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Friday, January 11, 2019

UPDATED: Donors Needed: Blood Bank Issues Critical Call for O Positive

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 12:06 PM

The blood bank is putting out a critical call for O positive blood. - MARK MCKENNA
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  • The blood bank is putting out a critical call for O positive blood.
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The Northern California Community Blood Bank will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for donations.

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The Northern California Community Blood Bank is putting out a critical call for O Positive donors after the organization’s supply was depleted today.

There are two drives going on today from 1 to 6 p.m. in Fortuna and Crescent City and the blood bank's Eureka location on Harrison Avenue will be taking donations until 4 p.m and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
John Gullam, the blood bank’s director of donor resources, says this time of year typically sees a lull in donations but the need is always there, noting that just one severe trauma incident can wipe out the usual 10-day supply.

“We like to remind folks that the most valuable unit of blood is the one on the shelf when it’s needed,” he says.

Today’s drive locations are Tri Counties Bank, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., at 909 Main St. in Fortuna and Wal-Mart, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., at 900 E. Washington Blvd Crescent City. The blood bank is located at 2524 Harrison Ave.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Before the $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Verdict, There Was One in Humboldt

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 2:31 PM

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By now, you’ve probably heard about Reuters’ investigative bombshell showing that Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that its baby powder contained asbestos while the company publicly insisted on the “safety and purity” of its iconic product.

If this is news to you, check out the story here, which relies on scores of interviews and internal company documents. Johnson and Johnson currently faces more than 11,000 plaintiffs in a swath of lawsuits who allege the company’s talc contained asbestos and caused their ovarian cancers and mesotheliomas. And this is after a July verdict in Missouri that awarded $4.7 billion in damages to 22 women suffering from ovarian cancer, which came about a year after a California jury awarded $417 million to another woman with ovarian cancer.

Johnson and Johnson has denied the allegations — and Reuters’ report — saying that decades of scientific testing and regulatory approvals show its talc to be safe and asbestos free.

But wading through all this reporting, what you probably won’t see is that just last month a Humboldt County jury cleared Johnson and Johnson of liability in a lawsuit brought by Carla Allen, who alleged her mesothelioma — a tissue cancer closely linked to asbestos exposure — was caused by prolonged use of Johnson and Johnson’s Baby Powder. The case had caused significant interest in the Humboldt County Courthouse, spanning seven weeks and featuring a variety of out-of-town lawyers.

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Local Healthcare Company Focus of WaPo Story

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 10:03 AM

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In case you missed it, The Washington Post recently put a spotlight on local palliative care company ResolutionCare.

The Post’s story, which published Dec. 15, uses the story of Hoopa brothers-in-law Gordon Surber and Mark Hailey — both of whom have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — to explore the impact of palliative care and the inequities of how insurers cover the costs. The story notes that while Congress has mandated that insurers provide coverage for hospice care, they have not taken similar steps for palliative care.

“Like hospice, palliative care includes a physician’s help in managing pain and other symptoms, the services of a social worker and a home health nurse, and spiritual counseling,” the article states. “Unlike hospice, it can be provided at any stage of illness and it can be offered alongside curative care.”


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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A Gift of Glasses: Three Eureka Men See the World in a New Hue (Video)

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Aaron Cole smiles as he watches Eric Boardman, Eric Headstrom and Brendan Hartsell experience color as they never have before. - SAM ARMANINO
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  • Aaron Cole smiles as he watches Eric Boardman, Eric Headstrom and Brendan Hartsell experience color as they never have before.
When Brendan Hartsell put on the red-tinted EnChroma glasses for the first time, he didn’t say a word. He simply looked around — first down at the green bushes nearest to him then at a pair of blue and pink balloons tied to a sign. A nervous grinned spread over his face.

Hartsell was one of three Eureka residents who gathered at Cole Family Eye Care on Tuesday to try out and take home the specially engineered lenses which allow people whose eyes overlap the hues of red and green to see clearer, more vibrant colors

“Any immediate responses?” optometrist Aaron Cole asked after the group donned the glasses in front of him as they appeared to be taking in all of the new shades of the world. 
What a colorblind person sees with the glasses and without. - ENCHROMA
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Sunday, December 9, 2018

More Than Half of California Nursing Homes — Including Humboldt's — Balk at Stricter Staffing Rules

Posted By on Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 9:05 AM

Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, as well as all other skilled nursing facilities in Humboldt County, have asked the state to be exempted from new staffing requirements. - FILE
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  • Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, as well as all other skilled nursing facilities in Humboldt County, have asked the state to be exempted from new staffing requirements.

More than half of California’s nursing homes, including four in Humboldt County, are asking to be exempted from new state regulations that would require them to spend more time directly caring for their patients.

The state’s new staffing requirements for nursing homes, quietly passed in last year’s budget bill, seem universally unpopular. Patient advocates say the new regulations don’t go far enough and that residents remain at risk in poorly staffed homes. Nursing home operators say they can’t hire enough staff to comply.

