Skip navigation.
Home

Health




TWO STROLLER RECALLS FROM CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION

July 29, 2012 (San Diego) --  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in co-operation with Peg Perego and Kolcraft has announced a voluntary recall of approximately 228,000 strollers.

The Peg Perego USA Inc. recall is of 223,000 strollers due to a risk of entrapment and strangulation.  A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.

HOME DEPOT EVACUATED OVER PESTICIDE SPILL

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott

July 27, 2012 (El Cajon)—The Home Depot store at 298 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon was evacuated this afternoon after employees reported a suspicious odor at 2:34 p.m. 

According to Deputy Chief Rick Sitta, El Cajon-Heartland Fire and Rescue, before emergency responders arrived, four people already had gone home and EMS took care of nine people at the scene, but none were transported to the hospital.

 

NEW PALOMAR MEDICAL CENTER HOSTS COMMUNITY CELEBRATION SATURDAY, JULY 28

By Caleb Trainer

July 25, 2012 (Escondido) – Palomar Health is hosting a “community celebration” on Saturday afternoon at the new, 11-story Palomar Medical Center (PMC) here. The district serves north San Diego County, including inland mountain areas.

MOTHER EARTH DISPENSARY FILES EMERGENCY STAY; PATIENTS TELL THEIR STORIES

 

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott
 
Update:  The stay of eviction has been denied by the 4th circuit court. Mother Earth has filed for bankruptcy, but will remain open pending bankruptcy hearings, attorney Lance Rogers advised ECM today.
 
July 25, 2012 (San Diego)—A legal team for Mother Earth Alternative Healing Cooperative in El Cajon filed an emergency writ July 23 in San Diego County’s Superior Court seeking a stay of eviction from the facility near Gillespie Field. 

BOIL WATER ORDER AND PUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR POTRERO GENERAL STORE AND CAFE WATER SYSTEM

 
July 25, 2012 (Portrero) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Potrero General Store and Café drinking water system located on 25125 Highway 94, Potrero, CA 91963 effective immediately. The water system serves a general store and cafe.

SMARTPHONE FITNESS HITS COUNTY PARKS

 

Bring Smartphone, Read QR Code, Work Out, Get Fit

July 23, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Hit the trail with your smartphone and you can get more than a little hiking in. How about working out your core, your lower body, upper body and improving your flexibility too? The County Parks and Recreation Department kicked off QR (Quick Response) Fit Trails at 4S Ranch Sports Park this morning.
 
To see a video of the new QR Fit Trails, and an interview with Supervisor Pam Slater-Price click here: http://youtu.be/Lp98dLVN2y4.

 

MEDICAL EXAMINER’S REPORT SHOWS RISE IN DRUG DEATHS

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
July 23, 2012 (San Diego)- - The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office has released its 2011 Statistics and Annual Report. The report shows improvements in some areas where deaths have decreased, while highlighting other areas of concern.

BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY RECALLS POWER STRIPS DUE TO FIRE HAZARD

 
July 21, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, has announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

ADVOCATES TO UNVEIL PLANS FOR LEGAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA DEFENSE

County's sole legal medical marijuana dispensary to challenge U.S. Attorney for straight legal test of state law

El Cajon business to announce plans for defense of "legitimate medical marijuana operations"

July 20, 2012 (El Cajon) – Advocates, patients, and concerned citizens in support of the only state and county approved legal medical marijuana dispensary in California’s four-county southern border region announced plans to unveil strategy to defend one of the model medical marijuana dispensaries in the nation.

Representatives of Mother Earth’s Alternative Healing Cooperative said they would announce the plans and a specific challenge to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy at the press conference on the steps of the U.S. federal court house in San Diego on Monday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m.

BOIL WATER ORDER AND PUBLIC NOTIFICATION FOR THE MOUNT LAGUNA RECREATION AREA WATER SYSTEM

 
July 20, 2012 (Mount Laguna) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area water system located on Sunrise Highway, Mt. Laguna, CA 91948 effective immediately. The water system serves a campground, visitor center and fire station.

HEALTH DEPT. REPORT ON WIND TURBINES DRAWS CRITICISM; COUNTY PLANNERS TO VOTE ON WIND ENERGY ORDINANCE JULY 20

By Miriam Raftery

July 19, 2012 (San Diego) – Tomorrow at 9 a.m.,  San Diego County's Planning Commission will decide whether to approve a wind ordinance that would enable construction of numerous wind energy projects in our region's mountains, rural and desert communities.

