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SEVERE VIRUS CASES STRIKING CHILDREN; SAN DIEGO DOCTORS REPORT FIRST SUSPECTED CASES

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 13, 2014 (San Diego) – A virus suspected of sickening hundreds of children in the Midwest this summer is spreading across the nation, with 80 cases confirmed, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports.

SUICIDES INCREASE 20% COUNTYWIDE

 

Source: County News Service

September 10, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Suicides are up 20% in San Diego County.  That’s one of the startling findings in the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council’s Report to the Community.  The suicide rate steadily increased from 2008 to 2013. Last year, 14 suicides occurred for every 100,000 residents in San Diego County. That rate is also  20 percent higher than the average for the entire state of California.

2014 KIDS CARE FEST SEPT. 20 IN LA MESA: FREE HEALTH CARE SCREENINGS FOR 1,000 CHILDREN

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 9, 2014 (La Mesa)--The date has been announced for the 2014 Kids Care Fest, a free, family-oriented event open to the public featuring free health care screenings. This year’s Kids Care Fest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Now in its 13th year, Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District, La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and the City of La Mesa.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 children will receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals.

WELLNESS TIPS FOR SEPTEMBER

 

September 6, 2014 (El Cajon) – The East County Wellness Center provides free wellness tips for our readers.  This month’s wellness tips include infant massage, massage for weight loss, daily walking tips, neuromuscular massage, making your own coffee scrub, and relaxation tips for self confidence.

VET WARNS OF NEUROTOXIC SNAKES IN SUBURBAN SAN DIEGO NEIGHBORHOODS

 

Photo, left: rattlesnake in Ramona, by Elena Pena

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Neurotoxic snake bites, known as “super bites”, were formerly  rare in our region, found mainly in the Mojave Desert. But 10 News reports these serious bites are occurring now in suburban areas of San Diego and East County.

A dog with a neurotoxin bite in Del Cerro, for example, went into shock and had difficulty walking. The dog was treated at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center in La Mesa, where vets told 10 news that three of the ten snakebites treated in the past week have been neurotoxic bites.

NEED A BODY PART? SCI FI BECOMES REALITY WITH 3-D MEDICAL IMPLANTS

 

From head to toe, 3-D implants are revolutionizing modern medicine

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Doctors  at Peking University in China have implanted the first-ever vertebra in a patient made using a 3-D printer, Business Insider reports.  Unlike most items printed in 3D, which use plastic, the custom-designed vertebra is made of titanium powder – a lightweight, porous material that allows real bone to grow through it, eventually creating a more natural fusion for the young patient’s spine.

THREE PEOPLE CONTRACT WEST NILE VIRUS IN EAST COUNTY

 

East County News Service

August 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Three East County residents have contracted West Nile Virus – the first victims of the disease in San Diego County in the past two years.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

 

August 30, 2014 (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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HEWLETT PACKARD POWER CORDS FOR NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS RECALLED DUE TO FIRES

 

August 26, 2014 (San Diego) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced that Hewlett-Packard (HP) is recalling AC power cords for HP and Compaq notebook computers. The AC power cord can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of property damage.

DEATHS FROM OPIATE PAIN KILLERS FELL 33.7% WHERE MEDICAL POT IS LEGAL

 

Landmark study funded by National Institute of Health yields dramatic results

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Arguments in favor of medical marijuana just got a big shot in the arm.

A new study in the prestigious Journal of Internal Medicine, which is published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that in 13 states where medical marijuana is legal, fatal overdoses from prescription pain medications dropped dramatically.

OUTLIERS COLLECTIVE: FLYING SOLO AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

 

By Leon Thompson

August 24, 2014 (El Cajon)—Outliers Collective (www.outco.com) the only marijuana dispensary licensed by the County of San Diego, held its open house on August 2nd, one month after opening its doors to provide medical cannabis to patients who bring a doctor’s recommendation.  

The open house at the new facility near Gillespie Field at 8157 Wing Avenue in El Cajon was a great success, in spite of the rain. Patients came from as far away as Oceanside.  A couple from Imperial Beach said they read about the grand opening in East County Magazine and were happy to know there was at least one dispensary in San Diego that is licensed by the County.  “I’m 66 years old and smoked pot for the first time when I was 16,” the coastal resident said, “So today for the first time in 50 years I am buying marijuana legally.”

PEANUT AND ALMOND BUTTERS RECALLED DUE TO SALMONELLA

 

East County News Service

August 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Before you pack up a peanut butter sandwich for your children’s school lunches, check the labels.

There is a recall of several brands of peanut butters and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Safeway which own Vons, Kroger’s which owns Ralph and Food 4 Less, and others.

WELLNESS TIPS FOR AUGUST

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 14, 2014 (El Cajon) – The East County Wellness Center has provided new wellness tips for our readers, including massage for dieting, benefits of massage and self-massage after yoga.  To read full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

COUNTY OFFERS HELP FOR DEPRESSION AFTER SUICIDE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

County News Service

Photo, 2011, loaded by Eva Rinaldi on FlickR, Creative Commons license

 

August 13, 2014 (San Diego)--The suicide of Robin Williams is dominating local and national news, social media and dining table conversations. Running through all is the persistent question “Why?” He had global fame, legions of fans, and leaves behind a wife and chldren.

