Health/Fitness

PASSAGES: PHILANTHROPIST CONRAD PREBYS PASSES AWAY AT 82

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

July 25, 2016 (San Diego) — Conrad Prebys, a generous philanthropist who supported numerous San Diego nonprofit organizations, health and education centers, died Sunday, July 24th of cancer at Scripps Mercy Hospital with his family at his side.

MORE AT-RISK YOUTHS REPORT MARIJUANA AS FIRST DRUG THEY TRY; OVER HALF ALSO REPORT BINGE ALCOHOL DRINKING

 

Source: SANDAG

July 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- More than half (56 percent) of at-risk youth in the San Diego region reported marijuana was the first illicit substance they ever used, up from 34 percent in 2007, and they reported marijuana was even easier to obtain than tobacco, according to data compiled by the SANDAG Substance Abuse Monitoring (SAM) Program.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA D. HARRIS JOINS U.S. AND 12 OTHER STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN FILING ANTITRUST LAWSUIT TO BLOCK MERGER OF INSURANCE COMPANIES ANTHEM AND CIGNA

 

Source:  California Department of Justice news release

July 21, 2016 (San Francisco) - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced that California, along with 11 other states and the District of Columbia, has joined the United States Department of Justice in filing a civil antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed $48.3 billion merger of two major insurance companies, Anthem and Cigna.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL’S MONTHLY ELECTRICITY BILL FROM $180,000 TO ZERO

 

East County News Service

 

July 19, 2016 (La Mesa) – The lights are staying on for patients and medical staff at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa thanks to a new Central Energy Plant (CEP), the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) reports. And, the hospital’s normal electric bill to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) of about $180,000 per month is now zero.

FDA APPROVES FIRST INTRAOCULAR LENS WITH EXTENDED RANGE OF VISION FOR CATARACT PATIENTS

 

Source:  FDA news release

July 16, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved the first intraocular lens (IOL) that provides cataract patients with an extended depth-of-focus, which helps improve their sharpness of vision (visual acuity) at near, intermediate and far distances.

BATCHES OF MOSQUITOES TESTING POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

 

Source:  County News Service

July 12, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego County’s vector control program has already collected more batches of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes by the second week of July than it did in all of 2015.

READER'S EDITORIAL: SMOKE-FREE OUTDOOR DINING--GOOD FOR HEALTH, GOOD FOR BUSINESS

Click here for a list of La Mesa smoke-free restaurants.

By Dani Womack

Pastor Dani Womack is the Community Life Pastor at Crosspointe Life Church and Chairperson of the La Mesa Collaborative.

July 11, 2016 (La Mesa)--Summer is finally here and what better place to enjoy being outdoors than San Diego County! La Mesa has invested millions to renovate their Downtown Village, putting a priority on outdoor seating in public spaces and local restaurants have joined in by growing their outdoor dining patios. Many cities throughout San Diego County and the state have passed local laws restricting smoking in outdoor areas such as parks, beaches, farmer’s markets, and outdoor dining patios.

CANNABINOIDS REMOVE PLAQUE-FORMING ALZHEIMER’S PROTEINS FROM BRAIN CELLS

 

Preliminary lab studies at the Salk Institute find THC reduces beta amyloid proteins in human neurons

Source: Salk Institute

Photo: David Schubert, Professor of Salk’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory

July 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS TEXAS LAW RESTRICTING ABORTION ACCESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27,2016 (Washington D.C.) – A Texas law that sought to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics, forcing some women seeking the procedure to drive hundreds of miles, has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court as unconstitutional in a 5-3 ruling.  The decision is expected to impact at least 25 other states that have enacted similar restrictions.

The law required abortion clinics to meet surgical-center operating standards and for doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, has said that the state’s goal was to “protect innocent life, while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women.” But the court’s majority found just the opposite—that medical risks for women would rise as a result of the law.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

DEA WARNING TO PUBLIC AND POLICE: FENTANYL EXPOSURE KILLS

 

Law enforcement urged to exercise extreme caution handling fentanyl. Sold as heroin, it’s 40-50 times stronger than heroin. A small amount can be lethal if absorbed through skin or ingested

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has released a Roll Call video to all law enforcement nationwide about the dangers of improperly handling fentanyl and its deadly consequences.  Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley and two local police detectives from New Jersey appear on the video to urge any law enforcement personnel who come in contact with fentanyl or fentanyl compounds to take the drugs directly to a lab. 