Why, then, did San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency just issue a public health position statement that amounts to a whitewash of serious health problems linked to wind turbines around the world?

SENIORS AT HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO DISCUSS RELAXATION, VISUALIZATION AND MEDITATION JULY 25

 
July17, 2012 (La Mesa)--The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free seniors discussion group on “Relaxation and Visualization” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 25. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required.

A NEW PATH (PARENTS FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT & HEALING) RECEIVES A MISSION SUPPORT GRANT FROM ALLIANCE HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

 
July 12, 2012 (San Diego) -– A New PATH, a non-profit organization that works to reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness, has received a grant from the Alliance Healthcare Foundation for $63,158 for core support of their mission and projects. Through education and advocacy, PATH promotes therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, ROLL BACK CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – San Diego’s Republican representatives Duncan Hunter, Brian Bilbray and Darrell issue joined the Republican majority in the House of Representatives in voting to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act—taking health benefits away from their constituents as well as eliminating the mandate for coverage.

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton sent an email blasting the vote.  “If ever anyone was looking for a reason to vote Congressional Republicans out of office in November, this has got to be it.”

GLUTEN-FREE FOODS DELIVERY SERVICE ANNOUNCED THROUGHOUT SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Looking for gluten-free foods?   Now  2GOOD2B  co-owners Mike Barbanti and Diana Benedek are bringing their entrees, delectable desserts and baked breads to you.  The Encinitas-based business announces new 2GOOD2B delivery; a brand new service that combines the convenience of takeout with the quality of a healthy, home-cooked meal. Delivery is available countywide—including East County.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD APPROVES ENERGY-SAVING COGENERATION EQUIPMENT AT GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 July 8, 2012 La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors on Friday, June 29, 2012, unanimously approved plans to greatly improve energy efficiency and reliability at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.
 
The GHD board approved financing and a purchase agreement that will replace decades-old equipment with new, state-of-the-art cogeneration energy equipment at the regional medical facility. Estimated to cost $18 million to install, the hospital’s cogeneration project is projected to save millions of dollars in energy costs and provide a reliable source for up to 95 percent of the hospital’s electricity needs, GHD officials said.
 
 
Grossmont Healthcare District 2012 board president Debbie McElravy
and Tom Saiz, GHD chief financial officer. Credit Courtesy GHD

HOW HEALTHCARE REFORMS WILL AFFECT NONPROFITS

 By Miriam Raftery

July 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –Among the least understood aspects of the Affordable Care Act are the benefits that it offers to nonprofit organizations.  Smaller nonprofits have potential to reap benefits, along with their employees—without the potential penalties facing some for-profit employers.

East County Magazine contacted the new Health Law Guide for businesses site to ask how the law will impact nonprofit organizations.  Here is the response that we received:

HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR HEALTH CARE CHANGES: NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

July 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, will take full effect by 2014. In light of a recent Supreme Court decision ruling the law constitutional, you may wonder how the law will affect California's small businesses.

The new law does not require employers to provide health insurance for employees. However, there are both penalties for not meeting coverage requirements and tax incentives for small businesses that do. To help small businesses learn more about requirements and opportunities provided by the new law, some of California's leading business organizations have launched a website: healthlawguideforbusiness.org.

CPSC SPECIAL STUDY ON FIREWORKS INCIDENTS FINDS HUNDREDS OF INJURIES A DAY SURROUNDING JULY 4 HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

 
July 1, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- A special study (pdf) conducted by CPSC staff found that 65 percent of all fireworks injuries in 2011 were sustained during the 30 days surrounding the Independence Day holiday. More than half of these injuries were the result of unexpected ignition of the device or consumers not using fireworks as intended.
Fireworks injuries most often resulted in burns to the hands and head, including the eyes, face, and ears. According to the special study, sparklers, firecrackers, and aerial devices were associated with the most incidents.

