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New heart attack clincal trials to begin

New heart attack clincal trials to begin

MONTEREY, Calif. — Drs. Richard Gray and Pir Shah, physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are pleased to announce a new clinical trial available for heart attack patients. THI is leading the way with the trial, designed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks in patients who have experienced a heart attack. Since opening in 2007, THI’s goal is to participate in advanced clinical trials as an option for patients with heart conditions.

THI has been selected to participate by the TIMI Study Group, known for high-quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with heart disease. TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) is affiliated with Brigham Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

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Congressman Sam Farr Joins Monterey Chamber Annual Leadership Luncheon Panel

Congressman Sam Farr joins the distinguished panel of local, state, and federal elected officials speaking at the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Leadership Luncheon on Friday, September 26, 11:30am to 1:30pm, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey.

Sponsored by Rabobank, this signature Chamber event gives community leaders, local business owners, and engaged citizens an opportunity to gain further insight into the current business climate on the Peninsula. Panelists will give briefs on topics such as new projects taking place in their jurisdictions, new business coming to the region, and other important issues that have impact on the future viability of our local economy.

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

 

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Saturday, September 27, has been designated as a “Fee Free Day” for visitors to the forest. In all areas of the forest where an Adventure Pass is normally required, the fee will be waived in celebration of National Public Lands Day, which is held each year on the last Saturday in September.

An Adventure Pass is typically required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. This weekend’s “Fee Free Day” applies to all Adventure Pass areas except the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where the fee remains in effect. Other fees such as reservation fees and group site fees will also still apply. Forest visitors who unknowingly validate a daily Adventure Pass on “Fee Free Day” can have the pass replaced free of charge at most Forest Service offices.

Del Rey Oaks considers allowing medical marijuana shops

DEL REY OAKS, Calif.-Medical marijuana is one step closer to cropping up on the Monterey Peninsula.  Several cities ban it, but Del Rey Oaks is considering opening its doors to what some call an opportunity. 

On Tuesday night, NewsChannel 5 found out a businesswoman from Pebble Beach is looking to open a medical marijuana clinic at the corner of Canyon Del Rey and North Fremont.  Del Rey Oaks city leaders said the planning department will work on creating an ordinance to potentially make that a reality.
 
"I've not been an advocate.  My brother used to smoke a lot of pot I guess they would have called him a stoner in the '70s.  What I've learned now is that he was self-medicating for depression and anxiety," said businesswoman  Valentia Piccinini

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Monterey County Parks Department Launches Online Survey

What Monterey County park do you visit most often?  What park amenities to you use most frequently?  What new ideas do you have to improve the parks?

If you have answers, the Monterey County Parks Department has questions.

The Monterey County Parks Department has launched an online survey asking the community about park use and ideas for the future.  A link to the survey is available on the Monterey County homepage www.co.monterey.ca.us .  The survey is an important part of the Parks Department’s new strategic planning process which will create goals for the future of the county park system. 

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

Save Our Shores needs your help!

Save Our Shores needs your help!
Santa Cruz, CA - Save Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy and action on the Central Coast, will coordinate the largest community cleanup of the year from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, as part of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The event spans the globe, with volunteers in more than 100 countries removing garbage from beaches and waterways. Locally, SOS is leading cleanups at more than 70 sites located throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey counties, as well as an offshore cleanup conducted via SUPs and kayaks. SOS expects at least 3,000 community volunteers to participate on Saturday. SOS uses data collected during Annual Coastal Cleanup Day to analyze the health of the Central Coast.