Under the new rules, which took effect in July but haven’t yet been enforced, skilled nursing facilities must provide at least 3.5 hours of direct care per resident per day, up from 3.2 hours of care previously. That care can range from inserting a feeding tube to changing an adult diaper or helping residents with eating and bathing.

The California Department of Public Health, which oversees nursing homes, is expected to announce in late January which — if any — facilities it will exempt from the new regulations. But some patient advocates don’t like the nursing homes’ balking.

“We’re appalled by the waiver system. It’s sending the worst possible message to California nursing homes that it’s OK to staff at levels that endanger residents,” said Mike Connors of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a consumer advocacy group.


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Friday, December 7, 2018

Father of Faith Tsarnas Turns Self in for Ferndale Hit-and-Run

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:48 PM

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The father of Faith Tsarnas, the teenage girl killed while skateboarding with her friend by her friend’s mother Marci Kitchen, has turned himself in for a Nov. 27 hit-and-run crash that severely injured a woman.

According to a release, Jeffry Tsarnas, 54, of Myers Flat came to the California Highway Patrol office with the vehicle that was allegedly involved two days after the crash and gave a full statement.

The pedestrian, Marie Kelley of Garberville, suffered major injuries to her lower left leg.

A broken mirror found at the scene matched the vehicle that Tsarnas brought in, the release states, noting that it “is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this collision.”

Faith Tsarnas was visiting Jeffry Tsarnas, whose first name has also been spelled "Jeffery" in various news reports, when she was hit from behind on Eel River Drive in July of 2016 and died at the scene.

Her friend Kiya Kitchen died the next day at a Bay Area hospital. Both were 14.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Update: Badly Injured Boy Flown Out of the Area

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 2:46 PM

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  • Emergency vehicles prepare the landing zone for the helicopter at Berry Summit.
A 4- or 5-year-old boy from the Hoopa area was taken by helicopter to an out-of-the-area hospital after receiving major injuries today in what appears to be an accident involving “some sort of firework,” according to Samantha Karges, public information specialist with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

“About 12:45 p.m. we received a call from Grasshopper Lane. There was a child with major injuries,” she said.


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

UPDATE: Smoky Haze Lingering From Camp Fire as Death Toll Grows

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 9:50 AM

Scene from the Camp Fire earlier this week. - BUTTE FIRE
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  • Scene from the Camp Fire earlier this week.
The smoky haze from the Camp Fire will continue to settle over the region today at levels equal to or slightly better than yesterday, according to the National Weather Service.

Read more here and here and here.

Meanwhile, grim numbers continue to be reported by officials in Butte County, where 56 people are now confirmed dead in the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.

As of this morning, the Camp Fire has burned 140,000 acres and is 40 percent contained, with full containment now estimated for Nov. 30. For updated information, click here.
Release from the North Coast Air Quality Management District:
Overall smoke impacts are forecast to be “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on weather and location. Smoke levels will vary depending on weather conditions and fire activity. The light northerly daytime wind has brought some improvement to coastal areas. As is typical for this time of year, overnight inversions will limit smoke dispersion until the day starts to warm up. This pattern is expected to continue for the next couple of days.
• Coastal Areas (Crescent City to Shelter Cove) - overall “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Southern Humboldt – “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Inland Humboldt and Del Norte County – “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
• Trinity County – “Moderate” with periods of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy” depending on conditions
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Smoke from Camp Fire Continues to Impact Region

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 10:33 AM

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Smoke from the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County — the deadliest in the state’s history with at least 48 now confirmed killed — is continuing to affect air quality in the region today.

According to a release from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District, the impacts are expected to be "Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” with periods of “Unhealthy,” depending on weather conditions.

The Camp Fire, which all but wiped the town of Paradise off the map, has burned 135,000 acres and is 35 percent contained with 7,600 homes destroyed and another 15,500 structures threatened.

For the most updated information on the Camp Fire, click here.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wildfire Smoke Impacting Local Air Quality

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 10:47 AM

Smoke impacts in California. - AIRNOW
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Wildfire smoke from the Camp Fire burning in Butte County — which is now the deadliest in California history, taking at least 42 lives — is impacting air quality in Humboldt County today.

The haze that’s descended across the region is expected to stay for several days, according to a release from the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management district.

As of this morning, the Camp Fire has burned 125,000 acres and destroyed more than 6,500 homes with another 15,500 currently in harm's way of the blaze that stands at 30 percent containment.

“Firefighters actively fought the fire and worked aggressively. Firefighters provided structure protection and will continue to provide structure protection throughout daytime operations,” this morning’s incident update reads. “Firefighters will work to put direct and indirect fire lines in while scouting and putting in contingency lines ahead of the fire. Many risks and hazards along with steep terrain in some areas will impede firefighting efforts.”

For the most updated information, visit here.

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