Project to deter opioid tampering wins top Addiction Science Award

Phoenix, Arizona - A 14-year-old’s innovative approach to prevent tampering and misuse of opioid pills won a first place Addiction Science Award at the 2019 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)—the world’s largest science competition for high school students. The awards are coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Friends of NIDA, a coalition that supports NIDA’s mission. The Intel ISEF Addiction Science Awards were presented at a ceremony Thursday night at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Flu Deaths Increase to 7 in San Diego County

San Diego, California - Another flu death was reported in San Diego County last week, bringing this season’s total to seven, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced.

NIH researcher presents encouraging results for gene therapy for severe sickle cell disease

San Diego, California - A scientist from the National Institutes of Health will present promising, early results from a human clinical trial testing a novel gene replacement therapy in people with severe sickle cell disease. Preliminary findings suggest that the approach has an acceptable level of safety and might help patients consistently produce normal red blood cells instead of the sickle-shaped ones that mark this painful, life-threatening disease.

San Diego County Opens New Live Well Center in Oceanside

Oceanside, California - The County of San Diego opened the new North Coastal Live Well Health Center in Oceanside on Tuesday, offering behavioral health treatment and recovery services and resources for military and veterans.

Flu Spreads Easily at Holiday Parties and Family Events

San Diego, California - If you’re planning on attending a work gathering or holiday event, the County Health and Human Services Agency wants to make sure the only thing you give is gifts and not the flu.

Season’s Second Flu Death Reported in San Diego

San Diego, California - A 70-year-old woman is the second person to die from the flu in the region this season, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.