March 3, 2014 |
Wait three days after it rains before going into the ocean. It's a warning that public health officials issued to beachgoers this week, as they do after any significant storm in California. But a study released Monday is raising questions about whether that three-day waiting period is enough to protect people who swim, surf and play in the ocean from pathogens in storm runoff that can make them ill. "To err on the side of caution, stay out of the water for five days after rainfall," said Amanda Griesbach, a water quality scientist at Heal the Bay , an environmental group that provided data and other support for the research by undergraduate students at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
October 10, 2013 |
Food expert Marion Nestle asks whether government-shutdown-mandated furloughs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hampered its response to the salmonella outbreak at Foster Farms. The bacteria traced to three of the firm's California poultry plants have sickened 278 people nationwide, mostly in California. The Heidelberg strain of salmonella appears to be especially virulent. As my colleague David Pierson reported, 42% of victims have been hospitalized , double the normal rate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2013 |
A few weeks after the death of public health leader Antronette Yancey, organizations around California and the nation will participate in an "Instant Recess" break Tuesday afternoon to honor her work. The Oakland-based Prevention Institute is asking participants to stand up at 1 p.m., click on this YouTube video and take a short exercise break led by the Los Angeles Sparks women's basketball team. Yancey, a researcher and professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, died April 23 of lung cancer.
February 15, 2011 |
So-called female condoms were handed out Monday on the streets of San Francisco just in time for Valentine's Day. This doesn't exactly scream romance to us. But the city's public health officials were less interested in love and more interested in urging women and gay men to use this "other" kind of condom to fight sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Female condoms aren't exactly a household object -- so some people may be unsure how to use them. Planned Parenthood is there for you. Here's how they work: "The female condom is a plastic pouch that is used during intercourse to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
February 10, 2012 |
The Indiana State Department of Health sent out a statement Feb. 3, two days before the New England Patriots and the New York Giants squared off for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The bulletin, which advised "Hoosiers and out-of-town guests" to "Practice Good Health Defense for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday," offered tips about healthful eating, drinking in moderation, keeping warm and storing party foods properly to avoid food-borne illnesses. Less than a week later, the department circulated another release that touched on a Super Bowl health hazard few had considered: measles, and the importance of vaccination. State health officials reported two confirmed and two probable cases of the respiratory ailment. One of infected individuals had attended pre-Super Bowl celebrations in downtown Indianapolis on Feb. 3 -- raising the alarming possibility that others at the event who were not up-to-date on their vaccinations or who had not had measles in the past could have been exposed to the virus as well. That's a concern because measles is highly contagious, said Dr. Edgar Marcuse, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle who is based at Seattle Children's Hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1993
I write in support of Dean Emeritus Roger Detels MD, UCLA School of Public Health. His letter (June 25) expressed the shock, outrage and disappointment that I feel with regard to the proposal to disestablish the UCLA School of Public Health. After 31 years of private practice in Illinois, I enrolled in the school and obtained a master's degree in public health in 1987. I now utilize that valuable training in my daily work in the sector of public health in caring for persons infected with the virus which causes AIDS.