Health/Fitness

EAST COUNTY MEDICAL PRACTICE IS SUPPORTING DIABETES PREVENTION 5K ON THE BEACH

 

East County News Service



September 27, 2016 (El Cajon) –
Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, with offices on Chase Avenue in El Cajon and Alvarado Road in San Diego, is participating with a team of employees, family members and friends at the 3rd annual Solana Beach Sunset 5k run-walk, a fundraiser for diabetes prevention, starting at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Fletcher Cove Park 111 South Sierra Ave., Solana Beach. 

SUSAN G. KOMEN SAN DIEGO AND THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS HOST FREE MAMMOGRAM EVENT FOR UNDESERVED WOMEN

 

Source: Chargers media release

September 23, 2016 (San Diego) - Susan G. Komen San Diego, the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support will team up with the San Diego Chargers along with Family Health Centers of San Diego, Family Medical Clinic and La Maestra to host a free mammogram event for the community. Individuals who are underinsured or uninsured are encouraged to obtain breast cancer screenings at this event.

BLOODMOBILE DRIVE SEPT. 25: SHORTAGE OF BLOOD DUE TO ZIKA

 

In partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank

East County News Service

September 19, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (2766 Navajo Road) in El Cajon on Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  in the parking lot. All blood types are needed. Current inventory for the universal blood type, O negative, is at critically low levels.

CA SENATORS JOIN RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ALL AMERICANS TO HAVE PUBLIC HEALTHCARE OPTION

 

East County News Service



September 17, 2016 (San Diego) – California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are among 27 Democratic Senators introducing a Senate resolution calling for every American to have the choice of a public health insurance option.  A broad coalition including labor and progressive groups are also calling for the public, Medicare-like option that would guarantee healthcare as a right for all Americans.

COUNTY GETS SUBPOENAS, FORCES ABSENT OR RELUCTANT PROPERTY OWNERS TO SUBMIT TO SPRAYING FOR MOSQUITOES DUE TO ZIKA FEARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 16, 2016 (San Diego) - This week, San Diego County sprayed a fourth neighborhood (Grant Hill) for mosquitoes due to a travel-related case of Zika virus.

FOUR WAYS SWIMMING CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

 

By Brooks Hill

September 14, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Almost everyone enjoys hanging out at the pool. Whether it’s in your own backyard or at an apartment complex, people love splashing in the water. Often times, though, pools are viewed simply as a means for fun and not an effective way to workout. Believe it or not, swimming is actually one of the most effective ways to workout and promotes both physical and mental health, and although summer is coming to a close a heated pool or the right recreational swimming or triathlon wetsuit can have you swimming all year round!

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

WARNER SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AMONG 95 PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS WITH HIGH ARSENIC LEVELS

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Over three years after the federal government found California in noncompliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, 95 public water systems serving more than 55,000 people across the state are still providing water with illegal levels of arsenic, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project.

SAMSUNG RECALLS 2.5 MILLION PHONES DUE TO FIRES

 

East County News Service

September 12, 2016 (San Diego) — If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone, Samsung has a message for you:  stop using your phone and immediately bring it into the store where you bought it for a free replacement. The company has recalled 2.5 million of its new Note 7 phones due to dozens of fires caused by defective batteries.

REP. HUNTER, WHO TOOK $42,000 FROM TOBACCO INDUSTRIES, PUSHES TO ALLOW FREE TOBACCO FOR TROOPS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Tobacco poses serious health risks U.S. troops and veterans, costing our military $1.6 billion a year for medical treatment of smoking-related illnesses.  The military in recent steps has taken steps to discourage tobacco use and encourage soldiers to kick the habit and save lives.

COUNTY RESPONDS TO CONCERNS OVER IMPACT ON BEES FROM SPRAYING TO CONTROL ZIKA VIRUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 8, 2016 (San Diego) – Spraying chemicals to kill Aedes mosquitoes that can transmit Zika virus is being done in communities across the nation where returning travelers have been diagnosed with Zika. But a report in South Carolina of massive bee kills from aerial spraying has raised concerns over how to protect bees from poisoning while also protecting public health from the dangerous Zika virus.

COUNTY TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES IN ADAMS NORTH NEIGHBORHOOD IN NEW TRAVEL-RELATED ZIKA CASE

 

Normal Heights neighborhood is third locally to be sprayed due to Zika virus

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

September 8, 2016 (San Diego) -- County Vector Control plans to hand-spray a neighborhood in the Adams North area of Normal Heights this Friday, to kill Aedes mosquitoes to keep them from being exposed to the Zika virus after a resident there tested positive for the virus.

VIEJAS CASINO TO HOST BLOODMOBILE DRIVE SEPT. 6

 

In partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank

East County News Service

September 2, 2016 (Alpine) --The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Viejas Casino on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. ‑  3 p.m.  The drive will be held at:


FDA BANS MOST ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS: KEY INGREDIENTS FOUND INEFFECTIVE AND POTENTIALLY HARMFUL

 

Rule removes triclosan and triclocarban from over-the-counter antibacterial hand and body washes

Source:  FDA news release

September 2, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a final rule establishing that over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic wash products containing certain active ingredients can no longer be marketed. Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products.

