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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

August 2, 2017 (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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GLORIA CHADWICK SUSPENDS CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – Gloria Chadwick announced on her Facebook page that she is suspending her candidacy in the 50th Congressional district and will instead seek reelection to her current position on the Grossmont Healthcare District Years, where she has served for many years.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE BRAIN HEALTH MEETING ON AUGUST 23

 

East County News Service

 

July 28, 2017 (La Mesa) – More than 60,000 people in San Diego County reportedly suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Another 150,000 people love and care for them. What are the risk factors for dementia and lifestyle factors associated with good brain health? What is the latest research telling us? Are there new daily habits that can improve brain health?

THREE REPUBLICANS, INCLUDING MCCAIN, JOIN DEMOCRATS TO KILL LATEST SENATE PLAN TO REPEAL OBAMACARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – John McCain, an 80-year-old war hero and former prisoner of war who recently underwent brain cancer surgery, has had more than his share of serious health conditions in his lifetime. 

Late last night, the Arizona maverick cast the deciding vote to kill the Senate’s latest and likely final effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act—standing up and giving a visual thumbs down to the so-called “skinny repeal” bill with no replacement plan. 

SENATE COMMITTEE STANDS UP FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS

 

U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations votes on Leahy Amendment

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- This morning, the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to include an amendment introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (R-VT) in the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The amendment prohibits the use of Federal funds to interfere with medical cannabis patients and programs that are in compliance with state medical cannabis laws.  

MORE CALIFORNIANS TO LOSE HEALTHCARE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IF OBAMACARE IS REPEALED

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 27, 2017 (San Diego) – Over 3.8 million Californians are at risk of losing their healthcare coverage, if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). That’s more than any other state, according to a New York Times report titled “How Many People Across America Are at Risk of Losing Their Health Insurance?”

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SENATE STRUGGLES TO REVIVE HEALTHCARE REPEAL—WITH NO REPLACEMENT PLAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – By a slim one-vote margin, Republicans in the Senate voted to open debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare. Senator John McCain flew back from Arizona after brain cancer surgery to vote in favor, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote to open debate. But then the bill to gut healthcare for millions of Americans, while granting tax breaks to the wealthy, failed passage.

WHEELCHAIR DANCE CLASSES IN LA MESA JULY-AUG.: ROLLERS AND WALKERS NEEDED

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2017 (La Mesa) — The Wheelchair Dancers Organization is getting ready to rhumba in preparation for the showcase-portion of its 5th annual fundraiser and dance-ability showcase, “Everyone Can Dance” on Sept. 30 at the Balboa Park Club.   Participants must attend specified classes and a dress rehearsal.  Rollers and walkers are needed.

Free wheelchair dance classes are offered at several locations, including Sharp Grossmont Auditorium (5555 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa) from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday evenings, July 24 and 31 as well as August 7, 14, 21 and 28.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

July 18, 2017 (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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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON GAMBLING ADDICTION ON JULY 26TH

 

East County News Service

 

July 17, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Gambling: Just Fun or a Problem?,” a free program on problem gambling issues and treatment resources, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 26. 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.

CHIEF’S CORNER: JULY IS NATIONAL EYE INJURY PROTECTION MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

July 17, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - I've Got My Eye On You!

Our sight is something many of us take for granted. Imagine not having it?

Let’s look at some facts on eye injuries. More than 40 percent of eye injuries are caused by projects and activities such as home repairs, yard work, cleaning and cooking. More than a third (34.2 percent) of injuries in the home occurred in living areas such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living or family room.

PSYCHIATRIC HELP IS A TV SCREEN AWAY

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 16, 2017 (San Diego) -- On one end is a psychiatrist.

On the other could be a person suffering from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, psychosis or a mood disorder.

They’re in separate areas of the county, yet can speak to and see each other through a secure video connection.

It’s called telepsychiatry and the County has been offering the service for nearly 10 years to increase access to psychiatric care for people across San Diego County, providing diagnosis, treatment and medication management. It consists of two-way, real time, interactive audio and video to provide psychiatric care, when participants are in different geographic locations.

SENATE REVISES HEALTHCARE BILL, DRAWS OPPOSITION FROM GOVERNORS AND INSURANCE INDUSTRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Senate has introduced a revamped bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Act with a new provision aimed at getting conservative votes. The newest version would allow insurance companies to sell skimpy “bare bones” insurance plans provided they offer at least one that meets the requirements of Obamacare.  So, insurers could exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions, maternity care, drug addiction, mental health and more, under the mantra of offering consumers a “choice.”  The CEOs of major insurance companies sent a joint letter to Senate leaders Friday calling the plan “unworkable in any form” and warning it will lead to “widespread termination of coverage.”

