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TICK NUMBERS ON THE UPTICK IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

November 25, 2013 (San Diego) --Ticks might be tiny, but they can pack a punch when it comes to affecting your health. The County’s Health and Human Services Agency warns of an increased possibility of contracting a tick-borne disease.

“It’s important to know that there are several diseases carried by ticks,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., County Public Health Officer. “People who work or play in grassy or brushy areas need to take special care to avoid exposure to ticks.”

In 2012, HHSA received reports of San Diego County residents with confirmed or probable tick-borne illnesses.  This included 14 cases of Lyme disease, two cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, two cases of other rickettsial diseases (which include spotted and typhus fever), and one case of ehrlichiosis, a bacterial disease affecting people and animals. Ticks can also carry tularemia and cause tick paralysis.

DON’T GO IN THE WATER

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2013 (San Diego) -- The County Department of Environmental Health has issued a warning for swimmers and surfers to avoid coastal waters for at least 72 hours after the rainstorms currently moving across the region.

Levels of bacteria in ocean waters and Mission Bay can rise to dangerous levels after a rainstorm due to urban runoff, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers and lagoon outlets.

STATIN DRUG GUIDELINES BROADENED TO INCLUDE MILLIONS MORE PATIENTS

 

By Leon Thompson

Critics cite pharmaceutical funding of organizations pushing new guidelines

November 17, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Many more American may soon be prescribed statin drugs to prevent heart disease. That’s due to new guidelines just released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for use of cholesterol lowering drugs – specifically statins.

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES IMPROVEMENTS TO AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT: CONSUMERS CAN KEEP EXISTING PLANS FOR ANOTHER YEAR

 

November 15, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – President Barack Obama yesterday announced changes aimed at fixing flaws in the Affordable Healthcare Act and the roll-out of ‘Obamacare.’

A key change is to allow consumers with individual healthcare coverage to keep their existing policies for another year. The move comes in response to criticism that some insurers had cancelled policies despite promises made by the White House that consumers could keep their existing healthcare plans if they chose to do so. An assessment will be done to determine whether additional changes or extensions are needed.

VIRTUAL DENTAL CLINIC TO HELP UNDERSERVED CHILDREN

 

By California News Service

November 14, 2013 (San Diego) – Going to the dentist is getting easier for children in California, because the dentist is coming to them. A "Virtual Dental Home" system being launched in Los Angeles today is designed to benefit low-income children enrolled in L.A. County's Head Start programs. The system was created at the University of the Pacific, and is being demonstrated in communities from Eureka to San Diego.

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November 14, 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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SALADS AND SANDWICHES RECALLED DUE TO E-COLI

Sandwiches and salads sold by Glass Onion Catering, a California company, have been recalled due to possible contamination with e-coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced.  There have been 15 cases of bacterial illness believed to be associated with the products so far.

COUNTY TO CONSIDER REGULATING E-CIGARETTES

November 6, 2013 (San Diego)--The popularity of electronic smoking devices is increasing and on Tuesday the Board of Supervisors directed staff to review the County’s smoking and tobacco use policy to determine how “e-cigarettes” fit into it.

County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) staff were asked to come back to the Board in 90 days with recommendations to address electronic vapor devices. The battery-operated devices vaporize liquid nicotine into an aerosol mist that can be inhaled or “vaped.”

REVOLUTIONARY BRAIN SCANNING TECHNOLOGY UNVEILED IN SAN DIEGO

 

November 6, 2013 (San Diego) – The Center for Tomography Research Laboratory (CTECH Labs) will introduce the latest technology in brain scanning at the 6th International IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference on Neural Engineering at the Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, on November 7th at 3:00 PM PST.

The Electrical Capacitance Volume Tomography (or the ECVT) was first developed by CTECH Labs to enable 4D brain activity scanning. The technology offers low-cost, radiation-free, instantaneous detection of abnormalities in the brain caused by tumors, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, and other brain dysfunctions.

WHOOPING COUGH ON THE RISE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Five new cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, have been reported at area schools this week according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.  The new cases include a student at Maryland Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa here in East County.

There have been 216 cases of pertussis reported in the county so far this year, compared to last year’s total of 165 cases for the entire year, so the rate of whooping cough is on the rise.

