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COUNTY TRAUMA SYSTEM DRIVING DEATHS DOWN, BUT EAST COUNTY LACKS TRAUMA CENTER

 

East County News Service

June 20, 2014 (San Diego)--Thirty years ago, the rate of preventable trauma deaths in San Diego County was 21 percent. Today, the figure is less than one percent.

CORAL, HUMAN CELLS LINKED IN DEATH

 

SDSU News Service

A new study finds that humans and corals share a key biomechanical pathway which tells cells when to die, providing important insights into both species' biology.

June 15, 2014 (San Diego)-- Humans and corals are about as different from one another as living creatures get, but a new finding reveals that in one important way, they are more similar than anyone ever realized.

FDA ISSUES NEW GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION SAFETY FOR SENIORS

 

By Jaden Jimenez

June 13, 2014 - The FDA has put out a consumer update to ensure safety among older adults when taking medication. The FDA strongly advises adults on medication to not prescribe your own doses, each person is different and should be dosed appropriate to the person by your healthcare provider. The FDA has also posted other safety tips when taking medication:

TYPE-O BLOOD DONORS NEEDED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2014 (San Diego)--If your blood type is O-positive, the San Diego Blood Bank wants your blood.

The Blood Bank announced this week that it has a shortage of O-Positive, the universal donor blood type which is the only blood that can safely be given to trauma patients when there is no time to test for blood type.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB ON COUNTY’S ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT AND AGING SUMMIT

 

 

 

 

June 11, 2014 (San Diego) – Last week, our interview with Supervisor Dianne Jacob aired on KNSJ radio.  You can now listen online to the full interview by clicking here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/x1vxb9pepd

Supervisor Jacob discussed the County’s new regional initiative to tackle the Alzheimer’s epidemic, which has reached epidemic proportions locally.  She also shared details on the County’s Aging Summit coming up on June 12. 

Scroll down to read the County’s press release on the Alzheimer’s project spearheaded by Supervisor Jacob, which aims to bring together top researchers to seek a cure, as well as bringing help to caregivers and patients.

COUNTY HOSTS FREE AGING SUMMIT JUNE 12 IN SAN DIEGO

 

June 11, 2014 (San Diego) – The public is invited to a free  Aging Summit hosted by the County of San Diego.  This year, the primary focus will be on Alzheimer’s and related dementias.  The event will take place on June 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Town and Country Hotel Convention Center. For more information, visit

http://www.alz.org/sandiego/in_my_community_62650.asp

AB 2325 TO ESTABLISH LANGUAGE ACCESS TO MEDICAL PATIENTS

By Nadin Abbott

June 9, 2014 (San Diego) Imagine if you will, going to the doctor and not understanding what your doctor is telling you. Worst, imagine if you will, an EMS crew taking you to the Emergency Room, a life or death situation, and again you are not being able to understand what language the EMS crew, or later the hospital, is speaking.

COUNCILMEMBER MARTI EMERALD AND FAMILIES OF VICTIMS WHO SUFFERED SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES CALL FOR INTERPRETER SERVICES IN WAKE OF AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IMPLEMENTATION

 

June 9, 2014 (San Diego) — Flanked by the families of victims who have suffered serious health issues as a result of not having a medical interpreter, San Diego Councilmember Marti Emerald today called for support of state legislation that would increase the number of interpreters in medical settings to help ensure Californians with limited English receive safe, appropriate care and treatment.

RARE INFECTION NOT SEEN IN SAN DIEGO BEFORE FOUND IN 2 PEOPLE AFTER TATTOOS

 

Source: County News Service

June 3, 2014 (San Diego)--Tattoos have become so common, many people think getting one is completely safe.  But there can be health risks, as two San Diegans recently discovered.

THE NEW FACE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS

 

By Grey Feathers

June 1, 2014 (San Diego) -- An 18 month old girl with a form of Juvenile Epilepsy died in New Jersey, Chris Matthews reported on MSNBC’s Hardball.   The girl suffered as many as 90 seizures every day.  Children to young adults diagnosed with this disease are destined to suffering with little or no chance of surviving.  Immediately parents are looking to alternative medicines and treatments to save their children.   The latest treatments are effective for only about half of the one million or so people who have uncontrolled seizures.  The side effects of these artificial drugs are almost as bad as the disease says Christopher Dimascio, “I feel like I’m moving through Jello.  I hate the feeling.”

