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  • Healthy Habits – IT band syndrome: Injury to movement

    Megan Johnson McCullough Ph.D., Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    Iliotibial band syndrome is a pain many workout enthusiasts, runners and cyclists can experience. The area affected is near the outside of the hip and/or the outside of the knee. The IT is a band of strong tissue that runs from the hip to the tibia which is below the knee joint and at the top of the shin bone. The responsibility of the band is to stabilize the knee when you move; however, excessive training, poor biomechanics, tight muscles and little flexibility and/or...

  • Parkinson's Support Group to learn about driving smart

    Updated May 18, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites anyone interested in learning more to join its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, held on the fourth Friday of each month. This month’s meeting is on Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. The topic will be “Age Well, Drive Smart” with a talk given by Jake Sanchez, CHP Public Safety Officer. Sanchez was hired by the California Highway Patrol in February 2001. Prior to being hir...

  • TVH honored with national service excellence award for commitment to exceptional patient care

    Updated May 18, 2024

    TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital, a cornerstone of healthcare in the community, is thrilled to announce having earned the esteemed Universal Health Services, Inc. 2023 Service Excellence Award. This national recognition, presented annually by UHS President and CEO Marc D. Miller, celebrates TVH's dedication to delivering unparalleled patient care and service quality. At the heart of this accolade lies the powerful testimony of Steffani Natter, whose remarkable journey of s...

  • Help keep emergency rooms ready by giving blood or platelets

    Updated May 18, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – When every second counts, blood products can provide lifesaving care. The American Red Cross asks the public to give blood or platelets during Trauma Awareness Month in May to keep hospitals prepared for all transfusion needs, including emergencies. Type O blood donors and donors giving platelets are especially needed right now: Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type in the most serious situations. Type O pos...

  • Talk to your veterans about substance misuse

    Michael Leach, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    There is a growing problem within the veteran community. Substance use, addiction, and overdose have impacted many veterans’ lives. Unfortunately, the stigma that surrounds addiction prevents countless veterans from seeking help. We must continue to destigmatize the discussion about addiction, focus on helping veterans, and highlight how drug education and early intervention play a significant role in reducing substance use, especially with alcohol. Alcohol is often the catalyst that leads to addiction for many people as i...

  • PHMG detects 'suspicious activity' shuts down phones, patient portal

    Village News Staff|Updated May 18, 2024

    Palomar Health Medical Group has shut down its phone lines and patient portal while it investigates “suspicious activity on certain computer systems within its network.” Fallbrook’s Graybill Medical Group is part of PHMG and is included in this shutdown. According to an NBC 7 news report, in a letter to patients dated May 6, PHMG said it detected the activity on May 5. PHMG took the affected systems offline, to “prevent the spread of any potential malware and launched an investigation into the nature and scope of the event,...

  • Mental health facts that can help someone you know

    Stanley Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated May 18, 2024

    I dealt with fear and anxiety for over 20 years and there are 21 facts that I discovered during my mental health struggles that can help anyone who struggles with fear and anxiety. Knowing these important mental health facts can save someone you know a lot of time and money in the long run. 1. Getting help for your mental health is the best thing you can do. 2. Ignoring your mental health issues will only prolong the problem. 3. Running away from your mental health issues does not work. 4. There is no such thing as a quick fi...

  • CalFresh Awareness Month promotes healthy food program

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    Each May, the State of California and County of San Diego join community partners in celebrating CalFresh Awareness Month. It is an opportunity to promote this resource to families and provide those who qualify with access to healthy, nutritious food. Dozens of community events are scheduled throughout the month to share information about CalFresh and offer free, in-person help to eligible people and families. A full list of the free events is available online on the County's...

  • Five health tips to help make the most of Mother's Day

    Dr. Donna O Shea, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    It’s fitting Mother’s Day occurs each spring, a time often associated with renewal and rebirth. As we celebrate the women in our lives and the important role they play in our families and our communities, Mother’s Day also provides an opportunity to think about ways to help encourage women of all ages to prioritize their health. Women may face unique and varied health care needs based on age, race, culture and other factors, so a holistic approach to well-being is important. Often the caretakers and CEOs of their famil...

  • United States food recalls protect our health

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Another day – another food recall. It seems like we are constantly hearing about more and more food recalls. This is something we have seen affecting the majority of the states and products that have been distributed through both grocery stores and big box wholesale companies. Due to the number of recalls, it’s beginning to impact the wider population. This news can bring about a wide range of emotions. Are you becoming weary with fear, stress, concern, or is your mind filled with the question – why? An expert in the field...

  • Voices for Children observes National Foster Care Awareness Month

    Updated May 9, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Voices for Children urgently needs community volunteers to step up and advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect San Diego and Riverside counties. May is National Foster Care Month, and Voices for Children is recognizing the important role Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and all members of the foster care system play in supporting children, youth, and families. CASA volunteers are advocates who bring stability to thousands of children i...

  • County warns of E. coli linked to walnuts sold in 10 local stores

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 9, 2024

    County Public Health officials are asking people to throw away walnuts tied to a national E. coli outbreak that were sold in 10 local natural food stores and co-ops. Two people who ate the walnuts from local stores have gotten sick from the same strain of E. coli that is part of a multi-state outbreak in which the majority of people reported eating Gibson Farms walnuts. One person locally was hospitalized. The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli found in the walnuts can potentially...

  • County warns of counterfeit Botox

    Cassie N. Saunders, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    County health officials are warning people not to buy or use products labeled as "Botox" from unverified sources after a woman may have contracted botulism. Botulism is an illness caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nerves. A 43-year-old San Diego County resident bought a product labeled Botox from an unlicensed online source and brought it to a "Botox Party" in Mexico in March, where she was injected. The following day, she developed symptoms that were consistent with b...

