Health/Fitness

TWO WAYS TO GET YOUR MEDICARE BENEFITS

 

By Greg Dill, Regional Medicare Administrator

 

October 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- At a family reunion last month, my Aunt Abby and Uncle Glen got into a squabble over the best way to get their Medicare benefits.

 

Uncle Glen is an Original Medicare man, and has been for nearly a decade. Aunt Abby prefers Medicare Advantage, which is similar to a health plan she had before enrolling in Medicare last spring.

11 HEPATITIS CASES IN SANTEE: CITY RESPONDS TO PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 26, 2017 (Santee) – Today, County Communications specialist Gig Conaughton reported that 11 cases of Hepatitis A have been diagnosed in Santee.

In response to a request from East County Magazine, the city of Santee responded that it has been working closely with the County Health and Human Services Agency to address the Hepatitis A virus outbreak by taking preventative measures to protect local residents.

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REPUBLICAN AUTHORS OF HEALTHCARE REPEAL BILL, GRAHAM AND CASSIDY, DEBATED INDEPENDENT SANDERS AND DEMOCRAT KLOBUCHAR ON FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot, CNN debate

September 26, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- In a lively debate on the future of healthcare in America hosted by CNN last night, Republicans Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) authors of a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) sought to defend their measure while admitting they lack enough votes for passage. 

LA MESA TAKES STEPS TO ADDRESS HEPATITIS OUTBREAK

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap is an important step you can take to prevent spread of Hepatitis A.

September 25, 2017 (La Mesa) – After the County’s emergency declaration over Hepatitis A,  ECM learned that eight cases have been reported in La Mesa and at least six cases in Santee. So we asked both cities what steps they are taking to  address this public health problem.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON AGING AND INDEPENDENCE SERVICES

 

East County News Service

 

September 25, 2017 (La Mesa) – Among the 3.3 million San Diego County residents, 13.4 percent are over age 65, and that number is expected to steadily increase. To serve this growing population segment, Aging and Independence Services (AIS), a County of San Diego social services agency, offers nearly 30 programs and services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members.

HOW TO AVOID CONTRACTING HEPATITIS A

 

East County News Service

September 24, 2017 (San Diego) – As San Diego County’s hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow, here are some helpful fact sheets from the County’s Health and Human Services agency to help you learn more about how to stay safe and minimize your chances of contracting the potentially dangerous disease, including clean-up tips for sanitizing your home or office. 

CITY OF EL CAJON TAKES STEPS TO COMBAT SPREAD OF HEPATITIS A

 

Source:  City of El Cajon

September 20, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon has been working closely with the County of San Diego and other partners since the announcement of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.  The City is taking an aggressive and proactive role in protecting the safety of the City’s residents and visitors. 

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

September 20, 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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NEW HEALTHCARE REPEAL BILL EVEN MORE SEVERE THAN MEASURE DEFEATED PREVIOUSLY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 20, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Like the proverbial Lazarus rising from the dead, efforts to repeal Obamacare have been revived. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy have introduced a measure that would repeal Obamacare with no replacement.  The bill would give block grants allowing states to let insurance companies deny coverage or charge more for preexisting conditions, and to eliminate lifetime caps on coverage for people needing costly care to survive.  It also cuts funds for Medicaid expansion and eliminates all subsidies for low and moderate income Americans. 

HEPATITIS OUTBREAK INCLUDES 8 CASES IN LA MESA, OTHER CASES IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- According to a California Health Alert Network bulletin, San Diego County’s outbreak of hepatitis A now includes  cases in La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee as well as unincorporated areas of the County, though cases have now been confirmed “in all parts of the County,” the report states.

FREE “SCREEN YOUR TEEN” YOUTH HEART SCREENING SEPT. 17 in LAKESIDE

 

Screenings find heart abnormalities in 1 of 300 teens tested

East County News Service

September 13, 2017 (Lakeside) – Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when a heart unexpectedly stops beating because of an undetected heart abnormality. To combat this syndrome, which is a leading cause of death in people under age 25 and the #1 killer of student athletes, the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation is hosting a free heart screening on Sunday, September 17th from 9 am. to 3 p.m. at El Capitan High School (10410 Ashwood St. Lakeside, CA 92040).

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

OCTOBER SENIOR PROGRAMS IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

September 8, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. This month you can learn about Medicare and drug coverage updates, how to prevent fractures, get free mental health and blood pressure screenings, or participate in a walking program.

Scroll down for full details. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit their web site at www.sharp.com.

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COUNTY TO INSTALL HAND-WASHING STATIONS IN EL CAJON AFTER HEPATITIS OUTBREAK EXTENDS TO EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 5, 2017 (El Cajon) – Following a County declaration of a Hepatitis A emergency last Friday, with 70% of those cases among homeless people and/or illicit drug users, East County Magazine asked for information on El Cajon, which has a substantial homeless population.  Today, Councilman Gary Kendrick confirmed, “The County has identified that some of these cases have been within the city of El Cajon.”

EAST COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL EXEC JOINS GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION MONITORING CITIZENS COMMITTEE

 

East County News Service

September 5, 2017 ( La Mesa) –
The volunteer citizens group monitoring the spending of millions of dollars in public funds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has a new member. James Sly, vice president and chief operations officer of the San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), has joined the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital, recently approved the appointment of Sly to the ICBOC.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS SPONSORSHIPS TO LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

 

East County News Service

September 4, 2017 ( La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors recently awarded several sponsorships to community organizations that protect and promote the health of local residents.

