Health/Fitness

RED CROSS ISSUES EMERGENCY CALL FOR BLOOD DONORS: FEB. 4 DRIVE IN SANTEE

 

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2019 (San Diego) – The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors across San Diego County.  Blood and platelet donations dropped by 27,000 over the holiday/flu season. These are perishable supplies that must be replaced to meet the needs of patients in need of life-saving medical treatment.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ELECTS 2019 BOARD OFFICERS

 

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2019 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has elected its 2019 board officers.

Randy Lenac, who recently won reelection to his second four-year term, was elected as 2019 board president. Virginia Hall was elected as vice president and Robert “Bob” Ayres was elected as secretary. Lenac selected Gloria Chadwick to serve as treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Michael Emerson, who served as board president in 2017 and 2018.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NURSING, HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

 

East County News Service

January 14, 2019 (La Mesa) – Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two of its 2019 scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as health technicians.

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET AIMS TO LOWER PREMIUMS, EXPAND MEDI-CAL

 

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

Photo:  Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his $209 billion budget proposal in Sacramento on Thursday. (Flickr)

January 12, 2019 (Sacramento) - The State of California would invest hundreds of millions of dollars to improve access to healthcare and health insurance under Gov. Gavin Newsom's first budget, released on Thursday. 

SIGNUP DEADLINE FOR COVERED CA HEALTH PLANS IS TUESDAY

 

 

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service 

Photo:  CoveredCA says 80 percent of people using its website to find health insurance are eligible for a subsidy to lower their premiums. (Goir/Stockphoto)
January 12, 2019 (Sacramento) - People who want to sign up for health insurance using the Covered California marketplace have only four days left – because open enrollment ends January 15th.

H1N1 IS PRIMARY FLU VIRUS CIRCULATING IN SAN DIEGO, NATION

 

Pandemic H1N1 is the primary influenza virus circulating this season in San Diego and across most of the nation, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Of 1,730 lab-confirmed influenza cases reported so far this season in San Diego, nearly 94 percent are influenza A. Influenza A has several subtypes, including Pandemic H1N1 and H3N2. During a typical year, the primary influenza virus is H3N2 or “seasonal” flu. This season, there are 10 cases of Pandemic H1N1 for every case of H3N2.

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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT TO HOST JAN. 7TH PUBLIC HEARING IN EL CAJON ON TRANSITION FROM AT-LARGE TO ZONE-BASED ELECTIONS

 

East County News Service

January 2, 2019 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has announced a public hearing will be held as part of its future transition to district-only or zone-based elections. The public will be invited to address the GHD board of directors at a public hearing scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 7, at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 E Douglas Ave., El Cajon.

FLU AND MENINGITIS KILLS CONSERVATIVE WRITER/COMMENTATOR BRE PAYTON IN SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

January 1, 2019 (San Diego) – Bre Payton, 26, a conservative writer for the Federalist magazine and frequent guest commentator on Fox News and other networks, died Friday in San Diego from H1N! (swine) flu and meningitis. Her friend, Morgan Murtaugh, was staying over the holidays at Payton’s San Diego apartment and found her unconscious on Friday, December 27th, shortly after Payton was diagnosed with the flu, the New York Times reports.

IT'S NOT JUST THE HOLIDAY SEASON, IT'S TICK SEASON

 

That’s right. You may not know it, but in San Diego County, winter is tick season, and San Diego County’s Vector Control Program is reminding people to remember to wear insect repellent and take simple precautions like wearing long sleeves and long pants when hiking or heading out into nature.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH BERNARD MAURICIA, THE SEANY FOUNDATION, HELPING “KIDS BE KIDS” WHILE BATTLING CANCER



Hear our interview with Bernard Mauricia, Vice President of Marketing at The Seany Foundation: click here to listen or download

 

Get Well Soon Retreat January 26 is latest program to help families of pediatric cancer patients



By Miriam Raftery

December 30, 2018 (San Diego) – “We have to be able to go out and advocate for kids with cancer to just be kids, and for families to be able to breathe…to have tools and resources to support them through their cancer journey,” says La Mesa resident Bernard Mauricia, vice president of marketing at The Seany Foundation.

The foundation runs Camp Reach for the Sky, funds cancer research and support programs for families of children with cancer. The organization also has several events coming up including a Get Well Soon Retreat in January.

The San Diego-based foundation has a mission to fund meaningful projects that enhance the lives of children and young adults affected by cancer.  The Seany Foundation is named for Sean Lewis Robins (1983-2006), who was diagnosed at age 16 with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He spent seven years battling the disease, becoming an inspiration to others with his mantra, “When nothing is certain, everything is possible!”

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VAPING MARIJUANA IS MORE HARMFUL THAN SMOKING IT, STUDY FINDS

 

East County News Service

December 23, 2018 (San Diego) -- As the use of e-cigarettes – both for inhalation of nicotine and marijuana – becomes more popular among adolescents and teenagers, according to the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS), the medical community is raising concerns over their harmful health effects.

