Health/Fitness

FIRST LICENSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY IN COUNTY OPENS IN EL CAJON

July 20, 2011 (El Cajon)-- Mother Earth Alternative Health Cooperative, Inc., is attracting a steady stream of customers three weeks after opening its doors in an unincorporated area of El Cajon near Gillespie Field.

 

Some might say it’s high time. California voters approved medical marijuana with a ballot initiative back in 1996, but San Diego Supervisors filed suit to block implementation.

"KIDS LIVE WELL" INITIATIVE SHOWCASES HEALTHFUL MENU OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN

July 18, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- The National Restaurant Association has unveiled a new nationwide initiative that provides parents and children with a growing selection of healthful menu options when dining out. "Kids Live Well," a program the Association launched today in collaboration with Healthy Dining, highlights how restaurants can create innovative solutions to provide better-for-you menu options.

NINE CALIFORNIANS, INCLUDING SAN DIEGO’S ERICA TISCARENO, WIN UNITED HEALTH FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

 
Diverse Scholars Initiative Seeks To Enhance Culturally Competent Health Care
 

 

 
 
 

 

July 15, 2011 (San Diego) – Nine California residents, including Erica Tiscareno of San Diego, have won scholarships from United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative to pursue a career in health care. 

 
Tiscareno, who is a sophomore studying nursing at San Diego State University, hopes to one day become a nurse. Other scholarship winners from California include Matthew Vazquez of Corona, Francisco Hernandez of Signal Hill and Nedra Chijioke of Corona.
 

SENATE PASSES KEHOE’S BILL TO HELP STUDENTS RECEIVE WHOOPING COUGH VACCINE

 


July 16, 2011 (San Diego) – Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced today that the Senate unanimously passed her bill to extend the deadline for students to receive their whooping cough vaccine this coming school year.  It now heads to the governor for his consideration.
 
"This bill will help get more young people vaccinated and give school districts time to put together an immunization plan at their campuses,” said Kehoe.  “Protecting public health is one of the government’s biggest jobs, and this legislation reflects our obligation to keep Californians healthy and safe.”

AUTHORITIES SEEK BOYS WHO BROUGHT RABID BAT TO PET STORE; HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE COUNTY-WIDE WARNING

 

Don't touch bats, dead or alive

 

Update July 20, 2011:  County Health authorities have located the boys and determined that they did not touch the bat.  Their family physician will make final determination on whether preventative treatments will be administered.  

July 16, 2011 (San Diego) – San Diego Sheriff’s office seeks public help to identify three boys, 12-13 years old, who brought an ill Mexican free-tailed bat to a Petco Store in Vista on July 10. An employee contacted Project Wildlife and later, County Public Health officials tested the bat and found it positive for rabies.

 

Bats become more active this time of year and County Health officials urge parents in all areas of the County to instruct children never to touch a bat, dead or alive.

LOCAL GROUP FILES PROTEST WITH CPUC OVER SMART METERS, WHICH REMAIN MANDATORY IN SAN DIEGO

 

43 COUNTIES IN CA HAVE VOTED TO OPPOSE SMART METERS --

AND 10 HAVE BANNED THE DEVICES

 

July 12, 2011 (La Mesa) – The Center for Electrosmog Prevention in La Mesa along with Californians for Renweable Energy, Inc. filed a protest July 6 with the California Public Utilities commission (CPUC) against San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E).

 

HOSPITAL BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS TWO NEW MEMBERS

 
July 10, 2011 (La Mesa) -- A volunteer citizens group overseeing the Grossmont Healthcare District’s spending of $247 million in voter-approved bonds for construction infrastructure projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has two new members. La Mesa resident Glen Sparrow, a retired San Diego University professor, and Lakeside resident Kenneth Lavigne, training director with the Sheet Metal Workers International Association, Local 206, have agreed to serve on GHD’s Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC). Both were recently appointed to the ICBOC by GHD board of directors.
 
 

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY'S ASSETS FROM DEVASTATING NURSING HOME COSTS

 

 
July 10, 2011 (San Diego) -- It’s the conversation people don’t have until they have to, but by then, it’s too late. The fact is that in 2010, more than 7,000 people turned 65 years old or older every single day, a figure that is predicted to rise in 2011. Further, an AARP survey revealed that only 4 in 10 of those people feel they will be financially secure for their golden years.
 
