Articles Tagged With ‘Public Health’

Sanitation district regulatory woes escalate

By KAREN VELIE The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District is facing another fine for the third release of improperly treated sewage into the Pacific Ocean in less than four months, with each release larger than its predecessor. Sanitation... (Continue reading)

Voters pass Brown’s Prop. 30

California voters approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure to raise taxes to fund public education. Proposition 30 passed with just under 54 percent of the vote, allowing schools to avoid billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts. The measure increases the... (Continue reading)

GMO prop drops in poll as spending against soars

As food and biotechnology giants spend millions of dollars battling Proposition 37, support for the mandatory genetically modified food measure is sinking. [California Watch] An October 25 poll by the Los Angles Times and the USC Dornsife College of Letters,... (Continue reading)

What is a GMO?

By GARY FORESMAN, MD The GMO controversy can only be understood from a systems approach, and a few definitions are needed so we can all understand what we are talking about. Genomics is simply the study of all chromosomal contents... (Continue reading)

Study shows HPV vaccine not linked to promiscuity in girls

A study released in today’s Pediatrics journal found that preteen girls who received the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have not become any more promiscuous than unvaccinated girls. [USA Today] Lead author of the study Robert A, Bednarczyk used three years... (Continue reading)

Free flu shots Sunday in San Luis Obispo County

With a goal of vaccinating at least 2,000 people, San Luis Obispo County Health Agency will offer free flu shots to all county residents ages two years and older on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the South... (Continue reading)

Full-body scanners to stay at SLO airport despite possible risks

Despite growing privacy and safety concerns over airport body scanners, the Transportation Security Administration has no plans to replace the existing devices at San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. The TSA awarded two contracts last week as part of a... (Continue reading)

SLO County West Nile virus infected bird cases on the rise

State health officials collected two more birds from San Luis Obispo County that were infected with West Nile Virus making three this year, at a time county officials have discontinued mosquito abatement programs in an attempt to save money. In... (Continue reading)

Flu cure on the horizon?

Researchers have identified an antibody that not only prevents test animals from contracting the influenza virus, but also cures already infected rodents. [Nature] By examining the flu virus in its crystalline, or 3-D form, researchers from the Scripps Research Institute... (Continue reading)

Salmonella prompts cantaloupe recall

Cantaloupe samples from a Fresno-based company have been found to be contaminated with salmonella and a 21 state recall has been initiated, according to DFI Marketing Inc. On Thursday, DFI Marketing Inc. said the U.S. Department of Agriculture found salmonella... (Continue reading)