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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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COUNTY DECLARES MONKEYPOX LOCAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

 
Video by Alex Aguirre
 
August 2, 2022 (San Diego) - Local public health and elected officials today announced the declaration of a local health emergency to respond to monkeypox in the San Diego region.

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CDC WEBSITE DOWN

 

Update: The site came back up by early evening; the CDC has not announced what caused the outage.

July 28, 2022 (Washington D.C.) - The website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov) has been down for at least half an hour, as of 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

ECM's editor found the site down while attempting to research travel vaccine requirements. She notified the CDC's media relations office, which was unaware of the outage.


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NEW 988 NATIONAL SUICIDE HOTLINE COMPLEMENTS CA EFFORTS

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

July 22, 2022 (San Diego) -- Starting now, people contemplating suicide or families experiencing a mental health crisis can call 988 instead of 911, and get the help they need.


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CONGRESSWOMAN JACOBS PRESIDES OVER HOUSE PASSAGE OF RIGHT TO CONTRACEPTION ACT; ISSA VOTES NO ON PROTECTING ACCESS TO BIRTH CONTROL

By Miriam Raftery

July 21, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53) presided over the House Floor today during the passage of H.R. 8373, the Right to Contraception Act.  

Congresswoman Jacobs is a co-lead of the bill introduced by Congresswoman Kathleen Manning in response to Justice Clarence Thomas calling for reconsideration of Griswold v. Connecticut, the landmark ruling which declared states could not outlaw birth control access for married couples.

East County’s Republican Congressman Darrell Issa voted against the bill, as did the vast majority of Republicans though several did cross party lines to vote in favor. The measure passed by a 228-195 margin.

Jacobs  gave an impassioned floor speech in support of the measure, which was also backed by San Diego’s other three Democratic representatives (Scott Peters, Mark Levin, and Juan Vargas.)


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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TAKES STEPS TO PROTECT SOME ABORTION ACCESS, LAUNCHES WEBSITE TO HELP WOMEN FIND REPRODUCTIVE CARE

By Miriam Raftery

July 21, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – After the Supreme Court ruled that states can ban or restrict abortion access, overturning Roe v. Wade, the Biden administration has taken several actions to protect abortion access in certain circumstances. Specifically:

  • The administration cited a law on the books since 1986, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which requires abortions be allowed in all states if a woman’s life or health is at stake; hospitals that refuse can lose Medicare and Medicaid funding.
  • The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department warns that pharmacists must dispense medications used for miscarriages and early-term abortions, or face potential criminal penalties. Attorney General Merrick Garland similarly issued a statement that states cannot ban mifepristone, a drug approved by the FDA for early pregnancy termination among other uses.
  • HHS launched a website to help people nationwide find reproductive care and understand their rights at https://reproductiverights.gov/
  • President Joe Biden signed an executive order to protect patient privacy and access to emergency contraception and medication abortions.
  • HHS has advised pharmacies not to discriminate based on types of contraception sold, if any birth control items are sold in their retail stores.

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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATES BONNIE PRICE AND BELLA BARNA RECALL ABORTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER ROE V. WADE

By Miriam Raftery

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July 19, 2022 (San Diego’s East County) -- Bonnie Burns Price and Bella Barna, two East County residents and long-time women’s advocates, speak out on their efforts to help women get abortions before and after Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion access across America.

In an interview aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ radio, they also shared their concerns over how the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe vs. Wade will impact vulnerable women.

In addition, Barna shared her personal experiences with an abortion and a failed miscarriage which put her life in jeopardy.

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS


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REP. JACOBS CO-SPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO USE CONTRACEPTIVES

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  U.S. Rep. Sara Jacobs. Photo by Chris Stone

July 16, 2022 (Washington, D.C.) - Rep. Sara Jacobs of San Diego joined with three other Congresswomen Friday in advancing a bill to protect women’s rights to use contraceptives in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.


