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HOW TO AVOID A TOXIC TAKEOVER OF YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

Renowned Doctor’s Simple Tips To Help Turn the Toxic Tide   

January 9, 2013 (San Diego)--Dr. Paul Thompson is a nationally renowned surgeon and age management practitioner with the Cenegenics Medical Institute. He has helped patients around the country reverse diabetes, combat obesity, fight off genetic health risks, and has guided them to living longer and healthier lives. Dr. Thompson’s Tips (www.drthompsonstips.com / Twitter:  @drthompsonstips) have been featured by media outlets nationally, including national media outlets.

SMART METER HEALTH EFFECTS SURVEY

January 6, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – The Center for Electrosmog Prevention in La Mesa seeks people who have experience health impacts that may be related to smart meters to participate in a survey. The survey is sponsored by the Maine Coalition to Stop Smart Meters; however data is being collected nationwide.  

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1105987/Smart-Meter-Health-Effects-Survey-Dec-4-2012

WINTER WISHES: GROSSMONT HOSPITAL PATIENTS GIFTED WITH PLUSH PENGUINS DURING HOLIDAYS

January 1, 2013 (La Mesa) --The San Diego Blood Bank reports that 250 plush penguins were recently delivered as gifts to patients admitted to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in December during the weeks leading up to the holiday season. The gift delivery was part of the Blood Bank’s annual “Winter Wishes” program sponsored by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and serves as landlord of the hospital on behalf of East County taxpayers.

LEARN CPR GUIDELINES AT THE ALPINE WOMAN’S CLUB LUNCHEON JANUARY 15

December 30, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club is holding its next monthly luncheon on January 15 at 12 p.m. at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine.  The program will feature Carlette Anderson, the Club’s President and co-owner of Save-A-Heart, the CPR Pros, sharing the new guidelines for CPR and demonstrating the Heimlich maneuver.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS TO 2013 BOARD OF GOVERNORS

December 30, 2012 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Hospital Foundation recently appointed three new members – Harry Ellison, M.D., Lew Silverberg and Philip Szold, M.D. – to its 2013 Board of Governors. Each appointee serves a three-year term, which began October 1, 2012.

The Grossmont Hospital Foundation Board of Governors mission is to establish policy for the Foundation, determine its fundraising priorities, and support Sharp Grossmont Hospital in developing high-quality, accessible and affordable inpatient and outpatient services to the residents of San Diego’s East County community.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENT APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR EDMUND G. BROWN TO THE CA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS

December 29, 2012 (Sacramento)--On December 21, 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Frank Ruffino to the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Ruffino, 49, of El Cajon, is the Community Partnership Manager at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Also, Ruffino serves as the Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the Association of California State Supervisors, and is a member of the California State Employees Association Board of Directors.

HIGH-TECH CEREBRAL PALSY RESEARCH AT SDSU

An SDSU professor uses Hollywood technology to research facial movements and speech-language development in children with cerebral palsy.

December 20, 2012 (San Diego)--In a speech, language and hearing sciences research lab at San Diego State University, children with cerebral palsy and those who are typically developing are experiencing a certain kind of fame. 

Speech language professor Ignatius Nip is researching and analyzing the interaction between facial movements and speech-language development in these children using the same motion capture technology that transfers actor's expressions to computer-generated film characters. 

DANGEROUS TOY CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING: DUNECRAFT RECALLS WATER BALZ, SKULLS, ORBS AND FLOWER TOYS DUE TO SERIOUS INGESTION HAZARD

Toys expand 400 times in size, causing blockage in intestine if swallowed



December 18, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada today announced a voluntary recall of Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H20 Orbs "Despicable Me" and Fabulous Flowers toys imported by Dunecraft, Inc.

About 94,700 of the toys have been sold in the U.S. at major retail stores, internet sites and other locations, as well as 600 sold in Canada.

SDSU STUDENT MARCO FAGOADA DIES OF MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE

Anyone exposed should seek medical treatment; vaccine is available to prevent potentially deadly  infectious disease

December 13, 2012 (San Diego) – Marco Fagoada, a 30-year-old Chula Vista resident enrolled as a graduate student in San Diego State University’s Latin American Studies program, died Monday night from meningococcal disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitides, County Health and Human Services reports.

According to the Medical Examiner, Fagoada became ill on Sunday, December 9 and went to a clinc on December 10 with shortness of breath and a high fever. He was transported to Scripps Mercy Chula Vista emergency room, where is suffered cardiorespiratory arrest.  Despite aggressive medical intervention, he was pronounced dead soon after.

WORKERS DEMAND BETTER PAY AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

By Nadin Abbott

December 13, 2012 (La Mesa) Housekeeping and dietary workers were once again outside Grossmont Hospital walking the sidewalk yesterday.  The employees work for Sodexo, a subcontractor whose workers are paid less than Sharp Hospital employees but are charged more for their healthcare, say union representatives who seek fairer wage and benefit terms for Sodexo workers.

Sodexo, a contract company that provides hospital personnel, was not available for comments on the ongoing labor negotiations.

