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RABID BAT FOUND AT CONDO COMPLEX IN DEL CERRO


County Health Officials Notify Residents

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is reporting that a bat found at a condominium complex in Del Cerro has tested positive for rabies. The sick bat was found on Nov. 23 by a building maintenance worker at the Adobe Falls Condominium Complex located at 5485 Adobe Falls Road in San Diego.

STATE LAUNCHES CONSUMER-FRIENDLY WEB SITE TO HELP CALIFORNIANS PLAN FOR THEIR INDIVIDUAL LONG-TERM CARE

 Californians Urged to Prepare for Silver Tsunami

 
November 30, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Studies show that two out of three California seniors will need long-term care at some point in their lives.  To prepare for this silver tsunami, the state has launched www.RUReadyCA.org, an independent, easy to use Web site that offers a host of tools, information and calculators to help each Californian plan for their individually unique long-term care needs. 

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER DEC. 2011 PROGRAMS


November 28, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital 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.

 

COMFORCARE IN EL CAJON OFFERS PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT CARD

 Local in-home care provider comes up with new
ways to save on prescription drugs
 for seniors and their pets.


November 24, 2011(El Cajon, CA) -- Nearly half of all Americans regularly take one prescription medication, according to an August 2011 survey conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center.

KEEP BACTERIA OFF YOUR HOLIDAY GUEST LIST

Safe Food Handling Tips from the Department of Environmental Health

November 23, 2011 (San Diego County) -- Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends come together to celebrate. Because large amounts of food are often prepared and served, food safety is very important. Here are a few safety tips to prevent microscopic guests from joining your party.

 

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTING VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE WITH $150,000 GRANT

November 19, 2911 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has unanimously voted to approve a $150,000 grant to Volunteers in Medicine – San Diego, Inc. (VIM), a non-profit that brings together medical professionals and patients who don’t have health insurance.

 

COUNTY ISSUES WARNING OVER BAGGED LETTUCE SOLD AT TRADER JOE’S : RECALL INCLUDES MULTIPLE BRANDS CONTAMINATED WITH E-COLI

 

November 18, 2011 (San Diego)--County health officials today urged residents to throw out Ready Pac bagged salad products containing romaine lettuce and stamped with a “Use by” Nov. 18 date because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recall applies to the following items; some also carry other labels including Safeway. See ink at bottom of story for product photos:

• 10oz. Ready Pac Caesar Romaine
• 9.25 oz Ready Pac Santa Fe Caesar Complete Salad
• 10oz. Ready Pac Classic Caesar Complete Salad
• 10oz. Ready Pac Bella Romaine
• 10oz. Dining In Classic Caesar Salad Kit
• 10oz. Trader Joe’s Romaine Salad
• 16oz. Trader Joe’s Very American Salad

SHERIFF’S SEARCH AND RESCUE FORCE FINDS SEVERED ARM FOR INJURED CALTRANS WORKER

By Miriam Raftery

November 17, 2011 (Poway) – A quick-thinking emergency room nurse at Pomerado Medical Center in Poway helped reunite a Caltrans worker with his arm, which was severed in a freak accident at 1:45 p.m.  The nurse suggested calling the San Diego Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team to find the missing arm.

“There is a three-hour window to reattach the arm,” Melissa Aquino, public affairs officer with the Sheriff, said. Fortunately, a recovery team of 25 volunteers and two search dogs located the missing limb at 3 p.m. The victim is now undergoing surgery to be fully “armed” in time for Thanksgiving.

RAW MILK PRODUCTS RECALLED AFTER SAN DIEGO BOY FALLS ILL WITH E-COLI


November 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Raw milk products produced by Organic Pastures have been recalled and quarantined statewide by the California Department of Public Health after five children who drank the milk became infected with the same strain of E.coli. A San Diego County child was among those stricken.

5 TIPS TO PASS ON THE STUFFING THIS THANKSGIVING

 November 14, 2011 (National) --  It’s you against the turkey. Are you going to come out of this thing a butterball or a better woman for it? Don’t succumb to stuffing yourself this Thanksgiving, says internationally-renowned fitness and nutrition expert JJ Virgin, co-star of TLC’s hit series Freaky EatersIf you’re like most people during Thanksgiving, you mindlessly slip back into the kitchen to “clean” and nosh on seconds… and thirds… initiating the holiday-season binge that carries through New Year’s Eve.


Don’t give in and pack on the pounds unnecessarily! Instead, put the leftover triple-layer pumpkin pie back in the fridge and replace eating with these suggestions:

 

 

SAN DIEGO CHILDREN LOSING BULGE

New Study Reveals Obesity Rate Drops: “Live Well” program credited with positive results

November 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- It appears San Diego County children and adolescents are putting down the sodas and Twinkies and becoming more physically active.