EL CAJON DOCTOR CHARGED WITH OFFERING DRUGS FOR SEX

 

East County News Service

September 1, 2016 (El Cajon) -  Dr. Naga Raja Thota has been arrested at his office on Navajo Road in El Cajon by the San Diego Drug Enforcement Administration. A pain specialist and anesthesiologist, Dr. Thota is accused of trading prescriptions for opioid narcotic painkillers for sexual acts with multiple women, prosecutors allege.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION RELEASES STRINGENT NEW LIMITS ON CHILDREN'S ADDED SUGAR CONSUMPTION

 

East County News Service

August 24, 2016 (Davis, Ca.) - With its new guidelines, the American Heart Association has definitively taken a stand against added sugars, stating that no child should consume more than six teaspoons – or 100 calories – worth a day.

PROPOSITION 61 WOULD LET STATE OF CALIFORNIA NEGOTIATE FOR LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

 

East County News Service

August 23, 2016 (Sacramento) - Proposition 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act, on the November ballot aims to limit price-gouging on drug prices by pharmaceutical companies.  Some drug prices have skyrocketed for no valid reason, only corporate greed. For instance, the cost of an Epi-pen, which delivers life-saving medication for people suffering severe allergic reactions, has recently gone up 800%.

TRAVELED TO AN AREA WITH ZIKA? USE BUGSPRAY AFTER COMING HOME

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2016 (San Diego) – California health officials are warning travelers coming home from Zika-infected places to use insect repellant and practice safe sex for several weeks after coming home—even if you’ve had no symptoms of the virus. Here’s why.

The mosquitoes that can transmit Zika are found in San Diego and other parts of our state.  So far, the local mosquitoes haven’t been found to carry the Zika virus. But if a local mosquito bites a recent traveler with Zika virus in their blood and then bites other people, the virus can spread, causing outbreak here.  Zika virus can also be transmitted via sex for up to six months.

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL HOST MEETING ABOUT VITAMIN D

 

East County News Service

 

August 19, 2016 (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 program on “The ABCs of Vitamin D” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

WATER AGENCIES RESPOND TO MERCURY CONCERNS IN RESERVOIRS: TESTS FOCUSED ON FISH

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 19,2016 (San Diego’s East County) – State and local water agency representatives have offered more information for the public following a recent report revealing that 150 reservoirs statewide are “mercury impaired,” including10 in San Diego County, as ECM reported

A key clarification is that the term “mercury impaired reservoirs” referred to testing of fish in those waters,  not testing of water for drinking.  Drinking water can test with no detectable mercury levels, yet still have high, unsafe concentrations of mercury in fish, particularly larger fish that have consumed smaller fish.  This problem raises a new issue: the need for new testing methods to detect low levels of mercury that while not unsafe in drinking water,  can result in unsafe levels in fish living in those waters.

WELL-KNOWN NAMES IN GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 16, 2016 (La Mesa) -- Six candidates are running for three seats on the Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors.  In addition to incumbents Bob Ayres and Michael Emerson, four other candidates have filed papers to run—including some prominent challengers.

SAN DIEGANS GET FREE GPS DEVICES THROUGH ALZHEIMER’S SAN DIEGO WANDERING PREVENTION PILOT PROGRAM

 

East County News Service

August 16, 2016 (San Diego, CA)San Diegans living with Alzheimer’s received free GPS devices under a Wandering Prevention Pilot Program started by Alzheimer’s San Diego and funded by the County of San Diego.

U.S. DECLARES HEALTH EMERGENCY IN PUERTO RICO, WHERE OVER 10,000 CASES OF ZIKA ARE REPORTED

 

Crisis comes after Congress adjourned without funding emergency Zika expenditures

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell declared a public health emergency for Puerto Rico, where the rapid spread of Zika virus poses a significant threat to public health particularly for children born to women who contract Zika virus while pregnant, since it causes serious birth defects including brain damage.  Over 10,000 cases of Zika virus have been confirmed in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

DEA REFUSES TO EASE RESTRICTIONS ON MARIJUANA, STILL A CLASS I CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 11, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has turned down requests from governors ease federal restrictions on marijuana.  DEA director Chuck Rosenberg stated, “This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is a safe and effective medicine, and it’s not,” NPR reports.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA WILL DISCUSS PREVENTIVE CARE WITH ACUPUNCTURE

 

East County News Service

 

August 8, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Preventive Care with Acupuncture,” a free presentation about how acupuncture can treat a variety of health issues, from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary.

AL SHABRAWY AND BAROODY BRAND MEATS SOLD IN CALIFORNIA RECALLED DUE TO ALLERGENS NOT LISTED ON LABELS





East County News Service

August 6, 2016 (Washington D.C.) - Al Shabrawy Meat Inc. is recalling meat and poultry products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Some of the products contain pistachio nut and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label. The products include salami, bologna, mortadella, sausage, soujouk and makanek meats.

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