NEW EVIDENCE LINKS OZONE EXPOSURE TO POTENTIAL HEART ATTACKS

 
June 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Young, healthy adult volunteers exposed for two hours to ozone developed physiological changes associated with cardiovascular ailments, according to a small study reported in Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

SAN DIEGO HEALTHCARE AND LEGAL EXPERTS, POLITICAL LEADERS REACT TO SUPREME COURT DECISION UPHOLDING OBAMA HEALTHCARE PLAN

By Nadin Abbott

June 28 (San Diego)-- This morning the United States Supreme Court ruled to uphold the key provisions of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA). The majority decision was written by Chief Justice Roberts, who was joined by Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in a 5-4 vote. Dissenting were Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

The majority ruled that the ACA mandate requiring individuals to purchase healthcare is Constitutional under the federal government’s power to levy taxes.

“PATHWAYS TO WELLNESS & BEAUTY”- NETWORKING & EDUCATIONAL FAIRE

 
June 25, 2012 – (Kearny Mesa) Several independent small business owners from East County and surrounding areas are proud to host the first annual, “Pathways to Wellness & Beauty”- Networking & Educational Faire on Saturday, June 30 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event is an Open House, however, eager students should arrive early to engage in the full schedule of speakers.

FDA APPROVES NEW COMBINATION VACCINE THAT PROTECTS CHILDREN AGAINST TWO BACTERIAL DISEASES

 
June 22, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Menhibrix, a combination vaccine for infants and children ages 6 weeks through 18 months, for prevention of invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups C and Y and Haemophilus influenzae type b.

2012 HEALTH FAIR IN HONOR OF WORLD REFUGEE DAY: SATURDAY IN CITY HEIGHTS

 

June 21, 2012 (City Heights – Somali Family Service of San Diego, in partnership with the East African Collaborative, will host its fourth annual Health Fair in Honor of World Refugee Day on June 23 from 1- 6 p.m. at the City Heights Community Park, south of the City Heights Weingart Branch Library at 3795 Fairmount Ave., San Diego.

The event brings together East African communities in San Diego in a setting where residents can get health checkups and learn about health topics including mental health, how to access care, nutrition, exercise, preventive screening and care. Community groups will also provide educational information booths in the park.

HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION MONITORING GROUP SEEKING THREE ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

 
June 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--The volunteer citizens group monitoring construction improvement projects at Grossmont Hospital is looking for three additional members. The openings are due to one existing vacancy and two other members’ terms of service expiring June 30.

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC) monitors the expenditures of voter-approved bond proceeds that are providing financing for a number of capital improvement construction projects at the hospital in La Mesa. Its members are East County residents with experience in project management, construction operations, finance and healthcare industries.

REP. SUSAN DAVIS HOSTS GRANTS WORKSHOP FOR HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS JUNE 13

 

 
June 12, 2012 (San Diego) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will host a workshop to assist health care organizations in locating federal and local grants. 

The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the
University of San Diego, Hahn University Center, Forum B, 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92111.

FLORIDA ATTACK PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON `BATH SALTS’: DANGEROUS DRUGS PUT LOCAL YOUTHS AT RISK, AUTHORITIES WARN

By Sierra Robinson

 

 

June 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Last month, a tragic incident in Florida, now nationally known as the ‘Florida Zombie Attack’, has been attributed to a dangerous drug most commonly known as ‘bath salts’. But just how dangerous is this new drug? Are we all in danger of such a horrific attack like that in Florida? 

Use of ‘bath salts’ has been dramatically increasing.  The American Association for Poison Control Centers took 303 calls about the drug in 2010; while in the first eight months of 2011, 4,720 calls were received regarding use of such synthetic drugs. Local and national authorities now warn the public about an alarming rise in serious health reactions and violent incidents linked to these drugs.  But what are they, exactly, and what makes them so dangerous? 

TB EXPOSURES AT SANTANA HIGH SCHOOL AND KEARNY MESA JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITY

 
County Health Working with School and Probation Officials to Notify Students, Juveniles and Staff

June 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- Santana High School and the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility have had tuberculosis (TB) exposures, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has reported.

FDA ISSUES ALERT ON REUMOFAN PLUS

 
Health officials in Mexico order recall based on potentially harmful pharmaceutical ingredients
 
June 6, 2012  (San Diego) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that Reumofan Plus, marketed as a “natural” dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions, contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the label that could be harmful.

EAST COUNTY’S LARGEST HEALTH FAIR ON SATURDAY, JUNE 9

 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- The public is invited to attend Summer Healthcare Saturday, the largest annual free health fair in San Diego’s East County region. The health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa.
Syndicate content