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THE ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS (AGC) TO HOST FOUR-DAY BLOOD DRIVE THIS WEEK

 

East County News Service

July 10, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - The Associated General Contractors hosting a construction industry-wide blood drive throughout the county this week, including several East County locations.  Over the last 6 years, AGC has collected over 1,700 units of blood products for local area hospitals.  Appointments are available at www.sandiegobloodbank.org Below are the East County locations:

TWINS OF FAMED SOCCER STAR CRISTIANO RONALDO REPORTEDLY BORN AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Cristiano Ronaldo with twin son and daughter, via Instagram; Ronaldo via Real Madrid

July 9, 2017 (La Mesa) – He’s been hailed as the greatest soccer star of all time by the Los Angeles Times and multiple international media outlets.  Now soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is the proud father of twins, born recently at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, according to British press reports. (The hospital has declined comment).

Ronaldo announced the birth of his twin son and daughter, Mateo and Eva Maria Dos Santo, on Instagram last month.  He also has a 7-ear-old son, Cristiano Junior.

LA MESA PSYCHIATRIST MAY LOSE MEDICAL LICENSE OVER ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE AND OVERPRESCRIBING DRUGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2017 (La Mesa) – The California State Medical Board is seeking to revoke the medical license of La Mesa psychiatrist Harry C. Henderson III.  The causes for disciplinary action include gross negligence, repeated negligence, repeated excessive prescribing of narcotics, prescribing without appropriate medical examination or medical need, prescribing to addicts, and failure to maintain adequate records.

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PASSAGES: BILL BODRY, CHALLENGE CENTER FOUNDER AND CHAMPION FOR THE DISABLED

 

 

East County News Service

July 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – William (Bill) Bodry, founder of the Challenge Center in La Mesa and long-time champion of the disabled, died at his home of heart failure on his 72nd birthday, June 15th 2017.  A celebrate of life to honor his memory will be held on July 15 at 12 noon at the Challenge Center in La Mesa.

Bodry founded the Challenge Center in 1987 after suffering a spinal cord injury from botched surgery that left him paralyzed at age 27, with no adequate facility for long-term rehabilitation.  The center has had amazing results helping patients with severe brain and spinal cord injuries, as ECM reported back in 2008, enabling many severely disabled patients to walk, talk and achieve independence.  In his interview, Bodry shared his dream:  for the program he founded at Challenge Center to someday become a national model replicated nationwide.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CONTINUES SUPPORT OF VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

July 3, 2017 (San Diego's East County) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently hosted a check presentation ceremony with Maureen Hartin, CEO of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) San Diego. The ceremony celebrated GHD’s ongoing support of VIM, including a $150,000 grant awarded during GHD’s current fiscal year.

ALVARADO HOSPITAL CELEBRATES EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION WITH TOPPING OUT CEREMONY

 

Originally built in 1972 with 12 beds, the expanded emergency department will nearly double its patient capacity with space for future expansion

East County News Service

June 30, 2017 (San Diego) -- San Diego-based general contractor Pacific Building Group raised the final beam Thursday to complete or “top out” the steel structure of Alvarado Hospital Medical Center’s expanded emergency department while 100 guests looked on. Hospital staff and community members signed the beam, now situated within the structure.

DO RATTLESNAKE VACCINES FOR DOGS REALLY WORK?

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mojave rattlesnake

June 28, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The canine rattlesnake vaccine has been administered to over 100,000 dogs since it came on the market in the early 2000s. While only about 1 percent of dogs had side effects, the bad news is “there remains little fact-based data to support the efficacy of the vaccine to date,” according to Valerie Wiebe, Pharm.D with the University of California, Davis. In other words, it’s not clear if the vaccine actually works.

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FREE HIV TESTING AVAILABLE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

Knowing your HIV status is essential to keep the virus from spreading.

To that end, the County Health and Human Services Agency and its many partners are offering free, confidential HIV testing throughout the region. The service is part of National HIV Testing Week in San Diego County, which lasts through June 30.

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER KILLS SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA FOR THIS YEAR

 

Cost is key concern, though measure could advance with reforms in 2018

By Miriam Raftery

June 26, 2017 (Sacramento) – Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has pulled the plug on the Healthy California Act, or Senate Bill 562, which would have provided free universal healthcare to all Californians.

CA GROUPS: SENATE HEALTH BILL "MORE DRACONIAN" THAN HOUSE VERSION

 

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

June 23, 2017 (Sacramento) --  Health advocates warn the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare would cause millions of Californians to lose their healthcare - by phasing out the Medicaid expansion and then capping the program altogether.

The "Better Care Reconciliation Act" or BCRA, lifts the government mandate for people to have insurance, and lets states allow insurance policies that exclude services like maternity and mental-health care.

Anthony Wright, executive director of the nonprofit Health Access California, says the bill would harm many different groups.  "It still eliminates the Medicaid expansion that 4 million Californians depend on," he says. "But it also has a harsher cap on the entire program, which 14 million Californians depend on - including a third of the state, half of all children, and two-thirds of all nursing-home residents."

The Senate bill also lets insurance companies charge Americans ages 50 to 64 five times what younger people pay, compared to the current limit of three times. And it lifts a ban on charging much higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions.

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