A new study conducted by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) revealed that the obesity rate among local children dropped by nearly four percent.

FITDESK PEDAL DESK TURNS SEDENTARY COMPUTER WORK INTO A HEALTHY EXERCISE OPTION

 November 11, 2011 -- (Nashville, Tennessee) - FitDesk is a unique product that combines two seemingly polar opposite activities - exercise & computer work - into one productive and efficient activity. The FitDesk Pedal Desk is an innovative product that allows a person to exercise comfortably on a stationary bike while using a laptop computer or playing a video game.

  

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS DECLARE EMERGENCY DUE TO FUNDING CUTS THAT THREATEN MEDICARE AND MEDI-CAL FOR CALIFORNIA SENIORS, FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

By Miriam Raftery

November 10, 2011 (Sacramento) – California, already ranked among the nation’s worst in Medi-Cal reimbursement rates, faces more steep cuts in its 2011-2012 budget. In late October,the federal government approved the bulk of the state's cuts. Now, Congress will soon weigh whether to slash a mammoth half-trillion dollars from Medi-Cal and Medicare.
 

“Cuts to these programs would deny millions of seniors, people with disabilities and children lifesaving care and cost our country millions of good jobs,” states a press release issued today by SEIU United Healthcare Workers West, Catholic Healthcare West, and a coalition of doctors and patients.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: GOODBYE, FAREWELL, AND AMEN

By Brian Lafferty

 

Last year I lost my mother to breast cancer. This column is the third of a four-part series about loss and grief from an Autistic’s perspective.

 

November 10, 2011 (San Diego) – I’m an optimist. I’m not a Lloyd Dobler optimist, but I rarely get pessimistic. When Mom fell ill it was emotionally hard for me to see her sick every day. But I didn’t dwell on the worst-case scenario. I refused to believe the worst-case scenario would even occur. Mom was strong. I believed she would beat it.

 

NEED A HELICOPTER RESCUE? YOU MAY BE PAYING THE BILL

November 5, 2011(San Diego) – Councilmember Marti Emerald says San Diego needs to recover its costs for use of the City’s medical/rescue helicopters. So she is asking Congress for federal permission to allow the city to charge patients for costs of treatment and rescue services. Emerald says the move is needed to assure rescue helicopters are available when needed.

But for victims of accidents on remote roadways or hiking trails, as well as those suffering medical emergencies such as heart attack or snake bite, the costs could be staggering.

NOVEMBER 2011 PROGRAMS FOR SHARP SENIOR CENTER AT GROSSMONT CENTER: DIABETES NOV 8

DIABETES LECTURE AND SCREENING
 
November 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- November is National Diabetes Month. Learn about diabetes and how the proper nutrition can make a difference from a Sharp Certified Diabetes Educator. Lecture is Tuesday, November 8 from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a free blood glucose screening from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St. La Mesa. Reservation required. Call 1-800-827-4277.
 
 
 

TICKS TEST POSITIVE FOR TULAREMIA IN LOS PENASQUITOS CANYON PRESERVE

 
Hikers Urged to be Cautious and Use Insect Repellent When Hiking


October 28, 2011 -- Several ticks collected in routine monitoring last week in the Lopez Canyon area of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve have tested positive for tularemia, a potentially serious illness also known as “rabbit fever,” County environmental health officials said Friday.
 

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: THE LONG, COLD AUTUMN

By Brian Lafferty

 

Last year I lost my mother to breast cancer. This column is the second of a four-part series about loss and grief from an Autistic’s perspective.

 

October 27, 2011 (San Diego) – At my alma mater, The Winston School, I was blessed to have a fine P.E. teacher and softball coach. On one of my toughest days he gave me a piece of sage advice. He told me, “If you worry that something bad is going to happen, chances are it’s not going to happen.”

 

POLICE DEPARTMENTS STRIVE TO HELP OFFICERS COMBAT STRESS

By Elena Pena
 
October 26, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--When we think about police officers, recent incidents such as shootings and high-speed pursuits come to mind. We might also think of their day-to-day duties such as patrolling, giving out tickets and responding to emergency calls. Rarely does the public actually take into account the high levels of stress and resulting health risks associated with being a police officer. 
 

MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT: OCTOBER 15 - DECEMBER 7

 

October 21, 2011 -- Curious about what new benefits Medicare has to offer?  Looking to change your health coverage?  Medicare’s annual open enrollment started October 15.  During open enrollment, anyone with Medicare can make changes to their health care coverage. All final selections for next year’s Medicare coverage must be made by December 7.  Please visit www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan or call 1-800-MEDICARE for more information. 

