Health/Fitness

SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS TEXAS LAW RESTRICTING ABORTION ACCESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27,2016 (Washington D.C.) – A Texas law that sought to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics, forcing some women seeking the procedure to drive hundreds of miles, has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional in a 5-3 ruling.  The decision is expected to impact at least 25 other states that have enacted similar restrictions.

The law required abortion clinics to meet surgical-center operating standards and for doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, has said that the state’s goal was to “protect innocent life, while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women.” But the court’s majority found just the opposite—that medical risks for women would rise as a result of the law.

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DEA WARNING TO PUBLIC AND POLICE: FENTANYL EXPOSURE KILLS

 

Law enforcement urged to exercise extreme caution handling fentanyl. Sold as heroin, it’s 40-50 times stronger than heroin. A small amount can be lethal if absorbed through skin or ingested

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences.  Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab. 

FDA APPROVES VACCINE TO PREVENT CHOLERA FOR TRAVELERS

 

Source: FDA News Release

Photo: bacteria cholera, Youtube screenshot

June 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vaxchora, a vaccine for the prevention of cholera caused by serogroup O1 in adults 18 through 64 years of age traveling to cholera-affected areas. Vaxchora is the only FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of cholera.

NEW PRESCRIPTION DRUG FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL

 

By Leon Thompson

Photo: Fatty acids in the blood of a person with high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

June 11, 2016 (East County) – High cholesterol plagues millions of Americans.  Too much of the wrong cholesterol can predispose a narrowing and hardening of arteries leading to stroke or coronary artery disease (CAD).  CAD is the number one killer of men in America and the second most deadly disease among women, second only to breast cancer.

NEW REPORT: BIG JUMP IN MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED CALLS TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

East County News Service

June 9, 2016 (San Diego) -- Over the past six years, law enforcement agencies throughout the region have seen an 84 percent increase in the number of calls for service that stem from mental health issues, according to new data compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Criminal Justice Research Division.

`CHAMPIONS FOR HEALTH’ IS NEW NAME FOR MEDICAL SOCIETY’S FOUNDATION

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 9, 2016 (East County) – The charitable foundation formed 11 years ago by the San Diego County Medical Society has changed and shortened its name. Formerly called the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, the foundation’s new name is Champions for Health, announced Barbara Mandel, Champions for Health CEO.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR TRANSPARENCY, BEST PRACTICES BY STATE ASSOCIATION

 

East County News Service

 

June 8, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) has recognized the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) with its “Best Practices in Governance” certification, indicating GHD’s commitment to open and transparent government.

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THREE FLOUR BRANDS RECALLED BY GENERAL MILLS

 

Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchens all recall flour products due to possible E. Coli contamination

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (Minneapolis) - General Mills and health officials are investigating a possible E. Coli O121 outbreak in three General Mills flour brands.

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED BY WOMEN SECRETLY FILMED DURING BIRTHS AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

Videos were reportedly seen by a male security guard and an attorney

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sharp Healthcare alleging that videos taken during surgeries at Sharp Grossmont Surgery violated women’s privacy, including women filmed during childbirth as part of the hospital’s effort to catch a doctor suspected of stealing anesthesia drugs,  Courthouse News reports.

FREE HEALTH FAIR AT GROSSMONT CENTER ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present “Health Fair Saturday,” one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

BURN INSTITUTE HOSTS FIRE PREVENTION MEETING AT HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 26, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Fire, Burn and Fall Prevention,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Mary Vilgera, community outreach specialist, Burn Institute.

CA SENATE APPROVES SB 999, TO PROVIDE WOMEN WITH UP TO A 12-MONTH SUPPLY OF CONTRACEPTIVES

 

East County News Service

May 24, 2016 (Sacramento) -- Voting to remove a barrier to consistent, effective access to birth control, the state Senate today approved Senate Bill 999, which would require health plans to cover up to a 12-month supply of hormonal contraceptives when such a prescription is requested by a woman’s health care provider.

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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT RECOGNIZES 2016 HEALTHCARE HEROES

 

East County News Service

Photo:  The Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors recently presented 2016 GHD Healthcare Hero awards to recognize volunteers who help to advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Back row (from left to right): GHD board members Betty Stieringer, Bob Ayres, Randy Lenac. Middle row (from left to right): GHD board member Gloria Chadwick, Dr. Kevin Ryan, GHD board member Michael Emerson. Front row (from left to right): Sam Mejia, James Byrnes, Dr. Scott Musicant, Michael Colombo and Shiloh.

May 23, 2016 (La Mesa) - A vascular surgeon, a chiropractor, an attorney, a beagle and her master, and a pirate who fights for those suffering from childhood cancer are among local volunteers who have been recognized with a 2016 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Now in its tenth 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.

