Health/Fitness

PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS TAKES EFFECT, PROVIDNG NEW HEALTH CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

September 24, 2010 (Washington, DC) –Several important consumer protection features of health reform went into effect yesterday, six months after the Affordable Care Act (also know as the Patient's Bill of Rights) was signed into law. While even supporters contend the bill is no panacea, it does contain some key reforms that may affect you and your family.

“The Patient’s Bill of Right makes sure that health care is available to you when you need it most and outlaws the most egregious abuses by the insurance industry,” said Congressman Filner (D-San Diego). For plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010, all privately-insured Americans now have the following protections:


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FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR KIDS: SEPT. 25 AT KIDS CARE FEST IN LA MESA

 


September 13, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Grossmont Healthcare District and the City of La Mesa are jointly presenting the ninth annual Kids Care Fest, a free event featuring free health care screenings as well as children's activities, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The public is invited to attend.


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COUNCIL TO CONSIDER MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY RULES TODAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 13, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego’s City Council will consider an ordinance today that would crack down on 125 medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

 

The proposed ordinance is modeled after a measure approved by the San Diego Board of Supervisors in June for the County’s unincorporated areas. That ordinance limits dispensaries to industrial areas and requires that they be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, playgrounds, religious institutions and homes.


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NEW HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS

 

October programs offered through Sharp Grossmont Hospital

 

September 9, 2010 (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.


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MORE WHOOPING COUGH CASES FOUND IN EAST COUNTY


Number of cases approaches 500 countywide as epidemic grows

 

September 8, 2010 (San Diego) -- County Health and Human Services Agency officials report  495 confirmed cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in 2010—triple the number last year. Today, the County announced dozens of new cases, including three in East County.


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WHOOPING COUGH EPIDEMIC: NEW CASES INCLUDE ALPINE STUDENT


Public urged to get vaccines, now available at clinics


September 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) updated 4 p.m.– A five-year-old at Boulder Oaks Elementary School in Alpine is among 11 new cases of whooping cough reported by the San Diego County Department of Health & Human Services last week.

 

The County urges people to get whooping cough vaccinations from their family physician.  "However, if an individual does not have a family doctor, the vaccine is also available at the County’s seven public health centers at minimal or no cost; one of them is located at 855 East Madison in El Cajon," County spokesman Jose Alvarez told East County Magazine.


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COUNTY STRIVES TO PROTECT ELDERLY FROM ABUSE AND NEGLECT


Public Guardian Steps In When Loved Ones Can’t

 

San Diego County Health & Human Services

August 28, 2010(San Diego) -- It’s a Wednesday morning and Alejandrina Martin knocks on the door of a 67-year-old man’s apartment in a low-income complex in the Lake Murray area.

Martin is one of three Public Guardian investigators with County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Public Administrator/Public Guardian (PA/PG).


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DEAD BLUE JAY TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS


County Officials Urge People to Follow Three Rules to Protect Themselves, Others

 


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FREE DENTAL EXAMS FOR KIDS TODAY IN SANTEE

 

 

August 21, 2010 (Santee) - Free dental exams for children will be offered today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pathway Community Church in Santee, thanks to a program through Rady Children’s Hospital. The free exams aim to help parents meet state requirements for youngsters entering kindergarten or first grade to have a dental checkup before starting school.


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380 MILLION EGGS RECALLED DUE TO SALMONELLA OUTBREAKS

 

August 18, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announces a four-fold increase in salmonella cases nationwide since May, including outbreaks in California and other states linked tocontaminated eggs. Wright County Egg of Iowa has recalled eggs distributed nationwide under the brand names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps.


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MOUSE AT MT. PALOMAR CAMPGROUND TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

 

County Urges Campers and area residents to Use Caution

 

August 16, 2010 (Palomar) -- A wild brush mouse trapped in Fry Creek Campground on Mt. Palomar tested positive for the potentially-deadly hantavirus during routine monitoring, San Diego County Vector Control officials said today. Nineteen mice have tested positive for Hantavirus this year countywide.

