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SPENDING BILL CALLS FOR FEDS TO BACK OFF ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT, BUT LANGUAGE IS VAGUE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 17, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – Two California Congressmen slipped language into the $1.1 trillion spending bill signed into law by the President, calling on the federal government to stop spending money enforcing marijuana laws in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. But the language is vague and lacks teeth, so it’s not yet clear whether marijuana patients, clinics and growers can breathe a sigh of relief.

SOLVING SUDDEN DEATHS: NEW EFFORT COULD SAVE LIVES

 

Source: County News Service

December 9, 2014 (San Diego)--Sudden unexplained death is one of the toughest mysteries in forensic science. Researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute or STSI are teaming with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office for a clinical trial aimed at finding answers.

THE BRIGHTER SIDE OFFERS WOMEN WHO HAVE BREAST CANCER HOPE, HAPPINESS AND COMFORT

 

 

By Janis Russell

December 9, 2014 (La Mesa)- The Brighter Side is a boutique that offers services and products to women with breast cancer who are in recovery. Founded in Solana Beach in 1997, The Brighter Side opened its La Mesa store a year ago.

REGIONAL PLAN TO TACKLE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE GETS GO AHEAD

 

December 2, 2014 (San Diego)--Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating disorder that plunges its victims into a fog of lost memories, forgetfulness and an eventual loss of the ability to remember the most basic day-to-day details about their own lives.

It’s the region’s third leading cause of death.

HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: GET YOUR FLU SHOT, COUNTY SAYS

 

 

East County News Service

December 2, 2014 (San Diego) -- The County is reminding residents that the best way to protect yourself and your family from influenza is to get your flu shot.

NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER NAMED AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)-Sharp Grossmont Hospital is pleased to announce that Daniel Kindron has been named Chief Financial Officer of its 536-bed acute care hospital.  Kindron has been with Sharp Grossmont Hospital since 2006. During his time at Sharp he has fulfilled interim CFO duties and served as Finance Director, Manager, Supervisor, and Senior Financial Analyst.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES NEW CHIEF NURSING OFFICER

 

November 26, 2014 (La Mesa)--Sharp Grossmont Hospital announces that Louise White, RN, BSN, MHA has been named Chief Nursing Officer of the 540-bed acute care hospital.  She has also been named Vice President of Patient Care Services and will be responsible for the Clinical Nursing Departments.

NEED HEALTHCARE? OR RENEWAL OF YOUR COVERED CA PLAN? OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS NOW THROUGH FEB. 15

 

 

East County News Service

November 28, 2014 (San Diego)—If you need healthcare, the open enrollment period for Covered California, our state’s insurance exchanges under the Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare, runs from now through February 15.  For the first time, people who fail to have any health insurance will be subject to financial penalties that will rise over time.

Enrollment is off to a brisk beginning during the current sign-up period.  Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced that 69,245 consumers submitted applications for health coverage, including Medi-Cal, during the first four days of the 2015 open-enrollment period.

SDSU STUDY FINDS DANGEROUS BENZENE LEVELS IN HOOKAH SMOKE

 

By Chris Jennewein

Reprinted with permission form Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association (SDONA)

Photo: Water pipes at a Hookah lounge. Courtesy SDSU

November 26, 2014 (San Diego) - Hookah smokers, as well as nonsmokers exposed to the smoke in hookah lounges, show a significant increase in uptake of benzene, a chemical associated with an increased risk for leukemia, according to a new study by San Diego State University.

CAN CORPORATIONS SUFFER "MENTAL ANGUISH AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS?"

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Black lung disease, a condition caused by coal mining, was the topic of a radio ad by Public Citizen that promoted Murray Energy to sue, claiming rights until now reserved for people

November 27, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – An energy corporation is suing Public Citizen, a nonprofit citizens’ watchdog group, claiming that radio ads run by the group caused the company to suffer “mental anguish and emotional distress.”

STROLLERS RECALLED DUE TO AMPUTATION RISK

 

East County News Service

November 23, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission on Thursday announced a recall of 11 models of Graco strollers.  The strollers can pinch a young child’s finger and have caused several amputations.

FDA WARNS AGAINST SURGICAL DEVICE FOR FIBROIDS: IT CAN SPREAD CANCER

 

East County News Service

November 24, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that most women should not have hysterectomies or removal of fibroids using a morcellator device, because it can spread cancer.

CPUC MAY REVOKE ABILITY TO OPT OUT OF SMART METERS

 

East County News Service

November 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is weighing options that could make it more expensive to opt out of having a smart meter or even allow your right to remove a smart meter to be taken away in the future, under an interim proposed plan, warns the Center for Electrosmog Prevention. The group is an official intervenor in the current CPUC proceding on smart mater opt outs and recently   filed a formal response to a proposal that CEP founder Susan Brinchman of La Mesa calls “noxious.”

