Different forms of substance abuse increasing among women

By Richard N. Waldman, MD An estimated 20 million Americans– including nearly 10 percent of non-pregnant 1 women ages 15 to 44 and 5 percent of pregnant women– reported illegal drug use in 2008. Substance use and abuse are increasing among women and affect women of all backgrounds, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or race.

Tips to ‘be cool’ this summer

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is advising residents to take precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses, especially while participating in outdoor activities. The elderly, people with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related conditions, however everyone should take precautions to reduce…

Prescription-drug discount cards available to local residents

The City of Signal Hill is reminding residents of a program to help provide them with some relief from the high cost of prescription drugs. The city is making free prescription-drug discount cards available to city residents through a program sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC). The discount cards offer an average savings…

Local dentist seeks to teach seniors, kids about special issues related to their age

By Brett Ashley Hawkins Editorial Intern Local schools and senior-living communities are reaping the benefits from the 2010 “Oral Healthcare Awareness Campaign” fronted by Long Beach’s David Cho, D.D.S. Cho’s dentistry firm launched the campaign to promote healthy denture care for seniors and to fight tooth decay in children. At several local senior-living facilities, Cho…

Community Hospital to possibly merge with Memorial

By Steven Piper Editorial Intern Long Beach Memorial Medical Center (LBMMC) and Community Hospital of Long Beach (CHLB) have entered talks regarding LBMMC’s becoming the owner and operator of CHLB. Currently, the two nonprofit organizations are negotiating the terms of a management services agreement. Meanwhile, CHLB has continued to operate as an independent organization. Serving…

LB Memorial, Miller hospitals become totally smoke-free

The campus of Long Beach Memorial (LBM) and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach (MCHLB) became completely smoke-free on July 1. Now, no smoking is permitted on hospital property, including regions previously designated as “smoking areas.” LBM and MCHLB will be the first hospital sites in Long Beach to become entirely smoke-free. “As a healthcare organization,…

Red Cross offering course in wilderness First Aid

The American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter last week announced the release of its new Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, which is designed for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments. The course will be taught Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 at Progress Park, 15500 Downey Ave.,…

Nonprofit weight-loss organization suggests hiking for healthy lifestyle

Fitness is often a common topic of conversation for many– getting fit, staying fit, and everything in between. Many people are also concerned with watching their personal budget, as well as their waistline. Consider hiking, says TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. In addition to being fun and easy…