Children’s Dental Health Month: Let’s reduce the 66% of Idaho 3rd graders with bad teeth!

toothbrush-toothpaste-dental-care-clean-40798February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so it’s a good time to remind everyone – adults and children alike – that your oral health is important to your overall health. Practicing good oral health habits such as daily brushing and flossing and regular dental visits are easy steps toward keeping teeth and gums healthy at every age. Continue reading

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RSV and whooping cough on the rise in Idaho – protect your baby

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We are seeing high numbers of cases in Idaho of a couple of diseases that are serious and even deadly for babies. Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and pertussis, commonly called whooping cough, are not likely to cause serious health issues for otherwise healthy adults, but it’s still very important for everyone to take precautions against both. Continue reading

Go Red: Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S.; know your risk!

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National Wear Red Day, or “Go Red for Women,” is this Friday, Feb. 2, so now is a good time to talk about heart health, specifically as it applies to women. Nationally, heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined, and in Idaho it is the second leading cause of death for women, after cancer. In fact, cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Continue reading

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month – Regular screening is key!

 

CervicalAwareness_EarlyDetectionAll women, especially those over the age of 30, are at risk for developing cervical cancer, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s also the easiest gynecologic cancer to prevent, with regular screening. Getting screened regularly for cervical cancer is important because that is the most effective way to find the disease early. It is highly treatable when it is found early enough. Unfortunately, Idaho has the lowest rate for cervical screening in the United States. Continue reading

Washing hands often can ward off norovirus, the ‘Winter Vomiting Bug’

how-get-norovirus-lgYou may have seen in the news last month that more than 500 people fell ill to norovirus on two separate cruise ships, bringing to 12 the number of major outbreaks of this nasty virus aboard ocean-liners in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That may lead you to think that norovirus is something you only risk on a cruise ship. But there’s actually a better chance you’ll be infected in restaurants, long-term care facilities like nursing homes and in other places where people gather and share bathrooms – day cares, schools, camps, and big events. Norovirus is also known as the “winter vomiting bug,” so it’s a good time to talk about reducing your risk. Continue reading

Thousands of people possibly exposed to hepatitis A in Utah food establishments along I-15 corridor

If you ate any food or drank any beverages or used the restroom at any of the following facilities during the dates listed below, you may have been exposed to hepatitis A:

  • Sonic Drive-In, 971 North Main St., Spanish Fork, from Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, through Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017.
  • Olive Garden, 1092 North Canyon Parkway, Spanish Fork, from Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, through Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.
  • Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry (South County), Spanish Fork, from Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, through Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Non-canned food and drink only.
  • 7-Eleven, 2666 West 7800 South, West Jordan, from Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, through Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
    • Fountain drink or self-serve beverage.
    • Fresh fruit.
    • Any item from the store’s hot food case, such as pizza, hot dogs, chicken wings, or taquitos.
    • Packaged items, including bottled beverages and microwaved foods, are NOT implicated in the possible exposure.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed should contact their healthcare provider and possibly get vaccinated. Continue reading

High radon levels in Idaho can put your health at risk – test your home now

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare began monitoring radon test results over 20 years ago. Since then, IDHW has discovered nearly 40 percent of Idaho homes tested for radon have higher than recommended levels of the naturally occurring radioactive gas. High radon levels have been found in homes in every Idaho county. Continue reading