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  • Problematic Raw Oysters from Mexico Cause Gastrointestinal Illnesses in 150 Individuals

    Los Angeles Department of Public Health|Jan 22, 2024

    UPDATE January 17: Public Health Warns Consumers About Eating Raw Oysters from Certain Areas of Mexico The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is reporting that there are more than 150 suspected local cases of gastrointestinal illness linked to the consumption of raw oysters, likely caused by norovirus. At this time, Public Health is warning consumers not to eat raw oysters from Laguna De Guerrero Negro, Baja California, Mexico; Laguna Manuela, Baja California, Mexico; and Bahia...

  • Heat Advisory for Much of Los Angeles County Through October 6

    Los County Dept of Public Health|Oct 7, 2023

    The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued a heat advisory as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas: Santa Clarita Valley: October 5, 2023, through October 6, 2023. Santa Susana Mountains: October 5, 2023, through October 6, 2023. West San Fernando Valley: October 5, 2023, through October 6, 2023. East San Fernando Valley: October 5, 2023, through October 6, 2023. San Gabriel Valley: October 5, 2023, through October 6, 2023. Calabasas/Agoura Hills: October 5, 2023,...

  • Do You Want Yet Another Covid Booster Shot? Los Angeles County Health Department Advocates Masks and Boosters, at Least for the Elderly

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Sep 11, 2023
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    August 18, 2023 - The County Health Department, which oversees the distribution of free needles to the homeless drug-addicted, has advice regarding an apparent increase in transmission of the Covid-19 virus, including a recommendation to get the new Covid-19 booster that is to be considered for approval next month. The health department admits that hospitalizations due to Covid are at near-record lows but cautions that individuals over the age of 80 are five times more likely to be hospitalized...

  • Rabid Bats More Common During Summer and Fall

    Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health|Aug 3, 2023

    July 25, 2023 - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) advises the public to never touch a bat with bare hands, and to report injured, sick, or dead bats. Summer and early-fall months are when rabid bats are most often found in Los Angeles County, especially during July, August, and September. Healthy bats, which are good for the environment, typically hide and sleep during the day and emerge at dusk to fly and eat insects. Only about 1% of bats in nature have...

  • Simple Steps Can Help Prevent West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito-Borne Disease

    LA County Department of Public Health|Jun 26, 2023

    June 21, 2023 - As spring days become warmer - and mosquitos more common - the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advises all residents to take precautions now to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Illnesses such as West Nile virus and Saint Louis Encephalitis virus can be spread through the bite of an infected mosquito here in Los Angeles County. Public Health recommends the following actions to reduce the risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne disease infections: Take...

  • Covid Patient Zero Identified as Ben Hu. He Worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology Researching Coronavirus Gain of Function

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 26, 2023
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    The origin of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic which killed millions and caused worldwide disruptions, definitely originated in the Wuhan Institute of virology in mainland China. "Ben Hu, patient zero, the first person in the world to become infected with COVID-19 worked at the Wuhan Institute for Virology and Tony Fauci's NIH paid for this dangerous gain of function research." This acording to US Senator Rand Paul, who tweeted same this morning. "Sharri Markson's book What Really Happened in...

  • How to Keep Pets Safe During Winter Storms

    Department of Animal Care and Control|Jan 18, 2023

    As the storms continue to affect Southern California, keeping dry and safe has been a goal for most families and this includes making sure that their furry family members are out of harm's way. Inclement weather can create an unsafe environment as well as cause anxiety and stress to some pets. LA County's Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) and the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation have some advice on how to keep pets safe and secure. Keep pets indoors as much as possible and...

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

    Prissi Cohen, www.propatientadvocacy.com|Nov 16, 2022

    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 Medicare for the first time or switch plans. If you are just getting Medicare for the first time, do not make the mistake of purchasing a Medicare Advantage plan. Buy a private supplemental plan and a separate Part D plan. "D" stands for Drug plan. The supplemental plan may cost you less than $200/month...

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

    I M Daniel Sr President, Dr. J Rising Star Retreat|Sep 30, 2022

    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 2022 thru February 28th 2023 and beyond Call us on USA Number (786) 667-7250, Caribbean Number +! 721 553-7877 . . . or email us at retreat@drj-foundation for your consultation/ reservation and secure your spot for the 2 week, 3 week, 1 month 2 month or 3 month program, or simply have us arrange...

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

    Courtesy of Veterinary Emergency Group|Aug 12, 2022

    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 article below, we'll explain the risks of sunburn on dogs and how to recognize when a sunburn may be an emergency for your pet. We'll also explore signs and symptoms of sunburn to be on the lookout for. With this information, you should be ready to respond if your pet suffers from a sunburn this summer....

