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LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: DIAGNOSIS MURDER

By Brian Lafferty

February 2, 2012 (San Diego) – I recently read a New York Times article that every Autistic and Asperger’s person, and their families and friends, should read. It’s troubling to say the least. A panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association is looking to redefine Autism for its newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. They propose lumping most Autistic people into one category, among other things.

Notice I said “most.” By their logic, high-functioning Autistic people would no longer be Autistic.

HEALTHCARE WORKERS STRIKE AT KAISER


Story and video by Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom Abbott
 
 
February 1, 2012 (San Diego)--   The National Union of Health Care Workers (NUHW) called for a one-day strike yesterday at all Kaiser Permanente healthcare facilities statewide in California.  In San Diego the picket line walking started at six in the morning and ended at 10 p.m. outside Kaiser Hospital on Zion, with about 50 union members and supporters walking the line. View video of strike:  http://youtu.be/ZuJGg95okOA According to Jim Clifford, a union rep, the ”concerns are over patient care and retirement.”

2 VOTES NEEDED TO PASS SINGLE-HEALTHCARE BILL BY TUES. DEADLINE: VARGAS HAS NOT VOTED, COULD LOSE PARTY ENDORSEMENT

Update February 1, 2012:  SB 810 narrowly failed on reconsideration. After reportedly receiving thousands of call urging him to support the bill, Vargas ducked the issue and did not vote.

By Miriam Raftery

January 30, 2011 (San Diego) – State Senator Juan Vargas, a former insurance industry executive who has taken massive donations from the insurance industry, may cast the deciding vote Tuesday on whether or not millions of Californians will receive  guaranteed universal healthcare and dental care coverage.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON APPLAUDS NEW NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES

 
January 27, 2012 (Sacramento)-- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for making fresh fruits and vegetables the focus of the first major changes to school meals in more than 15 years.

 

HEALTHCARE SYSTEM RANKS AMONG TOP 15 IN NATION

 
Alvarado Hospital Recognized


January 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- Alvarado Hospital was recognized as part of the only hospital system in California—Prime Healthcare—named one of the nation’s top 15 by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

 

STOP “DANGEROUS” BUDGET CUTS THREATENING DISABLED PATIENTS, DISABLED SAN DIEGO MAN IMPLORES: RALLY SET FOR FRIDAY

 

 By Miriam Raftery

 

January 25, 2012 (San Diego) – Raul Carranza has Muscular Dystrophy. He cannot walk, move his arms, eat or even breathe on his own. He requires round-the-clock nursing care—care denied after Medi-Cal slashed his nursing hours due to state budget cuts.

 

Last year I moved away to UCLA by myself and lived away from my family for a whole semester,” he said. “Unfortunately I had to come back home to San Diego at the end of December." That's because the state cut his nursing hours, leaving him unable to survive on his own.

INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIANS’ GROUP CALLS FOR HALT TO WIRELESS SMART METERS

 
Organization tells CPUC that smart meters pose health risks, especially for children

 
January 24, 2012 (San Diego)--The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has become the first national physicians’ group to adopt a resolution calling for a halt to wireless smart meters.
 
The group sent a  resolution to the California Public Utilities Commission opposing smart meters due to health risks and calling on the CPUC to take preventative actions to protect public health. 

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT PRESENTS SCHOLARSHIPS TO NURSING STUDENTS


January 24, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has presented $6,000 in scholarships to three nursing students based on their community involvement and future plans in the nursing profession. They include Karen Adams of El Cajon, Melissa Foster of La Mesa and Linda Matheny of El Cajon. Adams received $3,000, while Foster and Matheny each received $1,500. All three are nursing students at Grossmont College.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR HEALTHCARE HERO AWARDS

 
January 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) seeks nominations for its 2012 Healthcare Hero Awards, GHD’s annual awards program that honors East County residents whose volunteer efforts help advance delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.

RAIN BRINGS URBAN RUNOFF TO BEACHES: NO SWIMMING FOR 72 HOURS, COUNTY WARNS

 
January 23, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall.  Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.   Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation. 