MOUSE IN CAMPO TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

December 6, 2012  (Campo)--A mouse trapped in Campo during routine monitoring has tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, officials from the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health said Thursday.

County officials said it was normal to find rodents carrying hantavirus in San Diego County, but that they rarely posed a threat to people if they remained in the wild. However, they said people should protect themselves whenever cleaning up after rodents if they found them in their homes or on their properties.

AMERICAN HONDA RECALLS PORTABLE GENERATORS DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARDS

December 4, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with American Honda Motor Co. of Torrance, announces a voluntary recall of about 150,600 portable generators because fuel hoses can leak, posing fire and burn hazards. The products were sold at numerous retail outlets nationwide and online.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

AVOID THESE HOLIDAY HAZARDS

December 1, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Heartland Fire & Rescue and Rady Children’s Hospital offer the following advice to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.

Burns: The typical burn injury seen during the holidays is a scald.  When adults enjoy hot liquids during colder weather, a small child may reach up for your cup and spill hot liquid, such as hot chocolate, coffee or soup. Spilling this scalding hot liquid onto their face, neck, hands and arms. Scald burns are the second leading cause of all burns according to the National Fire Protection Association(NFPA). 

MILLILONS OF CALIFORNIA SENIORS, CHILDREN AND DISABLED COULD BE HARMED BY LAME DUCK CONGRESSIONAL DEAL TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

Opponents to deliver photos of loved ones to be harmed by cuts at Rep. Hunter's office Wed. 

November 27, 2012 (Oakland)--Nearly 5 million Californians could be negatively impacted if Congress cuts Social Security, including 662,232 people with disabilities and 364,365 children, according to a new AFL-CIO report.

Of 11 million Californians who get health care coverage from Medicaid, 4.4 million children and nearly a million seniors could be affected if the lame duck Congress cuts Medicaid benefits. As the “fiscal cliff” approaches, members of Congress have suggested cutting these safety net programs, while calling for extending tax cuts benefitting the richest 2%.

SAN DIEGO HOSPICE PROVIDES GRIEF SUPPORT DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

Grief experts provide tips on coping with the holidays after the loss of a loved one

November 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- Signs of the approaching holiday season have descended upon the general public through vibrant store displays, jingling television and radio commercials, and a rush of decorative party invitations from employers, friends and family.  

FDA APPROVES PUMP FOR HEART FAILURE PATIENTS AWAITING HEART TRANSPLANT

November 24, 2012 (San Diego) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), to support heart function and blood flow in patients with end-stage heart failure who are awaiting a heart transplant.

PLEURAL MESOTHELIOMA SYMPTOMS: EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS KEY

By Faith Franz

November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Very few people will ever face pleural mesothelioma. Only around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year – but for these Americans, the symptoms of their disease can interfere with daily life.

SERIES ON WIND TURBINE NOISE AND INFRASOUND ISSUES PUBLISHED BY INTERNATIONAL GROUP SHOW PROBLEMS 25 MILES FROM WINDFARMS

By Miriam Raftery

November 22, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) has published the first two in a three-part series on infrasound and low frequency noise problems reportedly caused by windfarms.

WORKERS PICKET AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

By Nadin Abbott

November  20, 2012 (La Mesa)—Some workers arrived after their shifts ended; others came from home to join a march yesterday afternoon outside Grossmont Hospital. All were determined to draw public attention to their efforts to gain better working conditions and compensation.

United Healthcare Employees, affiliated with the AFL-CIO,continues contract negotiations for workers contracted by Sharp Healthcare through Sodexo to manage food services and custodial work.

WINTER WELLNESS REMEDIES WORKSHOP IN ALPINE

November 20, 2012 (Alpine) – Myra Thompson Bull, L.Ac., will present a workshop on Saturday, December 1.  Learn how to make winter wellness remedies in your own kitchen from easily available ingredients—just in time for cold and flu season. Enjoy a morning of delightful scents and wise recipes to ward off winter ailments.  This hands-on workshop will be followed by a light lunch.

HOLIDAYS SERVE AS WAKE-UP CALL THAT LOCAL ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS NEED HELP

“10 Holiday Warning Signs” Your Senior Is In Trouble

By Stacey Hilton

November 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- The holiday season may be one of the few times local families get together and realize their elderly loved ones are in deep trouble and need immediate help. Adult children who don’t live nearby often come home to holiday heartbreak with deteriorating relatives they aren’t prepared to handle. So this holiday, the family might gather around the kitchen table – not only for turkey and treats, but also for a talk—a big talk—that maps out a plan to care for aging relatives.

FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: FIRE PREVENTION AND FLU PREVENTION

November 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Fire prevention and flu prevention stages?

We just changed our smoke detector batteries with daylight savings this weekend for fire preventive measures. Flu season is among us and like fire prevention, it’s important to take cold/flu preventive measures. Emergency rooms become saturated this time of year due to those with the flu. Unfortunately this may delay those that have significant health/medical issues or injuries from getting treatment quickly according to Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

SDSU OPENS NEW REGENERATIVE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

IRRI to be the hub of regeneration research on heart disease in the San Diego region.