CA HEALTH ADVOCATES LOOK TO CARE ACT TO REDUCE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS

 

The CARE Act ensures hospitals give instructions to a caregiver and the patient upon discharge (AARP)

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service (originally published May 16, 2016)

May 22, 2016 (Sacramento) --  Nearly five months after it went into effect, health advocates say the CARE Act is making a big difference in the amount of education patients and their caregivers receive.

RECALLS ISSUED ON BICYCLES,CLIMBING EQUIPMENT, AND DIGITAL CLAMP METERS

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) has announced recalls of several climbing devices made by Black Diamond and sold under the brand names Ferrata and Camming due to fall hazards.  Recalls were also announced of bicycles manufactured by Rocky Mountain and by Scott due to brake problems, fall and crash risks. In addition, Klein Tools digital clamp meters were recalled due to shock and burn hazards. For details, click these links:

PAVE LAUNCHES EXPANSION IN VETERANS SERVICES

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2016 (San Diego) -- Physician Advocates for Veterans, Inc., an innovative San Diego nonprofit organization providing free patient advocacy services to veterans, has opened a new office, hired its first Executive Director, and launched a capacity building campaign with a generous seed grant from San Diego’s Parker Foundation.

HOUSE VOTES TO ALLOW V.A. DOCTORS TO RECOMMEND MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR VETERAN PATIENTS

 

233-189 vote in favor of V.A. appropriations amendment indicates large increase in support from previous year

East County News Service

May 20, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The U.S. House voted this morning in favor of a measure that would allow Veterans Administration doctors to recommend medical marijuana for their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal, currently 24 states including California. The measure, an amendment to the Department of Veterans Affairs appropriations bill proposed by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), passed by a 44-vote margin, including 57 Republicans voting in favor. The final vote was 233-189. A similar amendment proposed in the House last year failed narrowly, 213-210.

UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN CAN NOW RECEIVE HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA

 

East County News Service

Photo: Senator Lara and Kevin Mattson, Board Chair of Health Center Partners and President and CEO of San Ysidro Health Center, the host of  Friday’s press conference. They are pictured with several kids impacted by this law.

May 17, 2016 (San Diego) --  Effectively today under the “Health for All Kids” law, an estimated 185,000 undocumented California children are now eligible for healthcare coverage through expansion of Medi-Cal.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

East County News Service

May 16, 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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COURT FINDS OBAMACARE PAYMENTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL; RULING LIKELY TO BE OVERTURNED ON APPEAL

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

May 13, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that Congress has the right to sue the President.  Today, Judge Collyer found that the Obama administration violated the Constitution by reimbursing health insurance companies for providing low-cost healthcare coverage to low and moderate income Americans, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

FDA ADVISES RESTRICTING FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTIC USE FOR CERTAIN INFECTIONS; WARNS ABOUT DISABLING SIDE EFFECTS

 

East County News Service

May 13, 2016 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising that the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with sinusitis, bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolone should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options.

14 VIDEOS GIVEN TO ATTORNEY SHOWED PATIENTS IN OPERATING ROOM, HOSPITAL ADMITS

 

Update May 13, 2016:  A court has denied a request from Dr. Dorin's attorney to view thousands of video clips, ECM has learned. Sharp spokesman John Cihomsky informed us today , "...The judge agreed with Sharp that releasing the footage would violate patient privacy, so we will not be releasing the footage to the attorney."

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

May 12, 2016 (La Mesa) – Sharp Healthcare has issued a revised statement regarding an investigation that used hidden videos to catch a doctor now accused of stealing narcotic drugs off an anesthesia cart at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.  ECM reported on privacy concerns raised in an  article on May 7th.  The hospital initially said that videos were only sent to the California Medical Board as evidence in a complaint filed against Dr. Adam Dorin, and that those clips did not include patients. 

But today, John Cihomsky, vice president of public relations for Sharp, sent ECM an updated statement from Sharp. It indicates that 14 clips showing patients were mistakenly provided to Dr. Dorin’s attorney.  In the statement, Sharp admits to and apologizes for breaching those patients’ privacy.

USING IMPROVISATION TO HELP ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS ON MAY 17

 

East County News Service

May 11, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region and Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local, independent nonprofit organization providing care and support for San Diego families, will jointly present “Living in the Moment: A Workshop for Caregivers,” from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 17 at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa. Admission is free.

SKIN SAFETY MEETING AT HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Be Sun Smart,” a free presentation on skin care and safety from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Tina Mirpuri, care director with Synergy HomeCare of La Mesa, a franchised home care company.

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