August 21, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known (NPR)
- Why I changed my mind on weed (Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN)
- The Algae Is Coming, But Its Impact Is Felt Far From Water (NPR)
- New Vaccine Beats Malaria in Early Trials (NPR)
- Camels May Be A Source Of The Middle East Coronavirus (NPR)
- Induced labour 'linked to autism' (BBC)
- Urban hives boom 'bad for bees' (BBC)
- Study: Tall women have higher cancer risk (Jewish World Review)
- Bill urges schools to stock anti-allergy drug (U-T San Diego)
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August 19, 2013 (San Diego's East County)-- Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled a limited number of dry dog food and cat food lots that may be contaminated with Salmonella. Brands impacted include Eukanuba and Iams. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association with these product lots.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
August 14, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Los Tules Mutual Water Company located at 32995 Camino Moro, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately. This public water system serves 100 residential homes.
SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HEAR PRESENTATION ON "EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS" ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
August 6, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, located at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “Emergency Preparedness” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28. The public is invited to attend, and an RSVP is not required.
BILL IN CONGRESS COULD MANDATE SMART METERS NATIONWIDE, TAKE AWAY CONSUMER RIGHT TO OPT OUT IN CA AND OTHER STATES
By Miriam Raftery
August 4, 2013 (Washington D.C. ) –Two members of Congress (Jerry McNerney, D- Stockton, CA and Matt Cartwright, D- PA) have introduced the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013 (HR 2685) that would require the Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator to take designated actions if they find that use of smart grid technologies save energy and money. Congressman Scott Peters from San Diego (D-52) is a cosponsor of the bill.
But opponents say this could require all electricity providers (including rural cooperatives and municipal utilities) to join the ‘smart’ grid and install ‘smart’ meters, and that it could negate states’ rights to regulate smart meters and wireless appliances. The bill could lead to an overriding of state laws and regulations that give consumers power to opt out of having smart meters, which produce electro-magnetic frequency radiation that have raised health concerns, opponents warn. It could lead to requiring energy-saving appliances to include wireless transmitters.
July 25, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Two weeks after finding the first sign of West Nile virus this season — a dead infected crow — two more dead infected birds have been discovered.
Two dead American crows, one from Ramona and one from Carlsbad, were turned in by members of the public and have tested positive for the disease. The first bird, also an American crow, was found near Lakeside.
County vector control and environmental health officials said the discoveries are a reminder that people should protect themselves from West Nile virus, a potentially-deadly disease that is transmitted to people most often by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.
July 25, 2013 (Campo)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Wild Bill’s Retail Center located at 31471 Highway 94, Campo CA 91906 effective immediately. This public water system serves a Circle K mini mart, gasoline station, office building and Subway sandwich shop.
The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli.
July 25, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Why Skipping Breakfast Might Raise Risk Of Heart Disease (NPR)
- Two Danish cities put a moratorium on wind turbines (EPAW)
- Water birds turning up dead at solar projects in desert (Rewire)
- Paying women to take big risk (U-T San Diego)
- Scientists discover what’s killing the bees—and it’s worse than you thought (Quartz)
- Study raises new concern about earthquakes and fracking fluids (Reuters)
- Enlisting Passers-By In Scientific Research (NPR)
- Leading Danish newspaper severely criticizes Vestas on noise issue(Jyllands-Posten)
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July 24, 2013
A four-month-old child who travelled out of San Diego Lindbergh Field may have exposed fellow travelers to pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory illness which is also known as whooping cough, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) officials.
The child, who was up-to-date with vaccinations for his age, travelled with a parent from San Diego to Norfolk, Virginia on Friday, July 19. The child was seen by medical staff at Rady Children’s Hospital shortly before leaving. Tests later confirmed the child had pertussis.
July 12, 2013 (Lakeside) -- A dead American crow found near Lakeside has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first local sign this year of the sometimes-fatal disease, the County reports.
Last year was one of the worst on record for West Nile virus across the United States, but not here, where the County of San Diego has taken aggressive steps to control mosquitoes that can spread the disease. Just two San Diegans have been diagnosed locally with West Nile virus in the last three years: one did not become ill, the other became infected while visiting Imperial County.
However, more than 5,000 people got sick and 286 died nationwide from the disease in 2012. County officials said local residents should remember to protect themselves.