 

SENIOR FINANCIAL CARE AND HEALTH CARE SEMINAR ON JANUARY 31

 
January 23, 2012 (San Diego) – Assemblymember Marty Block is sponsoring a Senior Financial Care and Health Care seminar on Tuesday, January 31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  It will be held at The College Avenue Center at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 4855 College Avenue in San Diego.

 

PRESIDENT MAINTAINS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RULE EXPANDING COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES, KEEPS RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION NARROW


January 22, 2012 (Washington D.C.)
-- Despite pressure from the powerful U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lobby, the White House announced today that the President would not call for an expansion of the religious exemption in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'(HHS) proposed rule regarding contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing by female employees.

 

CDPH CAUTIONS CALIFORNIANS ABOUT TICKS AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES


Tick activity remains high during winter months
 
January 21, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, today warned individuals who work or play outdoors in the winter months to be on the alert for ticks that may carry bacteria that cause Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.  

STAY FIT AND AVOID SPORTS INJURIES: FREE SEMINAR JANUARY 25

 

Advice For Weekend Warriors to Extreme Sports Enthusiasts

January 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- Alvarado Hospiital invites you to a free seminar on how to stay fit and avoid sports injuries. The event will be held Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. in the Alvarado Hospital Conferen Center, featuring a panel of physicians including orthopedic specialists James Bates, MD; Scott Hacker, MD; Eric Horton, MD; and Jonathan Myer, MD.

LAUGHTER, THE BEST MEDICINE? SENIORS GROUP TO HOST “LAUGHTER YOGA” JAN . 25 AT HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA

 
January 16, 2012 (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 group on “What is Laugh
ter Yoga” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Michael Coleman, executive director of Laughter Matters, a San Diego-based non-profit organization that promotes the physical, mental and social health benefits of laughter yoga.

 

NEW "EMFINDERS" TECHNOLOGY HELPS FIND MISSING ADULTS

 
Chula Vista Police becomes first local law enforcement agency to use high-tech system—and offers tracking devices free


January 13, 2012 (Chula Vista) -- This week, the Chula Vista Police Department announced a new partnership with a national emergency location system known as EmFinders, a program created to enhance police response capability by greatly expediting the safe return of adults who become lost.

 

BINGE AND UNDERAGE DRINKING INITIATIVE LAUNCHED IN COUNTY

Costs ot teen drinking alarm authorities
January 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diegans should be alarmed at the amount of money coming out of their pocketbooks as a result of underage drinking, the head of San Diego County’s Alcohol Policy Panel Beth Sise said today. Underage drinking cost Californians nearly $6.8 billion in 2010, according to a report released recently by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a nationally recognized nonprofit specializing in research related to the use of alcohol and other drugs. 

THE SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL JAN. 2012 PROGRAMS

 

January 1, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The 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.

NEED HELP FINDING HEALTH INFO ONLINE? GET EXPERT ADVICE JAN. 25 AT SAN CARLOS LIBRARY

 

December 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Kathy Quinn, library director of the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa, will speak on “Finding Health Information Online: Alternatives to Google” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at the San Diego Library San  Carlos branch, 7265 Jackson Dr., San Diego. Handouts on how to evaluate health websites and reliable sites to search will be provided.

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE? JOIN ECM’S EDITOR & READERS IN THE 24-DAY CHALLENGE STARTING JAN. 5!

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you’ve over-indulged in all those holiday goodies, or just want to look and feel your best in the New Year, now is the perfect time to make a resolution to get in shape! East County Magazine invites you to join our editor and publisher in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM and Advocare.  Shaping up is more fun with friends  Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.

The 24-day-challenge starts January 5.  It includes a combination of supplements and meal replacement products, a healthy eating plan, and as a special bonus to ECM readers, a fitness “boot camp” with trainers and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success.  The more, the merrier! (If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.)

FDA WARNS: DO NOT USE SHOULDERFLEX MASSAGER


Company went out of business without recalling dangerous product


December 25, 2011 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers again not to use the ShoulderFlex Massager, imported by King International and sold by various companies, due to serious potential health risks. 

Hair, clothing or jewelry can become entangled in the ShoulderFlex Massager and cause serious injury or even death from strangulation. There have been reports of one death and one near death, due to strangulation, associated with the use of this device.

