Story and video by Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom Abbott
2 VOTES NEEDED TO PASS SINGLE-HEALTHCARE BILL BY TUES. DEADLINE: VARGAS HAS NOT VOTED, COULD LOSE PARTY ENDORSEMENT
Update February 1, 2012: SB 810 narrowly failed on reconsideration. After reportedly receiving thousands of call urging him to support the bill, Vargas ducked the issue and did not vote.
By Miriam Raftery
January 30, 2011 (San Diego) – State Senator Juan Vargas, a former insurance industry executive who has taken massive donations from the insurance industry, may cast the deciding vote Tuesday on whether or not millions of Californians will receive guaranteed universal healthcare and dental care coverage.
January 27, 2012 (Sacramento)-- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated First Lady Michelle Obama and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for making fresh fruits and vegetables the focus of the first major changes to school meals in more than 15 years.
Alvarado Hospital Recognized
STOP “DANGEROUS” BUDGET CUTS THREATENING DISABLED PATIENTS, DISABLED SAN DIEGO MAN IMPLORES: RALLY SET FOR FRIDAY
By Miriam Raftery
January 25, 2012 (San Diego) – Raul Carranza has Muscular Dystrophy. He cannot walk, move his arms, eat or even breathe on his own. He requires round-the-clock nursing care—care denied after Medi-Cal slashed his nursing hours due to state budget cuts.
“Last year I moved away to UCLA by myself and lived away from my family for a whole semester,” he said. “Unfortunately I had to come back home to San Diego at the end of December." That's because the state cut his nursing hours, leaving him unable to survive on his own.
Organization tells CPUC that smart meters pose health risks, especially for children
January 24, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has presented $6,000 in scholarships to three nursing students based on their community involvement and future plans in the nursing profession. They include Karen Adams of El Cajon, Melissa Foster of La Mesa and Linda Matheny of El Cajon. Adams received $3,000, while Foster and Matheny each received $1,500. All three are nursing students at Grossmont College.
January 25, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) seeks nominations for its 2012 Healthcare Hero Awards, GHD’s annual awards program that honors East County residents whose volunteer efforts help advance delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.
January 23, 2012 (San Diego)--The San Diego Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff. Urban runoff may contain large amounts of bacteria from a variety of sources such as animal waste, soil, and decomposing vegetation.
January 23, 2012 (San Diego) – Assemblymember Marty Block is sponsoring a Senior Financial Care and Health Care seminar on Tuesday, January 31 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. It will be held at The College Avenue Center at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 4855 College Avenue in San Diego.
PRESIDENT MAINTAINS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT RULE EXPANDING COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES, KEEPS RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION NARROW
January 22, 2012 (Washington D.C.) -- Despite pressure from the powerful U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lobby, the White House announced today that the President would not call for an expansion of the religious exemption in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'(HHS) proposed rule regarding contraceptive coverage without cost-sharing by female employees.
Tick activity remains high during winter months
Advice For Weekend Warriors to Extreme Sports Enthusiasts
January 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- Alvarado Hospiital invites you to a free seminar on how to stay fit and avoid sports injuries. The event will be held Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m. in the Alvarado Hospital Conferen Center, featuring a panel of physicians including orthopedic specialists James Bates, MD; Scott Hacker, MD; Eric Horton, MD; and Jonathan Myer, MD.
LAUGHTER, THE BEST MEDICINE? SENIORS GROUP TO HOST “LAUGHTER YOGA” JAN . 25 AT HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA
January 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free seniors discussion group on “What is Laughter Yoga” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Michael Coleman, executive director of Laughter Matters, a San Diego-based non-profit organization that promotes the physical, mental and social health benefits of laughter yoga.
Chula Vista Police becomes first local law enforcement agency to use high-tech system—and offers tracking devices free
January 13, 2012 (Chula Vista) -- This week, the Chula Vista Police Department announced a new partnership with a national emergency location system known as EmFinders, a program created to enhance police response capability by greatly expediting the safe return of adults who become lost.
December 31, 2011 (San Diego’s East County)--Kathy Quinn, library director of the Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library in La Mesa, will speak on “Finding Health Information Online: Alternatives to Google” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at the San Diego Library San Carlos branch, 7265 Jackson Dr., San Diego. Handouts on how to evaluate health websites and reliable sites to search will be provided.
By Miriam Raftery
December 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you’ve over-indulged in all those holiday goodies, or just want to look and feel your best in the New Year, now is the perfect time to make a resolution to get in shape! East County Magazine invites you to join our editor and publisher in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM and Advocare. Shaping up is more fun with friends Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.
