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Dr. Angela Vassallo, Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology at Providence Saint John’s Health Center, addresses Rotary members.

News, Health, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

VIDEO: Santa Monica Rotary Gets Up To Speed On Ebola

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:43 am

In line with Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” the passion and recognition of outstanding international health workers in regards to the Ebola outbreak was front and center at last Friday’s Rotary Club of Santa Monica gathering.

News, Los Angeles, Health, Santa Monica

Crown Princess Cruise Ship Departs L.A. Following Norovirus Outbreak

Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 9:35 am

The Crown Princess cruise ship departed the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro as scheduled Sunday after Federal health officers boarded to investigate a Norovirus outbreak that hit a small percentage of passengers returning from a month long cruise to the Pacific isles, a company spokeswoman said today.

News, Health, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Pier

E-Cigarettes Banned In All Non-Smoking Areas In Santa Monica Starting Today

Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 8:17 am

Electronic cigarettes will be banned in all non-smoking areas in Santa Monica beginning today, including the Santa Monica Pier, beaches and the Third Street Promenade.

Mike Karpenko.

News, Health, Fitness, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Trainer Hosts Earn Your Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 8:53 am

Santa Monica resident Mike Karpenko and renowned fitness trainer and Essentia Water hydration specialist, has launched his annual #EarnYourThanksgiving challenge.

Dr. Grace Chen is a board-certified geriatrician with the highly regarded UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica. For more information, call 310.319.4371 or visit

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

Protect Yourself Against The Flu, A Deadly Virus

Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 8:43 am

While the Ebola virus is capturing national and international headlines on a daily basis, another more common virus will kill thousands of people in the United States this year. That virus is influenza, more commonly called “the flu.”

News, Health, California, Santa Monica, Government

Election 2014: Voters Reject Proposition 46 Regarding Medical Practices

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:19 am

Proposition 46, a wide-ranging initiative that included raising the 1975 limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, was defeated today.

News, Health, California, Santa Monica

Election 2014: Voters To Decide On Prop 46 - Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Posted Nov. 4, 2014, 9:21 am

Proposition 46 on today's ballot would raise the limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, require random drug and alcohol testing of doctors, and mandate health care practitioners consult the state prescription drug history database before prescribing certain controlled substances.

Health, Santa Monica, Chla

$5.5 Million Gift To Establish Interfaith Center At Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Posted Nov. 3, 2014, 9:00 am

Children's Hospital Los Angeles today announced receiving a $5.5 million gift to establish an interfaith center.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Atheists, Agnostics & Freethinkers To Converge On Santa Monica For AA Convention

Posted Nov. 2, 2014, 9:15 am

In a development without precedent in the world of 12-step organizations, hundreds of recovering alcoholics and addicts from around the world who describe themselves as atheists or agnostics will gather in Santa Monica this week for the first ever We Agnostics and Freethinkers International Alcoholics Anonymous Convention (WAFT IAAC).

News, Health, Beach, Santa Monica

Health Officials Say Stay Away From Ocean Near Storm Drains

Posted Nov. 2, 2014, 9:08 am

With the first rain of the autumn flushing crud into storm drains, health officials have warned against touching water near storm runoff that flows into the ocean.

Benefit concert artists of the evening - Pianist Greg Schreiner, Pianist Nino Sanikidze, Sopranos Bernie Ohmes and Jane Ohmes Mirshak, Violinist Sam Fischer, Trumpeter Dr. Raymond David Burkhart and Dr. Robert Mirshak.

News, Health, Music, Santa Monica

Naam Yoga Los Angeles Third Anniversary Gala A Success

Posted Nov. 1, 2014, 9:34 am

Naam Yoga Los Angeles hosted its 3rd Anniversary Gala Celebration and Fundraiser “A Simple Gift!” on Friday, Oct. 24.

News, Health, Business, Lax

Labor Union Partners With Menzies Aviation Following LAX Death

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 8:56 am

A labor union trying to organize airport ramp and cargo workers announced it is partnering with Menzies Aviation to help the airline contractor improve health and safety conditions for its Los Angeles International Airport employees.

