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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW IN CALIFORNIA OVERTURNED BY COURT

 

East County News Service

May 15, 2018 (Sacramento) -- Hours after a judge ruled that California’s assisted suicide law is illegal, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra indicated he will appeal the decision.

Judge Daniel Ottolia with the Riverside Superior Court ruled that the Legislature violated the law by passing the End of Life Option Act during a special session devoted to healthcare issues, the Los Angeles Times reports.

SIDEWALK CPR DAY IS MAY 17TH: HEARTLAND FIRE OFFERS FREE TRAINING ACROSS EAST COUNTY

 

Source: Heartland Fire and Rescue

May 15, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sidewalk CPR Day is set for Thursday, May 17.  The goal of this Southern California campaign is to train approximately 4,000 citizens in “Hands Only CPR,” thus increasing the number of lifesavers in our community.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON JOINT REPLACEMENT ON MAY 23

 

East County News Service

May 15, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Joint Replacement,” a program on hip and knee total joint replacement surgeries and hip resurfacing procedures, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 23. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

TUBERCULOSIS SCARE AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

May 10, 2018 (El Cajon) -- This is the time of year when students have final exams and graduation on their minds. But this May, students at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca College are wondering if they have been exposed to tuberculosis at either campus.

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BLOOD DRIVE MAY 26 AT SANTEE STREET FAIR

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 7, 2018 (Santee) – One in seven people entering a hospital needs blood. One pint of blood, the amount volunteer give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives.  Around 38% of people in the U.S. are eligible to donate blood, but less than 10% do so annually.  You can help by donating blood during the Santee Street Fair on Saturday, May 26th from 10 a.m. to 3:30. The fair is located at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.  (View map and event details.)

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BILL TO CONTROL HEALTHCARE COSTS DRAWS FIRE FROM PHYSICIANS’ GROUPS AND HOSPITALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 30, 2018 (Sacramento) – The state Assembly’s Health Committee has approved Assembly Bill 3087, the Health Care Price Relief Act. The controversial bill would create the California Health Care Cost, Quality and Equity Commission to set amounts that health plans, hospitals, doctors and other health providers may charge. 

SENIORS AT RISK OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION: TURN IN UNUSED MEDICINES SATURDAY

 

 

Source: Institute for Public Strategies San Diego

 

April 26, 2018 (San Diego) -- With Prescription Drug Take Back Day coming up on April 28, San Diegans are encouraged to turn in medications that have expired or they no longer need so that they cannot be abused or overused. This is especially true among senior citizens, a demographic we don’t normally associate with a growing drug problem. 

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COUNTY REPORT ON ALZHEIMER'S DETAILS COSTS, TOLLS OF DEMENTIAS

 

Two studies released today show an increasing economic and physical toll of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on San Diego County families and the region’s health care economy.

The pair of studies, produced by the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, say the San Diego County region can expect the cost to provide care for those suffering and the number of caregivers needed will both balloon by 2030.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ANNOUNCES 2018 HEALTHCARE HEROES AWARD WINNERS

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is proud to announce the honorees for its 2018 Healthcare Heroes awards. GHD officials said the recipients are volunteers of all ages and walks of life who serve in health care in San Diego’s East Region community.

This year’s honorees include a family practice physician who helps those not able to afford health insurance, two volunteers who provide one-on-one comfort following crisis events, a 23-year-old who spends part of her weekends in a hospital emergency room, a couple who drives people to their cancer treatments and a non-profit board member who has volunteered for the past 20 years.

“The purpose of the Healthcare Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in healthcare might not otherwise be celebrated,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president. “We are proud to recognize the 2018 winners and their inspiring commitment to caring for others.”

Here are the heartwarming stories of this year’s winners:

STATE ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHY NAIL SALON RECOGNITION PROGRAM

 

Source: Department of Toxic Substances Control

April 23, 2018 (Sacramento) -- The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) this week issued guidelines to help local government agencies in California voluntarily establish and implement a program to make salons healthier for nail care workers, who are exposed to toxic chemicals in some nail care products.

The program must first be adopted by local governments, but thus far, none of the five participating jurisdictions are in San Diego County.  In addition to creating safer working conditions for workers and customers, the program helps consumers identify salons which have met state standards through gold and silver certificates that qualifying salons may display. 

AVOID ALL ROMAINE LETTUCE, CDC ADVISES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2018 (San Diego) - The Centers for Disease Control has broadened its health warning regarding e-coli cases linked to romaine lettuce.  

The federal health agency is now advising consumers to avoid all forms of romaine lettuce, including lettuce heads, chopped romaine and salad mixes that may contain romaine, unless you are certain that the lettuce was not grown in Yuma, Arizona. 

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SAN DIEGO RANKS AN “F” FOR OZONE POLLUTION: CLIMATE CHANGE BLAMED FOR RISING HEALTH HAZARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) – San Diego County ranks an “F” on the American Lung Association’s Report Card on the state of the air you breathe.   Nationwide, the city of San Diego, along with Carlsbad, also ranked the 6th worst cities in the nation for ozone pollution, out of 227 metropolitan areas studied.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS $90,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO HEALTHCARE STUDENTS FROM 21 LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 40 high school seniors who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.

NEW SDSU STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON SKIN CANCER RISK BEHAVIORS

 

Researchers found people tanned indoors less often after seeing a simulation of how their older selves would look if they continued tanning.

Source: SDSU News Center

April 12, 2018 (San Diego) Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure through indoor and outdoor tanning is the leading environmental risk factor for developing skin cancer. Now, a new San Diego State University study explains how a new technology that shows future aging effects could lead people to engage in less risky tanning behavior.

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GROSSMONT HOSPITAL’S CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ISSUES ITS 2017 ANNUAL REPORT ON TAXPAYER BOND EXPENDITURES FOR HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION

 

East County News Service

April 11, 2018 (La Mesa) – The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2017 Annual Report to the Community.

AS MOSQUITO SEASON NEARS, COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE THESE STEPS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - With mosquito season near, County officials want your help to keep everyone safe from illnesses such as West Nile virus and Zika.

At a press conference on Tuesday, County Supervisor Greg Cox urged the public to follow the “prevent, protect, and report” mantra.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON ADVANCE CARE PLANNING ON APRIL 25TH

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “It’s All About The Conversation,” a free program on advance care planning (ACP), from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS FREE HEALTH FAIR AT GROSSMONT CENTER APRIL 7

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2018 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will present Health Fair Saturday, one of the largest annual free health fairs in San Diego’s East County Region, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, in the promenade area near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

LOOKING TO FIND A LEGAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2018 (San Diego) – Despite California’s legalization of both recreational and medical marijuana, illegal dispensaries continue to crop up in many locations.  Buying products from an unlicensed dispensary could put consumers at greater risk of getting products that don’t comply with state standards for safety and purity.

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