September 26, 2013 (San Diego)-- County and local health officials will kick off the 2013 flu vaccination season and encourage everyone to get immunized. The San Diego Black Nurses Association will be offering 400 flu shots to adults 18 years or older for free on Friday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive in San Diego.
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS AS REPUBLICANS AIM TO LET FEDERAL SPENDING EXPIRE UNLESS HEALTHCARE REFORMS ARE REPEALED
By Alex Riggins
November 19, 2013 (Washington D.C.) -- Republicans in Congress are threatening to shut down the government if they don’t get what they want – the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare", defunded.
The House of Representatives will vote Friday on a bill to fund the government beyond the Sept. 30 budget deadline, but the bill would completely defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
September 18, 2013 (La Mesa) – The East County Magazine, distributed by the Heartland Coalition, has been named a media sponsor for the 12th annual Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented, community health fair event with free health care screenings for children. Kids Care Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Briercrest Park, 90001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa.
September 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Campers and hikers are being urged to take simple steps to protect themselves after three ground squirrels trapped in routine monitoring near Palomar Mountain tested positive for plague.
“People can protect themselves from being exposed to plague,” said San Diego County Environmental Health Director Jack Miller. “Just remember: Don’t feed or play with squirrels, report dead squirrels to camp rangers, and do not set up your tents near squirrel burrows.”
September 17, 2013 (Julian) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Calvary Chapel Julian water system located at 3731 Wynola Rd., Julian, CA 92070 effective immediately. The water system serves a camp that includes visitor cabins, staff housing, public restrooms, dining hall with kitchen, swimming pool and a chapel.
September 12, 2013 (Lakeside) – A dead crow found in Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus and San Diego County officials are reminding people to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can transmit the disease.
The dead American crow was the sixth bird that has tested positive this year for the disease, which can kill people in rare cases.
June 20, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- .Bacteria from slim people could help treat obesity, study finds (RawStory)
- Your Kitchen Spices Can Often Harbor Salmonella (NPR)
- How one scientist hacked another scientist's brain (CS Monitor)
- How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You (NPR)
- The Case For Clearing More Arteries During Heart Attacks (NPR)
- VIDEO: Vietnam's 'children of Agent Orange' (BBC)
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August 26, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District and City of La Mesa will host the 2013 Kids Care Fest at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, family-oriented event is open to the public and features free health care screenings.
August 31, 2013 (El Cajon) – A free seminar on healthcare reform will be held at the East County Chamber of Commerce Office, 201 South Magnolia Ave., El Cajon on September 11 from 11:30 am. Until 1:00 p.m. The seminar, presented by Erick Lundy, of Lundy Insurance Services, Inc., will address 2 critical issues affecting employers right now.
August 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks (NPR)
- Deadly Middle East Coronavirus Found In An Egyptian Tomb Bat (NPR)
- Brushing And Flossing Could Cut Risk Of Oral HPV Infection (NPR)
- Ebola Treatment Works In Monkeys, Even After Symptoms Appear (NPR)
- Reviving An Heirloom Corn That Packs More Flavor And Nutrition (NPR)
- Test predicts heart attack risk (U-T)
- Can A Big Earthquake Trigger Another One? (NPR)
- Japanese man converts machine to convert plastics to oil (YouTube)
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August 27, 2013 (San Diego) – A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment & Healing) will join Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP), the American Civil Liberties Union’s San Diego chapter, and other organizations in the U.S. and abroad in participation of the 13th annual International Overdose Awareness Day. The events honor and remember those who have lost their lives to an accidental overdose. According to A New PATH, it is also an opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about the growing overdose crisis in the United States and abroad – and to offer concrete solutions that save lives.
August 27, 2013 (Mt. Laguna) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Mount Laguna El Prado Campground water system located on Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948 effective immediately. The water system serves a campground and public restroom.
The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli. Total coliform bacteria can come from soils and other sources in the environment and can indicate a problem with the water supply system. The Boil Water Order was issued to ensure all water used is free from contamination. The Boil Water Order will remain in effect until the distribution system has been disinfected and additional samples confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply.
