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SEN. JACK HATCH STATEMENT ON SEN. HARKIN’S CONCLUSION THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS LIKELY TO REJECT BRANSTAD PLAN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Hedgecoth   
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:53

DES MOINES -- “When it comes to health care reform, Governor Branstad is truly edging toward a worst-case scenario for Iowa.

No one is more involved with federal health care policy than Sen. Tom Harkin. His conclusion that the federal Department of Health and Human Services likely will reject the Branstad Plan for covering some of Iowa’s uninsured is troubling to say the least.

Not only does the Branstad Plan purposely leave 70,000 Iowans without coverage, it requires new federal spending to be approved by Congress and offers less coverage than Medicaid.

If that weren’t reason enough to reject the Branstad Plan, it’s now clear the Governor failed to run his proposal by federal authorities or even design it in a way that is likely to be approved.   Now, Iowa stands to lose the IowaCare program we have, while missing out on a one-time opportunity to cover more than 150,000 of our uninsured neighbors.

Today, I am asking Governor Branstad to direct whatever concerns he may have to the existing Senate Plan (SF296) for Medicaid expansion, and working together I know we can find a solution to bring health care coverage to 150,000 Iowans.

I sincerely hope the Governor comes to his senses soon and realizes accepting federal funds set aside to cover uninsured Iowans is the best path forward.  The alternative would demonstrate failed leadership at its most harmful to Iowa.”

 

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Think You’re Healthy? Would You Know if You Weren't? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:23
Oncologist Offers 7 Tips for Increasing Awareness

Not too long ago – just after World War II – few people in the United States brushed their teeth with any regularity. Now, the mere thought of going an entire day or night without brushing one’s teeth is simply out of the question for most.

Hopefully, someday in the near future, a similar attitude will prevail regarding mental well-being, says Dr. Matt Mumber, an oncologist and author of “Sustainable Wellness: An Integrative Approach to Transform Your Mind, Body, and Spirit,” (www.sustainablewellnessonline.com), coauthored by Yoga therapist Heather Reed.

“Human happiness and well-being are rudderless without awareness, which I define as the quality of paying attention to what’s going on in the present moment from an inquisitive, nonjudgmental and focused perspective,” he says.

An easy way to think of optimal wellbeing might be to envision a three-legged stool, says Reed.

“The three legs include physical activity, nutrition and that underappreciated component missing from too many Americans’ lives – stress management, or a healthy mental state,” she says.

After checking off a healthy diet and exercise from the list, how does one go about ensuring a healthy mind? Mumber and Reed say the key is mindfulness, which they define as paying attention on purpose, non-judgmentally and as though your life depended on it. Framed another way, mindfulness means focusing on something without trying to change it, like the sky holding passing clouds without clinging to them.

They describe the states necessary for attaining mindfulness:

• Beginner’s mind is the ability to see things with new eyes. The Bible warns against putting new wine in old wine skins – doing so risks tainting the new stock. A beginner’s mind opens people to the world of possibilities that exist in the present moment. That does not mean throwing away good ideas from the past; rather, it means to entertain new ideas with a truly open sensibility.

• Trust: Believe in your authority to know your own body, thoughts and feelings. We need to have the confidence necessary to trust that our thoughts and feelings at any given moment have value.

• Non-judging is the ability to see things for what they are, to hold an open and neutral place for whatever comes up within and around you, without thinking of anything as categorically better or worse than anything else.

• Patience is a willingness to continue with the process of paying attention on purpose even when it appears that no progress is being made. Learning and growing through mindful practice happens with time, and we can’t force the outcome.

• Acceptance refers to allowing whatever comes up in the moment to be held in our field of awareness. This is not the same as giving up or being passive; acceptance is merely acknowledgement.

• Letting go is refusing to attach to specific thoughts, feelings or behaviors. This can feel like losing something, but every time we let go, we open ourselves to something new and, potentially, deeper.

• Non-striving: In our goal-oriented society, this may seem counterintuitive. However, non-striving refers only to practicing mindfulness without expectation of some future goal or dream, which helps us better live in the now.

“By having our three-legged stool firmly planted in awareness, we can drop into what we typically call a sense of spiritual wellbeing,’ says Mumber.

About Matt Mumber, MD & Heather Reed

Matt Mumber, MD, is a practicing board-certified radiation oncologist with the Harbin Clinic in Rome, Ga. He completed his radiation oncology residency at Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine and graduated from the Associate Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Mumber is past president of the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology. He founded Cancer Navigators Inc, a non-profit organization offering cancer patients access to nurse navigation, social services and educational programs to support and augment the clinical care they receive. Dr. Mumber received the Hamilton Jordan Founders Award for involvement in statewide oncology activities and in 2008 he was named a Health Care Hero by Georgia Trend magazine.

