Health

COUNTY, CAL FIRE LAUNCH PARAMEDIC SERVICE AT INTERMOUNTAIN FIRE STATION

 

July 2, 2015 (Ramona) – The San Diego County Fire Authority and CAL FIRE are making a major upgrade to fire and emergency medical services at the County’s Intermountain fire station. Starting July 1, new, around-the-clock paramedic service will be offered for the first time ever. The station is located east of Ramona along CA-78, a main route to Julian.

BOIL WATER ORDER AT RV PARK IN BOULEVARD

 

July 2, 2015 (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 Outdoor World RV Park located at 1331 Shasta Way, Boulevard, CA 91905 effective immediately.  The water system serves a recreational vehicle park with a swimming pool, office, gift-shop and camp sites.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL RECEIVES WOMEN'S CHOICE AWARD(R) AS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST HOSPITALS FOR CANCER CARE

 

June 30, 2015 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont was honored with a 2015 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s best hospitals for cancer care. Sharp Grossmont is just one of 331 hospitals to have earned the award by meeting the highest cancer care accreditation standards of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and other robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction.

7-YEAR-OLD SPRING VALLEY GIRL WITH BLOOD DISEASE GIVES BACK, CUTS HER TWO FEET OF HAIR

 

July 1, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Spring Valley resident Gabriella Martinez, 7, who goes by Ella, recently received a special haircut and found a way to give back to children needing hair replacement.

SUPREME COURT BLOCKS LIMITS ON POWER PLANT POLLUTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2015 (Washington D.C.)—In a setback to advocates of public health, the U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an administrative order by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency that would have limited toxic mercury emissions from oil- and coal-fired power plants.

HOW FAST DOES YOUR CAR HEAT UP?

 

Never leave pets or kids alone in a vehicle on a warm day, even for a short time

June 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The inside of your car heats up rapidly, even when it’s not scorching hot outside.  In just ten minutes on  70 degree day, the car’s interior can reach 104 degrees—and with 95 degree heat outside, your car’s interior can hit 129 degrees in that same short time.  Never leave your pet, child or any person alone in a car on a warm day, even for a few minutes.

BILL TO MANDATE CHILDHOOD VACCINES FOR KIDS PASSES ASSEMBLY

By Miriam Raftery

 

Update July 1, 2015: The Governor has signed this bill, stating "the science is clear" on the benefits of vaccinations.

June 28, 2015 (Sacramento) – A bill that would eliminate the personal belief exemption for childhood vaccines in California has passed the Assembly and now goes to the Senate for concurrence in amendments.  The Assembly voted 46-30 to pass the measure, Senate Bill 277, the Sacramento Bee reports.

If the amendments are approved by the Senate and the bill is signed by Governor Jerry Brown, then children who have not been vaccinated for diseases such as measles, mumps and whooping cough would not be allowed to attend public schools in California, unless a child has a medical condition such as an allergy or immune system disorder that could raise the risk of complications.

San Diego State Senators Marty Block and Lorena Gonzalez, both Democrats, are cosponsors of the bill.  Republican Senator Joel Anderson voted against it in an earlier Senate vote and Democrat Ben Hueso did not cast a vote. Among local Assemblymembers, Democrats Toni Atkins, Mary Salas and Shirley Weber voted in favor, while Republicans Brian Jones and Rocky Chavez voted no.

USC TO LAUNCH ALZHEIMER'S THERAPEUTIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN SAN DIEGO

 

Supervisor Dianne Jacob welcomes news after leading efforts to launch Alzheimer’s Project

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: National Institute of Health

June 27, 2015 (San Diego) – The University of Southern California (USC)’s Keck School of Medicine announced Friday that it has established the USC Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute  in San Diego.

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 25, 2015 (Washington D.C.) –The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling to uphold nationwide federal subsidies in all 50 states to help people buy healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. 

Opponents had argued that the subsidies should be available only to people in states that set up healthcare exchanges .  Currently 8.7 million Americans receive the subsidies, but the vast majority of those – 6.4 million—are in states that did not set up exchanges. Those 6.4 million people would have lost their subsidies if plaintiffs had prevailed in the case, King v. Burrell.

Chief Justice John Roberts voted with liberal justices to support the law.  Writing the majority decision, Roberts concluded, “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not destroy them.”

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

CONTAMINATED WATER AT LOUIS STELZER COUNTY PARK WATER SYSTEM

 

June 24, 2015 (Lakeside)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for Louis Stelzer County Park located at 11470 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, effective immediately.  The water system serves a ranger station, volunteer pad, park drinking fountains and public restrooms.

The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria. 

5 GROUPS UNITE FORCES TO FIGHT TUBERCULOSIS

 

June 21, 2015 (San Diego) – On Friday, San Diego County, Imperial County, the state of Baja California and two non-profit organizations signed a memorandum agreeing to continue working together to prevent and control the spread of tuberculosis. The signing makes official a years-long collaboration between the five entities.

MTS BANS E-CIGARETTES ON ALL BUSES, TROLLEYS, BUS STOPS AND TRANSIT CENTERS

 

June 22, 2015 (San Diego)--The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in places where it is already illegal to smoke tobacco products.

