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June 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.

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SHARP OFFERS FREE HEALTHCARE SCREENINGS IN SANTEE

 

June 12, 2013 (Santee) – Sharp Healthcare will be providing free health screenings in East County. These screenings could help prevent heart problems, diabetes and other risk factors.  The screenings will only take about 15 minutes and are offered on eight different dates this summer.

The screenings will measure your cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure. Sharp Healthcare will also provide personalized strategies to improve your overall health and well-being. No appointment is needed. All adults over the age of 18 are welcome to participate.

SUMMER HEALTHCARE SATURDAY JUNE 15

 

 

June 12, 2013 (La Mesa)- On Saturday, June 15,  the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Healthcare District will again team up to produce Summer Healthcare Saturday, a one day health exposition that will be held at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.

The event will feature free demonstrations, free health information and screenings. Up to 75 booths are expected to be present and lining up throughout the mall.

COSTCO BERRIES SOLD IN SAN DIEGO LINKED TO HEPATITIS A: GET MEDICAL TREATMENT IF YOU'VE EATEN THEM

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 2, 2013 (San Diego) – If you’ve eaten Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries purchased at Costco in the past couple of weeks, you may have been exposed to hepatitis and should see your doctor immediately. Thus far, 30 cases in five states have been reported, including two in San Diego County. But the disease  can take up to six weeks to occur after exposure, so cases are expected to rise.

One concern is that retailers may have purchased the product in bulk for use in other products such as smoothies or frozen drinks.

Dr. Eric McDonald, the county's deputy public health officer warns that those exposed should seek medical treatment now, which may include  a vaccine for Hepatitis A or treatment with immune globulin – unless you have already had the vaccine or the disease. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call the County Epidemiology Program at (619) 692-8499.

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May 30, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

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SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO LEARN TIPS FOR FINDING HEALTH CARE INFO MAY 22

 

May 22, 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 “Alternatives to Google: Finding Health Information Online,” from 10 to 11 a.m. today. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Kathy Quinn, library director of the Herrick Library.

Quinn, with 21 years of experience as a librarian and researcher, will share tips on how to find reliable, accurate and trustworthy information on the Internet about your health. The presentation will include a demonstration of the links to health information available on the Herrick Library website. Handouts on how to evaluate health websites and reliable sites to search will be provided.

TAXPAYER COSTS SKYROCKET ALONG WITH REPORTS OF ABUSE OF DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED IN CA

 

Governor's May Budget Revise Increases Spending on Developmental Centers; People with Developmental Disabilities Urge the Governor to Stop “Taxpayer Supported Abuse”

May 18, 2013 (Sacramento) – People with developmental disabilities and their advocates are speaking out in reaction to Governor Brown's May Budget Revise, and his decision to spend even more taxpayer dollars on a system that has been repeatedly cited for abusing people with developmental disabilities:

“As a California taxpayer I’m outraged, and as a person with a developmental disability I’m repulsed,” said advocate Kiara Hedglin. “It’s unconscionable for the Governor to increase spending on a system that abuses people with developmental disabilities.   It’s time for these archaic centers to close and for people with developmental disabilities to receive the quality care they deserve in home-like settings.”

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May 16, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

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BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR LOS TULES MUTUAL WATER COMPANY

 

May 16, 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.

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.

SQUIRREL ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN TESTS POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE

 

Campers and Hikers Warned to Take Precautions

County environmental health officials urged campers and hikers to take simple steps to protect themselves  Friday after routine monitoring and testing showed that a ground squirrel on Palomar Mountain had Bubonic plague.

The squirrel, which was trapped at the Cedar Grove Campground, marked the first case of plague found this  year.

Department of Environmental Health Director Jack Miller said it’s not unusual to find plague in local mountains during warmer months  and that people could take simple steps to protect themselves from exposure.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS ASK COUNTY’S TOP HEALTH OFFICIAL TO REVISE REPORT, RECOGNIZE SERIOUS HEALTH IMPACTS FROM WIND TURBINES

 

By Nadin Abbott and Sierra Robinson;  Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report

“This is an epidemic and we need help.” – Rowena Elliott, Manzanita tribal member

(photos left, David and Rowena Elliott)

May 6, 2013 (San Diego) –At a press conference outside the county administration building today, backcountry residents living near wind turbines told the media of serious health conditions they are suffering.  With Wednesday’s vote on a county wind ordinance looming, residents called on the county’s top health official, Wilma Wooten, to revise her report and recognize health concerns linked to wind turbines.

