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It's Open Enrollment for Health Insurance; But Don't Buy a Medicare Advantage Plan

SEX! Now that I have your attention, please read this post about Medicare. If not for your sake, then perhaps for someone else you love. It is now OPEN ENROLLMENT, and you can either sign up for...

 

The Dr. J Rising Star Retreat on the beautiful island of Sint Maarten, in the Dutch Caribbean Offers Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Enroll into a vacation style Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Retreat Program! The Dr. J Rising Star Retreat on the beautiful island of Sint Maarten, in the Dutch Caribbean; which runs from October 1st...

 
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Sunburn on Dogs: Can They Get Them and When is it an Emergency?

Have you ever heard of sunburn on dogs? Some dogs are at a greater risk of sunburn than others, but it is possible for any dog to get a sunburn under the right conditions. Sunburn on dogs In the artic...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Health    August 5, 2022

Novavax, a Non-mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine, Will be Available in Los Angeles County Beginning August 3

August 2, 2022 - The Novavax vaccine to prevent serious disease in Covid-19 will begin to be administered at county Public Health vaccination sites beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, August 3. The...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    Health    August 3, 2022

Private Hospitals Push Back Against $25 Minimum Wage in Los Angeles Hospitals That Excludes Public Healthcare Workers

If you watch as much TV as I do, you've seen the ads with the healthcare workers, arms crossed, complaining that LA's new healthcare minimum wage is unfair. The $25 minimum wage only applies to...

 
 By Laura Mecoy    Health    July 15, 2022

Tikun Olam Foundation's $5 Million Grant Helps Create The Community Connection at Venice Family Clinic

Venice Family Clinic is expanding and integrating its medical, mental health, early childhood education and other services to young families with an innovative initiative called The Community...

 
 By Brad Smith    Health    July 13, 2022

Santa Monica Resident Anne Coleman Named Director of the UCLA Stein Eye Institute

Los Angeles (July 1, 2022) - Dr. Anne L. Coleman, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and an internationally known vision researcher, physician and professional leader,...

 
 By Paul Netter    Health    July 6, 2022

The Biggest Splash is a Safe Swimming Pool

Life might indeed be cool by the pool, but it's even better when it's safe in and around the water. That safety begins with an annual electrical inspection - of your pool, hot tub or spa and all...

 
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Is it an Emergency When a Dog Eats Sand?

Is your dog prone to eating sand when you take him to the beach? Have you ever wondered if this is a cause for concern? Do you know what to do if your dog eats too much sand? If you've ever asked your...

 
 By Jack Simon    Health    April 29, 2022

'Fraudulent' Covid-Testing Company Agrees to Refund Clients in Los Angeles County

Sameday Health, a Venice-based COVID-19 testing company, allegedly falsified and forged test results, according to a complaint released by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, which reached a...

 

Lacking Covid Treatments, New York State Prioritizes Black and Brown People Over Whites in Drug Apportionment

And we thought medical treatment should be passed out without regard to race! In a memo dated December 27, 2021 to health care providers, the New York State Department of Health warns they don't have...

 

Surviving a Pulmonary Embolism: "I had to go to the emergency room knowing I was in trouble."

On Saturday, October 2 I had to go to the hospital emergency room. The prior Tuesday I had an unusual leg spasm from my left thigh to my groin area. I've had pulled muscles from sports off and on and...

 

Tips for Dealing with an Alzheimer's Patient

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov 26 -- More than six million Americans have been diagnosed as having Alzheimer's Disease and that number is growing at too fast a rate; the projection is that the numbers of...

 

Tips for Avoiding Food-Borne Illness This Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) would like everyone to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday by staying safe and healthy. Public Health recommends...

 

Searching for Less Stress in a Can with Zenify

I've been fairly absent from the blog for a while. With trying to keep up a thriving therapy business during a pandemic, buying a home, starting a 3 year program to become a holistic healthcare...

 

Hospital Formerly Known as Daniel Freeman Marina, to be Rebuilt as Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Group announced this week that it has selected the contractor to build its new Marina del Rey Hospital and construction of the "technologically-advanced community hospital" will...

 

County to Require Vaccine Proof at Bars, Outdoor Mega Events

September 17, 2021 - Los Angeles County Health Department officials announced this week that they will be issuing a new Health Officer Order that will require vaccine verifications in order to enter...

 
 By M.K. Leach    Health    July 4, 2021

Not Everyone is Free This Independence Day: Addiction and Mental Health Issues Abound Since Lockdowns

This 4th of July may be the most significant one in our lifetimes. Independence Day has always been a celebration of our country's freedom. But in 2021, this freedom has an entirely different...

 
 By Observer Staff    Health    July 2, 2021

LA County Reports that COVID-19 Cases Among Pregnant Women Remain Low

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 5 new deaths and 172 new cases of COVID-19. Of the five new deaths reported today, three people that passed away were...

 
 By John Grimaldi    Health    June 9, 2021

Afternoon Naps Help Cognition in Seniors

WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 4 -- "Getting a good night's sleep comes highly recommended for the 50-plus population, particularly for the fastest growing segment of senior citizens, those over 65. In fact, it...

 

Should the Elderly Use Marijuana? The Jury is Out

WASHINGTON, DC, May 21 -- "More and more states are legalizing the use of cannabis [marijuana] and more and more seniors are using it to deal with the aches and pains of aging. Some have the consent...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Health    May 22, 2021

Counterfeiting a Vaccination Card is a Crime: Be on the Lookout for Fakes, says CA Attorney General Rob Bonta

Although California officials have repeatedly said they have no plans to institute a "vaccine passport" system in the state, apparently a lively trade in counterfeit vaccination cards has presumed...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Health    May 3, 2021

Masks Off for Fully Vaccinated Persons - But Only in Certain Limited Situations says Los Angeles County Health Department

The Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines regarding masks, distinguishing between people who are vaccinated and those who are not. The Los Angeles County Health Department has...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Health    March 27, 2021

LA County Expects to Move From the Red to the Orange Tier in Early April, Rapidly Easing Lockdown Restrictions

Los Angeles County may be moving into the Orange Tier of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in early April if case numbers continue to remain at their current low levels. The county finally moved out of...

 

Public Health Alert: "Real Water" Brand Alkaline Water May be Linked to Acute Non-viral Hepatitis Illness

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is alerting everyone that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that consumers,...

 

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