TARGET RECALL CHILDREN’S FROG MASKS DUE TO SUFFOCATION HAZARD

 
 
October 21, 2011 (Washington D.C.). - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Target today announced a voluntary recall of children’s frog masks due to suffocation danger. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. Scroll down for details.
 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS TO MARCH IN PROTEST TUES. OCT. 18 OVER FEDERAL SHUT-DOWN OF CA DISPENSARIES

 

Protest planned Tues. Oct. 18 at Civic Center

 

By Jeremy Los

 

Oct. 16, 2011– A medical marijuana advocate  stricken with scoliosis threatened to jump off an overpass above State Route 163 on Friday night after the U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to raid and shut down hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.

 

The man is one of thousands of Californians who may now be forced to go without medicines that relieve pain or ease debilitating conditions.

HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW HOSPITALS TO REFUSE ABORTION EVEN WHEN MOTHER’S LIFE IS AT STAKE

 

Local Republican Congressmen vote to deny emergency care to save mothers’ lives
 

By Shannon Michael
 

October 15, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – The Republican-controlled House this week passed a restrictive measure that would let hospitals refuse to provide an abortion even if urgently needed to save a woman’s life.

 

“The misnamed Protect Life Act is about allowing women to die if they need an emergency abortion,” said Meghan Rhoad at Human Rights Watch. “It is a vicious attack on women’s rights and on the most basic right to life.”

 

Local Republicans Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray, and Darrell Issa voted for the bill, H.R. 358, while San Diegio Democrats Bob Filner and Susan Davis voted against it.

CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT NAMES SAN DIEGO’S GARY PETILL A HEALTH HAPPENS HERO

 

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego) - Today, The California Endowment announced the first six ‘Health Happens Heroes’ award recipients honoring school food and nutrition directors from across the state who are pioneers in making healthier school meals that kids want to eat.  The awards coincide with National School Lunch Week (Oct 10-14), a time to raise awareness about how healthy school meals contribute to the well-being and academic achievement of children.


The California Endowment praised the work of
 GARY PETILL, Nutrition Services Director for the San Diego Unified School District, for working to improve healthy eating habits by offering more fruits and vegetables and implementing lunchroom salad bars featuring local and organic produce in every K-12 school in the district.  
 

FREE TEXTING TIPS FOR NEW MOMS CATCHES ON IN SAN DIEGO

 

Text4Baby Provides Health Tips to Thousands of New Moms in San Diego


 
 
October 13, 2011 (San Diego) -- Today, text4baby announced that over 2,000 new San Diego parents have signed up for its free text messaging service that provides vital pre- and postnatal information. Text4baby’s remarkable success is evident nationwide, with over 200,000 new parents enrolled in the free program since its launch in February 2010.

APPEALS COURT TO HEAR STATE BUDGET CASE OVER THREAT TO THOUSANDS OF DISABLED CALIFORNIANS

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday in Pasadena in a lawsuit that has sweeping implications for the state budget and thousands of low-income, disabled Californians and their families.

 

The Developmental Services Network and other nonprofit associations filed suit to challenge a 2009 freeze in Medi-Cal funding that will harm California’s most vulnerable residents – the developmentally disabled with medical needs who live in intermediate care facilities.

SAN CARLOS UNDER BOIL-WATER ORDER

 

View Map of Affected Area (PDF)

Street List (PDF)

October 12, 2011 (San Carlos)--Due to a water pump station failure, the California Department of Public Health and the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department are advising residents of San Carlos, east of Cowles Mountain and north of Navajo Road, to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. To confirm if your address is affected, please check the list of streets (PDF).

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: LIFE WITH MOTHER

By Brian Lafferty

 

October 13, 2011 (San Diego) – When I was little I would have an occasional paralyzing fear that my mom and dad were going to die too soon. I don’t know why I had this fear. All I know is it would keep me up at night and it made me cry.

 

COUNTY UNVEILS WEST NILE VIRUS PREVENTION VIDEO GAMES

 

Games aim to make it fun for kids to learn how they can help prevent the disease

 

October 9, 2011 (San Diego)--Now, learning how to “Fight the Bite” and protect yourself from West Nile virus can be fun, says the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health. The agency has created a new website, http://www.SDSwatTeam.com, and two specially-created video games to let kids (and even adults) play while learning about protecting themselves and others from West Nile virus, the potentially-deadly disease that is spread by mosquitoes.

RAMONA ELEMENTARY STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR WHOOPING COUGH


County Reports 379 Pertussis Cases for Region

 

October 7, 2011 (Ramona)--An East County elementary school student was diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency officials said today. The 9-year-old, who was up-to-date with immunizations, attends Mt. Woodson Elementary School in the Ramona Unified School District.

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