Why is oral health so important? One of the main focus areas of the Idaho Oral Health Program at the Department of Health and Welfare is preventing tooth decay in children by providing oral health prevention programs across the state. These programs include school-based dental sealant clinics and fluoride varnish programs delivered in childcare centers and public health districts. Untreated childhood dental disease can put a significant financial burden on the family, cause poor performance in school, and lead to a lifetime of poor oral health. How much of a problem is children’s oral health in Idaho? It’s definitely an issue – A 2016 statewide study found 66-percent of Idaho third-graders experienced tooth decay, cavities or were missing permanent teeth because of dental decay. Our goal is to reduce that rate to 49 percent or less among Idaho children aged 6-to-9 by 2020. What about adults? Are there health consequences if grown-ups don’t take good care of … [Read more...] about Children’s Dental Health Month: Let’s reduce the 66% of Idaho 3rd graders with bad teeth!
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Getty ImagesPhotography by Paula Thomas As if yesterday's Chipotle food safety shut down wasn't stressful enough, there's another health alert to be on the lookout for. For anyone who was planning on having one of those tasty prepared salads or wraps from their local grocery shop today, you might want to stay away because there's an apparent parasite contamination in chopped romaine lettuce. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below According to a statement from the Food Safety and Inspection Service, Caito Foods, a produce distribution and processing company, said its lettuce supplier, Fresh Express, recalled the chopped romaine lettuce because of potential cyclospora contamination that could lead to awful nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below To be safe, stores like Trader Joe's, Kroger, and Walgreens as well as Gordon Food Service issued a recall of prepared salads and wraps. The products you should avoid have "sell by" or "best by" dates … [Read more...] about There’s a Health Alert for Prepared Salads and Wraps, and We Are Officially Scared
By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The state's new health secretary moved from a policy job that he loved to one that puts him squarely into a position of delivering those policies he helped to create, a decision that he didn't take lightly. "[The governor] didn't have to twist my arm," Adam Meier told Kentucky Health News in an interview. "It was a big decision for me and my family. It was something we thought long and hard about." Secretary Adam Meier Gov. Matt Bevin put Meier in charge of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services on May 17, the state's largest cabinet with 7,500 employees and an annual budget of nearly $14 billion. He succeeds Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, who left the office at the end of January to run against Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth in Louisville's Third Congressional District. He had served as Bevin's deputy chief of staff for policy, and in that position was responsible for overseeing development of the state's new Medicaid plan, called … [Read more...] about Adam Meier, the state’s new health secretary, has moved from creating policy to delivering it
In the first part of a special Banbury Guardian investigation into children’s mental health, head teachers share their experiences of the growing crisis among young people. Schools in Banburyshire are struggling with huge rises in mental health problems among children.Anxiety and depression, self-harm and drug taking are cited as frequent problems ruining young people’s schooling and happiness.Heads say exam pressure, social media and poverty contribute to the stress while access to mental health services is shrinking because of cuts.Sylvia Thomas, principal of Banbury Academy, said: “Access to services is dire due to a lack of capacity. “The workers we engage with in Banbury are fantastic and I have nothing but praise for them. However, they have only so many hours in the day and are stretched beyond in terms of numbers of cases.”Ms Thomas said reasons for the rise in mental health issues among the young range from misuse and abuse of social media to the … [Read more...] about Children’s mental health investigation: Banburyshire schools fight soaring crisis
Dive Brief: Nearly 40 health systems have partnered with Apple to contribute medical records to the tech company's updated Health Records section for the iPhone. The new records section — which is still in beta mode — was announced in January. It allows customers to view their medical records with the Health app. Twelve health systems, including heavy hitters like Geisinger, Johns Hopkins Medicine and MedStar Health, were name-dropped as partners at the time of the release. Apple has now made the feature available to anyone who updates their phone's iOS software to the latest version. Dive Insight: Personal health records have had a spotty history, with limited uptake, but the increase in health system adoption is a good early sign that Apple's PHR may stick. Health Records is based on the interoperability standard FHIR and collects encrypted medical data on allergies, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, vital signs and conditions. Users will … [Read more...] about Apple’s PHR health system partnerships up threefold