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WHOOPING COUGH CASES SET NEW RECORD: OVER 2,000 CASES LAST YEAR

 

County News Service

February 28, 2015 (San Diego County) - The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases reported in San Diego County last year reached a new high, surpassing the previous record by nearly 900 cases, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has announced.

BALLPARK TOBACCO BAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Tobacco may soon be snuffed out at all baseball parks in California, if a new bill introduced by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond wins approval in the California Legislature.

MOLECULAR LINK BERWEEN OBESITY AND DIABETES

 

By Leon Thompson

February 27, 2015 (San Diego)--Researchers at the University of California San Diego believe they have discovered the "root cause" of Type 2 diabetes, a molecular link between obesity and diabetes that may lead to new treatment.

FLU DEATHS ON THE RISE IN SAN DIEGO

 

February 25, 2015 (San Diego) - Influenza claimed the lives of eight more San Diegans last week, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths this season to 62, the County Health and Human Services Agency reports.

ALASKA, WASHINGTON D.C. EASE RESTRITIONS ON POT

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (San Diego)--Alaska has become the 3rd state to legalization the recreational use of marijuana, with limits similar to those in place in Colorado and Washington state, the other states where marijuana is now legal for adults to own in small quantities for personal use.

FREQUENT SAUNA USE PROTECTS MEN AGAINST CARDIAC DEATH

 

Source: University of Finland

February 25, 2015 (San Diego)--Frequent – even daily – taking a sauna can reduce the risk of cardiac death, according to a recent study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. The 20-year follow-up study discovered that men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 63% less likely to experience a sudden cardiac death than those taking a sauna once a week. Furthermore, the occurrence of death due to coronary artery disease and other cardiac events, as well as overall mortality, were less frequent in the group taking saunas several times a week.

HELEN KNOLL FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE FEB. 26 IN JAMUL

 

February 21, 2015 (Jamul) – The Helen Knoll Foundation, which has a mission to prevent breast cancer in women ages 18 to 40, will host an open house on Thursday, February 26th from 5 to 8 p.m. at California Sol, a new restaurant at 12891 Highway 94 in Jamul.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: IT'S TIME FOR A HEART TO HEART

 

By Sam DiGiovanna

February 16, 2015 (San Diego)--If your husband has chest pain you’d call 911. However, many women may not recognize signs of heart attacks themselves. Did you know that heart attack symptoms in women can be quite different from men's. Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but recent studies show that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America.  Yet acting quickly is vitally important.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SEEKING TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS WITH 2015 HEALTHCARE HERO AWARDS

 

February 16, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is soliciting nominees for its 2015 Healthcare Hero Awards. Now in its ninth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Nomination forms are available at www.grossmonthealthcare.org. Deadline for submission of entries is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at the GHD offices, 9001 Wakarusa St., in La Mesa.

DO YOU LOVE YOUR HEART?

 

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Around County On Feb. 13

East County News Service

February 13, 2015 (San Diego)--County officials and community partners kick off Love Your Heart Day to help residents take charge of their health by offering free blood pressure screenings throughout San Diego County on Friday, February 13. The blood pressure screenings will be offered to adults at more than 200 locations. For a list of locations, call 2-1-1 or visit www.loveyourheartsd.org.

FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH

 

East County News Service

February 15, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - February is Heart Health Month, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a Million Hearts® effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017.  The CDC is encouraging you to know your blood pressure, and if it's high, to make control  your goal.

SOUTHWEST EXTENDS MEDICAL GRANTS FOR FREE FLIGHTS

 

February 15, 2015 (San Diego)--Southwest Airlines announced Tuesday it will provide over $3.2 million in free transportation to patients seeking medical treatment and to their caregivers.  Grants will be made through Southwest’s Medical Transportation Grant Program, which will have a 14% increase over last year.

MEDICAL EXAMINER: NEW DRUGS KILLING SAN DIEGANS

 

Source: County News Service

February 14, 2015 (San Diego)--Last November, a 24-year-old San Diego County man bought and injected what he thought was heroin. Instead, it was a synthetic drug 10 times more powerful, and he died from the accidental overdose.