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

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Aug 5, 2022

    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 Novavax injection uses older, protein-based technology rather than the novel mRNA technology utilized by the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines. According to Dr. Glenn Wortmann, infectious disease specialist at MedStar Health, as reported by CNET, Novavax is similar to the Hepatitis B vaccine and those...

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

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Aug 3, 2022

    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 private sector hospitals, and not to public sector hospitals. The measure, which was sponsored by unions like SEIU-UHW, was signed into law by Mayor Garcetti on July 8th. It puts before the voters a ballot initiative to establish a $25/hr minimum wage for private sector healthcare workers who work in...

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

    Laura Mecoy, Venice Family Clinic|Jul 15, 2022

    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 Connection. Launched with a $5 million grant from the Tikun Olam Foundation, The Community Connection serves families from the moment they are expecting a child through the first three years of the child's life. It is designed to build better health outcomes and foster economic opportunity and increased...

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

    Brad Smith, SR PR officer, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health|Jul 13, 2022

    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, has been named executive medical director and chair of the department of ophthalmology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. Coleman, a Santa Monica resident, will also serve as director of the UCLA Stein Eye Institute and affiliation chair of the Doheny Eye Institute. Her appointment takes...

  • The Biggest Splash is a Safe Swimming Pool

    Paul Netter, Southern California Edison|Jul 6, 2022

    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 their working parts to ensure that life-saving devices like ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and all grounding and bonding systems are functioning correctly to prevent hidden electrical hazards. "With swimming pools and hot tubs bringing water and electricity close together, it is critical to...

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    Is it an Emergency When a Dog Eats Sand?

    Veterinary Emergency Group|Jun 17, 2022

    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 yourself these questions, then this article will help! Many dogs love to go to the beach with their human family members, and it's not uncommon for them to eat a little sand while playing fetch or digging. However, eating too much can be potentially deadly for dogs, so this article is to help owners rec...

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

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 29, 2022

    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 $22.5 million settlement with the company late last week. Sameday Technologies, which operates under Sameday Health, has 55 testing sites throughout the country, with 16 locations in Los Angeles County. In Santa Monica, a Sameday clinic is still open at 1335 3rd St. Promenade.  The testing company also...

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

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jan 14, 2022

    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 enough Paxlovid or Monoclonal Antibody Treatment. Therefore, members of minority groups will be given priority over white people who are merely sick. Here's a link, no we're not making this up. http://mssnyenews.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/122821_Notification_107774.pdf It says in relevant part:...

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

    Dr. Glenn Mollette|Dec 5, 2021

    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 thought it was from exercise or just sitting weird in my recliner. By later Wednesday I noticed an occasional cough that felt strange. On Thursday I called my family doctor's office and reported I was coughing occasionally and didn't feel right. I was told by the receptionist, "We aren't seeing...

  • Tips for Dealing with an Alzheimer's Patient

    John Grimaldi, Association of Mature American Citizens|Dec 3, 2021

    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 Alzheimer's patients will more than double by 2050. According to the Alzheimer's Association, 11.2 million Americans are volunteer caregivers for loved ones with the disease. In fact, family members and friends account for 83% of all Alzheimer's caregivers. The pros are trained to know what to do, but...

  • Tips for Avoiding Food-Borne Illness This Thanksgiving

    LA County Department of Public Health|Nov 25, 2021

    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 following the tips below to avoid foodborne illness (also called foodborne disease or food poisoning) and keep the holiday celebration cheerful. Raw or undercooked meats including turkey, chicken, beef, and lamb can contain bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella or E. coli, that cause diarrhea and other...

  • Searching for Less Stress in a Can with Zenify

    Omid Vojdani, Edible Skinny|Nov 20, 2021

    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 practitioner, and as of 6 months ago becoming a father, life has definitely been a whirlwind. Time as well as simply brain bandwidth has become an incredibly important resource (as well as sleep with a 6 month old), and I had resided myself to putting aside product reviews for a time to catch up on life....

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

    Sarah Storkin, Observer Staff Writer|Oct 6, 2021

    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 begin in October. "After years of community outreach efforts-gaining support from key community leaders, organizations and the city of Los Angeles-we're excited to begin building a new hospital that will allow those who live and work in the Marina del Rey area to receive the highest-quality...

  • County to Require Vaccine Proof at Bars, Outdoor Mega Events

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Sep 23, 2021

    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 bars, wineries breweries, nightclubs, and lounges. Either a vaccine verification or a negative Covid test within 72 hours prior will be required for attending outdoor mega events. These are already required at indoor mega events. The county's press release states the modified Health Officer Order...

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

    M.K. Leach|Jul 4, 2021

    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 meaning. We're finally free of the restrictions that have hampered our lives since the COVID 19 pandemic began nearly 18 months ago. But now, over half of the United States population has received at least one of the two vaccine shots, marking a major turning point of immunity. And with this has come the...

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