 
 

HAMILTON BEACH RECALLS TOASTERS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

 

July 1, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc. yesterday announced a voluntary recall of about 300,000 Hamilton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toasters.  The heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely when an item is placed in the toaster which may ignite the contents, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.
 

TACTICAL MEDIC TEAM GETS A SAVE FROM MOUNT MIGUEL COVENANT VILLAGE

 

 

 

June 30, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- The Mount Miguel Covenant Village has come to the rescue, helping to save the San Miguel Fire District's Tactical Paramedic program. The continuing budget crisis has impacted District funding for this critical program.

SHEAR JOY: SUMMER FRUIT PRUNING WORKSHOP

June 30, 2011 (La Mesa) -- On Saturday, July 9, La Mesa Live Well and Grow is holding a free Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop from 12:00 to 2:00pm. The Workshop will be held in the La Mesa Police Department Community Room at 8085 University Avenue.

Learn about new garden volunteer and educational programs in and around La Mesa including gardening classes, backyard garden builds and fruit tree harvesting for donation to nonprofits serving neighbors with limited incomes.

ANNUAL FIREWORKS DISPOSAL --THE DANGERS OF FIREWORKS

 

June 30, 2011 (San Diego County) -- On June 29th between the hours 8:30 a.m., and 10:00 a.m., the Sheriff's Bomb Disposal people held its annual fireworks disposal day. Local fire marshals, Burn Institute personnel, and news media were invited to the event. The yearly event reminds all of the dangers posed by using fireworks. In the East County area, the vegetation is especially dry. So that in addition to causing injuries from using fireworks, there is an additional danger due to the dryness of the vegetation.

 

SHARP GROSSMONT’S SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER JULY PROGRAMS

 
 
 
June 28, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Senior Resource Center 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. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.


FATHER'S DAY FACT: DAD'S EXPOSURES CAN BE SIGNIFICANT PRIOR TO PREGNANCY

 
UCSD Experts Say Many Paternal Exposures Can Affect Sperm & Lead To Infertility 

 
June 18, 2011 (San Diego) - According to the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS) Pregnancy Health Information Line, a statewide non-profit that educates the public about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, more studies are needed to evaluate the potential effect of illnesses, medications and men's lifestyle habits and their impact on both fertility and pregnancy.

CUTS TO MEDICARE APPROVED BY GOP HOUSE WOULD HAVE MAJOR IMPACTS ON EAST COUNTY SENIORS AND DISABLED PEOPLE, ANALYSIS FINDS

 

In the 52nd Congressional District represented by Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon),  a Democratic analysis estimates the plan would shift thousands of dollars in costs onto individuals --$182,000 to $287,000 per person for those ages 44-54--while sharply cutting benefits for those over age 54 and the disabled.

 

June 19, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – How will the bill passed in April by House Republicans’ to cut $1 trillion in Medicare costs impact people in East County and San Diego?


The plan would eliminate Medicare for those now under 55, making them use vouchers for private insurance instead. Some benefits for current Medicare beneficiaries and the disabled would be cut immediately. Seniors would pay more for prescriptions and government reimbursement to private insurers would not keep pace with the rising cost of medical care, resulting in seniors paying higher costs.  That's based on numerous independen analyses, from the Wall Street Journal to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
 

Now ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have posted a breakdown by Congressional districts that shows majorl impacts on seniors and even greater cuts to those currently under 55.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: ONLY WHEN I DON'T LAUGH

By Brian Lafferty

 

June 19, 2011 (San Diego) – I was at a movie theater recently when a friend of the projectionist asked me if I knew any jokes. I leafed through the “books” of my mental library trying to find one but I couldn’t. I was content to let him rattle off a series of jokes and listen. Later that day I remembered a few jokes that I found funny. But even then I wouldn’t have told them.

 

TARGET EXPANDS RECALL OF CHILD BOOSTER SEATS FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL REPORTS OF FALLS

 

June 15, 2011 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. 

SHARP GROSSMONT’S SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER JUNE PROGRAMS

 

 

Classes available on June 23rd, June 28th, and Blood pressure screening on June 17th. See information below.

