COASTAL CLEANUP ENGAGES THE COMMUNITY
9/21/2018 10:04:01 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Cutline: cleanup1: Channel Islands Girl Scout Servicer Unit 652 made a big impact on the beach and removed a lot of trash. (Photo by Chris Frost) Cleanup 2: The lines were long at the Ventura County Coastal Cleanup event at Oxnard Beach, as lots of people came out to make a difference. (Photo by Chris Frost)   Oxnard-- Neighbors banded together to help the environment, Sept. 15, as the Ventura County Coastal Cleanup produced safe and clean beaches for everyone to enjoy. At Oxnard Beach, lines of people waited...

No Immediate Ruling in GOP's Latest 'Obamacare' Lawsuit
9/13/2018 4:55:29 PM

By Paul Weber   AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—The latest push to scrap the Affordable Care Act once and for all pressed ahead Wednesday as Republican-controlled states asked a federal judge to finish what Congress started last year and bring the law that insures 20 million Americans to a halt. A small group of protesters, some holding signs reading “Save the ACA,” shouted across the street from a Fort Worth, Texas, courthouse where former President Barack Obama's health care law is again under attack. At issue are core principles of the law, including...

September Is Suicide Prevention Month
9/13/2018 4:54:32 PM

As provided by Suicide Prevention Lifeline To Find Your Local Crises Center, visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/our-network/#section-1 Ask How – Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way. Asking in this direct, unbiased manner, can open the door for effective dialogue about their emotional pain and can allow everyone involved to see what next steps need to be taken. Other questions you can ask include, “How do you...

Oxnard College Serves up Outstanding Culinary Opportunities
9/6/2018 10:00:57 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   OXNARD—Oxnard College is meeting the need for talented professionals looking for a career in Culinary Arts, as the college boasts an exceptional program that not only gives students a diverse background in areas like front house management and fine dining, but is also training the next generation of chefs. The program is growing under the watchful eye of Chef Adam Hart, as he prides himself on giving the students the opportunity to learn and grow while making sure their experiences in the industry matches their...

EPA Roll-Backs Will Hurt People of Color
9/5/2018 12:02:36 PM

By Felicia M. Davis Director, HBCU Green Fund   President Trump visiting West Virginia to announce a major rollback in regulations limiting coal fired power plant emissions feels like being lost in a dark coal mine, reaching a fork in the tunnel with one direction pitch black and a bright light at the end of the other. The choice seems so obvious and yet the President of the United States of America intentionally heads into the darkness. At the turn of the millennium we knew for a fact that the planet is warming and that greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide...

L.A. County Has New Technology to Track Missing Persons with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Dementia
9/5/2018 11:56:40 AM

The L.A. Found initiative officially went live this week, in conjunction with a new L.A. Found ad campaign. L.A. Found (formerly known as the Bring Our Loved Ones Home initiative) is a groundbreaking countywide program, led by Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Janice Hahn, to help locate individuals with dementia or autism who wander. The initiative establishes a voluntary system of trackable bracelets (provided by Project Lifesaver) for at-risk individuals. While the Project Lifesaver bracelet is not under constant monitoring, when an individual wearing a bracelet goes missing,...

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
9/5/2018 11:55:26 AM

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men, lung cancer being first, striking approximately 165,000 men each year with about 30,000 dying of the disease. Caught early, prostate cancer can be treated, usually successfully. But remember, in early stages, prostate cancer has no symptoms, so don't wait for "something bad" to happen to Get It Checked. Compared with other men, African-American men and men with a family history of the disease are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer. A man with a father or brother who had prostate cancer is twice...

Mom's Use of Opioids in Pregnancy May Stunt Kids' Learning
9/5/2018 11:54:26 AM

By Lindsey Tanner CHICAGO (AP)—Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother's drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants. About 1 in 7 affected children required special classroom services for problems including developmental delays and speech or language difficulties, compared with about 1 in 10 children not exposed to opioids before birth, the study found. The study highlights the “absolutely...

Tools to Recognize Suicidal Thoughts
9/5/2018 11:45:45 AM

Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are both damaging and dangerous and are therefore considered a psychiatric emergency. Someone experiencing these thoughts should seek immediate assistance from a health or mental health care provider. Having suicidal thoughts does not mean someone is weak or flawed. According to the CDC, suicide rates have increased by 30% since 1999. Nearly 45,000 lives were lost to suicide in 2016 alone.   Know the Warning Signs • Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless...

Out with the Old, in with a New Understanding to Improve SCD Care
8/29/2018 10:25:55 PM

By Dr. Kevin Williams   The “Ask Dr. Kevin” series is brought to you by Pfizer Rare Disease in collaboration with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) to increase understanding of sickle cell disease. With National Sickle Cell Awareness Month just next month, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that people with sickle cell disease (SCD) face and what can be done to make a meaningful change in their care. Evolution of the science behind SCD has advanced in recent years, resulting in a new understanding of the disease. However,...