November 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- The emerging field tissue regeneration, which harnesses the power and healing potential of stem cells, is an area that scientists around the world are turning their attention to. One of the foremost leaders in this area, Mark Sussman from San Diego State University, today announced the opening of SDSU’s new Integrated Regenerative Research Institute (IRRI) to help advance this area of research in San Diego.

NESQUIK CHOCOLATE DRINK POWDERS RECALLED DUE TO SALMONELLA RISK

November 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- Nesquik has executed a voluntary recall of limited quantities of Nestlé NESQUIK® chocolate powder in the 10.9, 21.8 and 40.7 ounce canisters due to a supplier notifying the company of possible salmonella contamination. The voluntary recall is limited to only specific production codes of NESQUIK Chocolate Powder. No other varieties of NESQUIK powder or NESQUIK Ready-to-drink are affected by this recall.
 
To check if your NESQUIK® Chocolate Powder carries the production codes being recalled, look on the bottom of the canister, adjacent to the consumer expiration date. If you find NESQUIK Chocolate Powder, with any of the production codes listed below contact Nesequikat (800) 628-7679.

COUNTY’S "LIVE WELL, SAN DIEGO!" IMPROVING THE REGION’S HEALTH

November 12, 2012 (San Diego) --  In summer of 2010, the County launched Live Well, San Diego!, a long-term plan to improve the health and well-being of all San Diego County residents. Today, the County Board of Supervisors received a report on the impact of Live Well, San Diego! on the region during the initiative’s second year. 

“The County is committed to improving the health and well-being of the region,” said Chairman Ron Roberts, County Board of Supervisors. “Live Well, San Diego! has made considerable progress and together we are building momentum to bring about positive change for residents.”

SUNSCREEN RECALLED AFTER BURSTING INTO FLAMES WHEN APPLIED TO SKIN

November 9, 2012 (Washington D.C.)  -- A nationwide recall of Banana Boat spray-on sunscreens has been issued by Energizer Holdings, Inc., the U.S. Food & Drug Association (FDA) announced.  The voluntary recall follows five cases of consumers suffering burns after the product ignited on the skin. 

Read more for a list of products and additional details:  

27TH ANNUAL GALA SUPPORTING SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL NOV. 3

Proceeds to Benefit Hospital’s Future Heart and Vascular Center

November 2, 2012 La Mesa). –  The Grossmont Hospital Foundation hosts its 27th Annual Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The Gala is the largest fundraising event of the year benefiting Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s services and programs. Proceeds will support a new, state-of-the-art heart and vascular center at the hospital.

MASSIVE MEDICATION RECALL: FDA REPORTS VOLUNTARY RECALL OF ALL AMERIDOSE DRUG PRODUCTS

Hundreds of drugs recalled, ranging from antibiotics to blood thinners, pain prescriptions to pediatric medications recalled

Update:  “Sharp Grossmont Hospital and any other entity of Sharp HealthCare does not purchase products from Ameridose, the pharmaceutical company that is linked to the drug recall,” spokesman Bruce Hartman has informed ECM.

October 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Ameridose, LLC, based in Westborough, Mass., is voluntarily recalling all of its unexpired products due to serious sterility concerns. The move follows 54 cases of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections.

However, the drug recall is much broader, including hundreds of drugs in oral and inhalable forms as well as injectibles. The list includes many commonly used medications such as Ibuprofin, Acetaminophen, Lidocaine, Penicillin, Vancomycin, Oxytocin, Morphine, Vancomycin and Heparin, to name just a few.

View a complete list of all products subject to this recall here with more information at www.ameridose.com. Products from Ameridose can be identified by markings that indicate Ameridose by name or by its company logo. Despite the recall, doctors and healthcare professional have NOT been urged by the FDA to followup with patients who received these drugs, so check the list carefully to see if medications you have received may be on the list. Scroll down for more information.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA BACKERS HAIL COURT DECISION OVERTURNING CONVICTION OF DISPENSARY OPERATOR IN SAN DIEGO

“By rejecting the Attorney General’s argument that patients who utilize dispensaries must collaborate…to cultivate the marijuana they purchase, the court is establishing a clear standard for dispensaries across the state.” –Joe Elford, Chief Counsel, Americans for Safe Access

By Nadin Abbott

October 26, 2012 (San Diego)—On Wednesday, the Fourth District Court of Appeal for California issued a unanimous ruling overturning the conviction of Jovan Jackson, the operator of Answerdam, a medical marijuana dispensary in Kearny Mesa. 

The decision is being hailed by medical marijuana advocates as a landmark decision that could have far-reaching impacts for medical marijuana patients and dispensaries.

VALLEY FEVER BLOWING ON A HOTTER WIND

New weather conditions brought on by climate change may help spread a fungal disease endemic to the Southwest known as valley fever

By Janice Arenofsky and Environmental Health News

October 26, 2012 --It's high noon, and the 112–degree summer heat—up from a decade ago—stalks Arizona's Sonoran Desert. By late afternoon, dark clouds threaten, and monsoon winds beat the earth into a mass of swirling sand. Thick walls of surface soil blind drivers on the Interstate.

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