Basic routine maintenance. Everybody has heard about brushing and flossing, but not enough people actually floss or know the proper way to do it. The four most common flossing mistakes are flossing too often, moving too quickly, missing both sides of the tooth and quitting at the sign of bleeding gums.
It’s not just the mouth. Too many people think dentists worry only about cavities and the smile. In reality, the mouth can be linked to back injuries, neck injuries, headaches and a host of other issues.
Easy fixes. Just as keeping tires properly inflated is an easy fix that will prevent big problems , dentists have a few of those too. Easy, quick and comparatively cheap fixes are available for chipped teeth, cavities, sensitive teeth care and gingivitis.
How prevention is cheaper than correction. Good dental health is frequently a pocketbook issue. A comprehensive and frank discussion with your dentist about what your dental-health-insurance coverage is, what you can afford and what you cannot will enable you to plan for your future.
Pierce County and the City of Tacoma are launching efforts to comprehensively assess and strengthen key family violence prevention and domestic violence services in Pierce County.
“There should never be a life lost due to domestic violence,” said Pierce County Councilmember Rick Talbert. “This process will allow us the opportunity to gather information and implement strategies that deliver the best possible resources and services to Pierce County residents facing a domestic violence situation.”
Resolution 2018-166, requested by Executive Bruce Dammeier, and Resolution 40179, requested by Mayor Victoria Woodards, will formally kick off the partnership between the County, City, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, YWCA and other non-profit service providers.
“Domestic violence costs lives, destroys families and devastates our communities,” said Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier. “We believe we can leverage existing domestic violence programs more effectively and expand them to deliver better support to more people suffering from family violence. We can, and we must do better.”
The County Council and Tacoma City Council are expected to act on the resolutions on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
“We should always be evaluating and looking for ways to ensure that we are providing the best possible resources and services to those facing domestic violence,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “The legacy of Crystal Judson is to address domestic violence and ensure that victims have the services they need. We must redouble our efforts, so that her death continues to drive change and provide safety for those in our community who need it.”
In 2005, an Interlocal Agreement combined City of Tacoma and Pierce County’s domestic violence treatment and prevention services, and named the center The Crystal Judson Family Justice Center. This process builds on prior work and will result in a strengthened Interlocal Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Pierce County and a commitment to deliver better services to more people. There will be no change to resources and budget funding in 2019 to the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center or the YWCA.
Anticipated next steps include:
County Council considers initiating resolution (R2018-166).
City Council considers companion resolution.
Jan. – July 2019
Pierce County, City of Tacoma, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, YWCA and other regional service providers help identify opportunities where services can be better aligned, strengthened and potentially expanded.
Stakeholders review and comment on tentative findings.
Aug. – Sept. 2019
County and City negotiate revised Interlocal Agreement and financial commitments.
Oct. – Dec. 2019
Interlocal Agreement presented to County and City Councils for consideration and incorporation in respective 2020 budgets.
If we want that to change, DBSA needs your support.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance recognizes the transition to adulthood can be one of the most trying times in a person’s life. The uncertainty of the future, the fear of not fitting in, the stark reality of student loan debt, and the pressures of succeeding academically, can all contribute to mental health crises and substance use.
Connecting individuals with mental health conditions with peer support has been proven to lessen the risk of suicide and to improve quality of life. With over 21 million adults with a mood disorder in the United States, just think about the impact we could have.
DBSA is committed to providing free, quality peer mental health support, but now more than ever we need your help in order to continue expanding our reach.
Visit Response@DBSAlliance.org for more information.
Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.
The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board says it has issued the state’s first license to grow marijuana for research.
Verda Bio Research in Seattle says it will be growing cannabis to conduct basic research on some of the plant’s lesser-known compounds.Chief Executive Jessica Tonani says Verda intends to breed cannabis plants to emphasize compounds that currently exist only at low levels, so that those compounds can then be studied for potential therapeutic uses.
In addition to meeting the same requirements as other marijuana businesses, applications for research licenses are subject to an independent scientific review.
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, which has long hindered researchers’ access to the plant.
