Health/Fitness

BEACH SAFETY UPDATES: UNSAFE BACTERIA LEVELS AT CHILDREN’S POOL IN LA JOLLA AND AT TIDELANDS PARK IN CORONADO

East County News Service

July 11, 2022 (San Diego) – Before you head to the beach, be sure to check the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ)’s newest beach management actions for Monday, July 11th including new health advisories for popular beaches, as well as advisories lifted for some other coastal areas.


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PLANS TO CURB CALIFORNIA INSULIN COSTS ABOUND. WILL ANYTHING GET DONE THIS YEAR?

By Ana B. Ibarra, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

July 10, 2022 (Sacramento) - As consumers, advocates and others prioritize their fight to lower prescription drug costs, insulin is usually first in line.  


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COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS, ICU ADMISSIONS UP BY TWO-THIRDS

East County News Service

July 8, 2022 (San Diego) - Hospitalizations for COVID-related illness are on the rise, up 66 percent in the last 30 days, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reports. New ICU admissions rose 68 percent during that same time frame.

The County has also seen an increase in reinfections, San Diegans who have tested positive for COVID-19 several times throughout the pandemic. National data shows that prior infection does not necessarily prevent reinfection with some of the newer virus variants.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, M.D., the County’s deputy public health officer offers this advice.

“Due to the increased level of community transmission, including reinfections, we strongly recommend masking, especially in crowded spaces or around family, friends and colleagues who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19,” Dr. Kaiser says. “Our best bet in preventing hospitalizations and deaths is to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and isolating from others when sick.”


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PENCE WANTS TO BAN ABORTION IN ALL STATES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mike Pence, cc by NC via Bing

June 28, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Former Vice President Mike Pence, a potential future presidential candidate, praised the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision allowing states to outlaw abortion, tweeting, “Life Won.”  Now Pence wants to go farther.  In an interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart News, he pledged support for banning abortion nationwide.


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PROTESTS ERUPT AFTER SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE, ALLOWS STATES TO END ABORTION RIGHTS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Pro-choice demonstrators tonight at Waterfront Park in San Diego, by Josan Feathers

June 24, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Ending a half century of women’s rights to end a pregnancy, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a ruling overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. 

That means abortion becomes illegal in 26 states immediately due to trigger laws or older statutes on the books, many banning abortion even to save a mother’s life or prevent a rape or incest victim from being forced to give birth. More states are poised to consider banning or restricting abortion, while Republican leaders have pledged to seek a nationwide abortion ban if they regain control of Congress in November.

Today’s decision has sparked protests nationwide, including thousands protesting outside the Supreme Court and justices’ homes this evening, as well as a large crowd gathered in San Diego outside the County adminstration building at Waterfront Park.


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VACCINES FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN APPROVED, APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE LOCALLY

By Miriam Raftery

June 22, 2022 (San Diego) -- COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months of age have been approved the federal regulators. The vaccines will be available locally within days at medical facilities including Rady Children’s Hospital, which is now scheduling appointments, as well as at community clinics, pediatricians’ offices, and some pharmacies.


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LAWMAKERS WEAKEN CALIFORNIA'S NURSING HOMES BILL; SPONSORS YANK THEIR SUPPORT

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

June 22, 2022 (Sacramento) - A group of advocates that has long fought to reform the state’s troubled nursing home licensing system is now attempting to kill legislation it sponsored, calling the amended bill “a step backwards.”


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FREE LUNCH AND LEARN WEBINAR ON VETERANS’ BENEFITS AND CAREGIVER SUPPORT

East County News Service

June 22, 2022 (San Diego) – The Caregiver Coalition of San Diego and the County of San Diego invite you to a free Lunch and Learn webinar on veterans benefits and caregiver support on Wed., June 29 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


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THREE CASES OF MONKEYPOX CONFIRMED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 17, 2022 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency has identified three probable cases of hMPXV, also known as human monkeypox, in our region.


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RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 16, 2022 (San Diego) - Yesterday was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  The County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services is asking San Diegans to be on the lookout for signs of elder abuse.