WARNING TO PARENTS: LAUNDRY PODS HAVE POISONED THOUSANDS OF KIDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Laundry pods are colorful packets of liquid detergent intended to offer convenient use in washing machines.  But to kids, they look like candy or juice.

DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR ALLEDGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF PATIENTS

 

East County News Service

November 7, 2014 (El Cajon)—A doctor who volunteered at Volunteers in Medicine in El Cajon and other facilities has been arrested and charged with 24 felony counts, ECM news partner 10 News reports.   The charges include 15 felony counts of sexually penetrating an unconscious victim, 8 counts of sexual battery and one count of child pornography.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: NOVEMBER IS DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

November 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Did you know that one in twelve Americans has diabetes? That’s more than 25 million people. Another 79 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Why is this awareness important? Because diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. If it’s not controlled, diabetes can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease, and other health problems.

MORE YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITOES FOUND, THIS TIME IN CHULA VISTA

 

Source: County News Service

November 3, 2014 (San Diego) – Last week, the first ever yellow-fever mosquitos, Aedes Aegypti, were found in our county at Naval Base San Diego.  Now County health officials report they have found two more of the yellow fever mosquitoes in Chula Vista after a resident reported being bitten by small, black, white-striped mosquitoes during the daytime in his home. The mosquitoes were found in his residence.

SHOULD EAST COUNTY HAVE A TRAUMA CENTER?

 

By Sharon Penny

November 1, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--San Diego’s County Trauma System received recognition last June for its role in saving lives. As noted in a previous East County Magazine story, the rate of preventable trauma deaths today stands at less than one percent, whereas 30 years ago it was 21 percent (http://eastcountymagazine.org/county-trauma-system-driving-deaths-down-east-county-lacks-trauma-center).

THANKSGIVING HEALTH FAIRE AND OPEN HOUSE IN LA MESA NOV. 15

 

October 28, 2014 (La Mesa)—The Om Center for Spiritual Living in La Mesa is holding its second Thanksgiving Health Faire and Open House, Saturday, Nov. 15th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The La Mesa community is invited to the Center at 7232 University Ave., just east of Massachusetts. Admission is free.

YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITOES FOUND IN COUNTY

 

October 29, 2014 (San Diego)—For the first time, a new invasive mosquito that carries yellow fever has been found in San Diego County.  These mosquitoes feed in daylight hours and can transmit several diseases.

BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE LINKED TO SERIOUS HARM IN WOMEN; MAKER COVERED UP DANGERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - An ABC News investigation that includes 10 News in San Diego reveals that the maker of the Essure birth control device covered up evidence that patients have been seriously harmed by the device for over a decade.

SHERIFF WARNS PARENTS: BEWARE OF HALLOWEEN MARIJUANA CANDIES THAT CHILDREN CAN OVERDOSE ON

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff’s Department

October 27, 2014 (San Diego)--They look like chocolate bars, cookies, brownies and gummy or jelly candies. Children might mistake them for Halloween goodies, but these treats are not what they seem. Parents are advised to carefully check their children's trick‐or‐treat bags for candies infused with marijuana, Sheriff Bill Gore warns.

MT. HELIX DEATH LINKED TO WEST NILE VIRUS

 

 

 

East County News Service

October 23, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – A Mt. Helix resident who died October 10th at Grossmont Hospital is believed to have died of West Nile Virus, 10 News reports. He may have been bitten by a mosquito in Eucalyptus Park in La Mesa, at the base of Mt. Helix, his daughter has said.

MORE RABID BATS FOUND; CHILDREN EXPOSED TO DEADLY VIRUS SOUGHT

 

East County News Service

Photo: Bureau of Land Management

October 21, 2014 (San Diego) – Five bats have tested positive for rabies in North County, the County reports. County health officials are asking for public help to identify five children who found a bat on Saturday outside the Pizza Nova outlet on North Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. The bat later died and was confirmed to have rabies.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

 

 

 

A joint report by East County Magazine and Reporting San Diego

By Miriam Raftery and Nadin Abbott

October 21, 2014 (La Mesa) – How prepared is East County's major hospital to handle an Ebola patient?

We contacted Grossmont Hospital to find out.  Although the risk of this occurring here is considered low by experts, errors in a Dallas hospital's handling of an Ebola patient pointed out the importance of proper planning.  Moreover, a survey published last week by National Nurses United revealed that 85 percent of hospitals had reportedly not provided any training for nurses on Ebola and most are short on equipment for handling a patient with the infectious disease that kills 70% of victims.

We sent a detailed list of questions to Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s director of marketing and communications, Bruce Hartman, on topics such as training and protective equipment for healthcare workers, whether patients are asked about their travel histories, and plans for sanitizing areas where an Ebola patient might have been waiting or treated. He responded with this detailed statement, followed by answers to our questions below.

The Hospital's responses include changes in procedures being made to reflect new guidelines just issued by the federal government, such as providing full protective suits with no skin exposed and training in how to safely remove such gear. Below is the full text of Hartman's response:

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