  • Hospice needs volunteers who sew

    Updated May 2, 2024

    ESCONDIDO – The Elizabeth Hospice is seeking volunteers that can sew. Anyone who likes to sew and has intermediate sewing skills, is encouraged to join their team of volunteers who create keepsakes made from an article of a loved one’s clothing. The hours are flexible, and the work is rewarding. To learn more, contact Cindy at The Elizabeth Hospice at 760-294-5864. Submitted by The Elizabeth Hospice....

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Scott Knight, The Jason Foundation|Updated May 2, 2024

    Since 1949, Mental Health America and its affiliates across the country have led the observance of May as Mental Health Awareness Month by reaching millions through the media, local events and screenings. It raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children, families and communities. Cities and businesses across the country hold various events to support mental health and open up the lines of communication. Many...

  • How to convince an addict to get help

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated May 2, 2024

    Many people who struggle with alcohol or drugs have a difficult time getting better. There are many reasons why these people do not get the help they need to get better. Many family members who see their loved ones struggle have a very difficult time in getting their loved ones assistance. Here are six suggestions on how to convince a person struggling with alcohol or drugs to get the help they need to get better. 1. Family intervention The most popular way to get someone the help they need is to do a family intervention....

  • Prioritizing prevention during Child Abuse Awareness Month

    Anita Lightfoot, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    In observance of Child Abuse Prevention Month, a beautiful pinwheel garden was on display during a press conference in the Waterfront Park, April 23. Four hundred pinwheels were placed in the lawn to represent the 400 investigations weekly of children in San Diego County who may be victims of child abuse and neglect. Approximately 15% of those investigations become active cases. Chairwoman Nora Vargas, Promises2Kids and the county’s Child and Family Well Being Department teamed up for the annual event to raise awareness abo...

  • Community Resource Navigator empowers families in rural areas amidst growing challenges

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    FALLBROOK – In a landscape marked by evolving community needs, Katia Elizondo Márquez, the dedicated Community Resource Navigator for the Fallbrook Regional Health District, has been instrumental in bridging critical gaps and empowering families in rural areas. Through strategic partnerships with local organizations, including school districts and key community service providers, Elizondo Márquez has spearheaded impactful initiatives to address pressing issues such as men...

  • Helping students to be proactive about preventing blue light exposure

    Dr. Premilla Banwait, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Learning in a modern classroom often depends less on textbooks and more on technology. Most students are accustomed to virtual learning and often rely on technology to stay connected with teachers and complete assignments. This reliance on digital devices may put students at higher risk of eye issues such as nearsightedness or digital eye strain – especially when combined with screen time at home. “Outside activities still rank at the top of the list of favorite activities for most kids – but playing on digital devices and w...

  • DEA encourages communities to make every day take back day

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new campaign encouraging the public to make Every Day Take Back Day by utilizing year-round collection sites to dispose of unneeded and unwanted medications. For more than a decade, DEA has worked with state and local law enforcement partners to host National Prescription Drug Take Back Days each year to help Americans rid their homes of unneeded medications. The Take Back program has received an overwhelming response from communities across the country. In...

  • Protein is a vital fuel for child development

    Karlene Karst BSc Nutrition, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 24, 2024

    As a nutritionist, mother of three, chief cook and married to an Italian man with a huge extended family, my entire world revolves around eating. Every day from morning to night, food occupies my mind, from what is in the fridge to what we are going to eat for meals and snacks, plus the questions, “Will they eat it, and will they like it?” Today, I have more time, and my kitchen is manageable; however, it was not always this easy. As a new mother 16 years ago, I remember feeling overwhelmed with meal preparation, which surpri...

  • Temecula baby in need of life-saving transplant

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    TEMECULA – With the cost of a life-saving transplant often exceeding $800,000, most transplant families are unable to shoulder that financial burden. The Children's Organ Transplant Association is a national 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Temecula, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Dean Baker. Dean is the son of Ashley and Darrik Baker...

  • Hospital CEO Wetton promoted to group vice president of California

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital announces the promotion of Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, to group vice president of California. In this new capacity, Wetton will oversee a portfolio of health care facilities within the Southwest Healthcare network across Southern California. "Elevating Darlene to group vice president is a testament to her remarkable leadership and unwavering dedication," Eddie Sim, president of acute care division fo...

  • Healthy Habits: Acne – Facial skin care

    Megan Johnson McCullough Ph.D., Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Acne is a very common skin condition that has to do with hair follicles, oil, and dead skin cells. Acne likes to make itself visible through its presentation of pimples, oily skin, blackheads, whiteheads and scarring. These symptoms are found on the face, chest, shoulders and back. Almost everyone has had one of these acne types at some point in their life. The oil glands on the face clog the pores. Pores are where hair follicles are found. Large pores that are clogged create...

  • Fresh Start Surgical Gifts to host several screening clinics in partnership with Vista Community Clinic

    Updated Apr 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Serving children in lower-income communities, the national nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts has partnered with Vista Community Clinic to host five free screening clinics throughout the year in Southern California. The three remaining screening clinics will be held Wednesday, April 24, at VCC: Vale Terrace – Pediatrics; Thursday, May 16, at VCC: Grapevine and Wednesday, Sept. 4, at VCC: Fallbrook Pediatrics. All these screening clinics are hosted by Vista Community Clinic. From 4-6 p.m., nurse Jill will be on-...

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