SEN. ATKINS CALLS FOR UNITED RESPONSE TO MIGRANT CRISIS, RECALLING HEPATITIS A SCANDAL

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

Photo:  State Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins says she was having “productive conversations” with Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Photo by Chris Stone

December 19, 2018 (San Diego) - Recalling the deadly hepatitis A outbreak, state Senate leader Toni Atkins on Tuesday urged public officials at all levels to coordinate responses to what she called the ongoing humanitarian crisis in San Diego and Tijuana.

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COUNTY INSTALLING BLEEDING CONTROL KITS AT PUBLIC FACILITIES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2018 (San Diego) - “At the urging of ER doctors, first-responders and others, the county has started installing bleeding control kits at its facilities,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob announced on Facebook. Medical experts say the kits are critical in boosting survival rates after a traumatic event. I want to thank my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors for supporting this initiative.

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MARIJUANA PRODUCT DELIVERIES MUST BE ALLOWED STATEWIDE, REGULATORY AGENCY RULES

 

 

East County News Service

December 10, 2018 (San Diego) – Cities and counties throughout California must allow marijuana deliveries, even in jurisdictions where dispensary sales are banned. Thats the ruling issued last week by the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control.

BEACH CLOSURES EXTENDED TO SILVER STRAND AND CORONADO SHORELINES

 

 

Flows from Tijuana River mouth may be moving north

East County News Service

 

December 8, 2018 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health has extended the existing water contact closure area at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park shoreline to include all of Imperial Beach, Silver Strand and Coronado shoreline. 

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VETERAN OWNED NONPROFIT ‘3 PAWS UP’ TEAMS UP WITH RADYS CHILDRENS HOSPITAL FOR “HOLIDAY TOY DROP OFF DAY” DEC. 14

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2018 (San Diego) – 2014 Veteran of the Year for the 71st District of San Diego and Award-winning Author Karolyn Smith announced that her nonprofit, 3 Paws Up, has teamed up with Rady’s Children’s Hospital and will attend this year’s Rady’s ”Holiday Toy Drop Off” event on December 14th from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. With a gracious donation from the Julian Arts Guild, 3 Paws Up will be donating 25 copies of “Sophia the Bionic Cat” to Rady’s kids.

GROUND BEEF RECALL EXPANDS

 

 

East County News Service

December 4, 2018 (Washington D.C.)  Over 250 people nationwide have fallen ill from salmonella tied to ground beef, including 66 cases in California, the Centers for Disease Control reports.  Over 12 million pounds of ground beef have been recalled, all packaged between July 26 and Sept.7, but health officials warn that some products may still be in consumers freezers.

Following an October recall, a second recall issued this week adds another 5 million pounds of potentially tainted products. The tainted beef was sold at major retailers including Walmart, Sams Club, Sprouts, Ralphs, Food 4 Less and others.  View the retailer list here

SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAMS AT SHARP GROSSMONT IN JANUARY

 

Source: Sharp Grossmont Hospital 

December 3, 2018 (La Mesa) - The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital 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 619-740-4214For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit their website at www.sharp.com

CAJON VALLEY RECEIVES GRANT FROM KAISER PERMANENTE FOR MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES



 

 

East County News Service

December 3, 2018 (El Cajon) -- Kaiser Permanente Southern California announced a $6 million, five-year Community Mental Health and Wellness Initiative with an immediate Local Partnership Grant (LPG) grant allocation of $1.28 million to combat and improve access to mental health services. The initial grant allocation is funding a group of two-year grants to support 16 nonprofit community partners working to improve mental health and wellness in under-resourced Southern California communities. 

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS FILES SUIT AGAINST OPIOID MANUFACTURERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

 

 

Source: Pala Band of Mission Indians

December 3, 2018 (Pala) -- The Pala Band of Mission Indians has filed suit in federal court against an array of pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors seeking to hold the companies accountable for the devastating effects prescription opioids have had on the tribe.

SUNSHINE MILLS, INC. ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF DRY DOG FOOD DUE TO POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS LEVELS OF VITAMIN D

 

 

East County News Service 

December 1, 2018 (San Diego) - Sunshine Mills, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of select products of Evolve® Puppy, Sportsman’s Pride® Large Breed Puppy and Triumph® Chicken and Rice Dog Food (reference below) due to potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D, which can cause kidney failure and other serious health harm to dogs. The recalled products are:

VOTERS RETURN TWO INCUMBENTS TO GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 

East County News Service 

November 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Two longtime Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board members retained their seats in the recent November 2018 general election on the five-member board that represents more than 500,000 people residing in the district’s 750 square miles in East County.

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GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SHIFTS TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS: HEARING DEC. 3

 

 

Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

November 26, 2018 (La Mesa)  The public is invited to provide input during a public hearing December 3, 2018 at 6 p.m. on the Grossmont Healthcare District’s transition to a new system for electing its board members.

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