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October 31, 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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WHY ARE JERKY TREATS MAKING PETS SICK? FDA ASKS HELP FROM VETERINARIANS AND PUBLIC

October 23, 2013 (Washington D.C.) -- If you have a dog or cat that became ill after eating jerky pet treats, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would like to hear from you or your veterinarian.

The agency has repeatedly issued alerts to consumers about reports it has received concerning jerky pet treat-related illnesses involving 3,600 dogs and 10 cats in the U.S. since 2007. Approximately 580 of those pets have died.

To date, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) has conducted more than 1,200 tests, visited jerky pet treat manufacturers in China and collaborated with colleagues in academia, industry, state labs and foreign governments. Yet the exact cause of the illnesses remains elusive.

To gather even more information, FDA is reaching out to licensed veterinarians and pet owners across the country.

WHOOPING COUGH CASE AT HELIX IN LA MESA

October 18, 2013 (San Diego) --  A 15-year-old student at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa has contracted whooping cough.  The disease was also reported at three other schools in San Diego County this week. Countywide, 202 cases have been reported so far this year – up from 127 cases for the same period last year, or roughly a 50 percent increase.

DROOPY EARLOBES? GO UP A NOTCH

By Rebecca J. Wllliamson

October 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East Coutny) -- Droopy earlobes?  Here’s my solution: go up a notch.  Get a hole pierced higher than your original hole--not up the side of the earlobe but directly above.  This allows the lower hole to heal, over time. Wear dangling earrings  to camouflage the original piercing.

USDA HEALTH ALERT: SALMONELLA LINKED TO CHICKENS IN CALIFORNIA

 

 October 7, 2013 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  has issued a broad public health alert due to 278 illnesses in 18 states caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg.  The illnesses, which are mainly in California, are believed to be associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.

22 SICKENED WITH SALMONELLA IN SAN DIEGO: STORE BRAND CHICKENS ALSO CONTAMINATED

 

October 11, 2013 (San Diego) – Nearly two dozen San Diegans have fallen ill with salmonella due to raw chicken products from Foster Farms facilities in California.  However the products were also sold under other brands and store names including Ralph’s, Safeway, Kirkland (sold at CostCo), O Organics, and Eating Rights. 

Foster Farms announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with federal inspectors to make improvements to its processing.  They company has not recalled products, insisting that cooking the tainted chickens thoroughly eliminates risk.  But Consumer Reports contends that the chicken products should be recalled to protect consumers.

NEW STATE LAW EXPANDS ABORTION ACCESS

By Miriam Raftery

October 10, 2013 (Sacramento ) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 154, by Assemblywoman Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego).  The measure allows nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants to perform certain first-trimester abortions.

SENIORS PROGRAMS FOR OCTOBER AT GROSSMONT

 

September 27, 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. Scroll down for details on next month’s programs.  For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit www.sharp.com.

FLESH-EATING DRUG, “KROKODIL”, SURFACES IN U.S.

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Arizona officials are reporting the first two cases in the United States of addicts using Krokodil, a drug that rots the skin from the inside out  after first turning skin green and scaly.  It can cause gangrene and amputation of limbs.  A Time investigation of the drug overseas found the average user is dead within 2 or 3 years after first injecting the deadly mixture.

 Krokodil , or Desomorphone, is an opiate. It is cheaper and far more potent than heroin.  It’s been called the world’s most horrifying drug, also known as the zombie apocalypse drug. Illicit drug dealers make it by combining codeine with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, lighter fluid and red phosphorous which addicts inject.  The drug ruptures blood vessels, causing  flesh to rot and even exposing bone.

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September 26, 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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COUNTY LAUNCHES INFLUENZA VACCINATION CAMPAIGN

 

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.

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE SUPPORTS FREE HEALTH FAIR FOR CHILDREN ON SEPT. 21ST

 

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.

THREE SQUIRRELS TRAPPED NEAR PALOMAR MOUNTAIN TEST POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE

 

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.”

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR CALVARY CHAPEL JULIAN

 

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.

PROTECT, PREVENT, REPORT: DEAD CROW PROMPTS WEST NILE VIRUS REMINDER

 

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.

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