PERTUSSIS CASES TOP LAST YEAR'S TOTAL

 

May 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency recently announced that the number of pertussis cases reported in the San Diego County and throughout California has surged over the past few years.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

 

May 24,  2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

SILENT THREAT TO YOUR CHILD: LEAD POISONING

 

Good nutrition can help prevent lead poisoning, County advises

Source: County News Service

May 11, 2014 (San Diego)--Lead poisoning is a silent threat to your children that could be lurking in many places around your home or property.

THREE WAYS TO PREVENT A STROKE

 

Padres host “strike out stroke” night May 10

Stroke kills over 1,000 San Diegans every year.

May 8, 2014 (San Diego) - The good news is that the number of stroke deaths has decreased by more than 30 percent in the past decade. Local health officials aim to keep driving the number of deaths down and make San Diego a stroke-free zone by raising awareness about the warning signs and symptoms of stroke.

OLD MICE REJUVENATED WHEN INFUSED WITH YOUNG BLOOD

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The next time someone tells you, “you need some young blood,” they just might be right.

HOSPITAL URGES YES VOTE ON PROP H

 

By Janis Russell

May 5, 2014 (La Mesa)- At a Proposition H executive briefing held on April 25 by Grossmont Hospital, community leaders in San Diego and East County showed up to learn more about the measure, which will be on the upcoming June ballot.  The measure seeks to extend Grossmont Healthcare District’s leae agreement with Sharp Healthcare at Grossmont Hospital for 30 years, until 2051.

SUIT FILED AGAINST CITY BY MARIJUANA ACTIVISTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2014 (San Diego)—The Union of Medical Marijuana Patients has filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego. The lawsuit contends that new regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries are too restrictive and won’t allow enough dispensaries to meet the needs of patients throughout the city.

DEADLY PIG DISEASE REACHES CALIFORNIA, PUSHING UP PORK PRICES

 

Precautions urged for farmers and people entering pigs in livestock competitons at fairs

By Miriam Raftery

May 3, 2014 (Sacramento) – A virus that is deadly to baby pigs has wiped out 10 percent of all pigs in America in the last year, the National Journal reports. 

According to the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Chief economist, Dr. Joseph Glauber, the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus , or PED, has spread to 30 states.

That includes California, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The state's website does not list where in California the potent virus has been found.

FDA SEEKS LARGER TRIAL OF PROMISING DRUG TO TREAT MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 21, 2014 (Washington D.C.) --The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is on the verge of approving the first-ever drug treatment for a severe form of muscular dystrophy.  Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a deadly disease that typically  leaves its victims in wheelchairs by their teens and dead in their 20s, according to the U.S. Human Genome Institute.  This disease strikes one in every 3500 boys worldwide.

HEALTH AND SAFETY FAIR MAY 3 IN EL CAJON

 

April 18, 2014 (El Cajon)--The Farragut Circle Health & Safety Fair will be held Sat., May 3rd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 500 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

April 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

RABBIT FEVER FOUND IN COUNTY

 

April 16, 2014 (San Diego County) - Easter bunnies are cute and cuddly--but wild rabbits found locally may be carrying a dangerous disease known as Rabbit Fever, County health officials warn this week. The disease is carried by ticks—so it’s important to know how to protect yourself if you’re hiking or working in brushy areas.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL OVERSIGHT GROUP ISSUES REPORT

 

April 15, 2014 (La Mesa)--The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of volunteers monitoring how the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has issued its 2013 Annual Report to the Community.

RX TAKE--BACK DAY APRIL 26

 

April 10, 2014 (San Diego)--Empty your medicine cabinets of unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations across the county as part of Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Improper disposal of prescription medicines can harm the environment.

TWO SCIENTIFIC/MEDICAL PUBLICATIONS DOCUMENT NEGATIVE HEALTH IMPACTS OF WIND TURBINES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—Evidence of negative health impacts on people living near wind turbines is mounting. An article in Principia Scientific International concludes, “There are serious adverse health effects associated with noise pollution generated by wind turbines. It is essential that separation distances between human habitation and wind turbines are increased.” The author notes that some countries are now recommending at least 3 kilometers and suggests even this distance many not be far enough, due to newer, larger turbines.

EPIPENS MAY BE REQUIRED IN SCHOOLS TO PROTECT CHILDREN WITH ALLERGIES

 

By Lori Abbott, California News Service

April 7, 2014 (Sacramento) - An EpiPen can be a lifesaver for someone with a severe allergic reaction. That's why a state lawmaker wants them available in all public schools. Senator Bob Huff's bill (SB 1266) passed the Senate Education Committee last week and now heads to the Senate Health Committee. The bill would require school districts to give the epinephrine auto-injectors, known as EpiPens, to trained school personnel to use in emergencies.

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