UNWRAP SAFETY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: PUT A LID ON YOUR KID

 
Don’t Forget to Add Safety Gear to Bicycle, Scooter or Skateboard Gift


December 23, 2011 -- (San Diego County) -- Give your child the joy of opening an additional holiday present and give yourself peace of mind if you get them a bike, skateboard or scooter. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Rady Children’s Hospital and Racers and Chasers are teaming up to remind people that those gifts need to be accompanied by a properly-fitted helmet, as well as wrist guards and elbow and knee pads if it’s a skateboard. 

WAL-MART PULLS BABY FORMULA


December 22, 2011 (National)  -- Wal-Mart pulled a batch of its infant formula from more than 3,000 stores when it learned about the death of a newborn. There is no known link between the death and the formula. Also, the government has not ordered a recall of any Enfamil made by Mead Johnson, the brand of powdered formula that the child consumed.

WHAT’S YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION? JOIN THE 24-DAY-CHALLENGE

 

 

 

 

December 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you answered “get in shape” or “lose weight” or “build muscle” East County Magazine wants to help.  We invite you to join in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM.  Shaping up is more fun with friends!  Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.

How does it work?  The 24-day-challenge includes a combination of healthy eating, meal replacements/supplements, a fitness “boot camp” and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success.  The more, the merrier! If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.

UTILITY SHUTS OFF POWER TO ILL HOMEOWNERS WHO REMOVED SMART METERS


La Mesa smart meter opponent voices outrage over families left in the cold

By Miriam Raftery

December 14, 2011 (La Mesa)—“We have just learned of a very troubling situation,” Susan Brinchman, a La Mesa activist leading statewide efforts to oppose smart meters, has informed ECM.  “Power has been cut off for three families who changed out the smart meters on their homes for analogs.” 

The shut-offs were made by Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Santa Cruz. Like a growing number of Californians, the families left in the dark had complained of health problems that they believed were caused by smart meters installed on their residences. Now, Brinchman fears that the same thing could happen in San Diego County.

HEALTH WARNING ISSUED TO GOVERNMENTS: WIND TURBINE SYNDROME HAS BECOME PANDEMIC, CONSUMER GROUPS CLAIM


December 14, 2011 (Europe) –On December 10, the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) and the North American Platform against Windpower (NA-PAW) served notice to two European countries
regarding health hazards associated with wind policies. The groups, which plan to notify more government as well as the wind industry in coming weeks, claim to represent 600 citizens' groups from 26 countries. 
 
“Hundreds of families around the world have developed unbearable symptoms of the WTS (wind turbine syndrome) as described by Dr Nina Pierpont in her world-famous book of the same name. Many have been forced to leave their homes,” a letter sent to the Danish government states.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: GOOD GRIEF

By Brian Lafferty

 

This is the last of a four-part series on loss and grief from an Autistic person’s point of view.

 

December 16, 2011 (San Diego) – It’s now been over a year since Mom died. It’s unbelievable how fast those 365 days have come and gone. As I sit and write this, I think a lot about what happened during those 365 days. More importantly, I think about what I’ve accomplished.

 

COUNTY WARNS OF POSSIBLE BEACH CONTAMINATION FROM STORM RUN-OFF

December 12, 2011 (San Diego)--The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.

COMPLICATED GRIEF: DO YOU FEEL YOUR GRIEF WILL NEVER END?


If so, you may be a candidate for a new study at the La Jolla VA

By Dennis Moore

December 6, 2011 (San Diego)--Sidney Zisook, M.D. and his research team at the V.A.San Diego Healthcare System are conducting a research study to find out more about the effectiveness of a medication called Celexa (citalopram) in treating complicated grief.  Complicated grief is a bereavement reaction in which acute grief is prolonged, causing distress and interfering with functioning. Symptoms o might include:

MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL AT THE EAST COUNTY FAMILY YMCA KICKS OFF DEC.10

 December 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- This is the time of year when many residents of East County look for opportunities to get healthy, to try new activities and to volunteer. As you begin to pull together news articles focused on this topic, I would like to encourage your readers to learn more about the East County Family YMCA’s offerings for children, families and East County.

 

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