 

June 15, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Senior Resource Center 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. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit the web site at www.sharp.com  

CHALLENGE CENTER HELPS ACHIEVE GRADUATION GOAL

 

 June 12, 2011 (La Mesa) James Hartwell's big wish when he started physical therapy at the Challenge Center in La Mesa was to walk across the stage to be handed his diploma at his high school graduation at Mt. Carmel High School. For most seniors, this would be a done deal.  But for Hartwell, who suffered a spinal cord injury in a motocross accident, and had to spen most of the last two years in a wheelchair, it seemed it might take a miracle.

 

 Luckily, he found that miracle in a little white building in La Mesa that holds the Challenege Center.

TRANSPORTATION & MOBILITY EXPO FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED JUNE 15 IN LA MESA

 

June 10, 2011 (La Mesa) --The City of La Mesa will host its second annual Transportation and Mobility Expo for older adults and persons with disabilities on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.  Supported by funding from SANDAG, the Expo will be held at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa 91942 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  

STATE SENATE PASSES LANDMARK BILL TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE TO LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS---AT ZERO NEW COST TO CALIFORNIA TAXPAYERS

 

4 local legislators take massive donations from insurance industry--and vote against bill

 

June 3, 2011 (Sacramento) – Today the California State Senate voted 25-14 to pass SB 703, which would establish a low-cost health insurance plan to cover an estimated 720,000 people for premiums as low as $30 a month. If passed by the Assembly and signed by the Governor, the measure would provide coverage for more than 723,000 uninsured people who earn between 133% and 200% of the federal poverty level.

FDA STATEMENT ON E. COLI 0104 OUTBREAK IN EUROPE

 

 

June 7, 2011 (FDA) -- The U.S. FDA has been in routine contact with the European Union and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the current outbreak of E. coli O104 and to track any illnesses in the U.S. that may be related to the outbreak.  A deadly new strain of E-coli in Europe has led to deaths of 23 people.  Cases have been reported in several European countries and the U.S. So far, 2200 cases have been reported in 13 countries.

SUMMER HEALTHCARE SATURDAY

 

June 3, 2011 (La Mesa)-- Each June the East County Chamber takes great pride in organizing and hosting East County's largest Health Fair. Summer Healthcare Saturday. now in it's 9th year, the fair has grown to become a fixture in East County. It also provides a whole host of crucial health related screenings and testings for free to East County residents. Mark your calendars for Saturday June 11th and consider participating in this informative and important East County event.

 

CA ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO MAKE HEALTH INSURERS GET STATE APPROVAL BEFORE HIKING RATES; REPUBLICANS WALK OUT IN PROTEST

 

Updated June 3, 2011

June 2, 2011 (Sacramento) – Car insurance and homeowner insurance companies have long been required to get state approval before raising rates. But not health insurers. Some have hiked up rates multiple times a year; Blue Cross sought to jack up rates 59% with three increases in six months.

Gouging consumers with unjustifiable rate hikes will no longer be allowed if AB 52 becomes law. The bill would require health insurers to provide justification and get permission from state regulators before imposing increased costs for health care premiums, copayments, or deductibles on consumers.

MEASLES CASE REPORTED ON FRIDAY, MAY 27 SAN DIEGO FLIGHT; PASSENGERS IN TERMINAL ALSO EXPOSED

June 2, 2011 (San Diego)--Passengers on a recent flight from Chicago to San Diego are warned about exposure to measles, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HSA) reports. A passenger on the May 27 United Airlines flight #0521 was confirmed today to have the highly contagious disease.

 

WHOOPING COUGH DISEASE STILL GOING STRONG

 

County urges vaccinations for children

June 2, 2011 (San Diego County) --Five new pertussis cases where others may have been exposed to the disease increased the local case total to 212 this year, the SAn Diego County Health and HUman Services said in Late May. The new confirmed cases occured in schools across the region, including Ramona, Poway, and San Diego schools. In 2010 , pertussis, also known as whooping cough, reached a record 1,144 cases for the county, including two infant deaths.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: A BALLOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN

By Brian Lafferty

 

May 31, 2011 (San Diego) – I have a fear. This fear trumps snakes, spiders, heights, even death. It occurs at parties, especially of the birthday variety. It makes its presence known at the grocery store’s floral department. Despite their light and rubbery nature, they instill trepidation greater than public speaking. I’m talking about globophobia.

 

FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS AND CLASSES AT SHARP GROSSMONT’S SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER

 

June 1, 2011 (La Mesa) --Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Senior Resource Center 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. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit the web site at www.sharp.com.

 

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