First local Zika-related birth defect reinforces travel advisory

Tom Christensen Special to Valley News Pregnant women, women who could become pregnant and couples considering pregnancy are advised to avoid traveling to areas with known Zika transmission, after a baby with the severe birth defect microcephaly was born in San Diego County. The county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reports the mother […]

Learn to protect yourself and loved ones from diabetes

Learn to protect yourself and loved ones from diabetes

There’s an epidemic racing through America at an incredible rate: diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, it’s the fastest-growing disease in the country and the fifth leading cause of death. If the trend continues, one out of three Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime. Each day, more than 4,000 people are diagnosed with […]

Preventing drug addiction and abuse

We can all agree about the importance of keeping kids away from illegal drugs.  During October, I again participated in Red Ribbon Week, a campaign that seeks to mobilize communities and to educate millions of children nationwide about the dangers posed by illicit drug use.  Since the Red Ribbon campaign began in the late 1980s, […]

Turning the page on America’s chronic disease crisis

Kenneth Thorpe Health Columnist After rising steadily for decades, U.S. life expectancy has flat lined for three consecutive years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The study also finds that chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and kidney disease remain among the leading causes of death in […]

County urges steps to limit West Nile virus during statewide awareness week

With April 19-25 designated West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week in California, Riverside County health officials are asking residents to take steps to prevent the illness from spreading. In 2014, 801 human cases of West Nile Virus were reported in California, the second highest in state history. Twelve cases were reported […]

Crime Corner: Crime prevention tips to teach kids

All over the country, children go missing. There are sick people out there, who are looking to kid nap young children for their selfish and personal gain. Here are some tips to address with your children to keep them safe and aware.