Ana Ibarra Health Blog

  • Back to school traffic triggers higher emissions and respiratory problems

    Posted on August 12, 2014

    Classes are back in session, and with them the good old morning traffic near school zones.


  • Support group to address traveling for the visually impaired

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on August 11, 2014

    The Center of Vision Enhancement’s low vision support group will meet this Thursday to discuss travel tips for the visually impaired.


  • Being smart about sun exposure

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on August 8, 2014

    In the Central Valley we see a lot of sun. Sunlight is beneficial for many reasons. It helps our skin make vitamin D, which is needed for healthy bones, and has been linked to easing mild depression. However, too much sunlight exposure can be harmful to skin and eyes.


  • To tax or not to tax: sugary drinks

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on August 4, 2014

    Last week, 12-term Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), introduced the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax (SWEET) Act, in an effort to combat the increasing prevalence of diabetes and obesity among adults and children. The Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code and charge a penny per teaspoon of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or other caloric sweeteners-- to be paid by manufacturers, producers or importers of these products.


  • Mosquitoes carrying West Nile found in Merced

    Posted by Ana B. Ibarra on July 23, 2014

    Just last week, I wrote a post about how to protect yourself from mosquitoes bites to reduce the risk of being infected with West Nile virus. At the time, no virus activity had been detected in Merced County. However, this past Monday, officials at the county’s Mosquito Abatement District issued warnings in three Merced County areas where mosquito and sentinel chicken samples tested positive for West Nile. These include rural areas in Dos Palos and Hilmar and the city of Merced.


  • West Nile Virus: how to reduce the risk of being infected

    Posted on July 15, 2014

    West Nile Virus activity this year has been detected in several Central Valley counties including Fresno, Madera, Stanislaus and Tulare. This season, the first human infections were found in Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, and so far a total of 8 human cases have been reported between Fresno, Tulare and Stanislaus counties combined.


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