 


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GROSSMONT COLLEGE OPENS NEW NURSING SIMULATION LABS


Simulation labs with high-tech mannequins mimic real-life hospital scenarios

August 9, 2010 (El Caj on) – – Vanessa Cordova, newly hired nurse at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, quickly assesses the situation. A 46-year-old patient, J. Smith, had been admitted after collapsing at home and losing consciousness.

 


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CONFUSED ABOUT MEDICARE & MEDIGAP? FREE PROGRAM AUG. 25 AIMS TO HELP SENIORS


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NEWBORN DIES OF WHOOPING COUGH IN SAN DIEGO; STATE DECLARE WHOOPING COUGH EPIDEMIC


County Urges Health Care Providers to Vaccinate Parents and Children; Cases of Whopping Cough Nearly Double over 2009

 


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MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE FOR VIRUS

West Nile Virus Detected In Lemon Grove

 

East County News Service

July 28, 2010 (Lemon Grove)--A batch of mosquitoes collected in Lemon Grove has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first positive test this year for the potentially-deadly disease, County Vector Control officials announced today.


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IS YOUR DRYER A FIRE HAZARD?

 

Tips to keep your clothes--and your home--from going up in smoke
 

East County News Service

July 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 15,500 fires associated with clothes dryers occur annually, causing an average of 10 deaths, 310 injuries and more than $84.4 million in property damage. A lack of maintenance, buildup of lint, placing inappropriate items in the dryer and inadequate venting are frequently cited as contributing factors.


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EDITOR'S MESSAGE: DO YOU KNOW HOW TO SAVE SOMEONE WHO IS CHOKING? THESE TIPS WORK--I KNOW, BECAUSE I'VE USED THEM


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DREAM RIDER: BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS NOW HAVE UNIQUE REHAB OPTION

 

One-of-a-kind equine-assisted rehab sessions provided by women for women

By Shirley Clukey
 

July 25, 2010 (Alpine) -- “This is too beautiful, too simple, too good not to share with others,” said Catherine Hand, founder and director of Dream Rider, at a recent training of volunteers. Dream Rider is an equine-assisted rehabilitation program for breast cancer survivors.

 

Don’t be fooled by the program’s name; it does not involve horse riding lessons and no horse experience is necessary. Using human to horse contact, music and the movement of the horse, a client is led through a gradual progression of exercises designed specifically for her rehabilitation needs. It starts with the simple act of lying prone on the horse’s back, and aligning her breath with that of the horse.


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4 BATS TEST POSITIVE FOR RABIES, COUNTY REPORTS

 

While bats, skunks, raccoons and other wild animals might be interesting to look at. touching them—even when they’re dead—could expose you to rabies.

 


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TAKE OUR LIGHTNING QUIZ: THE RESULTS ARE ELECTRIFYING!

 

Warning: What you don't know can be deadly

 

July 21, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Most East County residents know safety steps to take during an earthquake or wildfire, which are common in our area. But many are misinformed about dangers posed by lightning, a less common peril in our region. When a thunderstorm does strike, however, risks are substantial—and relying on myths can be deadly.

 

Lightning has caused deaths in California and in San Diego County. In East County, a man in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park was killed by lightning. Another local resident suffered neurological damage.  Lightning strikes have caused many fires in East County. A Campo resident lost phone service due to lightning; in Alpine, a writer's computer was destroyed by a bolt.  

 
Test your knowledge on lightning—the answers may shock you!


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COUNTY ISSUES HEALTH WARNING AFTER 16TH MOUSE TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS

 

County Urges Residents To Use Caution When Cleaning Up Rodent Droppings
 

July 15, 2010 (Otay) -- San Diego County Vector Control officials confirmed today that one wild Northern Baja mouse trapped in the Otay River Valley during routine monitoring tested positive for Hantavirus. This brings the total to 16 mice that have tested positive for Hantavirus this year.

“Hantavirus is preventable and can be fatal. The wet winter has provided plenty of food and shelter for mice, helping to increase the wild mouse population. It is extremely important to keep mice out of houses, garages and sheds to prevent infection,” said Jack Miller, Director of the County Department of Environmental Health. “People contract Hantavirus by inhaling the virus, often when they are cleaning up rodent droppings and nesting materials. Wet cleaning methods should be used to prevent inhaling the virus.”