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REPORT: DRUG DEATHS, SUICIDES UP AMONG OLDER AMERICANS

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

Photo:  New research shows the early death rate for Hispanic American seniors climbed 48% from 2019 to 2020, compared to a national average of 17%. (Logoboom/Adobe Stock)

June 15, 2022 (San Diego) - Older Americans are dying from drug overdose or suicide at much higher rates now compared to a decade ago, according to the latest America's Health Rankings Senior Report from UnitedHealthcare.


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BEACHES FROM CORONADO TO BORDER CLOSED DUE TO CONTAMINATION

East County News Service

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Update June 17, 2022  - The water contact closure orders for Coronado's beaches have been lifted.
 
June 11, 2022 (San Diego) – The weather is sweltering. But if you’re headed to the beach, avoid areas from Coronado southward. The County Department of Environmental Health and Quality has extended a water contact closure for the ocean shoreline from Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge through Imperial Beach to now include the Silver Strand state beach and Coronado Shores. 

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

June 9, 2022 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

 

 

SCIENCE AND TECH

 

 

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ATKINS INTRODUCES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT ABORTION AND BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS IN CALIFORNIA

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2022 (San Diego) – As the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to ban or restrict abortion, San Diego’s State Senator Toni Atkins (D-39) has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 to protect women’s right to access abortion and contraception in California.


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HEPATITIS OUTBREAK LINKED TO FRESH STRAWBERRIES: VACCINE CAN PROTECT AGAINST ILLNESS

East County News Service

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May 30, 2022 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers, retailers and restaurants not to eat, sell or serve any FreshKampo or HEB brand organic strawberries purchased between March 5 and April 25.

If you ate these berries in the past two weeks and have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A, you should immediately consult your doctor to get vaccinated, which can prevent infection within 14 days of exposure. 


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COUNTY MOVES TO MEDIUM RISK IN CDC'S COVID-19 COMMUNITY LEVEL

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
Photo:  a woman readies herself to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Educational Cultural Complex site in Mountain View.
 
May 26, 2022 (San Diego) - Due to high levels of virus spread in the community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has moved San Diego County to its medium-risk level for COVID-19.

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

May 24, 2022 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

 

 
 

SCIENCE AND TECH 

 

 

 AI may be searching you for guns the next time you go out in public (Washington Post)
• Justice Dept. says ‘good faith researchers’ no longer will face hacking charges  (Washington Post)
• Clearview AI to stop selling facial recognition tool to private firms (Washington Post)
 
 

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EAST COUNTY RALLIES FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN WAKE OF LEAKED SUPREME COURT DECISION TO ALLOW STATES TO BAN ABORTIONS

 

By Elijah McKee

 

May 24, 2022 (El Cajon) — “I don’t care if y’all heard this a million times but I’m about to make it a million and one: banning abortions only bans safe ones,” proclaimed Huda Ahmed from the steps of the Grossmont Union School District offices during East County Justice Coalition’s (ECJC) reproductive rights rally on May 18. 

 

The rally was the first of its kind in East County since the U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling was leaked two weeks prior, alerting the public of the threat to federally protected abortion access. If the decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito stands as written, it would allow states to outlaw all abortions, even when a mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest.


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FDA CLEARS COVID BOOSTER SHOT FOR HEALTHY KIDS AGES 5 TO 11

By Pennell Paugh

May 23, 2022 (San Diego) – On May 17, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a single booster shot for children ages 5 through 11 years old, at least five months after completion of a primary series with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


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BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR WARNER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT WATER SYSTEM

Test results show drinking water supply is present for E. coli and Total Coliform Bacteria

Source: County News Service

Photo: Drinking fountain; CC by NC-ND

 

May 23, 2022 (Warner Springs) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) has issued a Boil Water Order for Warner Unified School District water system at 30951 Highway 79, Warner Springs. Only the main campus is impacted by the boil water order, not the resource center and ball fields located across the highway from the campus.  The water system serves a daily population of 150 people, consisting of students and staff of Warner Unified School District (kindergarten through 12th grade). 


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JIF PEANUT BUTTER RECALL ANNOUNCED DUE TO SALMONELLA

East County News Service

May 22, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a voluntary recall of numerous Jif peanut butter products by J.M. Smucker due to a multi-state outbreak of salmonella senftenberginfections linked to the popular peanut butter brand. The products were distributed nationally and sold through major retailers and other outlets nationwide.


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CALIFORNIA VETERANS HEALTH INITIATIVE ESTABLISHED TO COMBAT SUICIDE AND ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH

Source:  California Department of Veteran Affairs

May 17, 2022 (Sacramento) - Today, Governor Newsom announced $50 million for the establishment of the California Veterans Health Initiative (CVHI). The CVHI will deliver a comprehensive, coordinated statewide approach to ending veteran suicide by focusing on prevention, early intervention, and direct services to effectively combat the risk factors associated with suicidal ideation. 


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COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW PREVENTION MEDICATION, EVUSHELD, FOR THOSE AT HIGHEST RISK FROM COVID

New treatments also available, but have been under-utilized, county says

Source: County of San Diego

May 11, 2022 (San Diego) – If you have moderate or severe immunosuppression, or if you’d have a severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine, Evusheld can reduce your risk of getting COVID by up to 77%.  Evusheld is a monoclonal antibody injection. Eligible people locally include:


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ALVARADO HOSPITAL RECEIVES “C” RATING FOR SAFETY DUE TO INFECTIONS; SHARP GROSSMONT RATES AN “A”

By Miriam Raftery

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May 10, 2022 (San Diego) -- The Spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades report released today by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care watchdog organization,  gave most local hospitals an “A” rating for patient safety during the pandemic, including Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, which serves East County. But East County’s other hospital, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, received a dismal “C” rating due largely to its below average performance in preventing infections including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. 


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LAWMAKERS PRESS FOR CA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT ABORTION RIGHTS

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

May 8, 2022 (Sacramento) -- Leaders from the California Legislative Women's Caucus vowed to protect a person's right to have an abortion in the Golden State after a leaked draft opinion appears to show the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to overturn the decision known as Roe v. Wade this summer. That would turn the matter over to the states.


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IS THE SUPREMELY RIGHT-WING COURT ABOUT TO OVERTURN THE MAJORITY'S WILL ON ABORTION?

Alito and his four cohorts on the Supreme Court are attempting to bury the last fifty years of safe, legal abortion, now supported by at least 70% of the U.S. population.

By Amy Goodman, Dennis Moynihan, staff writers, Common Dreams

Reprinted under a Creative Commons license from Common Dreams

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May 6, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, DC is truly august, its Corinthian columns and ornate pediments reminiscent of ancient Rome's Temple of Mars Ultor, erected by Emperor Augustus to commemorate Mars, the god of war, in his role as avenger. Augustus employed the imperial design to convey that a new order had arrived after quelling a civil war that had consumed the region for fifty years. Two thousand years later, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has unleashed his own form of vengeance, from within the Supreme Court's columned walls, revealed in a draft opinion he authored, leaked by a person or persons not yet publicly known then published by Politico.


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ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S DRUG AND ALCOHOL INITIATIVES

By David R. Shorey, East County Program Manager, Institute for Public Strategies

May 6, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- One of the questions I get from community members I work alongside in East County is “How do you determine the most important drug, alcohol and mental health issues to focus on?” The answer is that in addition to listening to the needs of the community, our priorities are also established through a framework established by the County of San Diego. The Behavioral Health Services Division of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is designated with addressing these issues and working to promote recovery, discovery, resiliency and well-being through prevention, treatment and intervention. Integrated services are available from BHS for those who may be experiencing mental illness along with substance misuse.


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PROMS, GRADUATIONS RAISE NEED FOR COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS, COUNTY SAYS AS COVID CASES CLIMB

East County News Service

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May 5, 2022 (San Diego) – With a new Omicron subvariant circulating and cases climbing across the nation as prom and graduation season approaches, the County Health and Human Services Department is urging parents to make sure children are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and to take other preventive measures.


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