Health/Fitness

16 DEATHS, 72 ILLNESSES FROM CONTAMINATED CANTALOUPES

 

Deadliest food outbreak in over a decade; illness may occur weeks after consuming Listeria bacteria

 

September 28, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Federal authorities with the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration warn consumers not to eat cantaloupes unless you’re certain where they came from. If in doubt, throw it out.

 

Millions of cantaloupes are being recalled after sickening 72 people and leading to 16 deaths linked to Listeria in the deadliest food outbreak in a decade. The recall covers cantaloupes distributed to at least 25 states, with illnesses reported in 18 states, including California. 

16 ALVARADO HOSPITAL PHYSICIANS NAMED TOP DOCTORS

According to San Diego Magazine’s Annual Special Issue

 
September 27, 2011 San Diego, CA Alvarado Hospital Medical Center has 16 physicians in 11 specialties named "Top Doctors" in the annual San Diego Magazine "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" survey done collaboratively with the San Diego County Medical Society.
 
 

COUNTY AWARDED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION GRANT


 

Health and Human Services Agency Awarded Grant to Help Create a Healthier Community  


   
September 29, 2011 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) was awarded a grant of over $3 million for prevention of chronic disease in San Diego. Today’s grant award has the potential to bring over $15 million to the region over the next 5 years. This is the second largest Community Transformation Grant awarded to a county government in the nation. 

COUNTY RECORDS SECOND HIGHEST YEAR OF FLU-RELATED DEATHS

Flu Vaccine Recommended for Everyone

September 25, 2011 (San Diego) -- Last season, there were 24 influenza-related deaths in San Diego County, the second highest total ever reported in our region. The record was established during the 2009-10 season—the height of H1N1—when 58 flu-related deaths were reported locally. Prior to that, the highest number of influenza deaths—22—was reported during the 2003-04 flu season.

CPUC RULES SDG&E RATEPAYERS CAN DELAY INSTALLATION OF SMART METERS


September 26, 2011 (San Diego) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) president Michael Peevey has issued a ruling ordering San Diego Gas & Electric Company and two other utility companies to allow consumers who don’t want a “smart meter” installed to place their names on a delay list, pending the outcome of upcoming workshops on the issue.

 

SHARP GROSSMONT’S SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER OCTOBER PROGRAMS

 
September 24, 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.
 
 

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS AND CITY OF SAN DIEGO PROCLAIM THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER AS OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IN SAN DIEGO.

 
 
September 22, 2011 (San Diego)--To recognize the efforts of the Ovarian Cancer Advocacy Alliance of San Diego (OCAA) to effect change in the way medical doctors consider diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer by educating the medical community, patient organizations and the community at large, Congresswoman Susan Davis and the City of San Diego issued Proclamations declaring September 2011 as Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. 
 

FREE RESOURCE FAIR SEPT. 21 IN ALPINE FOR SENIORS, VETERANS AND FAMILIES

 

September 1, 2011 (Alpine) ---- A free Alpine Viejas Days Resource Fair for Seniors and Veterans Benefits on Sept. 21 will offer help for people of all ages.  Information, opportunities and screenings will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. 

 

PCI HEALTHY START COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER CELEBRATION OCT. 5 AT JACOBS CENTER

 
September 16, 2011 ( San Diego)-- In honor of Bi-National Health week, PCI (Project Concern International), its California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Program and its partners, Black Infant Health (BIH) and San Diego Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program (SANDAPP) are celebrating their pregnant program participants and their children at a community baby shower this fall. 

SENIORS GROUP TO DISCUSS MEDICAL RECORDS SEPT. 28

 

 

September 17, 2011 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa will host a free seniors discussion on “Electronic Medical Records and Personal Health Records,” featuring a presentation from Julie McCoy, program manager of clinical informatics at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and Kathy Quinn, library director, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

FREE FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE AT COMMUNITY CLINIC SEPTEMBER 23

 

 660 Shots Available


 

 

September 17, 2011 (San Diego) -- With flu season on the way, residents—18 years of age and older—in the Skyline community of San Diego and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to receive a flu shot at no cost.The community clinic will offer 660 doses to the public and take place Friday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive."

 

OH, BABY--BIRTH CONTROL PILLS RECALLED; COULD ALLOW PREGNANCIES TO OCCUR


September 16, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – If you have taken any of the following brands of birth control pills manufactured by Qualitest Pharamaceuticals, you are advised to switch to another, non-hormonal form of birth control immediately and talk to your doctor or pharmacist: Cyclafem, Emoquette, Gildess, Osrythia, Previfem, and Tri-Previfem.

 

BACTERIA FOUND IN DRINKING WATER AT CIBBETTS FLATS CAMPGROUND IN PINE VALLEY

September 14, 2011 (Pine Valley) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a boil water order for Cibbetts Flats Campground at Kitchen Creek Road & Fred Canyon Road in Pine Valley.  The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.