By Janis Mork
August 26, 2013 (San Diego) - “Bottom line - we’re all losers if we stay in the political advocacy. We need to get them on our side [and] come up with a political campaign that’s a winning campaign.” – Congressman Patrick Kennedy
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy spoke in San Diego recently about a new project that began in 2012 called Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).
A background on San Diego marijuana issues was addressed followed by Project SAM at the offices of California for Alcohol and Drug Free Use.
August 21, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known (NPR)
- Why I changed my mind on weed (Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN)
- The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water (NPR)
- New Vaccine Beats Malaria in Early Trials (NPR)
- Camels May Be A Source Of The Middle East Coronavirus (NPR)
- Induced labour 'linked to autism' (BBC)
- Urban hives boom 'bad for bees' (BBC)
- Study: Tall women have higher cancer risk (Jewish World Review)
- Bill urges schools to stock anti-allergy drug (U-T San Diego)
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August 19, 2013 (San Diego's East County)-- Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled a limited number of dry dog food and cat food lots that may be contaminated with Salmonella. Brands impacted include Eukanuba and Iams. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
August 14, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Los Tules Mutual Water Company located at 32995 Camino Moro, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately. This public water system serves 100 residential homes.
SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HEAR PRESENTATION ON "EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS" ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
August 6, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, located at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “Emergency Preparedness” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28. The public is invited to attend, and an RSVP is not required.
BILL IN CONGRESS COULD MANDATE SMART METERS NATIONWIDE, TAKE AWAY CONSUMER RIGHT TO OPT OUT IN CA AND OTHER STATES
By Miriam Raftery
August 4, 2013 (Washington D.C. ) –Two members of Congress (Jerry McNerney, D- Stockton, CA and Matt Cartwright, D- PA) have introduced the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013 (HR 2685) that would require the Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator to take designated actions if they find that use of smart grid technologies save energy and money. Congressman Scott Peters from San Diego (D-52) is a cosponsor of the bill.
But opponents say this could require all electricity providers (including rural cooperatives and municipal utilities) to join the ‘smart’ grid and install ‘smart’ meters, and that it could negate states’ rights to regulate smart meters and wireless appliances. The bill could lead to an overriding of state laws and regulations that give consumers power to opt out of having smart meters, which produce electro-magnetic frequency radiation that have raised health concerns, opponents warn. It could lead to requiring energy-saving appliances to include wireless transmitters.
July 25, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Two weeks after finding the first sign of West Nile virus this season — a dead infected crow — two more dead infected birds have been discovered.
Two dead American crows, one from Ramona and one from Carlsbad, were turned in by members of the public and have tested positive for the disease. The first bird, also an American crow, was found near Lakeside.
County vector control and environmental health officials said the discoveries are a reminder that people should protect themselves from West Nile virus, a potentially-deadly disease that is transmitted to people most often by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.
July 25, 2013 (Campo)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Wild Bill’s Retail Center located at 31471 Highway 94, Campo CA 91906 effective immediately. This public water system serves a Circle K mini mart, gasoline station, office building and Subway sandwich shop.
The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.
July 25, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease (NPR)
- Two Danish cities put a moratorium on wind turbines (EPAW)
- Water birds turning up dead at solar projects in desert (Rewire)
- Paying women to take big risk (U-T San Diego)
- Scientists discover what’s killing the bees—and it’s worse than you thought (Quartz)
- Study raises new concern about earthquakes and fracking fluids (Reuters)
- Enlisting Passers-By In Scientific Research (NPR)
- Leading Danish newspaper severely criticizes Vestas on noise issue(Jyllands-Posten)
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July 24, 2013
A four-month-old child who travelled out of San Diego Lindbergh Field may have exposed fellow travelers to pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory illness which is also known as whooping cough, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials.
The child, who was up-to-date with vaccinations for his age, travelled with a parent from San Diego to Norfolk, Virginia on Friday, July 19. The child was seen by medical staff at Rady Children’s Hospital shortly before leaving. Tests later confirmed the child had pertussis.