AS COUNTY DECLARES HEALTH EMERGENCY OVER HEPATITIS, STATE LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING SHORTAGE IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Jaundice, or yellowed eyes and skin, is one tell-tale sign of Hepatitis.

September 3, 2017 (San Diego) – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Thursday approved by a 10-3 vote auditing San Diego County’s Health and Human Service Agency for what Service Employees International calls “dangerously low staffing levels of public nurses.”  

UPGRADED PARAMEDIC SERVICES EXTENDED TO MORE RURAL AND MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES

 

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Firefighter Paramedic Brenton Rowell from the Mt. Laguna County Fire Station is completing his morning checks of the Advanced Life Support gear.

September 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- A person suffering cardiac arrest or going into anaphylactic shock will receive immediate treatment from responding firefighter paramedics who were recently added to existing fire engine service in five communities.

COUNTY PLAN TO SHORTEN AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES PRESENTED IN CREST TO FEW COMMUNITY MEMBERS

 

 

Improvements proposed after ECM investigative series on ambulance response times in unincorporated areas

 

By Kendra Sitton

 

August 30, 2017 (Crest) — Last week, County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Administrator Andy Parr met with local communities to ask for input on EMS’s plan to improve ambulance service to the rural parts of San Diego because "the status quo of 30 min is no longer acceptable."

 

The updated plan goes before the Board of Supervisors on Oct. 10. If approved, when the contracts of the three ambulance companies expire in the next few years, they will have to comply with the new plan which will shorten response time.

 

The actions follow a five-part special series by East County Magazine published  in 2015, investigating slow ambulance response times in some unincorporated areas and changes in county ambulance providers. (See links to our five-part series at the bottom of this article.)

MEDICAL EXAMINER: PEDESTRIAN, METH DEATHS UP IN 2016

 

Pedestrian fatalities reached their highest number in decades, while methamphetamine-related deaths and homicides also increased last year compared to recent years. Those were among the findings noted in the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s just-released 2016 Annual Report.

NURSES “URGENTLY NEEDED” IN HOUSTON AND SURROUNDING FLOODED AREAS

 

East County News Service

August 31, 2017 (Houston) -- Supplemental Health Care is working with multiple hospitals in Houston and surrounding flooded areas in southeastern Texas to help provide urgently needed registered nurses (RNs)  of all specialties.  “We need R Ns with a minimum of one year RN experience who can commit to traveling to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts immediately,” says Mary Lucas, chief talent officer for Supplemental Health Care.

WESTLIVING RESIDENTS AND STAFF HELP RAISE AWARENESS AT WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S

 

WESTliving, a bronze sponsor at this year’s walk, partners with La Mesa community to help the fight against the disease

East County News Service

September 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - WESTliving, a senior living provider dedicated to inspired aging, is partnering up with their La Mesa community, The Montera to raise awareness and help in the fight against Alzheimer’s at the Alzheimer’s Association’s, Walk to End Alzheimer’s San Diego 5K on Saturday, Sept. 9.

FREE HEALTH AND DENTAL SCREENINGS, PONY RIDES AND MORE AT KIDS CARE FEST OCTOBER 14 IN LAKESIDE

 

 

 

 

By Valerie Watts

August 29, 2017 (Lakeside) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District presents its Kids Care Fest Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview Street in Lakeside.  This event will offer FREE checkups and health information as well as safety demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family.  This year there will be dental and vision screenings and flu shots (while supplies last),   The District hasn’t forgotten the adults--they can have their cholesterol and blood pressure checked.  To alleviate the sting of the flu shots,  the kids can ride ponies, climb a wall or participate in other fun activities.  For more details and to see a video of last year's event, go to kidscarefest.org.  You can also get more information by calling 619-825-5050.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HELPING TO PROVIDE SHELTER RESIDENTS WITH RIDES TO MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has awarded a $20,000 grant to the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC). The grant will provide transportation to medical and dental appointments, along with prescription pick-up, for some of the 400 men, women and children who are served daily by ECTLC, an El Cajon-based community services nonprofit.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

NEW VACCINATION RECOMMENDATIONS ISSUED FOR HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 28, 2017  (San Diego) -- The ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County has claimed 14 lives and hospitalized 264 people among the reported 352 cases.

Approximately 70 percent of the cases have been among people who are homeless, use illicit drugs or a combination of those two factors.

ADVOCATES PRESS CONGRESS TO RENEW COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER FUNDING

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

Photo credit:  NACHC

August 27, 2017 (San Diego) - If Congress doesn't act by September 30 - the nation's nearly 1,300 community health centers will lose 70 percent of their funding.

This issue will be front and center for thousands of patients, providers and advocates at the annual Community Health Institute and Expo, which starts today in San Diego. New data show that community health centers now serve 27 million mostly low-income Americans.

WORMS FOUND IN LOCAL COSTCO SALMON; TAPEWORMS NOW FOUND IN ALASKAN AND PACIFIC FISH

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: U.S. Centers for Disease Control

August 26, 2017 (San Diego) – Live worms have been found in packages of salmon sold at multiple Costco stores in San Diego County, 10 News reports.  The report does not name the type of worm, however, CNN reports that Japanese tapeworms are now being found in wild Alaskan salmon and could be in salmon caught anywhere along the Pacific Coast.

Other types of fish can also carry tapeworms or different parasites, so health experts advise to eat only frozen or thoroughly cooked fish in order to destroy worms and larvae.   Tapeworms cause infection and sometimes serious problems if consumed by humans in raw fish such as Sushi, smoked or marinated fish such as in Ceviche, the College of Medical Physicians Canada warns.

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