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POTTERY BARN RECALLS 82,000 CRIBS DUE TO DANGER OF ENTRAPMENT, FALLS AND STRANGULATION

 

July 15, 2010 (Washington D.C.). - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Pottery Barn Kids, has announced a voluntary recall of 82,000 Pottery Barn Kids drop-side cribs sold from 1999 through 2010. The recall includes numerous different styles of cribs following seven reported injuries and dozens of malfunctions.

 


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GOVERNOR SIGNS SALAS’ BILL TO CLARIFY FLIGHT RULES FOR AIR AMBULANCES

 

July 14, 2010 (San Diego) -- Assembly Bill 1660, which expands the definition of “emergency aircraft flights for medical purposes,” was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on Friday. The bill clarifies that an air ambulance, flying under a Lifeguard call sign, is not  subject to a fine or penalty when departing an airport after hours to return to headquarters.
 

“Our access to public safety is the issue in question,”  said Assemblymember Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista), author of the bill. “It is important that emergency workers are not hindered in doing their job.”  


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GOLF TOURNAMENT & LUAU AT COTTONWOOD JULY 23 TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER

 

Beads of Courage Arts-in-Medicine Program Coming to San Diego

July 10, 2010 (El Cajon) -- Local area leaders have teamed up with Beads of Courage to host a 2nd Annual Journey to Fight Cancer Golf Tournament & Luau at the Cottonwood Golf Course in El Cajon on Friday, July 23 starting at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and scramble.

 


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CHILD ABUSE WORKSHOP JULY 26

 

July 10, 2010 (San Diego)--The family education department of the International Rescue Committee – San Diego will host a 2-hour workshop on July 26, 2010, from 9:00 a.m.to 11 a.m., on child abuse prevention (with an emphasis on sexual abuse prevention) for child care workers and any interested community members.


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GOOD MONEY: LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE RATE INCREASE LOOMING; TAX DEDUCTION UPDATE

 

Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing

By: Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
 

President, Blue Summit Wealth Management

 

July 9, 2010 (La Mesa) -- We have just received notification that two of our top-rated carriers, John Hancock & Metlife, will be raising rates for new policies. If you have already secured your long term care policy, CONGRATULATIONS…you made a great decision! If you have been considering taking out a long term care insurance policy, please contact an independent Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) agent right away for quotes. (See below for tips on what to look for.)

 

Update on Tax Deductible Premiums:


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FDA APPROVES IMPLANTABLE MINI-TELESCOPE TO IMPROVE VISION IN ELDERLY PATIENTS

 

 Device helps prevent blindness in patients with age-related macular degeneration

 


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NEW WEBSITE WWW.HEALTHCARE.GOV LETS CONSUMERS COMPARE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COVERAGE OPTIONS

 

July 6, 2010 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on July 1st unveiled an innovative new on-line tool aimed at helping consumers take control of their health care by connecting them to new information and resources to access quality, affordable health care coverage.

 


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CAN'T GET INSURANCE? NEW PRE-EXISTING CONDITION INSURANCE PLAN ANNOUNCED BY HHS SECRETARY SEBELIUS


Affordable Care Act Program provides temporary coverage for Americans without insurance due to pre-existing conditions through 2014 when new insurance exchanges are established; Californians may apply starting in August


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SUPERVISORS CRACK DOWN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN COUNTY

Restrictive new ordinance passes 4-1, sharply limits sites where dispensaries may locate

“Virtually all of them are either undeveloped land, cement factories, mining operations, even land that’s zoned for treatment of radioactive materials,” -- Kate Valentine of Americans for Safe Access

July 2, 2010 (San Diego) – A restrictive new ordinance passed Wednesday by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will sharply limit locations where medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed and make it extremely costly for operators. The measure passed by a four-to-one vote. Supervisor Ron Roberts cast the lone dissenting vote.

 

“I think we’re violating the spirit of the law,” said Roberts, referring to the ballot initiative approved by California voters 14 years ago to legalize medical marijuana.


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