According to Donna Tisdale, President of the Boulevard Planning Group and founder of two community nonprofits, the vote is critical. Supervisors will “either sell us out, remove our human and property rights, or the Board (of Supervisors) will vote to protect the community.” 

If that doesn't happen, residents are prepared to file suit, they said.

VALLEY FEVER EPIDEMIC LINKED TO DESERT SOLAR CONSTRUCTION; HEIGHTENS CONCERNS OVER RISKS FROM LARGE-SCALE WIND AND SOLAR PROJECTS

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

“The threat of acquiring the respiratory illness extends to residents living near expansive construction sites. That risk is rising given the scope of the renewable energy boom centered in the state.” – Los Angeles Times

May 6, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Valley Fever has sickened 28 workers at two large-scale solar facilities under construction in San Luis Obispo County, the Los Angeles Times reported on April 30.  The disease is contracted by breathing in fungal spores released when desert soils are disturbed.

The finding is the latest in a series of disturbing reports on epidemic Valley Fever conditions in California and across the Southwest.  With numerous large-scale solar projects and wind projects proposed for East County that would scrape bare thousands of acres of high desert terrain, public health concerns over the prospect of exposing residents to Valley Fever are growing.  Since wind-blown spores can carry 75 miles or more, residents across San Diego County could be at risk of the potentially deadly disease.

BILL IMPLEMENTING AFFORDABLE CARE ACT CONSUMER PROTECTIONS GOES TO GOVERNOR

 

Measure Ends Use of Preexisting Condition Exclusions, Excessive Rates

May 2, 2013 (Sacramento)--A bill by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, that would put in place for California the vital consumer protections and reforms included as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), cleared its final legislative hurdle this week and is on its way to the Governor for signature.  The legislation, SB X1 2, was introduced as part of the special session on health care called for by Governor Brown during his State of the State Address in January.

WATCH FOR AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE SYMPTOMS

 

By Carolyn Ballou, California Department of Veterans Affairs

May 2, 2013 (Sacramento)--U.S. Air Force veteran George Chappell was a fuels specialist in Vietnam. He worked on all kinds of aircraft, including those used to dump the toxic herbicide Agent Orange over the jungles to expose enemy hiding places. At age 60, George was diagnosed with Stage 4 mantel cell lymphoma. He died just 18 months later. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) presumed that George’s disease was the result of his Agent Orange exposure 40 years earlier.

The USDVA presumes that 14 different diseases and disorders are related to Agent Orange exposure when diagnosed in “boots-on-the-ground” veterans and certain other veterans groups. Certain birth defects in the children of Vietnam veterans may also be the result of Agent Orange exposure.

EXPERTS SHARE LATEST RESEARCH ON VALLEY FEVER

 

Disease is on the rise in San Diego County

By Janice Arenofsky

April 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--In early April, some of the world’s foremost experts in coccidioidomycosis presented published papers on the epidemiology, laboratory science and clinical status of , a fungal disease endemic to Southwestern states like Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada.  Valley Fever attacks the human and animal respiratory systems and can disseminate to other organs in the body, proving fatal in some cases.

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May 2, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

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SWEET RETREAT TO BENEFIT VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE MAY 4TH

 

April 29, 2013 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Rotary will host Sweet Retreat on May 4th to benefit Volunteers in Medicine and other East County non-profit organizations at the Visitor and Interpretive Center at Mission Trails Regional Park, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.  The event featuring gourmet desserts, appetizers, wine and beer will be from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and include a silent auction.

DEA SPONSORS 6TH NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION TAKE BACK

Turn in Unused, Expired or Unwanted Medications on April 27, 2013

April 25, 2013 (San Diego) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that the 6th National Prescription Take Back will be held on April 27, 2013 from 10 am to 2 pm.

DEA and its law enforcement and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. On Saturday, April 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. DEA and its partners will hold their sixth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day with 39 sites in San Diego and 3 sites in Imperial Counties. The Imperial County locations are as follows: Food 4 Less, 109 W. Birch Street, Calexico, CA; Vons, 750 N. Imperial Avenue, El Centro, CA; and Vons, 475 W. Main Street, Brawley, CA. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

TWO MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE CASES CONFIRMED

Two probable cases of illness also identified

April 24, 2013 (San Diego) – A 22-year-old man died last week and a 47-year-old man is currently hospitalized from confirmed meningococcal disease, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced. Two cases of probable meningococcal disease were also reported. The general public is not at risk for exposure from any of the cases reported.