July 12, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Your medical devices could be vulnerable to cyber threats (Marketplace)
- Obamacare delay? Small businesses get a one-year reprieve (Christian Science Monitor)
- Second Opinion: Does Mom Qualify For Obamacare With A Green Card? (KPBS)
- Abnormal Brain Connections Found In Children With Autism (KPBS)
- State Says Kaiser Too Slow With Mental Health Help (KPBS)
- New TB drug class discovered (U-T San Diego)
- Good night's sleep 'protects heart' (BBC)
- Contact lens gives telescopic vision (BBC)
Science and technology
- U.S. energy companies seen at risk from cyber attacks: CFR report (Reuters)
- How To Keep Your Smartphone Secure (NPR)
- DuckDuckGo Benefits From Internet Searchers Wanting Privacy (NPR)
- Duel of the natural disasters: Earthquakes cause volcanos to shrink (Christian Science Monitor)
- T cell trigger found (U-T San Diego)
- Whale behaviour 'disturbed' by sonar (BBC)
- Dead fish fill Mexico reservoir (BBC)
- Thanks to clouds, some 60 billion planets are habitable in Milky Way (Christian Science Monitor)
- Russia loses $200 million satellites as launch ends in flames (Reuters)
- Microsoft develops 3D touchscreen (BBC)
- Arrest Caught On Google Glass Reignites Privacy Debate (NPR)
- The battle over uranium mining near the Grand Canyon (Marketplace)
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RANCHO SAN DIEGO RESIDENT NAMED HEALTH SECTOR "NAVIGATOR" FOR SAN DIEGO, IMPERIAL COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGES
July 1, 2013 (El Cajon) – Rancho San Diego resident Ann Durham, Director of the Health Workforce Initiative based at Grossmont College, has been named Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) for Health for the San Diego/Imperial Region.
The appointment, announced this week by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Division of Workforce & Economic Development, means that Durham will have expanded responsibilities and budget under the "Doing What Matters" program.
June 28, 2013 (San Diego)--Consumers are urged to throw away specific lots of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels, the second product sold in San Diego County associated with a national outbreak of hepatitis A, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).
The recalled lots contain pomegranate seeds imported from Turkey that were also used in Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen berries. Although the Woodstock product has not been linked to any illnesses here, the Townsend Farms berry blend has sickened 127 people nationwide, including 15 San Diego County residents.
“If you ate a product containing these pomegranate seeds in the past two weeks and you have never been vaccinated for hepatitis A or had the disease, you should contact your health care provider to discuss hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Anyone who ate these products should be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis A and seek medical attention early if they appear.”
More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year; fireworks also cause many serious injuries each July
With the Fourth of July approaching, the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Unit reminds San Diegans that it's illegal to possess and use fireworks in the county. It's also illegal to transport fireworks from elsewhere into San Diego County or to make homemade fireworks or explosives.
Under California law, illegal fireworks include sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other items that explode, go up in the air, or move across the ground in an uncontrollable fashion. Those convicted can be fined up to $50,000 and sent to prison or jail for up to one year.
SENIORS GROUP AT LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO LEARN "THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP" ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
June 25, 2013 (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 senior discussion group presentation on “The Importance of Sleep,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Jason Chagnon, senior technician with Grossmont Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.
June 25, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.
County News Service
June 21, 2013 (San Diego) -- Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Every four minutes, someone dies because of a stroke. What can you do? Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke which might save someone’s life.
“The County and its many public and private partners have been working to increase awareness of stroke,” said County Supervisor Ron Roberts Friday at Petco Park. “It is extremely important for people to heed the warning signs so we can save lives.”
What should you do if you or someone near you is having a stroke? Act F.A.S.T. and call 9-1-1 immediately. It can be the difference between life and death. F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. F.A.S.T. stands for:
By Meg Jensen
June 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – Fueling criticisms of a Republican “war on women,” the GOP-controlled House of Representatives has passed H.R. 1797, a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states.
Nationwide, only 1.1% of abortions occur after 21 weeks; 98.9% are done before 21 weeks. Supporters of the bill contend that it would prevent fetuses from feeling pain. Opponents voice concerns over the bill taking away the option for parents to terminate a pregnancy when tests available only in the later stages of pregnancy show severe fetal abnormalities.
June 19, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Natural Pet Products is recalled six brands of dry dog foods due to possible Salmonella contamination. The brands are Innova, EVO, California Natural, Healthwise, Karma, and Mother Nature. The recall includes foods for dogs, cats and ferrets including dry food, bars and treats.
Salmonella poses risks to pet owners handling the foods, as well as to pets, if owners don’t wash hands after handling contaminated products. Symptoms in both humans and animals include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping/pain, and fever.
June 20, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Possible Alzheimer's drug shows promise (U-T San Diego)
- How CT Scans Have Raised Kids' Risk For Future Cancer (NPR)
- NASA wants your help lassoing an asteroid (Christian Science Monitor)
- True cost of Britain’s wind farm industry revealed (UK Telegraph)
- Is BPA making girls obese? (Mother Jones)
- In-car dashboard 'smart' technology is distracting, AAA warns (Christian Science Monitor)
- Surgery reduction hope on cancer (BBC)
- The LandFillharmonic (YouTube)
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June 12, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Hey, Fellas, Olive Oil And Nuts Tied to Prostate Cancer Survival (NPR)
- Triple Threat: Middle East Respiratory Virus And 2 Bird Flus (NPR)
- Old Mars rover makes rock discovery (BBC)
Raptors are attracted to wind turbines (Save the Eagles)
- Faces Of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (NPR)
- Plant and human gene modification goes past transgenics (UT San Diego)
- Thought-powered helicopter takes off (BBC)
- Few options for online users to avoid spying, experts say (Jewish World Review)
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June 12, 2013 (Santee) – Sharp Healthcare will be providing free health screenings in East County. These screenings could help prevent heart problems, diabetes and other risk factors. The screenings will only take about 15 minutes and are offered on eight different dates this summer.
