathways to Wellness & Beauty”- Networking & Educational Faire on Saturday, June 30 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event is an Open House, however, eager students should arrive early to engage in the full schedule of speakers.
June 22, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Menhibrix, a combination vaccine for infants and children ages 6 weeks through 18 months, for prevention of invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Y and Haemophilus influenzae type b.
June 21, 2012 (City Heights – Somali Family Service of San Diego, in partnership with the East African Collaborative, will host its fourth annual Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day on June 23 from 1- 6 p.m. at the City Heights Community Park, south of the City Heights Weingart Branch Library at 3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego.
The event brings together East African communities in San Diego in a setting where residents can get health checkups and learn about health topics including mental health, how to access care, nutrition, exercise, preventive screening and care. Community groups will also provide educational information booths in the park.
June 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--The volunteer citizens group monitoring construction improvement projects at Grossmont Hospital is looking for three additional members. The openings are due to one existing vacancy and two other members’ terms of service expiring June 30.
The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) monitors the expenditures of voter-approved bond proceeds that are providing financing for a number of capital improvement construction projects at the hospital in La Mesa. Its members are East County residents with experience in project management, construction operations, finance and healthcare industries.
June 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will host a workshop to assist health care organizations in locating federal and local grants.
The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the University of San Diego, Hahn University Center, Forum B, 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92111.
By Sierra Robinson
June 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Last month, a tragic incident in Florida, now nationally known as the ‘Florida Zombie Attack’, has been attributed to a dangerous drug most commonly known as ‘bath salts’. But just how dangerous is this new drug? Are we all in danger of such a horrific attack like that in Florida?
Use of ‘bath salts’ has been dramatically increasing. The American Association for Poison Control Centers took 303 calls about the drug in 2010; while in the first eight months of 2011, 4,720 calls were received regarding use of such synthetic drugs. Local and national authorities now warn the public about an alarming rise in serious health reactions and violent incidents linked to these drugs. But what are they, exactly, and what makes them so dangerous?
County Health Working with School and Probation Officials to Notify Students, Juveniles and Staff
June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Santana High School and the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility have had tuberculosis (TB) exposures, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has reported.
Health officials in Mexico order recall based on potentially harmful pharmaceutical ingredients
June 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that Reumofan Plus, marketed as a “natural” dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions, contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the label that could be harmful.
June 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The public is invited to attend Summer Healthcare Saturday, the largest annual free health fair in San Diego’s East County region. The health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa.
June 4, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- As springtime calls people and snakes alike to the outdoors, encounters with snakes become inevitable. California has a variety of snakes, most of which are benign. The exception is California’s only native venomous snake - the rattlesnake.
June 4, 2012 (San Diego) The U.S. Health & Human Services Department has awarded $9,398,738 for healthcare in the communities of San Diego, Campo and Brawley.
“The Affordable Care Act invests in our community health centers and helps make healthcare accessible and affordable. Close to $10 million for healthcare locally means new jobs and the ability to serve more patients,” Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego) said, noting that since 2009, employment at community health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent.
June 2, 2012 (Sacramento) Wednesday the Senate approved Senate Bill 961, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina), to make many of the protections established under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) part of California law. SB 961 requires every health plan, by January 1, 2014, to include guaranteed availability and renewability of health insurance coverage and protects Californians from being denied or losing health coverage because of a preexisting health condition. SB 961 also requires insurers and health plans to base premiums solely on age, geography, and family size.
Pertussis Immunizations Protect Infants
June 1, 2012 (San Diego) -- Four new cases of whooping cough were reported at local schools boosting the region’s total to 42 cases for the year so far, County Health and Human Services Agency officials reported yesterday.
May 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--A new study suggests that aspirin and other similar painkillers may help protect against skin cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that skin cancer prevention may be added to the benefits of these commonly used medications.
May 30, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care professionals about a counterfeit version of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries’ Adderall 30 milligram tablets that is being purchased on the Internet. Adderall, which is approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD) and narcolepsy, is a prescription drug classified as a controlled substance – a class of drugs for which special controls are required for dispensing by pharmacists.
By Brian Lafferty
May 28, 2012 (San Diego) – In November of 2007, Dad called me. He informed me that he put our Rancho Peñasquitos house of twenty years on the market. I was surprised because it was so abrupt, but I understood that it was time for my parents to move on.
Oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops from Korea should be removed from the market, including canned products
May 27, 2012 (Washington D.C.) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed all Korean certified shippers of molluscan shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops) from the Interstate Certified Shellfish Shippers List (ICSSL), following a comprehensive FDA evaluation that determined that the Korean Shellfish Sanitation Program (KSSP) no longer meets the sanitation controls spelled out under the National Shellfish Sanitation Program. FDA’s evaluation of the KSSP found significant shellfish growing area deficiencies including:
May 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Jamul resident Heather Berner is among those to be honored by Sharp HealthCare Foundation’s 2012 Victories of Spirit event. The event, which honors extraordinary individuals and community organizations for their inspirational achievements and contributions to others, will be held on Friday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
May 20, 2012 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa resident Cristy Boisvert is a member of a committee planning the first annual Healthy Living San Diego Expo. Slated for June 2nd at the Scottish Rite Event Center, the event will offer options in our community for healthy living and is geared toward those living with an autoimmune disease or people who want to explore healthy lifestyle options.
Grossmont Healthcare District honors Healthcare Hero volunteers
May 20, 2012 (East County) -- Two volunteer physicians, two members of a community service club and a hospice volunteer were among this year’s recipients of a 2012 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD).
(from left): GHD board members Dr. Michael Long, Debbie McElravy, Carol Lewis of the Kiwanis Club of Alpine, Dr. Robert Eisenberg of the San Diego Medical Society Foundation, Harry Bair of San Diego Hospice, Henry McAdams of La Mesa Lions Club, Dr. Steven Globus of Volunteers in Medicine, and GHD board members Michael Emerson, Gloria Chadwick, Bob Ayres.
“I want you to fight. Fight for me, fight for the millions of unheard voices.” – Raul Carranza
May 19, 2012 (San Diego)—When Medi-Cal cut Raul Carranza’s round-the-clock nursing care, the paralyzed student feared for his future. “Please join us so we can stop these cuts and save not only my life, but thousands of others,” Carranza said at the time, organizing rallies in an effort to restore in-home healthcare services.
May 13, 2012 (Santee) -- The 13th annual East County Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Santee Trolley Square shopping center, 9850 Mission Gorge Road, in Santee. Admission is free. The public is invited to attend.
The East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of community organizations and agencies that serve seniors in the East County and organizers of the health fair, said more than 60 exhibit booths will include free health screenings for stroke, blood pressure, blood glucose/diabetes, video otoscope and more.
May 12, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is seeking public comment on a proposal encouraging manufacturers to consider the safety of children in the design of new X-ray imaging devices. In the draft guidance, FDA is recommending that manufacturers design new X-ray imaging devices with protocols and instructions that address use on pediatric patients.
May 12, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- Spring has sprung. Warm weather means kids are playing outside and families are firing up their grills and working on the lawn. Before you use spring-related products this season, the U.S. Consumer Protection Agency advises, check to see if they have been recalled. It could save your family's lives. You can find out more about these recalls at www.cpsc.gov.
May 10, 2012 (San Diego) -- On May 18, 2012, legendary HIV/AIDS advocate, civil rights activist, author and columnist Terry Angel Mason will be a guest speaker at the San Diego Neighborhood House Association, located at 841 South, 41st Street, San Diego, CA 92114. The special event will take place at 1:30 pm, and will include a discussion about HIV/AIDS prevention and book signing by the famed author.
By Brian Lafferty
May 7, 2012 (San Diego) – I recently thought about my future. I contemplated my dreams and wrote them down. Some of them are easily achievable while others are quite grand. I may not have accomplished much as an adult other than graduating from college, being a film critic and Autism columnist, and acquiring paralegal certification. But it’s not too late to dare myself to do great things.
May 4, 2012 (San Diego) – The California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones, is seeking public help to collect enough signatures to qualify a measure for the ballot that will stop excessive rate hikes by health insurers and HMOs. The deadline for signature collection is Monday.
May 4, 2012 (Menlo Park, CA) -- To help the nearly 50 million Medicare beneficiaries, families and caregivers make informed decisions about health coverage, and millions more learn about Medicare before they become eligible, Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its online consumer guide with key information about the Medicare program, the benefits it provides, and the choices available.
April 27, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Drop-off unused prescription drugs, no questions asked, on April 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:
El Cajon Police: 100 Civic Center Way
La Mesa Police: 8085 University Ave.
Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station: 3240 Main St.
Walgreens: 10512 Mission Gorge Rd., Santee