FDA APPROVES VACCINE TO PREVENT CHOLERA FOR TRAVELERS

 

Source: FDA News Release

Photo: bacteria cholera, Youtube screenshot

June 12, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vaxchora, a vaccine for the prevention of cholera caused by serogroup O1 in adults 18 through 64 years of age traveling to cholera-affected areas. Vaxchora is the only FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of cholera.

NEW PRESCRIPTION DRUG FOR HIGH CHOLESTEROL

 

By Leon Thompson

Photo: Fatty acids in the blood of a person with high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

June 11, 2016 (East County) – High cholesterol plagues millions of Americans.  Too much of the wrong cholesterol can predispose a narrowing and hardening of arteries leading to stroke or coronary artery disease (CAD).  CAD is the number one killer of men in America and the second most deadly disease among women, second only to breast cancer.

NEW REPORT: BIG JUMP IN MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED CALLS TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

East County News Service

June 9, 2016 (San Diego) -- Over the past six years, law enforcement agencies throughout the region have seen an 84 percent increase in the number of calls for service that stem from mental health issues, according to new data compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Criminal Justice Research Division.

`CHAMPIONS FOR HEALTH’ IS NEW NAME FOR MEDICAL SOCIETY’S FOUNDATION

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 9, 2016 (East County) – The charitable foundation formed 11 years ago by the San Diego County Medical Society has changed and shortened its name. Formerly called the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation, the foundation’s new name is Champions for Health, announced Barbara Mandel, Champions for Health CEO.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT RECOGNIZED FOR TRANSPARENCY, BEST PRACTICES BY STATE ASSOCIATION

 

East County News Service

 

June 8, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) has recognized the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) with its “Best Practices in Governance” certification, indicating GHD’s commitment to open and transparent government.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

THREE FLOUR BRANDS RECALLED BY GENERAL MILLS

 

Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra and Signature Kitchens all recall flour products due to possible E. Coli contamination

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (Minneapolis) - General Mills and health officials are investigating a possible E. Coli O121 outbreak in three General Mills flour brands.

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED BY WOMEN SECRETLY FILMED DURING BIRTHS AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

 

Videos were reportedly seen by a male security guard and an attorney

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sharp Healthcare alleging that videos taken during surgeries at Sharp Grossmont Surgery violated women’s privacy, including women filmed during childbirth as part of the hospital’s effort to catch a doctor suspected of stealing anesthesia drugs,  Courthouse News reports.

FREE HEALTH FAIR AT GROSSMONT CENTER ON SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 30, 2016 (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, June 18, near the movie theaters at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa.

BURN INSTITUTE HOSTS FIRE PREVENTION MEETING AT HEALTHCARE LIBRARY IN LA MESA

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 26, 2016 (La Mesa) - The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Fire, Burn and Fall Prevention,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Mary Vilgera, community outreach specialist, Burn Institute.

CA SENATE APPROVES SB 999, TO PROVIDE WOMEN WITH UP TO A 12-MONTH SUPPLY OF CONTRACEPTIVES

 

East County News Service

May 24, 2016 (Sacramento) -- Voting to remove a barrier to consistent, effective access to birth control, the state Senate today approved Senate Bill 999, which would require health plans to cover up to a 12-month supply of hormonal contraceptives when such a prescription is requested by a woman’s health care provider.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT RECOGNIZES 2016 HEALTHCARE HEROES

 

East County News Service

Photo:  The Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors recently presented 2016 GHD Healthcare Hero awards to recognize volunteers who help to advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Back row (from left to right): GHD board members Betty Stieringer, Bob Ayres, Randy Lenac. Middle row (from left to right): GHD board member Gloria Chadwick, Dr. Kevin Ryan, GHD board member Michael Emerson. Front row (from left to right): Sam Mejia, James Byrnes, Dr. Scott Musicant, Michael Colombo and Shiloh.

May 23, 2016 (La Mesa) - A vascular surgeon, a chiropractor, an attorney, a beagle and her master, and a pirate who fights for those suffering from childhood cancer are among local volunteers who have been recognized with a 2016 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Now in its tenth 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.

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