Health/Fitness

NEW CASES OF EQUINE HERPES VIRUS REPORTED

 

June 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Three new cases of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) were reported in the U.S. and Canada over the holiday weekend, including one new case confirmed in California with neurological signs of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), a potentially lethal condition.

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSES BILL THAT WOULD STRIP WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE, REDUCE PRIVATE INSURANCE OPTIONS FOR ABORTION COVERAGE

 

By Jeremy Los

 

“This bill is an unprecedented assault on women’s health care. For the first time, restrictions would be placed on how women with private insurance can spend their own dollars in purchasing health insurance.” – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego)

 

May 31, 2011- Women’s rights are under siege as Republicans in control of the House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 3. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would sharply restrict access to abortion.

 

Championed by Rep. Christopher Smith (R- NJ), the bill passed  the House with 251 "aye" votes, of which 235 were Republicans--including San Diego Republicans Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa. (Brian Bilbray (R-San Diego) abstained from voting, while local Democratic representatives Susan Davis and Bob Filner voted "no.")

WALMART RECALLS GE FOOD PROCESSORS DUE TO FIRE HAZARDS & LACERATIONS

 

May 26, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Walmart, has announced a voluntary recall of 255,000 food General Electric food processors.  The USCPS has received dozens of complaints that the units began smoking and in some cases, resulted in fires or injuries to hands. 

RECALLS ISSUED ON POWER TOOLS, INCLUDING BRUSH CUTTERS & MORE, DUE TO BURN & FIRE HAZARDS


May 26, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced voluntary recalls on numerous power tools for yard work, including gas-powered STIHL trimmers, brushcutters, KombiMotors, hedge trimmers, edgers, clearing saws, pole pruners, and backpack blowers that utilize a toolless fuel cap.

 

FIRE IT UP SAFELY: BEFORE GRILLING THIS SUMMER, CHECK THESE TIPS FROM THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

 

May 26, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - Summer officially kicks off this weekend and millions of Americans will celebrate with a cookout. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to check their grills and "fire it up safely" to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning--and also make sure your grill hasn't been recalled.

 

COUNTY APPROVES HEALTH PROGRAM FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

 

Program Expands Coverage for Uninsured, Thanks to Federal Funds


May 24, 2011 (San Diego)--Today the County Board of Supervisors approved implementation of the Low Income Health Program (LIHP). The program will expand the successful Coverage Initiative program which the County's Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has been operating since 2007.

 

The expanded program will provide access to primary care and mental health benefits to low-income, uninsured adults. The program will help improve health outcomes and decrease healthcare costs in the region. LIHP will serve single, medically indigent individuals at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, and provide them with a patient-centered medical home.

FDA WARNINGS: PREMATURE INFANT DEATHS LINKED TO SIMPLYTHICK --STOP USING IMMEDIATELY

Product sold nationwide as thickener to mix with formula, breast milk


May 21, 2011 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents and caregivers to not feed SimplyThick to premature infants younger than 37 weeks. The product, a thickening agent for swallowing disorders, has been found to cause necrotizing enterocolitis, a life-threatening condition characterized by inflammation and death of intestinal tissue. At least two infants have died as a result, the FDA reports.

Parents, caregivers and health care providers should immediately stop administering the product to premature infants.

STROLLERS RECALLED DUE TO FINGER INJURIES AND AMPUTATIONS

May 19, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of one million Maclaren Strollers sold before November 2009 due to fintertip lacerations and amputations.

HORSE OWNERS JITTERY AS DEADLY NEW EQUINE VIRUS REACHES CALIFORNIA

29 cases confirmed in U.S. including 13 in CA

 

Local horse shows cancelled, state quarantines imposed to stop spread

May 19, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Horses from across the West were exposed to a deadly new form of Equine Herpes Virus at a Utah horse show. There is no vaccine for Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), which is caused by Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). The disease, which results in neuorological symptoms, is highly contagious and often fatal. 

 

So far, the virus has not been reported in San Diego. But local horse experts are concerned—and horse owners are advised to take precautions.

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: CURE MADNESS - A CURE FOR AUTISM WOULD NOT BE A CURE AT ALL

By Brian Lafferty

 

May 17, 2011 (San Diego) – A couple of months ago someone e-mailed me an article. A team of scientists used gene mutation to create Autism in mice. The study, which was published in the science journal, Nature, could potentially lead to a cure for Autism or reverse it. But you know what?

 

LA MAESTRA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS CELEBRATE 21ST BIRTHDAY

 

 

 

May 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- La Maestra Community Health Centers celebrated 21 years of providing quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate health, and well-being services through its Circle of Care.

 

 

To begin the 22nd year a generous donation from Kaiser Permanente will help provide more of the sonographic imaging services that have been helping those in need. 