News, Health, Ucla, Westwood

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Unionized Nurses Protest Over Ebola

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 8:44 am

A small group of unionized nurses gathered outside Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood on Wednesday saying they want more training and guidelines for handling potential Ebola patients.

Dr. Sonja Rosen is a board-certified geriatrician with the top-ranked UCLA Geriatrics Program in Santa Monica and Westwood. For more information, call 310.319.4371.

Health, Ucla, Santa Monica

Dispelling Myths About Breast Cancer & Older Women

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:35 am

October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and an ideal time to dispel some myths about breast cancer while encouraging all women over 40 – and especially those 65 or older – to get annual mammograms.

News, Los Angeles, Health

Gay Rights Organizations Push For FDA Policy Change

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:28 am

A Southland-based group launched a statewide campaign on Tuesday urging federal officials to end a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who had sex with other men.

Mirror columnist Barbara Bishop.

Health, Columnist, Hot Flash

Good Vibrations – A New Kind Of Luxury Lifestyle Brand

Posted Oct. 27, 2014, 7:51 am

Do you know what a Pocket Rocket is? A Rabbit? A LELO? I do now. The other day, I went with a friend to an adult toy store. An adult toy store – I am whispering now. Just writing this story I’m turning red.

Naam Yoga LA executive director Jane Ohmes Mirshak.

Health, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Naam Yoga Celebrates Its Third Anniversary This Weekend

Posted Oct. 24, 2014, 7:53 am

Naam Yoga Los Angeles will host its third anniversary gala celebration and fundraiser “A Simple Gift!” tonight, Oct. 24 to benefit their 501(c)(3) and Giving Naam community outreach programs.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Healthgrades Recognizes Santa Monica's Providence Saint John’s Health Center

Posted Oct. 23, 2014, 9:27 am

A report released on Tuesday by Healthgrades, a national independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, recognized all six Providence Health & Services, Southern California, medical centers for excellent clinical outcomes.

News, Health, Chamber Of Commerce, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Highlights From Santa Monica Wellbeing Festival

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 2:18 pm

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce held its annual Santa Monica Wellbeing Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Southern California Edison Issue Safety Suggestions For Halloween

Posted Oct. 21, 2014, 9:07 am

Southern California Edison issued safety suggestions today for Halloween, topped by never using burning candles to light jack-o'-lanterns or as part of any decoration because of their severe fire risk.

News, Health, Lax

Congresswoman Wants Meeting With LAX Officials On Ebola Screenings

Posted Oct. 21, 2014, 9:02 am

Rep. Maxine Waters on Monday requested a meeting with officials from Los Angeles International Airport and a variety of federal agencies to discuss procedures being taken to screen passengers and respond to potential cases of Ebola at the airport.

News, Los Angeles, Health

L.A. City Council To Hear Presentation On Ebola Today

Posted Oct. 21, 2014, 8:57 am

City and county officials are scheduled today to make a presentation before the Los Angeles City Council on best practices for informing and safeguarding city residents concerning Ebola.

News, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Bans E-Cigarettes In All “No-Smoking” Places

Posted Oct. 20, 2014, 11:06 am

The Santa Monica City Council last week adopted a new law that treats electronic smoking devices, or e-cigarettes, the same as traditional cigarettes under its smoke-free laws.

All proceeds and donations collected at Yoga for a Cause Santa Monica will entirely support The Painted Turtle’s life-changing environment and authentic camp experience for children with serious medical conditions.

Health, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pier

Yoga For A Cause Event Seeks To Raise Awareness For The Painted Turtle

Posted Oct. 16, 2014, 2:17 pm

Traditional yoga is taught very differently from how it’s learned in America, and instructor Ryan Silvers is elated to offer locals a chance to experience what he coins “the next stage of yoga”.

Health, Seven Days, Fitness, Santa Monica

2XU Santa Monica RunFEST To Take Place This Sunday, Oct. 19

Posted Oct. 16, 2014, 9:04 am

The 2XU Santa Monica RunFEST invites runners of all levels to participate in friendly competition and family fun at the Santa Monica Pier this Sunday, Oct. 19 at 8 am.

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