 
Your Child’s Dental Timeline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:22
BETTENDORF, IA – Every parent welcomes the appearance of baby’s first tooth. But, with the appearance of that tooth – and the teeth that will soon follow – comes responsibility. Parents will need to take the child to the dentist, and also teach the child how to brush and floss. Often, parents are not sure when they need to take care of these important dental concerns.
“All healthcare needs should follow a regular schedule, and that includes dental care for children,” said Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D., of Byrum Family Dentistry. “It is important to establish dental care practices early, so your child can enjoy a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.” Byrum Family Dentistry, the dental practice of Robert L. Byrum, D.D.S., P.C., and Melinda Hochgesang, D.M.D., is located at 3878 Middle Road, Bettendorf, IA.
To help parents to stay on-track with their child’s dental care, Dr. Hochgesang offers the following timeline. “Many of the developments on the chart take place within an average time range,” she said. “No two children follow the same schedule. For example, a neighbor’s child may get her first tooth after four months, but your child’s first tooth may not appear until six months have passed. Both children fall within the range noted in the schedule, so there’s no cause for concern.”
0 - 12 Months
  • The first tooth usually appears when your baby is 4 to 8 months old. Your child has 20 primary teeth (also known as baby teeth) at birth and they will appear gradually.
  • Use a damp washcloth to clean your baby’s gums after feedings.
  • Once the first tooth appears, gently brush with a soft toothbrush, using water and no toothpaste.
  • Avoid giving your baby a bottle at bedtime. This can promote tooth decay.
  • As new teeth arrive, your baby’s gums may be sore. You can rub your baby’s gums for relief. Also, you can use chilled teething rings or pain-relief gels.
  • Ideally, your child should first see a dentist between six and twelve months of age.
1 - 3 Years
  • More primary teeth will appear.
  • You should begin taking your child to the dentist for regular check-ups.
  • You should help your child to brush.
  • Your child should drink water from a sippy cup.
3 - 7 Years
  • All the primary teeth should be in place. Your child will begin losing baby teeth as permanent teeth emerge, usually starting with the molars.
  • Discourage thumb-sucking. It may lead to bite problems and crooked teeth.
  • At this time, a dentist may place sealants on the child’s teeth.
  • By preschool, you can teach your child to floss.
  • You should still supervise and assist with teeth-brushing. A pea-sized amount of toothpaste can be used, along with products containing fluoride.
  • Continue to visit the dentist every six months for regular check-ups.
8 - 13 Years
  • By this time, your child will have lost most or all baby teeth.
  • Child should be brushing and flossing without assistance.
  • Limit soft drinks and sugary/starchy foods.
  • Continue visiting the dentist every six months for regular check-ups.
  • If necessary, your dentist may recommend a visit to an orthodontist for a consultation.
13 - Early Twenties
  • Remind your child to brush twice daily and floss.
  • Discourage smoking and other tobacco products, as well as oral piercings.
  • Discourage excessive soft drinks and sugary/starchy foods.
  • If dental alignment is necessary, your child should be given braces.
  • Late teens and early twenties: Your child’s wisdom teeth should be evaluated for proper placement and whether the jaw can accommodate them. In some cases, removal may be necessary.
  • Continue visiting the dentist every six months for regular check-ups.
Your Child's First Dental Visit
“New parents often ask what will happen at their child’s first dental visit,” Dr. Hochgesang said. “The dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums for tooth decay and other problems. The dentist may take X-rays to see if the teeth are developing properly, and to check for hidden decay. If necessary, your child’s teeth will be professionally cleaned, or a follow-up appointment for cleaning will be scheduled. Also, you will also learn preventive home care skills to help protect your child’s teeth.”
Dr. Hochgesang noted the importance of setting a good example for your children. “Your child looks to you for guidance,” she said. “I strongly encourage all parents to be dental role models for their children.  Your child should see that you are diligent about brushing and flossing, and that you visit your dentist regularly.”
For more information on Byrum Family Dentistry, call (563) 332-7734 or visit ByrumFamilyDentistry.com.
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Inflatable Colon Raises Awareness About Colorectal Cancer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Friday, 08 March 2013 15:19
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- March 7, 2013 -- Genesis Cancer Care Institute will create awareness about colorectal cancer with an inflatable you won't see at a child's birthday party.

A walk through, 20-foot-long, 8-foot-high inflatable colon with colorectal health features inside will be on display to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screenings.

The public is invited to check out the super colon on Friday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in front of the Genesis Cancer Care Institute. The Genesis Cancer Care Institute is located on the Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park Campus at 1401 W. Central Park, Davenport.

The giant colon replica is tall enough to walk through and is designed to educate people about the risk, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment of colorectal cancer.

"March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and we hope our efforts to raise awareness will result in more people scheduling their first colonoscopy at age 50, or their follow-up colonoscopy 5 or 10 years later,'' said Kim Turner, cancer research nurse with the Genesis Cancer Care Institute. "Colonoscopy is one of the best health screenings available because the procedure removes pre-cancerous polyps before they become a more dangerous issue.''

Colon cancer is the No. 2 cause of cancer deaths in Iowa, ranking only behind lung cancer.

There will be colorectal health fact sheets and brochures available from Genesis Cancer Care Institute staff on March 15.

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Branstad, Reynolds to implement modernized health care program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:35

Healthy Iowa Plan improves access, rewards positive health by focusing on outcomes, and is sustainable

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today unveiled the Healthy Iowa Plan that will cover all of the approximately 89,000 uninsured Iowans earning below 100 percent of federal poverty level.

“The Healthy Iowa Plan is a modern health plan that will pay providers to care for their whole population and based on the quality of care they deliver, while rewarding positive health outcomes,” said Branstad. “Under our Healthy Iowa Plan, more Iowans will be served by the private insurance market, with access to affordable plans available through health benefits exchanges.”

The Healthy Iowa Plan is designed to help those who use it become healthier while being sustainable for the long-term. The plan reduces the uninsured in Iowa while also preserving an essential safety net for Iowa’s neediest.

READ MORE ABOUT THE HEALTHY IOWA PLAN

“Governor Branstad and I have set the ambitious goal of making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation,” said Reynolds. “To get there, we know it is critically important for Iowans to take ownership of their health. The Healthy Iowa plan increases access to health care coverage while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.”

The Healthy Iowa Plan uses a sustainable financing strategy that provides hardworking Iowa taxpayers with budget certainty. The proposal fits within Branstad’s two-year budget and five-year budget projection with a total funding pool of $162 million. New funding for the plan comes through Medicaid savings created by synchronizing traditional Medicaid eligibility with benefits available through the Affordable Care Act. The savings is redirected to covering uninsured Iowans at or below the poverty level.

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