The screenings will measure your cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure. Sharp Healthcare will also provide personalized strategies to improve your overall health and well-being. No appointment is needed. All adults over the age of 18 are welcome to participate.
June 12, 2013 (La Mesa)- On Saturday, June 15, the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and the Grossmont Healthcare District will again team up to produce Summer Healthcare Saturday, a one day health exposition that will be held at Grossmont Center in La Mesa.
The event will feature free demonstrations, free health information and screenings. Up to 75 booths are expected to be present and lining up throughout the mall.
By Miriam Raftery
June 2, 2013 (San Diego) – If you’ve eaten Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries purchased at Costco in the past couple of weeks, you may have been exposed to hepatitis and should see your doctor immediately. Thus far, 30 cases in five states have been reported, including two in San Diego County. But the disease can take up to six weeks to occur after exposure, so cases are expected to rise.
One concern is that retailers may have purchased the product in bulk for use in other products such as smoothies or frozen drinks.
Dr. Eric McDonald, the county's deputy public health officer warns that those exposed should seek medical treatment now, which may include a vaccine for Hepatitis A or treatment with immune globulin – unless you have already had the vaccine or the disease. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call the County Epidemiology Program at (619) 692-8499.
May 30, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- Can Wi-Fi signals stunt plant growth? (ABC News)
- How do you get the best mobile health aps? (Gigaom)
- Israeli cell phone company to pay damages to cancer patient (Local Supporting Locals)
- Aimee Copeland gets new hi-tech prosthetic hands (New York Daily News)
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May 22, 2013 (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 senior discussion group presentation on “Alternatives to Google: Finding Health Information Online,” from 10 to 11 a.m. today. The public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Kathy Quinn, library director of the Herrick Library.
Quinn, with 21 years of experience as a librarian and researcher, will share tips on how to find reliable, accurate and trustworthy information on the Internet about your health. The presentation will include a demonstration of the links to health information available on the Herrick Library website. Handouts on how to evaluate health websites and reliable sites to search will be provided.
Governor's May Budget Revise Increases Spending on Developmental Centers; People with Developmental Disabilities Urge the Governor to Stop “Taxpayer Supported Abuse”
May 18, 2013 (Sacramento) – People with developmental disabilities and their advocates are speaking out in reaction to Governor Brown's May Budget Revise, and his decision to spend even more taxpayer dollars on a system that has been repeatedly cited for abusing people with developmental disabilities:
“As a California taxpayer I’m outraged, and as a person with a developmental disability I’m repulsed,” said advocate Kiara Hedglin. “It’s unconscionable for the Governor to increase spending on a system that abuses people with developmental disabilities. It’s time for these archaic centers to close and for people with developmental disabilities to receive the quality care they deserve in home-like settings.”
May 16, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights brings you cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- New Closed-Captioning Glasses Help Deaf Go Out To The Movies (NPR)
- A powerful use for spoiled food (Los Angeles Times)
- Why wind farms kill eagles with federal impunity (Christian Science Monitor)
- Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste? (NPR)
- Fears grow over deadly new virus (BBC news)
- Agent Orange Linked To Lethal Prostate Cancer In Veterans (KPBS)
- Ice wave comes ashore in Minnesota (Christian Science Monitor)
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May 16, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Los Tules Mutual Water Company located at 32995 Camino Moro, Warner Springs, CA 92086 effective immediately. This public water system serves 100 residential homes.
The drinking water system has tested present for total coliform bacteria and absent for E. coli. Total coliform bacteria can come from soils and other sources in the environment and can indicate a problem with the water supply system. The Boil Water Order was issued to ensure all water used is free from contamination. The Boil Water Order will remain in effect until the distribution system has been disinfected and additional samples confirm the absence of bacteria in the water supply.
Campers and Hikers Warned to Take Precautions
County environmental health officials urged campers and hikers to take simple steps to protect themselves Friday after routine monitoring and testing showed that a ground squirrel on Palomar Mountain had Bubonic plague.
The squirrel, which was trapped at the Cedar Grove Campground, marked the first case of plague found this year.
Department of Environmental Health Director Jack Miller said it’s not unusual to find plague in local mountains during warmer months and that people could take simple steps to protect themselves from exposure.