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Bainbridge Is Ground Zero for HANA Organic Skincare

When Karen Ries turned her Bainbridge Island home’s kitchen into an organic skincare laboratory in 2011, she didn’t know she would eventually be going tête-à-tête with France, which is known for its skin-care traditions, and manicured-toe-to-manicured-toe with South Korea, famous for its innovative cosmetics. But now, because of her HANA Organic Skincare line, Bainbridge Island gets a large pin on…

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BIFD Puts Its Arms Around Arms Around Bainbridge

Kyle Moerke, a firefighter with and the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department, says the BIFD has been proud to wear pink for the last four years. He’s referring to the pink T-shirts the firefighters don annually to assist the Susan G. Komen organization’s awareness efforts in their fight against breast cancer….

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Virginia Goes Virtual: New 24-Hour Online Clinic

Islanders have many more medical options than they used to have, and now they have one more, available to them 24 hours a day without requiring that they leave the comfort of their own homes. On September 23, Virginia Mason launched its new online Virtual Care Clinic. The telemedicine service is available 24 hours a day,…

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Make a Poster to Fight Youth Suicide

The League of Women Voters Kitsap is inviting young people between the ages of 10 and 20 to help raise awareness about youth suicide via a poster contest. The winning poster will be duplicated and posted throughout the county. In 2014, the League initiated the formation of a county coalition to tackle the growing public health crisis. The…

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Confirmed Case of Chicken Pox at Ordway

Yesterday, in an e-mail to parents and staff of Ordway Elementary, Kitsap Public Health District Officer Doctor Susan Turner warned parents that a reported case of chicken pox, or varicella, has been confirmed in an Ordway student. Turner reported that the affected student attended “the schoolwide Meet and Greet program on September 1 while infectious.” Turner proceeded…

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Rich Passage Added to Shellfish Closure

The Kitsap Public Health District and the Washington State Department of Health have added Rich Passage as well as Port Washington Narrows and Sinclair Inlet to areas closed to shellfish harvesting. All of Rich Passage to Orchard Rocks near Manchester is included in the closure. The reason for the closure is the presence of high levels of marine…

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Dementia Expert to Share Survival Strategies for Caregivers

Kae Hammond knows what dementia looks like and the impact it can have on family. Her mother has Alzheimer’s. But it was her father who died first, unexpectedly, 11 years after her mother’s diagnosis. That’s when Hammond learned from the National Alzheimer’s Association that 70 percent of family caregivers develop life-altering conditions, often preceding in death those…

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Islanders to Stride in Solidarity Saturday to Raise Money for Partners in Health

Last year, the Bainbridge Island Strides in Solidarity walk raised $3,000 for Partners in Health, the organization created to empower people around the world to enhance the health of their communities. Unlike other global heath organizations, PIH adheres to a philosophy of partnership, working side-by-side with local health professionals and patients. Every day, PIH-partnered community health…

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2015 Walk MS: Photos and Videos

Today’s (April 11) Walk MS fundraisers were lucky to get cold and sun on a day when a winter storm had been predicted. Or maybe luck had nothing to do with it, and the Walk MS event, which raises money for the National MS Society, brings its own weather. The walk, which started and ended at the high school,…

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Bainbridge Is One Well City

According to the Association of Washington Cities, 66 of every 100 people are overweight, 54 have a poor diet, 47 have high stress, 27 get little or no exercise, 16 have poor emotional health, and 4 use drugs. To combat those numbers, AWC offers what it calls the Well City Awards to cities meeting nine…

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BHS Grad and UNICEF Fellow Reminds Us to Honor World Tuberculosis Day

Today, March 24, is World Tuberculosis Day, whether you knew there was such a thing or not. BHS grad Sylvia Stellmacher (’10), who is a Global Citizenship Fellow of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, reminds us why it matters and what you should do about it. Stellmacher says two billion people, or about one of…

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How Much Do You Dislike Spring Forward?

At 2 a.m. tomorrow morning, March 8, it will instantly become 3 a.m. through the magic of governmental bureaucracy, and you will have lost an entire hour of wide-awake staring at the clock. One hour less of sleep doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, but it can wreak havoc. A recent study finds that Daylight Saving’s Spring Forward…

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Walk and Shop to Make a Difference in a World with MS

by Mike Lisagor Pulling off a walk on Bainbridge Island in 2006 to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) was a giant leap of faith. But we quickly discovered that we live in an extremely compassionate and generous community—generous to the tune of almost $700,000 in the last eight years for MS research…

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The Facts About Ticks and Lyme Disease in Western Washington

These days most of us have relatives or friends struggling with Lyme Disease and its devastating impact. An infectious disease, Lyme is caused by at least three species of bacteria from the genus Borrelia, which dates back some 20 million years. Lyme disease in the United States was identified in 1975 when a constellation of cases…

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Harrison and Regence Make Nice: New Contract Started Sunday

On Friday the 13th, Harrison Medical, which is part of the CHI Franciscan Health network, and insurer Regence BlueShield finally worked out an agreement after months of failing to do so. This agreement will provide Regence members in-network access to all local health care services at Harrison Medical Center and Harrison HealthPartners including the Bainbridge Harrison clinic. The…

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Poll: Should People Be Required to Vaccinate Their Kids?

This week Washington State Representative June Robinson (D) introduced House Bill 2009, which would remove “personal belief” as a legally accepted reason for vaccination exemptions for school-aged children. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has endorsed the bill. What do you think? Should vaccinating be required for all healthy (non immunocompromised) school-aged children? Or should people have the…

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Are Bainbridge Island Kids Under- vaccinated?

With an escalating Pertussis outbreak on Bainbridge Island and at least five confirmed cases of measles now in Washington state, vaccinating is on our collective minds. Here are some things to consider for your kids and yourself. “Herd” immunity is conferred when a portion of a community is immunized against an infectious disease. As long as a certain percentage…

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Five Influenza Deaths in Kitsap County This Season

The Kitsap Public Health District is warning people that “the flu can be a severe illness,” so severe in fact that so far this season five people in the county have suffered influenza-related deaths. KPH is urging people to get vaccinated and take measures to protect themselves and others. KPH is monitoring absenteeism reports from schools throughout…

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Virginia Mason Bainbridge Adds Daily Urgent Care Service

As of this week Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center on Winslow Way has expanded its urgent care treatment services for minor injuries and illnesses to seven days a week, with no appointments required. The Clinic is now providing urgent treatment of nonlife threatening conditions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to…

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“Concerning” Wave of Pertussis Hits the Island

Dr. Molly Linhardt, a pediatrician at Bainbridge Pediatrics, confirmed that there have been more than 10 cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, diagnosed at the clinic since the end of November. Linhardt said these numbers represent “a definite increase over the last three years.” Health Officer Dr. Susan Turner of the Kitsap Public Health District called the outbreak “concerning”…

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