E-COLI FOUND IN WATER AT EL MONTE COUNTY PARK : BOIL WATER ISSUED

   

April 22, 2013 (Lakeside)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for El Monte County Park located at 15805 El Monte Road, Lakeside, CA 92040 effective immediately.  The water system serves a ranger residence, park office and public restrooms.

The drinking water system has tested present for E.Coli and total coliform bacteria.  The presence of E.Coli bacteria indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.  Health effects can include diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms.  E.Coli may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems. 

SOUTHERN INDIAN HEALTH COUNCIL HOSTS SPRING GATHERING APRIL 27 IN ALPINE

 

April 19, 2013 (Alpine) – Bird singers, resources, food, activities, crafts for kids, entertain and more are all part of the Southern Indian Health Clinic’s annual Spring Gathering set for April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alpine Clinic, 4058 Williows Road in Alpine.

FREE, “APRIL POOL’S DAY” SAFETY EVENT IN LA MESA THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 20

By Caprice Harrison

April 19, 2013 (La Mesa) – Water Awareness in Residential Neighborhoods (“W.A.R.N.”) and The City of La Mesa are holding a  FREE, “April Pool’s Day” at the La Mesa Municipal Pool, located at 5100 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, on Saturday, April 20, from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 3:00 p.m.

This special event highlights the importance of safety in recognition of “Drowning Prevention Month” in May. The public is invited have fun while learning how to keep children and others safe near and in water.

ALVARADO HOSPITAL NAMED AS PART OF "TOP 15 HEALTH SYSTEMS IN NATION"

April 18, 2013 (San Diego) – Alvarado Hospital, as part of Prime Healthcare Services, was recognized in April among the “Top 15 Top Health Systems” in the nation by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) based on quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction.  This is the third time in five years that Prime Healthcare has earned the national distinction and includes South Bay-based Paradise Valley Hospital.

SD CITY COUNCIL TO HEAR MEDICAL MARIJUANA ORDINANCE APRIL 22

 

April 17, 2013 (San Diego)--Today, the City of San Diego published Mayor Filner's proposal for medical cannabis regulation in the City of San Diego.  The proposal is based on the recommendations of the medical marijuana taskforce, organized by City Council President Todd Gloria in 2010.

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April 3, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.

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COUNTY'S "IT’S HOW WE LIVE! FESTIVAL" HELPED RAISE COMMUNITY AWARENESS OF HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

By Janis Mork

April 17, 2013 (Spring Valley)- The Spring Valley Community Center put on its 8th annual “It’s How We Live!” Festival  on April 13 at the Spring Valley Park near the center. This is a health and wellness event that is geared towards families to inspire and help them live healthier lives, and to recognize that being healthy can be fun. Their unofficial motto is ‘Go play. Get fit. Get healthy.’

A SHOCKING STORY: STRAY VOLTAGE VICTIM WINS $4 MILLION AGAINST UTILITY

 

 

California woman shocked in shower by voltage from substation wins landmark case;

Stray voltage complaints, health concerns mount in East County

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A toddler living near the Kumeyaay Wind facility in Campo has had a tumor the size of a potato chip bag removed from her abdomen, Boulevard Planning Group Chair revealed  last night at an Activist San Diego event on energy issues last night. 

Other people living near wind turbines and an electric substation in the vicinity have developed brain, stomach and kidney cancers—symptoms linked to exposure to electricity and stray voltage, as ECM has reported.

LEGISLATIVE ANALYST RECOMMENDS INTERVENTION TO PROTECT PATIENTS AT STATE DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS

April 13, 2013 (Sacramento) – In a surprise and unprecedented move, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) is recommending the State Legislature create an independent Office of Inspector General to oversee California’s system of Developmental Centers, which has been plagued with reports of deadly neglect and abuse.  This week, people with developmental disabilities and former Developmental Center residents rallied outside the State Capitol, calling on State Legislators and Governor Jerry Brown to shut down California’s failing Developmental Centers and to give people with developmental disabilities the freedom to live with the respect and dignity they deserve in community-based settings.

FREE "IT'S HOW WE LIVE" HEALTH FESTIVAL IN SPRING VALLEY APRIL 13

 

April 11, 2013 (Spring Valley)-- The County of San Diego invites you to "go play, get fit, be healthy!"  The 8th annual "It's How We Live" community festival will be held this Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring Valley County Park, 8735 Jamacha Boulevard in Spring Valley.

The event is free to the public and includes games, activiites, healthy food samples, free health and dental screenings, a bounce house, live entertainment, information booths, prizes and giveaways.

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