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EL CAJON IS FIRST CALIFORNIA CITY TO PILOT NURSE NAVIGATOR PROGRAM FOR 911 CALLS WITH ACCESS2CARE CALL CENTER

By Elijah McKee

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July 15, 2022 (El Cajon) — It is no secret that 9-1-1 medical calls are sometimes not placed for life-threatening emergencies — yet for lack of any other system, those moments are often forced to be treated with urgent responses, such as ambulance rides to emergency rooms. 


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CALLING ON CREATIVE YOUNG SAN DIEGANS FOR YOUTH VACCINE CHALLENGE

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  one of the winning entries of the County’s 2021 Our Health is Worth a Shot! Youth Challenge

July 15, 2022 (San Diego) - The County of San Diego is calling on young local artists to share their video and visual art submissions for the 2022 Our Health Deserves a Boost(er)! Youth Challenge.


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HIGH RISK FOR COVID-19 IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 14, 2022 (San Diego) - The continued increase in local coronavirus cases has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to move San Diego County to its high-risk level for COVID-19.


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COUNTY URGES MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM MONKEYPOX

Source: San Diego County News Service

July 13, 2022 (San Diego) – County health officials are encouraging men who have sex with men to abstain or practice safer sex to avoid getting and spreading the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox vaccines are also available locally for people in high-risk groups.


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ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: THE CALIFORNIA HEALTH EQUITY AND RACIAL JUSTICE FUND WILL HELP UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

By David R. Shorey, East County Program Manager, Institute for Public Strategies

July 11, 2022 (San Diego) -- Communities that are low income or consist of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color generally see less investment in services and access to health care. They are more consistently targets of drug and alcohol marketing and overconcentration of alcohol retailers. This creates a spiral environment where drugs and alcohol become a coping mechanism to numb physical, mental and emotional pain in lieu of proper care.


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BEACH SAFETY UPDATES: UNSAFE BACTERIA LEVELS AT CHILDREN’S POOL IN LA JOLLA AND AT TIDELANDS PARK IN CORONADO

East County News Service

July 11, 2022 (San Diego) – Before you head to the beach, be sure to check the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ)’s newest beach management actions for Monday, July 11th including new health advisories for popular beaches, as well as advisories lifted for some other coastal areas.


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PLANS TO CURB CALIFORNIA INSULIN COSTS ABOUND. WILL ANYTHING GET DONE THIS YEAR?

By Ana B. Ibarra, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

July 10, 2022 (Sacramento) - As consumers, advocates and others prioritize their fight to lower prescription drug costs, insulin is usually first in line.  


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COVID HOSPITALIZATIONS, ICU ADMISSIONS UP BY TWO-THIRDS

East County News Service

July 8, 2022 (San Diego) - Hospitalizations for COVID-related illness are on the rise, up 66 percent in the last 30 days, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency reports. New ICU admissions rose 68 percent during that same time frame.

The County has also seen an increase in reinfections, San Diegans who have tested positive for COVID-19 several times throughout the pandemic. National data shows that prior infection does not necessarily prevent reinfection with some of the newer virus variants.

Dr. Cameron Kaiser, M.D., the County’s deputy public health officer offers this advice.

“Due to the increased level of community transmission, including reinfections, we strongly recommend masking, especially in crowded spaces or around family, friends and colleagues who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19,” Dr. Kaiser says. “Our best bet in preventing hospitalizations and deaths is to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, and isolating from others when sick.”


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PENCE WANTS TO BAN ABORTION IN ALL STATES

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mike Pence, cc by NC via Bing

June 28, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Former Vice President Mike Pence, a potential future presidential candidate, praised the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision allowing states to outlaw abortion, tweeting, “Life Won.”  Now Pence wants to go farther.  In an interview with conservative news outlet Breitbart News, he pledged support for banning abortion nationwide.


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PROTESTS ERUPT AFTER SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE, ALLOWS STATES TO END ABORTION RIGHTS

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Pro-choice demonstrators tonight at Waterfront Park in San Diego, by Josan Feathers

June 24, 2022 (Washington D.C.) – Ending a half century of women’s rights to end a pregnancy, the U.S. Supreme Court today issued a ruling overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. 