 

KIDS CARE FEST SEPT. 24 IN LA MESA OFFERS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR 1,000 CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa will host the 10th annual Kids Care Fest on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free family event features free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa.

 

BOIL WATER NOTICE ENDS; SAFETY STEPS URGED FOR RESTAURANTS, MARKETS

 

County Reminds Businesses of Important Measures for Food and Customer Safety

 

September 11, 2011 (San Diego)--Last week’s boil water advisory has been lifted, but the Department of Environmental Health is reminding restaurants and markets that were impacted by the advisory to follow food and water safety procedures before reusing tap water. These include guidelines for flushing and sanitizing, as well as assuring that food served is safe.

BOIL WATER ADVICE FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL

 

September 10, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – We have received several inquiries from readers seeking more details on procedures to follow to stay safe during boil-water advisories issued for several communities.  The following advice is offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

 

This link has details for consumers as well as links for medical professionals and more:  http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/crypto/health_professionals/bwa/index.html . Below is the information for consumers including how long to boil water,  special instructions for children and those with immune-compromised health, and directions on how to flush pipes and appliances after the boil water order is lifted. 

 

Boil waters are in effect locally through Sunday at the following locations due to pump failures during the blackout:

COUNTY RECOGNIZED FOR RURAL COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Rural Video Interviewing Program Garners National Award


 
September 7, 2011 (San Diego) -- A San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) program that makes it easier for rural North County residents to access Medi-Cal and Cal Fresh through video interviewing has been nationally recognized with a Digital Government Achievement Award (DGAA). 

The HHSA North Coastal and North Inland Video Interviewing Program was one of six programs across the nation recognized in the Government-to-Citizen County Government category by the DGAA.

SEPTEMBER 24 SCREENINGS OFFERED BY GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT

 

September 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa have jointly announced that Saturday, Sept. 24 will be the date for the 2011 Kids Care Fest, a free family event featuring free health care screenings at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on that day. It will be the 10th annual Kids Care Fest event. The public is invited to attend.

 

ROCK-CLIMBING BELAYS RECALLED DUE TO FALL HAZARD

August 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – GRIGRI 2 belaying devices used by rock-climbers to control safety ropes have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer Petzl, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position, disabling the assisted braking function and posing a fall hazard to climbers.

 

OCT. 22 “FRIENDRAISER” AT MISSION TRAILS TO BENEFIT SAN DIEGO BRAIN INJURY FOUNDATION


Brain injuries affect more than 11,000 local families each year; local foundation “struggling” for funds to continue helping patients and families, including wounded veterans

August 26, 2011 (San Diego)--"When a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, it’s like a bomb explodes in the middle of the family," a release from San Diego Brain Injury Foundation observes. "Everyone is thrown into an emotional crisis and immersed in a medical emergency. Their lives are changed forever." 

GROSSMONT COLLEGE STUDENTS LEARNING ABOUT HeLa CELLS THIS FALL

 
August 25, 2011 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont College is involving students in a campuswide learning experience based on Rebecca Skloot's book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  With the start of classes Aug. 22, faculty members in departments ranging from history to nursing, science to English, and culinary arts to the dramatic arts are participating in this interdisciplinary campus learning collaboration.
 
 
The bestselling book chronicles how cells of Lacks, a poor African-American woman from the South who died of cancer in 1951, were used to grow human cells in a lab.  Cells taken from Lacks were used without consent from her and her family, raising ethical questions about medical research. Included in over 60,000 published studies, these cells have played a part in research on cancer, AIDS, and gene mapping, and led to many discoveries including the polio vaccine.

LOCAL PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR GLOBAL STUDY ON WIND FARM IMPACTS

 

Can chickens provide early warnings of wind turbine health dangers?

 

By Miriam Raftery
August 21, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Like those proverbial canaries in the coal mine, chickens near wind farms may provide early clues to potential harm to health of humans and animals. That’s the contention of Hamish Cumming, a farmer battling proposed wind turbines near his home in Australia.

 

He has written a letter to East County Magazine seeking help from people living near wind farms locally (and in other locations) to document cases of shell-less eggs, dead chickens, or other animals that suffer internal hemmorrhaging.

SHARP GROSSMONT ANNOUNCES SERVICES

 

 August 20, 2011 (La Mesa) --Sharp Healthcare announces two programs for seniors.

 

PROJECT C.A.R.E. OFFERS HELP FOR SENIORS:  Do you live alone? Concerned about someone living alone? Project C.A.R.E. can provide a daily computerized telephone call, Vial of Life, friendly visitor and more. Call the Sharp Grossmont Hospital Senior Resource Center at 619-740-4214 for details.

 

TABLE-TOP CLIP-ON CHAIR RECALLED DUE TO FALL AND AMPUTATION HAZARDS

 
 
 
August 18, 2011 (Washington D.C.) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below,has 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.

Name of Product: 
"metoo" Clip-on Chair
 

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