CALIFORNIA FIRM RECALLS BEFF PRODUCTS PRODUCED WITHOUT IMPORT INSPECTION

 

 

February 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – ATM International USA, Inc., a Torrance, Calif.company, is recalling approximately 1,999 pounds of boneless beef products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of serious adverse health consequences exists.

COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS: PRETEENS NEED VACCINES

 

Source: County News Service

February 9, 2015 (San Diego) --One can prevent a bacterial illness that can cause infections of the lining of the brain, spinal cord and bloodstream. Another can protect against several viruses that cause cancer.

UC TO REQUIRE VACCINATIONS FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

 

Photo credit: iStock courtesy UC news service

By Miriam Raftery

February 8, 2015 (San Diego)--The University of California  has announced that it will require incoming students to be  vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcus, tetanus and whooping cough.  Students must show proof of these vaccinations and also be screened for tuberculosis, starting in 2017. However individual campuses can choose to begin implementation earlier, a press release issued by the UC system states.

FEB. 15 DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA HEALTH INSURANCE

 

Tax penalties kick in for uninsured this year

East County News Service

February 8, 2015 (San Diego) – February 15th is the deadline to sign up for health insurance this year under Covered California, the state’s exchange for purchasing insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which requires every American to have health insurance.

SOME EAST COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE HIGH RATES OF UNVACCINATED CHILDREN

 

 

By Miriam Raftery; Kristin Kjaero contributed to this report

February 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The current measles epidemic  has focused attention on concerns over parents who decline to vaccinate their children.  In East County and San Diego’s inland region (East of I-15) the rate of unvaccinated children in local kindergartens is as high as 90% (at Holy Trinity, a private school in El Cajon)  down to just 1% unvaccinated at Mt. Vernon Elementary in Lemon Grove.

Countywide, the rate of kindergartners who are unvaccinated or not current on vaccine boosters  is 7.6%.

SUSPECTED CASE OF MEASLES AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL IN LA MESA

 

Reprinted with permission from www.ReportingSanDiego.com

By Nadin Abbott

Feb. 6, 2015 (La Mesa) Earlier in the day a patient came to Grossmont Hospital with what looked like measles. According to the twitter page the Emergency Room at 5555 Grossmont Center Drive was closed.

The ER is now open, and the patient has been put in isolation, this is per the hospital twitter feed.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN GONZALEZ COAUTHORS MEASURE TO BOOST VACCINATION RATES

 

Proposed legislation would eliminate California's personal belief exemption for vaccinations

February 5, 2015 (Sacramento)--California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) has joined State Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen to propose legislation that would eliminate the personal belief exemption for vaccinations in California.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

February 3, 2015 (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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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: FEBRUARY IS HEART AWARENESS MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

It’s February, put your Heart into it!

February 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Heart disease kills over a half million people every year. It’s no surprise February is Heart Awareness month. Together, we all can prevent and cardiovascular disease (CVD), one step at a time says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

CIRCUS VARGAS OFFERS DONORS AT SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK'S EAST COUNTY DONOR CENTER A BUY ONE TICKET GET ONE TICKET FREE COUPON FOR FEBRUARY & MARCH PERFORMANCES

 

January 30, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Blood donors giving at San Diego Blood Bank’s East County Donor Center beginning Monday, January 26 through March 8 will be awarded a buy one ticket get one ticket free coupon at Circus Vargas performances in San Diego County during February and March. There are several Circus Vargas locations planned including Mission Bay Park, El Cajon, Vista and National City.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE INVOLUNTARY MENTAL ILLNESS TREATMENT

 

By Hayden Parsley

January 28, 2015 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted this week to implement involuntary treatment for mentally ill patients. The legislation that would allow this is known as Laura’s law. This motion was passed 4 to 1 on Tuesday. Staff now has 90 days to develop a plan to implement the law countywide.

SAN DIEGO'S FIRST PEDIATRIC HEART TRANSPLANT

 

By Hayden Parsley

January 27, 2015 (San Diego) - San Diego’s first pediatric heart transplant patient was released from Rady Children’s Hospital Tuesday. This is following a 12 day stay and a successful surgery.

DOCTORS STRIKE AT UCSD

 

 

January 28, 2015 (San Diego) - Doctors at University of California student health centers went out on strike Tuesday, including physicians who picketed at UC San Diego.

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