That means abortion becomes illegal in 26 states immediately due to trigger laws or older statutes on the books, many banning abortion even to save a mother’s life or prevent a rape or incest victim from being forced to give birth. More states are poised to consider banning or restricting abortion, while Republican leaders have pledged to seek a nationwide abortion ban if they regain control of Congress in November.

Today’s decision has sparked protests nationwide, including thousands protesting outside the Supreme Court and justices’ homes this evening, as well as a large crowd gathered in San Diego outside the County adminstration building at Waterfront Park.


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VACCINES FOR INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN APPROVED, APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE LOCALLY

By Miriam Raftery

June 22, 2022 (San Diego) -- COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months of age have been approved the federal regulators. The vaccines will be available locally within days at medical facilities including Rady Children’s Hospital, which is now scheduling appointments, as well as at community clinics, pediatricians’ offices, and some pharmacies.


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LAWMAKERS WEAKEN CALIFORNIA'S NURSING HOMES BILL; SPONSORS YANK THEIR SUPPORT

By Jocelyn Wiener, CalMatters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

June 22, 2022 (Sacramento) - A group of advocates that has long fought to reform the state’s troubled nursing home licensing system is now attempting to kill legislation it sponsored, calling the amended bill “a step backwards.”


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FREE LUNCH AND LEARN WEBINAR ON VETERANS’ BENEFITS AND CAREGIVER SUPPORT

East County News Service

June 22, 2022 (San Diego) – The Caregiver Coalition of San Diego and the County of San Diego invite you to a free Lunch and Learn webinar on veterans benefits and caregiver support on Wed., June 29 from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


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THREE CASES OF MONKEYPOX CONFIRMED IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 17, 2022 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency has identified three probable cases of hMPXV, also known as human monkeypox, in our region.


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RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF ELDER ABUSE

By Katie Cadiao, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 16, 2022 (San Diego) - Yesterday was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  The County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services is asking San Diegans to be on the lookout for signs of elder abuse.


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REPORT: DRUG DEATHS, SUICIDES UP AMONG OLDER AMERICANS

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

Photo:  New research shows the early death rate for Hispanic American seniors climbed 48% from 2019 to 2020, compared to a national average of 17%. (Logoboom/Adobe Stock)

June 15, 2022 (San Diego) - Older Americans are dying from drug overdose or suicide at much higher rates now compared to a decade ago, according to the latest America's Health Rankings Senior Report from UnitedHealthcare.


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BEACHES FROM CORONADO TO BORDER CLOSED DUE TO CONTAMINATION

East County News Service

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Update June 17, 2022  - The water contact closure orders for Coronado's beaches have been lifted.
 
June 11, 2022 (San Diego) – The weather is sweltering. But if you’re headed to the beach, avoid areas from Coronado southward. The County Department of Environmental Health and Quality has extended a water contact closure for the ocean shoreline from Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge through Imperial Beach to now include the Silver Strand state beach and Coronado Shores. 

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

June 9, 2022 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

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ATKINS INTRODUCES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT ABORTION AND BIRTH CONTROL ACCESS IN CALIFORNIA

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2022 (San Diego) – As the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to ban or restrict abortion, San Diego’s State Senator Toni Atkins (D-39) has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 to protect women’s right to access abortion and contraception in California.


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HEPATITIS OUTBREAK LINKED TO FRESH STRAWBERRIES: VACCINE CAN PROTECT AGAINST ILLNESS

East County News Service

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May 30, 2022 (San Diego) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers, retailers and restaurants not to eat, sell or serve any FreshKampo or HEB brand organic strawberries purchased between March 5 and April 25.

If you ate these berries in the past two weeks and have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis A, you should immediately consult your doctor to get vaccinated, which can prevent infection within 14 days of exposure. 


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