The 24-day-challenge starts January 5. It includes a combination of supplements and meal replacement products, a healthy eating plan, and as a special bonus to ECM readers, a fitness “boot camp” with trainers and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success. The more, the merrier! (If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.)
Company went out of business without recalling dangerous product
December 25, 2011 (Washington D.C.)--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers again not to use the ShoulderFlex Massager, imported by King International and sold by various companies, due to serious potential health risks.
Hair, clothing or jewelry can become entangled in the ShoulderFlex Massager and cause serious injury or even death from strangulation. There have been reports of one death and one near death, due to strangulation, associated with the use of this device.
Don’t Forget to Add Safety Gear to Bicycle, Scooter or Skateboard Gift
December 23, 2011 -- (San Diego County) -- Give your child the joy of opening an additional holiday present and give yourself peace of mind if you get them a bike, skateboard or scooter. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Rady Children’s Hospital and Racers and Chasers are teaming up to remind people that those gifts need to be accompanied by a properly-fitted helmet, as well as wrist guards and elbow and knee pads if it’s a skateboard.
December 22, 2011 (National) -- Wal-Mart pulled a batch of its infant formula from more than 3,000 stores when it learned about the death of a newborn. There is no known link between the death and the formula. Also, the government has not ordered a recall of any Enfamil made by Mead Johnson, the brand of powdered formula that the child consumed.
December 16, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) –If you answered “get in shape” or “lose weight” or “build muscle” East County Magazine wants to help. We invite you to join in a “24 day challenge” sponsored by ECM. Shaping up is more fun with friends! Plus we’ll have prizes and surprises.
How does it work? The 24-day-challenge includes a combination of healthy eating, meal replacements/supplements, a fitness “boot camp” and one-on-one personalized counseling to assure your success. The more, the merrier! If you have a group of 10 or more, we can set up a special fitness boot camp at your location.
La Mesa smart meter opponent voices outrage over families left in the cold
By Miriam Raftery
December 14, 2011 (La Mesa)—“We have just learned of a very troubling situation,” Susan Brinchman, a La Mesa activist leading statewide efforts to oppose smart meters, has informed ECM. “Power has been cut off for three families who changed out the smart meters on their homes for analogs.”
The shut-offs were made by Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Santa Cruz. Like a growing number of Californians, the families left in the dark had complained of health problems that they believed were caused by smart meters installed on their residences. Now, Brinchman fears that the same thing could happen in San Diego County.
HEALTH WARNING ISSUED TO GOVERNMENTS: WIND TURBINE SYNDROME HAS BECOME PANDEMIC, CONSUMER GROUPS CLAIM
December 14, 2011 (Europe) –On December 10, the European Platform Against Windfarms (EPAW) and the North American Platform against Windpower (NA-PAW) served notice to two European countries regarding health hazards associated with wind policies. The groups, which plan to notify more government as well as the wind industry in coming weeks, claim to represent 600 citizens' groups from 26 countries.
By Brian Lafferty
This is the last of a four-part series on loss and grief from an Autistic person’s point of view.
December 16, 2011 (San Diego) – It’s now been over a year since Mom died. It’s unbelievable how fast those 365 days have come and gone. As I sit and write this, I think a lot about what happened during those 365 days. More importantly, I think about what I’ve accomplished.
December 12, 2011 (San Diego)--The Department of Environmental Health has issued a General Advisory for the coastal waters of San Diego County due to recent rainfall. Swimmers, surfers, and other ocean users are warned that the levels of bacteria can rise significantly in ocean and bay waters, especially near storm drains, creeks, rivers, and lagoon outlets that discharge urban runoff.
If so, you may be a candidate for a new study at the La Jolla VA
By Dennis Moore
December 6, 2011 (San Diego)--Sidney Zisook, M.D. and his research team at the V.A.San Diego Healthcare System are conducting a research study to find out more about the effectiveness of a medication called Celexa (citalopram) in treating complicated grief. Complicated grief is a bereavement reaction in which acute grief is prolonged, causing distress and interfering with functioning. Symptoms o might include:
December 4, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- This is the time of year when many residents of East County look for opportunities to get healthy, to try new activities and to volunteer. As you begin to pull together news articles focused on this topic, I would like to encourage your readers to learn more about the East County Family YMCA’s offerings for children, families and East County.
COMMUNITY HEALTH LIBRARY’S SENIORS GROUP TO HOST LECTURER ON HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL AGING ON WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14
December 4, 2011 (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 seniors discussion group on “The Eight Sacred Truths to Healthy and Successful Aging” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required.