GROUNDBREAKING EFFORTS TO HELP SAN DIEGO SENIORS GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

 

Photo: Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Greg Cox

June 18, 2015 (San Diego)--On the eve of a special conference in San Diego on aging, groundbreaking initiatives aimed at helping the county’s oldest and most vulnerable residents gained national recognition.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

HOUSE TO CONSIDER FUNDING FOR 21ST CENTURY CURES ACT

 

East County News Service

June 15, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--The House of Representatives will soon be considering the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6), important legislation that will accelerate the process of translating scientific advancements into new treatments and therapies. The bill would support efforts to develop potential treatments and interventions for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, childhood leukemia, Down’s syndrome, congenital heart disease, autism spectrum disorders, sleep apnea and epilepsy, to name a few.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HONORS 2015 HEALTHCARE HEROES

 

Photo caption:

First row (from left to right): Richard Hart, Betty Stieringer, Gloria Chadwick, David Najafi. Second row: Michael Dutcher, Randy Lenac, Veronica Cannon, Bob Ayres, Anjelika Cannon, Michael Emerson, Andrew Alongi. GHD board members include Stieringer, Chadwick, Lenac, Ayres and Emerson.

June 12, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - An eye surgeon, a retired physician, twin sisters, a parent of adult children with disabilities and the first male president of a hospital’s auxiliary were among local volunteers recently recognized with 2015 Healthcare Hero awards from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Now in its ninth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.

SMOKING HOT DEBATE: EL CAJON COUNCIL VOTES TO SUPPORT RAISING AGE FOR TOBACCO USE

 

"I will support this in honor of my sister, and my mother and my father-in-law," -- Councilman Bob McClellan (photo, left), who lost all three family members to smoking-related illnesess.

"The American Revolution was about individual liberty...doesn't freedom to make a decision include freedom to make a poor one?" --Eric Anderson (photo, right), Rock Church and Caucus Chair for the San Diego Republican Party Executive Committee

By Juwan Armstrong and Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2015 (El Cajon) – El Cajon’s City Council voted 3-1 on Wednesday to send a letter asking Assemblyman Brian Jones and Governor Jerry Brown to support Senate Bill 151, which would raise the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Jones has taken over $25,000 in campaign contributions from the tobacco industry.  East County’s State Senator, Joel Anderson, took nearly $40,000 and voted against the bill when it passed the Senate.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

HEALTH CARE LIBRARY’S `WELLNESS WEDNESDAY’ MEETING WILL DISCUSS HOSPICE ON JUNE 24

June 10, 2015 (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  “Dispelling the Myths of Hospice,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

WEST NILE VIRUS SPIKE IN COUNTY

 

Source: County News Service

June 3, 2015 (San Diego) -- The number of dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus in San Diego County has spiked.  Only 5 dead birds had tested positive for the disease this year as of May 1st.  But a month later, that number has jumped to 29—the highest level in the state.

CAJON VALLEY DISTRICT SHUTS DOWN SCHOOL OVER TOXIC CONCERNS

By Miriam Raftery

June 1, 2015 (El Cajon)—Last week, we reported that parents in El Cajon have filed a lawsuit Ametek Aerospace & Defense, alleging that the company’s underground toxic waste dumping  is causing illness among children at Magnolia Elementary School next door. 

Now the Cajon Valley School District Board has voted unanimously to close down the school for the current school year.  All students and staff will be relocated to Bostonia Elementary School.

SCHOOL CONTAMINATION IN EL CAJON PROMPTS LAWSUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 27, 2015 (El Cajon) – Parents have filed a class action lawsuit against Ametek Aerospace & Defense in El Cajon, alleging that the company dumped toxic waste into the ground for 20 years, from 1963 to the 1980s.  The site is located next door to Magnolia Elementary School, where children have been suffering mysterious health problems.

FDA: ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS CAN CAUSE STROKES, BLINDNESS OR DEATH

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – There’s a new wrinkle to consider before signing up for those wrinkle-plumping injections of soft tissue fillers, also called derma fillers or injectible face implants. The substances that have gained popularity with cosmetic surgeons and other healthcare providers to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the face or to augment lips and cheeks.

ALVARADO HOSPITAL AMONG TOP 5% IN NATION FOR PATIENT SAFETY AND CLINICAL EXCELLENCE

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2015 (San Diego)--Alvarado Hospital was awarded the 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades in recognition of the hospital’s superior track record for keeping patients safe, as well as the 2015 Distinguished Hospital Award for being among the top 5% in the nation for clinical excellence. This is the second year Alvarado has been ranked among the top 5% for clinical excellence nationally and is the only hospital serving East County to be ranked among the top 5%.

ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON “PREGNANCY CRISIS CENTERS”

East County News Service

May 26, 2015 (Sacramento) – The California Assembly has passed a controversial measure, Assembly Bill 775, that would require crisis pregnancy centers to disclose if they have no licensed medical provider on staff and to provide women with a list of options including public programs offering free or low-cost prenatal care for those wishing to carry pregnancies to term and abortions for those who don’t.

The bill comes in response to a year-long undercover investigation of the centers by the National Abortion Rights League, which claims the centers are mostly set up by anti-choice groups and that women are given misleading information. 

But opponents call the measure a “bully bill” that they contend threatens the existence of abortion-alternative clinics and violates constiutionallly protected religious freedoms.

MOVEMENT GROWS TO REDUCE DRUGGING OF FOSTER CARE KIDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - May is national Foster Care month. The Children’s Defense Fund is voicing concerns over the high number of children in foster care who are being given mind-altering drugs—in many cases to control behavior, not address real medical problems.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

BOIL WATER ORDER LIFTED FOR MOUNT LAGUNA RECREATION AREA WATER SYSTEM OPERATED BY THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE

 

May 24, 2015 (Mount Laguna)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has lifted the Boil Water Order for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area Water System, operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

RARE STRAIN OF SALMONELLA REPORTED IN SAN DIEGO, 9 STATES: LINKED TO RAW FISH

 

Source: County News Service

May 23, 2015 (San Diego)--Seven San Diego residents and two visitors to the county have been diagnosed with infections with Salmonella Paratyphi B after eating raw fish or sushi, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced today.

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