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February 12, 2013

Students win chance to play with orchestra

During the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra’s annual Youth Concerto Competition Jan. 26, the following local students were the top three finishers, earning a guest solo with the orchestra June 9:

  • First place — Olivia Marckx, of Bellevue, cello
  • Second place — Amelia Sie, of Bellevue, violin
  • Third place — Karissa Zadinsky, of Issaquah, cello

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Flu epidemic spares Issaquah community — so far

January 22, 2013

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy after receiving her own shot Jan. 19 during the free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Beth Whitaker (left), a staff nurse at Eastgate Public Health Center, gives a flu vaccine to Patrick Gill, of Bellevue, as his wife Candice Gill looks on in sympathy Jan. 19 during a free flu clinic. By Greg Farrar

Health officials urge vaccinations

Flu remains widespread in Washington and throughout the United States, and local health care providers and school administrators said although the epidemic is raging elsewhere, Issaquah is OK — so far.

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More drivers needed to take local seniors to medical appointments

July 3, 2012

Issaquah resident Catherine Swadley, 88, had open-heart surgery in November. As part of her recovery, she was advised to undergo physical therapy three times a week for three months, in Kirkland.

The problem: She wasn’t allowed to drive, let alone open heavy car doors.

“So I called Senior Services and they said they could provide drivers for me,” Swadley said.

These are not ordinary drivers, but rather volunteers who spend their time and gas contributing to the common good. Senior Services asks for small compensation (Swadley said she paid $6 each time), which goes to the nonprofit organization.

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Issaquah health fair offers free screenings

February 22, 2011

The ninth annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair, with a wide array of free health screenings, will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Pickering Farm. Admission is free.

The fair will feature more than 50 health care professionals representing about 35 businesses. My I.D. Club, a service of the King County Police Union, will offer free fingerprinting of children. The Issaquah and Sammamish Citizen Corps councils will have information about emergency preparedness for families and businesses. Eastside Fire & Rescue staff will also be on hand.

Specialists from Issaquah will be available to discuss topics, such as care for Alzheimer’s patients and braces for children. Ask questions about women’s health concerns or weight lifting.

Looking for a new doctor, dentist, chiropractor, personal trainer or acupuncturist? No appointment necessary to meet with these professionals at the Health & Safety Fair.

The health fair is presented by Overlake Medical Clinics — Issaquah and co-sponsored by the city of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department.

Pickering Farm is north of Interstate 90 between exits 15 and 17, across from Costco.

STDs, or STIs, remain a risky social concern

February 15, 2011

Students typically learn about sexually transmitted infections starting in fifth grade, but many people, post-graduation, get no such reminder unless they get one.

Of course, the best way to avoid what people commonly call an STD, or STI, is to skip sex.

“Abstinence is the only 100 percent way to avoid an STI,” Victoria Fletcher, director of clinician services for Planned Parenthood, said. “Abstinence, or being in a long-term monogamous relationship, definitely has a place in preventing STIs.”

The sexually active can reduce the spread of a virus by using condoms, Overlake Medical Center Issaquah family medicine doctor Christy Gibson said. Receive free condoms this week, and any week, from Planned Parenthood in Issaquah, 75 N.W. Dogwood St., Suite B. The clinic is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Many times, people will visit their doctor and asked to be tested for everything, Planned Parenthood Health Center Manager Annelise Ring said. Instead of going that route, she suggested patients talk about their risks with their physician.

“We try to whittle it down to what they really need, so they’re not paying for a bunch of stuff they don’t really need,” Ring said.

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Health & Safety Fair returns with free services

February 15, 2011

Unsure about your blood pressure? Wondering about your bone density?

These tests and more health screenings are available free at the seventh annual Issaquah and Sammamish Health & Safety Fair on Feb. 26. There is no admission fee and all ages are welcome.

More than 50 local vendors will discuss their services and wares, including 1st Choice Acupuncture, Highlands Dentistry and Solid Rock Counseling.

Many of the vendors will offer free medical tests, such as blood typing, sugar blood testing and Chinese pulse diagnosis.

“It’s a great way to get some free testing done for people who are between jobs or don’t have health insurance,” Virginia Mason Issaquah administrative assistant Shana Norton said.

Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the fair.

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Overlake’s Issaquah clinic offers health classes

February 15, 2011

Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers the following classes at its Issaquah clinic, 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Suite 103. Register at www.overlakehospital.org/class1.aspx. Call 688-5259 for class information.

  • “Weight Loss Surgery Seminar” — 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, free
  • “Happiest Baby on the Block” — 10 a.m. to noon, March 5, $60
  • “Comprehensive Series Preparation for Childbirth & Newborn Care: 7-Week Series” — Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. March 10 to April 21, $105
  • “Comprehensive Series Preparation for Childbirth & Newborn Care: Three-Day Weekend” — 6 p.m. March 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 and 1-4 p.m. March 13, $105

Don’t let seasonal affective disorder give you the winter blues

November 16, 2010

People living in the Pacific Northwest have a double whammy. The northern latitude and cloudy weather not only make it hard to get enough vitamin D from the sun, but it also makes the days darker and shorter.

It’s a good recipe for the winter blues, known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Read more