July 12, 2013 (Lakeside) -- A dead American crow found near Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first local sign this year of the sometimes-fatal disease, the County reports.
Last year was one of the worst on record for West Nile virus across the United States, but not here, where the County of San Diego has taken aggressive steps to control mosquitoes that can spread the disease. Just two San Diegans have been diagnosed locally with West Nile virus in the last three years: one did not become ill, the other became infected while visiting Imperial County.
However, more than 5,000 people got sick and 286 died nationwide from the disease in 2012. County officials said local residents should remember to protect themselves.
July 12, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Your medical devices could be vulnerable to cyber threats (Marketplace)
- Obamacare delay? Small businesses get a one-year reprieve (Christian Science Monitor)
- Second Opinion: Does Mom Qualify For Obamacare With A Green Card? (KPBS)
- Abnormal Brain Connections Found In Children With Autism (KPBS)
- State Says Kaiser Too Slow With Mental Health Help (KPBS)
- New TB drug class discovered (U-T San Diego)
- Good night's sleep 'protects heart' (BBC)
- Contact lens gives telescopic vision (BBC)
Science and technology
- U.S. energy companies seen at risk from cyber attacks: CFR report (Reuters)
- How To Keep Your Smartphone Secure (NPR)
- DuckDuckGo Benefits From Internet Searchers Wanting Privacy (NPR)
- Duel of the natural disasters: Earthquakes cause volcanos to shrink (Christian Science Monitor)
- T cell trigger found (U-T San Diego)
- Whale behaviour 'disturbed' by sonar (BBC)
- Dead fish fill Mexico reservoir (BBC)
- Thanks to clouds, some 60 billion planets are habitable in Milky Way (Christian Science Monitor)
- Russia loses $200 million satellites as launch ends in flames (Reuters)
- Microsoft develops 3D touchscreen (BBC)
- Arrest Caught On Google Glass Reignites Privacy Debate (NPR)
- The battle over uranium mining near the Grand Canyon (Marketplace)
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RANCHO SAN DIEGO RESIDENT NAMED HEALTH SECTOR "NAVIGATOR" FOR SAN DIEGO, IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES
July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – Rancho San Diego resident Ann Durham, Director of the Health Workforce Initiative based at Grossmont College, has been named Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Health for the San Diego/Imperial Region.
The appointment, announced this week by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development, means that Durham will have expanded responsibilities and budget under the "Doing What Matters" program.
June 28, 2013 (San Diego)--Consumers are urged to throw away specific lots of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels, the second product sold in San Diego County associated with a national outbreak of hepatitis A, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).
The recalled lots contain pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey that were also used in Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries. Although the Woodstock product has not been linked to any illnesses here, the Townsend Farms berry blend has sickened 127 people nationwide, including 15 San Diego County residents.
“If you ate a product containing these pomegranate seeds in the past two weeks and you have never been vaccinated for hepatitis A or had the disease, you should contact your health care provider to discuss hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Anyone who ate these products should be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis A and seek medical attention early if they appear.”
More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year; fireworks also cause many serious injuries each July
With the Fourth of July approaching, the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit reminds San Diegans that it's illegal to possess and use fireworks in the county. It's also illegal to transport fireworks from elsewhere into San Diego County or to make homemade fireworks or explosives.
Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other items that explode, go up in the air, or move across the ground in an uncontrollable fashion. Those convicted can be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year.
SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO LEARN "THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP" ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
June 25, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “The Importance of Sleep,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Jason Chagnon, senior technician with Grossmont Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.
June 25, 2013 (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.
County News Service
June 21, 2013 (San Diego) -- Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Every four minutes, someone dies because of a stroke. What can you do? Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke which might save someone’s life.
“The County and its many public and private partners have been working to increase awareness of stroke,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts Friday at Petco Park. “It is extremely important for people to heed the warning signs so we can save lives.”
What should you do if you or someone near you is having a stroke? Act F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 immediately. It can be the difference between life and death. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for: