Health/Fitness

FLU ACTIVITY STEADY AGAIN THIS WEEK

Flu Vaccine
 
By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
November 1, 2019 (San Diego) - Flu activity saw a slight decline in the County this week with 30 lab-confirmed cases, the County of San Diego confirmed yesterday, Halloween: six fewer than the number of cases reported last week. That brings the 2019-20 flu season total to 362 cases, compared to 130 at this time last year. County public health officials continue to emphasize the importance of getting the flu vaccine. There have also been two deaths so far this flu season.
 
The two formulas approved for the 2019-2020 flu season by the Centers for Disease Control are Fluzone High Dose, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, and Fluad, manufactured by Seqirus. Rite-Aid and CVS offer the 2019-20 flu vaccine, according to google.

MUMPS CASES AT THREE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
Mumps (microscope)November 1, 2019 (San Diego) - Three unrelated people at three different high school campuses in the county recently tested positive for mumps and may have exposed others to the contagious virus, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Tuesday.

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October 30, 2019 (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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CITY OF LA MESA FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST OPIOID MANUFACTURERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND RELATED PARTIES

Source:  City of La Mesa

October 21, 2019 (La Mesa) – Similar to other jurisdictions in California and around the nation, the La Mesa City Council has directed the City Attorney to file a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California against numerous opioid manufacturers and distributors.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROGRAM CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

October 21, 2019 (El Cajon) - Neil Armstrong had become the first man to set foot on the moon just one month earlier, the minimum wage was just $1.60 per hour, and 50 years ago this fall, Grossmont College launched its renowned Respiratory Therapy program with an initial cohort of 20 students.

 

BILL PROTECTING HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN CALIFORNIA SIGNED INTO LAW

Source:  Senator Leyva’s office

SB 227 Empowers CDPH to Enforce Nurse Staffing Ratio Requirements

October 21, 2019 (Sacramento) -- Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 227, a bill by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) to protect patient safety and reinforce nurse staffing ratio requirements in California.

HOW BAD TEETH AND LACK OF DENTAL CARE CAN LEAD TO POVERTY, DISCRIMINATION

By Manuela Tobias | CALmatters

CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.

Photo:  Fresno resident Gina Diaz-Nino is reluctant to go out in public because of her teeth. She has struggled to find quality dental care covered by MediCal. Photo by John Walker/The Fresno Bee

​October 18, 2019 (San Diego) - Gina Diaz-Nino considers herself an extrovert. But since her mouth began deteriorating after years of methamphetamine use and two fights, she receded into the shadows. 

WESTMONT RETIREMENT COMMUNITY HOSTS GRAND OPENING: PUBLC TOURS THIS WEEKEND

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 18, 2019 (La Mesa) – Westmont of La Mesa invites the public to a tour, buffet lunch, entertainment and prizes this Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The upscale facility features independent living and assisted living, including memory care, at its location at 9000 Murray Drive at Wakarusa.

This 130,00-square foot, three story retirement community includes 50,000 square feet of common area space will include a common meeting room that can be used by community groups for meetings and workshops, along with a pool that can be used for aqua aerobics for residents, as well as the community.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT PUTS BOW ON $260M HOSPITAL OVERHAUL

 

Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee declares 12-year effort a major success

Source:  PRWeb

October 17, 2019 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District successfully wrapped up 12 years of Proposition G construction improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, financed by over $260 million in funds approved by voters in 2006, according to the Proposition G Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

BY 3-2 VOTE, COUNTY SUPERVISORS OK E-SMOKING BAN IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS

By Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  A model demonstrates an e-cigarette. Credit:  Michael Dorausch Wikimedia Commons.

October 15, 2019 (San Diego) - The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to impose a one-year ban on the sale and distribution of all electronic smoking devices within unincorporated areas of San Diego County.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS WEIGH RESTRICTIONS ON SMOKING AND VAPING

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2019 (San Diego) – Today, County Supervisors will vote on a recommendation by Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher that would ask the Chief Administrative Officer to draft a recommended ordinance within 60 days aimed at protecting the public from a “public health crisis” linked to smoking including vaping products and more. The recommendations include restrictions on smoking and e-cigarettes or vaping products that would apply to all unincorporated parts of San Diego County.

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KING ARTHUR FLOUR EXPANDS RECALL DUE TO E. COLI

East County News Service

October 7, 2019 (San Diego) – King Arthur Flour last week broadened an earlier recall in June due to e-coli contamination found at the ADM milling facility in Buffalo, New York.  The 5-pound and 25-pound bags of unbleached all-purpose flower were distributed nationwide and online. 

SUPERVISORS WEIGH BAN ON VAPING PRODUCTS; MAYO CLINIC FINDS CHEMICAL BURNS IN LUNGS OF PATIENTS HOSPITALIZED OR DEAD AFTER VAPING

By Miriam Raftery

East County News Service

October 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher are proposing a ban on the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco made for electronic cigarettes, along with a moratorium on the sale and distribution of the e-devices in the county’s unincorporated area. They are encouraging cities in San Diego County to do the same. According to a new report by the Mayo Clinic, lung biopsies reveal damage consistent with chemical burns, leading researchers to suspect chemical additives may be to blame for over 1,000 serious lung injury cases and 18 deaths, all associated with vaping or e-cigarette use.

County public health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control are also advising people to stop vaping, as investigators continue looking into what’s causing a nationwide epidemic of respiratory illnesses among those that use the e-cigarettes or vaping products.

FREE HEALTH AND VISION SCREENINGS PLUS HEALTHY FUN FOR ALL AT KIDS CARE FEST IN LEMON GROVE THIS SATURDAY

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

October 3, 2019 (Lemon Grove) – “Kids Care Fest,” a healthcare festival for kids will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center at 3131 School Lane in Lemon Grove.

CHEMICALS SUSPECTED AS VAPING LUNG INJURIES TOP 1,000, WITH 18 DEAD

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Centers for Disease Control

October 3, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Biopsies of vapers’ damaged lungs reveal that inhaling chemicals through vaping is causing chemical burns, the Mayo Clinic reports, suggesting oils may not be the primary cause of serious lung damage and deaths linked to e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Meanwhile the Centers for Disease Control reports the number of serious injuries linked to vaping has soared to 1,080  including more than 100 in California, with 18 people dead as a result.

BRUSH MOUSE TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS IN JULIAN

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Brush mouse, Peromyscus boylii

October 3, 2019 (Julian) - A brush mouse collected in routine monitoring in Julian has tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, prompting County officials to remind people to never sweep or vacuum up after rodents if they find them in their living spaces.

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FDA ISSUES WARNING OVER PERFORMANCE DOG RAW FOOD DUE TO SALMONELLA AND LISTERIA: DANGERS TO HUMANS AND PETS

East County News Service

September 30, 2019 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets any Performance Dog frozen raw pet food after a sample tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono).  Bravo Packing, Inc. Performance Dog products are sold frozen in two-pound plastic pouches.

80,000 WORKERS REACH TENTATIVE CONTRACT SETTLEMENT WITH KAISER, AVOIDING STRIKE

East County News Service
 
September 25, 2019 (San Diego) -- Kaiser Permanente and more than 80,000 union workers reached a tentative contract settlement early today.  If ratified by workers in the coming weeks, the four-year agreement between Kaiser and seven unions in six states plus the District of Columbia would avert a nationwide strike that was scheduled to begin on October 14th.

COUNTY BOOSTS EFFORTS TO ATTRACT, RETAIN MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS FOR PERT TEAMS

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office; ECM Editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this article

September 25, 2019 (San Diego) – San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors has instructed the County to launch an initiative to attract and retain mental health clinicians to work in the Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams (PERT) across the region.

KAISER HEALTHCARE WORKERS LOCALLY VOTE TO JOIN NATIONWIDE STRIKE STARTING OCT. 14

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 23, 2019 (San Diego) -- Over 4,200 healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, including 480 East County workers in El Cajon and La Mesa, will be joining a nationwide strike starting October 14th.  An overwhelming 98 percent of those members at Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 30 voted in support of the action. 

HEALTH ALERT: GOLD MEDAL FLOUR RECALLED DUE TO SEVERE STRAIN OF E-COLI

East County News Service
 
September 23, 2019 (San Diego) – An e-Coli outbreak has been traced to Gold Medal unbleached flour, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. General Mills has recall the 5-pound bags, which have a use-by date of September 6, 2020 and UPC code 016000 196100.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REMINDS PARENTS TO CHOOSE RIGHT CAR SEAT TO FIT CHILD

By Yvette Urrea MoeCounty of San Diego Communications Office

September 22, 2019 (San Diego) - Is the child safety seat your child is using going to work effectively in a traffic collision? Unfortunately, it may not if it is the wrong size.

An alarming statistic by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that 46% of car seats are not used properly.

VAPING CRACKDOWN WIDENS: WALMART BANS SALES, TV NETWORKS BAN ADS

By Miriam Raftery
 
Image: Centers for Disease Control
 
September 21, 2019 (San Diego) – Major TV and entertainment companies have announced bans on advertising for vaping (e-cigarette) products after a sudden and serious lung illness has hospitalized 530 Americans and  killed seven people.

COUNTY AWARDED CDC GRANT TO FIGHT OPIOID MISUSE, ADDICTION, INJURY AND DEATH

By Sarah SweeneyCounty of San Diego Communications Office

September 21, 2019 (San Diego) - In the midst of record-setting prescription drug deaths, the County of San Diego has received welcome news in the form of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant to strengthen efforts in the local fight against opioids.

READER’S EDITORIAL: IT’S TIME TO STOP THE MARKETING AND SALES OF VAPING DEVICES AND FLAVORED PRODUCTS USED IN THEM

We applaud the 26 California jurisdictions that have taken these steps and encourage El Cajon to join them.” – Dana Stevens

By Dana Stevens, Community Action Service & Advocacy (CASA)

Photo: Chance Ammirata shared these photos on Twitter of his collapsed lung and lung spots, which doctors attributed to vaping. The 18-year-old Florida student underwent emergency surgery and was told he can no longer do cross country running or scuba diving.

September 20, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hundreds of people have been hospitalized across the country, including 12 here in San Diego, by a respiratory illness linked to vaping that has claimed eight lives – sadly this number seems to increase daily. If emergency rooms were facing this rush of illness from any other source, it would have been pulled from the shelves within days. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government agency that regulates tobacco products, describes an outbreak as when two or more people get the same illness from the same food or drink contaminant. Food producers recall their product from the marketplace when the products are mislabeled or causes illness. Vaping devices, the flavored liquid used in those devices, and the liquid form of THC are not regulated by the FDA.  

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH

Suicidal Tendencies?

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

September 20, 2019 (San Diego) -- Suicide is on the rise. Regardless of race, gender, age, fame, financial status, it is rising! Having suicidal thoughts does not mean someone is weak or flawed.

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