 

HOOKED ON HOOKAH BARS? SHERIFF ISSUES HEALTH WARNING ON LATEST TEEN TREND

 

May 11, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Crime prevention specialist Paula Dickenson, USN retired, with the Sheriff’s substation in Alpine has issued a warning about hidden hazards of hookah lounges and bars.

 

Hookahs pose risks of hepatitis and tuberculosis transmission as well as hazards associated with tobacco and the chemicals that the tobacco contain.

 

Below is full text of information provided by the Sheriff’s office:

NEW HOME FOR EAST COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CLINIC

May 5, 2011 (El Cajon) -- The public is invited to an open house for the new East Region Public Health Center in El Cajon at 460 North Magnolia Avenue, Suite 110  in El Cajon on Friday May 6 from 10:30 a.m. untill noon.

“The new health center location will provide an improved environment for the community to obtain the health services they need,” said Supervisor Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

 

LIFE ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM: AUTISTIC COLUMNIST PROVIDES UNIQUE INSIGHT ON LIVING WITH THE CONDITION

By Brian Lafferty

 

May 3, 2011 (San Diego) – Today marks the debut of East County Magazine’s newest column. In addition to writing film criticism, I will pen a biweekly column about another subject I’m equally passionate about: Autism. I am qualified to talk about the subject for a good reason: I am Autistic myself.

 

IT’S HOW WE LIVE! FESTIVAL MAKES HEALTH FUN


County's Family Day in the Park Set for Spring Valley Park on April 30; Family Fun Walk added to list of activities

 

April 25, 2011 (Spring Valley) -- Families are invited to stretch their legs in a day of fitness and fun at the sixth-annual It’s How We Live! Family Day in the Park health festival  from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 30 at Spring Valley Park, 8735 Jamacha Blvd. This year’s event has an invigorating line-up of activities, entertainment and giveaways--all free!

GENERATION ALZHEIMER’S: NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO FOCUS RESEARCH EFFORTS TO FIND PREVENTION, CURE, & TREATMENTS

 

Over the next 40 years Alzheimer’s disease will cost the nation $20 trillion--enough to pay off the national debt and still send a $20,000 check to every man, woman and child in America.

 

By Diane Wright, Alzheimer's Association

 

DON’T CATCH THE WRONG KIND OF SPRING FEVER!

 
County Urges Residents to Take Precautions, Avoid Disease-Carrying Pests
 

 

April 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- Spring is in the air, which means county residents are probably dreaming about beautiful weather and outdoor activities --- not worrying about mosquitoes, rodents, West Nile virus, hantavirus, plague and tularemia.

 

You shouldn’t have to worry, according to San Diego County Environmental Health officials, as long as you ake simple steps to protect yourselves and your families from disease-carrying animals and insects.

CREMATORIUM MAY FACE SHUT-DOWN FOLLOWING POLLUTION COMPLAINTS: HEARING APRIL 28

Public comments will be heard at hearing; action comes after years of citizen complaints and recent media spotlight on polluter


By Miriam Raftery
 

April 21, 2011 (El Cajon) – East County Magazine photographer Dennis Richard, disgusted by the sight of smoke belching from the Neptune Society crematorium at 13065 Old Highway 80 in El Cajon, sent a photo to media outlets that started a firestorm of controversy.

 

“You can see from my picture; the smoke of ...human bodies blowing out of the smoke stack and drifting over Jack in the Box and the nearby neighborhoods,” he wrote.

TUBERCULOSIS CASE REPORTED AT LOCAL INDIAN HEALTH CENTER

 

April 14, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC) to notify patients who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis (TB) at SDAIHC’s downtown location. The period of exposure was from Oct. 1, 2010 to April 1, 2011.

FEELING FIT CLUB: SENIORS DISCUSSION APRIL 27 AT GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE LIBRARY

April 12, 2011 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free seniors discussion group on the “Feeling Fit Club,” featuring a presentation from Vickie Velasco, founder of the Feeling Fit Club, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 27. The public is invited to attend. RSVP is not required.

 

AARP: PROPOSED REPUBLICAN BUDGET WOULD UPEND VITAL PROGRAMS AND SHIFT COSTS TO OLDER AMERICANS

 

Calls for bipartisan effort needed to strengthen Social Security


April 5, 2011 (Washington D.C.)—The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) today issued sharp criticism of the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and backed by House Republicans.

Nancy A. LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP, said the Republican proposal to reduce the deficit “lacks balance and would result in a large cost shift to current and future retirees. The Chairman’s proposal, rather than tackling skyrocketing health care costs, would simply shift these costs onto the backs of people in Medicare,” she warned. “It would undermine Medicare’s promise of secure health coverage—a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work.”

CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES ANNUAL REPORT ON HOSPITAL BOND EXPENDITURES

 

March 29, 2011 (La Mesa)--A volunteer citizens group that oversees how the taxpayer-supported Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in voter-approved funds for infrastructure improvementprojects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital has issued its 2010 Annual Report to the Community.

 

Pages