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How to choose the right Halloween candy

How to choose the right Halloween candy

By Dr. John Luther

Halloween is arriving soon. It's a fun-filled holiday that children really enjoy, especially after going around their neighborhood trick-or-treating, then arriving home to cherish their large assortment of candy.

But dental practitioners aren’t nearly as enamored with Halloween, because they know the possible ramifications of eating candy. It not only can create damage to the teeth and gums, but also possibly to a child's overall health.

Having healthy teeth and gums has an impact that goes far beyond the mouth. Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, periodontal disease and infection, which can impact a patient's heart, lungs, and entire body.

5 tips from Western Dental

1. Choose candy carefully: Try to avoid hard candy, such as lollipops, and other sweets that stay in the mouth for a long time. These candies increase the risk for tooth decay.

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley awarded Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley awarded Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Sutter Surgical Hospital-North Valley (SSH-NV) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Joint Replacement for Hip and for Knee. Certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

“We are very happy to receive certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Dennis Sindelar, Chief Administrative Officer for Sutter Surgical Hospital North Valley. “We feel this validates the work we do to provide our patients with safe, quality care as they receive joint replacement services.” Read more.

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville honored For environmental excellence

Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center has been named a top 25 hospital for environmental excellence by Practice Greenhealth, a national group dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. In all, Kaiser Permanente received 16 Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards. The Environmental Excellence Awards are given each year to honor environmental achievement in the health care sector. Kaiser Permanente has been recognized by Practice Greenhealth for its sustainability work every year since the awards program began in 2002.

Creative Students in Elk Grove Win Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest

Creative Students in Elk Grove Win Anti-Tobacco Billboard Contest

Billboards around the Sacramento region are spreading a message about the dangers of smoking, and the artists behind the artwork are students. It's part of Kaiser Permanente’s “Don’t Buy the Lie” program now in its 24th year. Students throughout the Sacramento region were invited to design an anti-smoking message and submit the image for a chance at a $1,000 gift card and to have their design appear on dozens of billboards. This year, students in the Elk Grove Unified School district claimed both top prizes. The middle school winner was Kirin Vang from Toby Johnson Middle School. Her poster showed an image of a marionette on strings below two cigarettes. The message was “Don’t Let Your Addiction Control You.” The high school winning submission came from six students at Franklin High School, calling themselves “Team V:” Davion Clarke, Patrick Cunanan, Katrina Do, Tyrese Everett, Leann Kamaya and Darlene Tran. Their poster compared tobacco cigarettes with e-cigarettes.

Delivering classroom learnings and care to the community

Delivering classroom learnings and care to the community

 

By Kaiser Permanente

Some Kaiser Permanente registered nurses are working to advance their training, skills, and education. In the process, they are also sharing their knowledge and helping to improve lives in the community.

Some 250 Kaiser Permanente RNs across Northern California are in a program called the Nurse Scholars Academy, launched in 2015 by Kaiser Permanente as part of a broad professional development initiative.

Course work for those in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Samuel Merritt University (SMU) has some of those nursing scholars participating in a number of different projects and initiatives.

“Stop the Bleed” lifesaving training available in Solano County

“Stop the Bleed” lifesaving training available in Solano County

Time is precious in an emergency. An injured or wounded person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within a few minutes. No matter how fast a medical professional arrives on scene, it’s bystanders who may be called on to make a lifesaving difference.

Stop the Bleed is a nationwide federal campaign to train and empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. The campaign is a result of work done by a collaborative committee which included representation from the Department of Homeland Security, American College of Surgeons, and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians just to name a few. Recognizing the need to address the numbers of patients whose lives have been lost in recent tragic mass casualty incidents as a result of blood loss, the committee developed and published recommendations known as the Hartford Consensus. These recommendations have led to initiating the nationwide Stop the Bleed campaign.

Community health organizations serving greater Sacramento receive more than $1 million in grants

Community health organizations serving greater Sacramento receive more than $1 million in grants

Kaiser Permanente recently announced $1 million in grants to health organizations in the greater Sacramento area to help increase access to care for people who are at the greatest risk for heart attacks and strokes. The grants are part of a larger $5.8 million investment aimed at expanding the reach and scope of the organization’s Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Every day (PHASE) program, as well as additional resources to support training and technical assistance aimed at optimizing implementation of the program in community settings.