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TAKE OUR POLL: SHOULD AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIMES IN EAST COUNTY BE IMPROVED?

 

March 29, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego County only requires that ambulances response within 30 minutes in rural areas, unlike urban areas where the limit is 10 minutes. The American Heart Association reports that brain death and permanent death start to occur in 4–6 minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest.  The County's response time requirements are far too long for a heart attack patient to survive without brain damage. In addition, these times mean it sometimes takes more than the "golden hour" to reach a hospital following a trauma, stroke or other medical emergency, the time frame that medical experts recommend for saving lives. 

Take our Poll:  Should San Diego County require faster ambulance response than the 30 minutes currently required in rural areas?

Vote here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/poll/should-county-require-faster-ambulanc...

RABID BAT FOUND AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

 

County seeks anyone who handled bat found dead March 25 on walkway at popular attraction

March 27, 2015 (San dIEGO) --The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency is reporting that a bat found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for rabies.

HOUSE APPROVES MEDICARE CHANGES

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2015 (Washington D.C.) - The House of Representatives has passed broad changes to our nation’s Medicare system. The bill would raise premium costs for higher income earners and extend a health insurance program for children, also setting a new formula for paying doctors.

The bill passed by a 392 to 37 vote and now advances to the Senate.

MEDICAL POT SHOP APPLIES FOR PERMIT IN RAMONA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 24, 2015 (Ramona) - An application for a medical marijuana collective in Ramona has been submitted to the County of San Diego. If approved, it would be the county’s second legally licensed medical marijuana facility, situated in an industrial-zoned building at 1210 Olive Street.

AMBULANCE UPDATES ANNOUNCED

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Earlier we reported on a new contract for ambulance service that the County has signed, effective April 1st.  That contract required only four ambulances for an entire district stretching from the border north to Mount Laguna, and from Jamul east to the Imperial County line.

COUNTY CHANGES AMBULANCE SERVICE WITHOUT PUBLIC NOTICE: PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATES VOICE ALARM

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated March 23, 2015 with clarifications provided by Mercy, which has decided to add 2 more permanent ambulances to this service area..

March 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – What if you had a medical emergency and the nearest ambulance had to come from Imperial County or other distant places up to an hour away?  That’s the very real prospect facing rural East County residents under a stealth change in ambulance service approved by a county bureaucrat with no public notice, no hearing, and no vote by the Supervisors.

While some aspects of coverage stand to improve under the contract, adding more in-district ambulances and newer equipment, there are some major concerns raised by local safety advocates with regard to mutual aid and staffing.

BLUE SHIELD STRIPPED OF NONPROFIT STATUS IN CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 18, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Blue Shield of California, the state’s third largest health insurance company, has lost its nonprofit status.  The California Franchise Tax Board revoked Blue Shield’s nonprofit status in August but the decision was only made public this week in a Los Angeles Times article.

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March 19, 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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COUNTY, CITY, AND FIRE CHIEFS LAUNCH AED APP AND CROWDSOURCING CAMPAIGN

 

County News Service

March 16, 2015 (San Diego)--Someone collapses nearby you at the gym, the store or even at work. They are showing the classic signs of sudden cardiac arrest: no heartbeat, no breathing. What do you do? How can you help?

WHEN YOUR PHARMACY POSTS "ON PROBATION" SIGNS

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

March 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This pharmacy is on probation. When this sign is posted on your neighborhood pharmacy’s wall it is easy to miss.  After all, people do not always read the posted signs anywhere. People walk by signs all the time. Especially if you are sick and standing in line waiting to pick up your prescription before you dash home to recover and sleep.

FREE FOOD MARCH 24 AT CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE FOR TAKING DIABETES TEST

 

-- Take the diabetes risk test for diabetes risk awareness, then get free food from Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, March 24

March 12, 2015 (Santee)--The Chick-fil-A restaurant in Santee, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, is supporting the American Diabetes Association’s “Alert Day” by rewarding customers with free food giveaway on Tuesday, March 24.

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SPRING INTO HEALTHY LIVING MARCH 18 IN SANTEE

 

March 10, 2015 (Santee) - The County of San Diego HHSA and partner agencies are hosting a free community health fair “Spring into Healthy Living” in Santee on Wednesday March 18th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Vendors and exhibitors will be offering free health screenings plus information on Senior Services, County Programs, Healthy Lifestyle, De-cluttering, Maximizing the Brain, Volunteer Opportunities, Breast Health, and much more.

MORE OCULAR SYPHILIS CASES IN WEST COAST GAY MEN PROMPT HEALTH WARNINGS

 

15 cases, including several that caused blindness, found in California and Washington

March 9, 2014 (Los Angeles) Since December 2014, as many as 15 cases of ocular syphilis—a sexually transmitted disease which has led to blindness in several of the individuals—have been reported in men who have sex with men on the West Coast. Confirmed cases in Washington State, San Francisco as well as two suspected cases found in Los Angeles that are currently under investigation are raising alarm among public health officials, community care providers and prevention specialists, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation reports.

1 BILLION TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS AT RISK OF HEARING LOSS, WHO REPORTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 8, 2015 (San Diego)--Here’s some news that may not be music to your ears.

The World Health Organization, or WHO, reports that over a billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of losing their hearing.

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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.

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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.

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.

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