Health and Wellness

Fundraiser for childhood cancer

The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation will host its annual Little Heroes fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Sat., Dec. 5 at Canyon Salon in the Paseo Market Place, 3693 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. The event will support families in the tri-counties that are dealing with pediatric cancer. Instead of the usual indoor seated luncheon, the foundation is providing […]

Vision repair can help prevent falls

COMMENTARY /// Aye eye, doc

For those of us who are reaching our 50s, we’ve begun to notice that the small print is harder to read. Maybe it takes a minute to focus on the object in our hand or we need to hold the newspaper at an arm’s distance to be able to see it clearly. This is the natural aging process affecting our […]

UCAAN wraps up the holidays

United Cancer Advocacy Action Network is opening a socially distanced pop-up Holiday Gift Wrapping Spot in place of its regular annual gift-wrapping store, normally at The Oaks. Dates are Fri., Dec. 18 through Thurs., Dec. 24. For times, go to The spot is in a garage at 1586 Glenbrock Lane, Newbury Park. It’s the second two-story house on the […]

Officials: Still more virus testing needed

Getting tested is one way to combat the rising tide of COVID-19 cases in Ventura County, public health officials continue to stress. The Board of Supervisors learned at a recent meeting that despite increasing its testing rate by over 24% over the last month, the county is no longer testing enough to receive significant credit toward its average daily case […]

Clearing the air by tracking toxics and chemicals

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the environment

This year, the California Legislature passed chemical “right to know” legislation, requiring disclosures of ingredients in cosmetics and feminine hygiene products. Previously, some ingredients could be listed as “fragrance” or could bypass disclosure requirements through trade secret protections. Dr. Joanne Brasch, project manager of the nonprofit California Product Stewardship Council, a leading advocate of the legislation, said, “Maybe now we […]

Free COVID-19 antibody testing continues in Ventura County

The second phase of a COVID-19 antibody study led by a Ventura County-based public and private partnership group began Nov. 9. The COVID-19 IgG antibody tests will be given at no cost to the public at different sites through Nov. 20. IgG antibody tests indicate whether an individual has been exposed to COVID-19 and developed antibodies. The test takes a […]

Rehab centers see rise in substance abuse

More nurses, teachers seek help with addiction during pandemic

This is the second of a two-part series. As the country enters its seventh month of being upended by the pandemic, local behavioral health workers are reporting yet another side effect of the COVID-19 crisis. Across the county, treatment centers for people with substance use disorders are seeing a wave of risky drug and alcohol use that they say leaves […]

Local drug, overdose deaths decrease for first time in three years

But pandemic may cause spike in substance abuse

Part one of a two-part series For the first time in three years, Ventura County deaths resulting from drugs or alcohol have decreased, according to the county medical examiner’s 2019 overdose report. The medical examiner’s office reported 149 deaths—equaling one death every 2½ days—in Ventura County last year, 21 fewer overdose deaths than in 2018. Released in September, the report […]

Orange is the new health awareness

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome rare, but affects many

Each year, a worldwide event know as Color the World Orange takes place on the first Monday of November. CTWO is an initiative to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a neuropathic condition that leaves many of the afflicted in severe disabling pain that is often lifelong. The syndrome, while considered a rare condition since it affects fewer than […]

Demand drop forces Los Robles pediatric intensive care unit to close

After four years in operation, Los Robles Regional Medical Center is closing its pediatric intensive care unit due to a decline in demand. The Thousand Oaks hospital will shutter the four-bed unit as of Dec. 16. The unit opened in 2016 in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group, whose doctors staffed the one-wing unit. The pediatric ICU treats […]

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