In the search for answers, much of the media focus has turned to the fact that the beloved actor and comedian suffered from major depression and addiction. While it’s true that clinical depression can increase the risk of suicide, San Diego County health experts say suicide is a much more complex issue.

HELP SAVE A LIFE: SIGN UP FOR PULSEPOINT APP TO BE NOTIFIED IF SOMEONE NEAR YOU NEEDS CPR

 

August 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Every minute that a victim of sudden cardiac arrest waits for CPR, their chance of survival drops by up to 10 percent.

FREE ZUMBA, PILATES AND YOGA CLASSES FOR OUR READERS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 8, 2014 (El Cajon) -- Now you can get fit, have fun and it's all free for East County Magazine readers, thanks to our wonderful landlord at the East County Wellness Center!  Just bring in this coupon and let them know you heard about them on East County Magazine.  Here's to your health!

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

 

August 4, 2014  (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

EBOLA DRUG SAVING LIVES OF STRICKEN DOCTORS WAS DEVELOPED IN SAN DIEGO

 

August 5, 2014 (San Diego)--An ebola outbreak has killed nearly 900 people in West Africa and stricken more than 1,600.  Left untreated,  about 90% of  patients with the ebola virus have died – and until recently, there was no known treatment or cure.

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS AT CAMPO HEALTH CENTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 4,2014 (Campo)--Campo will soon have a new family medicine center.   A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 26th for Mountain Health and Community Services’ new Campo Health Center.

JOIN EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE AT GRAND OPENING OF EAST COUNTY WELLNESS & YOGA CENTER AUGUST 5

 

 

 

 

Hear our audio promo in our new studio:  http://kiwi6.com/file/pk5dpheb7i

August 1, 2014 (El Cajon) – As the newest tenants in the El Cajon Medical Center, the East County Magazine & Media Center will provide media coverage and community radio broadcast demonstrations during the East County Wellness Center’s grand opening event on August 5th.  We invite our readers to stop by and join in the celebrations!

The wellness center offers zumba, yoga and pilates classes as well as massage services.  The grand opening festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce at 6 p.m.  All event guests can enjoy a Wellness seminar, free chair massages, beverages and hors d’oeuvres, prize drawings and more. The East County Wellness and Yoga Center is located at 1625 East Main Street, Suite 205 in El Cajon, CA 92012.

East County Magazine & Media Center now offers audio services and more for local community members in our new recording studio. Stop by our suite 204 for a tour, radio broadcast demonstration, and drawing for prizes( including a free ad on East County Magazine (averaging 150,000 visits each month) and a complimentary 15-minute recording session/podcast  for your organization.)

TWO SQUIRRELS TEST POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE

 

Source: County News Service

July 29, 2014(Palomar)--Two squirrels trapped at an empty outdoor school on Palomar Mountain have tested positive for plague, prompting San Diego County officials to remind people to take simple steps to protect themselves when camping and hiking.

FRESH FRUIT RECALLED DUE TO LISTERIA CONTAMINATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 30, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--If you bought fresh peaches, plums, nectarines or pluots at Trader Joe’s , Sam’s Club or Costco recently, you may have purchased fruit contaminated with listeria. Listeria causes a dangerous flu-like illness and can cause miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women.

ONLY LICENSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY TO OPEN IN EAST COUNTY: GRAND OPENING AUGUST 2

 

 

 

 

 

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By Miriam Raftery

July 30, 2014 (El Cajon) – Outliers Collective (www.outco.com), the only legal,  licensed medical marijuana dispensary  in East County’s unincorporated areas, will open this Saturday, August 2 near Gillespie Field.  A grand opening party is set from 1 to 4 p.m. at the collective dispensary, located at 8157 Wing Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon.

The grand opening will feature raffles, prize giveaways, meet and greet with model “Queen Esther”, poster signings, a food truck, 619 clothing and more.

SURGEON GENERAL ISSUES CALL TO ACTION ON SKIN CANCER

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 31, 2014 (Washington D.C.)—“We must act with urgency to stop the ever-increasing incidence of skin cancers in the United States,” Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, M.D., announced this week.

CAPITAL REPORT: BILL IN CONGRESS WOULD LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA WITH LOW THC LEVELS

 

July 31, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--A new bill in Congress would legalize use of medical marijuana, but only those varieties with very low levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient that makes users high.

SANTEE MAN DIAGNOSED WITH WEST NILE VIRUS

 

County News Service

July 27, 2014 (Santee)-A 43-year-old Santee man has the first confirmed local case of West Nile virus  this year, the County Health and Human Services Agency reports.  There has not been a human case of the disease in San Diego County since 2012.

SHERIFF'S DEPUTY SAVES LIFE WITH NALOXENE, THANKS TO NEW PROGRAM

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Just two weeks ago, Sheriff’s deputies at the Santee station became among the first law enforcement officers in the program to carry Naloxene, a drug that reverses the effects of heroin, under a new pilot program.

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