Some states that have legalized marijuana, including Washington, Oregon and Colorado, are offering cannabis research licenses as a way to improve access within their states.
Every day, Community Health Care works to improve access to quality health care to our patients in Pierce County. Please join us in to support a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018. It’s a day when you can make a big impact on Community Health Care and more than 45,000 patients that we serve each year.
With your help, we’ll raise funds to provide quality, affordable care for all members of our Pierce County Community.
How can you be a part of it? Here are a few simple ideas:
Help us get the word out on social media, using @commhealth on FaceBook and Instagram and @commhealthWA on Twitter and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday.
Take photos showing why you love our organization and post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Do something kind for another person.
Early donations are open, so if you’d like to give now, all donations count toward our #GivingTuesday totals!
Duncan Hines cake mix
A recall was issued for four types of Duncan Hines cake mix due to possible salmonella contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration said on November 5.
The recall was issued by Conagra Brands due to “a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by CDC and FDA,” Conagra said in a statement.
The DNA fingerprint found in that sample of cake mix matches the DNA fingerprint identified by the CDC in five cases of salmonella illness, according to the FDA.
The illnesses were reported in Maryland, Ohio and Wisconsin, the CDC said Wednesday.
Several of the individuals who are sick told health investigators that they consumed cake mix before their symptoms began, according to Conagra.
“Two ill people reported eating cake in the week before their illness began and one reported eating raw cake mix, but brand information was not available,” according to the CDC, which added that it is “working with state health departments and FDA to determine if these ill people ate cake or raw cake mix produced by Duncan Hines.”
The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak. The CDC announced the outbreak linked to raw turkey products in July, but more people have gotten sick, bringing the total to at least 164 in 35 states. One person in California has died, and 63 people have been hospitalized.
Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales LLC recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA found that a sample of the products tested positive for salmonella reading matching the outbreak strain. The samples were from a September 11 production, and according to the USDA, the rest of the products shipped nationwide.
The outbreak started in November 2017. It’s unclear where the turkey at the center of this outbreak came from, as there doesn’t appear to be one centralized distributor, the agency said. This could mean that “it might be widespread in the turkey industry.”
Lab tests show that the salmonella came from a variety of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. Tests showed that it’s also been in live turkeys and pet food.
The CDC said that if you plan to handle raw turkey, make sure you are extra careful: Wash your hands after touching it. Cook products thoroughly to avoid getting sick. Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.
In another ongoing investigation, 92 people have been infected with salmonella infantis in 29 states, linked to raw chicken products from a variety of sources, according to the CDC. No deaths have been reported, though 21 people have been hospitalized, the public health agency reports. The USDA is continuing to monitor this outbreak.
People who have become sick report eating different types and brands of chicken products purchased in many locations. The CDC has identified salmonella in samples taken from raw chicken products, live chickens and raw chicken pet food. Because the strain is present in live chickens as well as many types of raw chicken products, this is an indication that contamination might be widespread in the chicken industry, according to the CDC.
However, the CDC does not advise consumers to avoid eating properly cooked chicken or retailers to stop selling raw chicken products.
Instead, you need to handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning, the agency recommends. Wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food, and sanitize your kitchen and preparation area. Chicken breasts, whole chickens and ground poultry, including chicken burgers and chicken sausage, should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should also be reheated to that temperature.
Do not eat, serve or sell recalled beef products that were recalled by JBS Tolleson Inc. of Tolleson, Arizona, because they may be contaminated with salmonella, the CDC advises. As of Thursday, 246 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of salmonella newport in 25 states, the CDC reports. No deaths have been reported, but 59 people have been hospitalized.
Check your freezer for recalled beef, the CDC recommends. The company recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef products in early October, all produced and packaged between July 26 and September 7. It was shipped to more than 100 retailers across the nation under many brand names, and the establishment number “EST. 267” can be found inside the USDA mark of inspection (but may be found elsewhere on the package), according to the CDC. The list of retailers where these products were sold can be found on the USDA website.
Cook ground beef thoroughly, the CDC recommends, and handle beef products safely to prevent foodborne illness. Never eat raw or undercooked ground beef. To kill germs, it needs to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your hands and any item that came into contact with raw beef, including countertops, utensils, dishes and cutting boards, with soap and water, the CDC advises.
Thanksgiving is many Americans’ favorite holiday because it is a time when family, friends, neighbors and strangers come together to share their favorite foods. Before you prepare your favorite dishes, take a moment to review the food recalls and illness outbreaks identified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just two days before Thanksgiving, the CDC warned US consumers to not eat romaine lettuce, as it may be contaminated with E. coli.
Thirty-two people, including 13 who have been hospitalized, have been infected with the outbreak strain in 11 states, according to the CDC. One of the hospitalized people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening form of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
People have become sick in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified an additional 18 people who have become sick with the same strain of E. coli in Ontario and Quebec.
The US Food and Drug Administration, which is also investigating the outbreak, cautions that if you have any romaine lettuce at home, you should throw it away, even if you have eaten some and did not get sick.
No one distributor or source has been identified, so the FDA is warning consumers to avoid all types and brands of romaine lettuce. Consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce product, including “whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, such as spring mix and Caesar salad.
Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is known about the outbreak.
Illnesses in the current outbreak started in October, and it is not related to another multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce this summer.
2019 OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR OBAMACARE
Open enrollment for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare is Underway. Be sure to enroll or change plans before December 15, 2018.
If you need insurance or cannot afford your current insurance, contact
Washington Health Plan Finder at 1-855-923-4633 or
Some individuals may qualify for subsidies if your income is too high for Medicaid coverage.
Service provides access to psychiatrists and therapists through a relationship with MDLIVE
To better meet members’ needs and expand access to care, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), a leading health and well-being company, is teaming up with MDLIVE, a leading telemedicine services and software provider, to provide Humana Medicare Advantage members virtual access to behavioral health services in select Washington counties.
Humana is including the virtual visit benefit on certain Medicare Advantage plans offered for the 2019 plan year. Members who choose plans with this benefit can access clinicians through personal computers, telephone or mobile devices for a wide range of non-emergency mental and behavioral conditions, such as addiction, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, life changes, panic disorders, parenting issues, postpartum depression, relationship and marriage issues, and stress. Virtual visits are scheduled appointments for a future date and time. Initial appointments will typically occur within five to 10 days from the time an appointment is first made or requested.
Virtual visits can be beneficial for people who might need to see a clinician on the weekend or evenings, or when they are traveling. It can also be beneficial for those who may not have access to transportation or are unable to drive.
“For people to achieve their best health, we must care for both their physical and mental health. Virtual visits allow our members to receive behavioral health care when and where they need it,” said Catherine Field, Intermountain Region Medicare President for Humana. “It’s important that we offer our members access to behavioral health services in a timely manner and reduce some of the barriers that prevent people from getting the mental health care they need.”
All virtual visit psychiatrists and therapists are U.S. board certified and in-state licensed and/or credentialed in the states they practice. The clinicians can provide psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, individual or family psychotherapy, ongoing behavioral health evaluation and management.
With the member’s consent, Humana utilizes its clinical data technology to ensure individual health records are available to MDLIVE medical professionals and the MDLIVE clinician’s treatment plan, including any prescriptions, is shared with the member’s primary care physician.
Humana will offer the virtual visit benefit on the following Medicare Advantage plans with a $0 copay per visit on all of these plans:
- Humana Gold Plus HMO plan in Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Whatcom and Skagit counties.
- HumanaChoice PPO plan in Clark, Cowlitz, Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Walla Walla, and Whatcom counties.
- Humana Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid) in Clark, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Thurston counties.
People with Medicare may select these plans during the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2018. Those selecting a plan with this option will be able to start using the benefit Jan. 1, 2019.
Since introducing the physical health virtual visit benefit on some Medicare Advantage plans in 2016, 85 percent of Humana members who used the service and took the post-care survey ranked their experience as either good or excellent.
Washington Medicare beneficiaries living in Clark, Cowlitz, Island, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Thurston, Walla Walla, Whatcom and Skagit counties who are interested in utilizing MDLIVE should visit Humana.com/Medicare to research these plans and learn more about this and other plan benefits.