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Help track potential cases of West Nile virus in King County by reporting dead birds. Crows in particular die quickly from West Nile virus and clusters of dead crows may indicate that West Nile virus is present in the community. Call 206-205-4394 or report the bird online.

West Nile virus was not found in King County in 2010, but has been active here in previous years. Most people don't feel the effects of the infection, but in others it can cause symptoms ranging from mild to severe, including diseases of the brain and spinal cord. In the United States in 2010, 1,021 cases of WNV disease in people were reported from 41 states, and 57 people died. People of all ages can get WNV disease, but people over 50 are more likely to become seriously ill.

Over the next three months, dead birds reported to Public Health will be collected for laboratory testing for West Nile virus if they are deemed suitable candidates for testing. To be tested, the bird must be a crow, raven, jay, or magpie, dead for less than 24 hours, and have no visible trauma or decay.

Protect yourself from mosquitoes by eliminating their breeding habitat:

Undergoes name change to Highline Hearing Professionals

After nearly 30 years on Ambaum Boulevard, owners Eileen Freed and Rebecca Grady as well as the their staff at Highline Audiology have packed up and moved to a bigger office in downtown Burien.
The business name has also changed to Highline Hearing Professionals with the move to 457 S.W. 148th St. The office is located between Ace Hardware and Burger King—across the parking lot from Bartell Drugs.
For more information, call 206-246-8677.

Palmer to be Presented with Award at World’s Largest Diabetes Meeting

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Jerry P. Palmer, MD, from Des Moines will receive the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award. The award will be presented at the Association’s 71st Scientific Sessions that will take place in San Diego, CA, June 24-28.

The Outstanding Physician Clinician in Diabetes Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding efforts in diabetes care and is recognized as a highly regarded clinician and educator with more than 10 years of distinguished service.

"Dr. Palmer has contributed tremendously to unlocking the mysteries of the immune system and expanding learning about diabetes," said Linda Henderson, Executive Director, American Diabetes Association of Washington.

Currently a professor in the Department of Medicine and director of the Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center, University of Washington, and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Nutrition, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Palmer has a distinguished career as clinician, educator, mentor, and scientist.


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Learn how to tune up your health from the experienced health-care professionals of Burien's medical community at the free Community Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Burien Town Square.
The third annual event provides an opportunity to learn about the newest and best in health care. You can also improve your general well-being with free health screenings, free food samples, demonstrations, presentations on wellness topics, fire safety, physical fitness information, and more. Kids are sure to have some fun with face-painting, clowning and balloon art. Information on local education programs in the health-care field will also be available.
New this year are free wellness seminars taking place in the adjacent City Council chambers in Burien City Hall.
Seminars include:
Noon: "Eat Well" including food samples
12:30 p.m. - "Sitting Fit" demonstration
1 p.m. - "Move Well"
1:30 p.m. - Zumba demonstration
2 p.m. - "Think Well"
2:30 p.m. - "3Rs of Exercise - Retain, Restore, Renew"


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Des Moines residents who want to participate in National Drug Take Back Day can drop off unwanted or expired medicines, including pain relievers and other controlled substances, on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. by the Des Moines Police Department at the Bartell Drugs at two locations on Pacific Highway South. The stroes are located at 22001 and 21615 Pacific Hwy. S.
Additional information on facilities accepting unused or old prescription and over-the-counter medicines can be found at
National Drug Take Back Day highlights the critical need for ongoing and sustainable safe drug disposal programs to reduce the rising rates of prescription drug abuse, overdoses, and accidental poisonings. Sponsored by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with local law enforcement agencies, the one-day event provides communities with free, anonymous medicine returns for unused medications, including dangerous controlled substances. Take-back programs also help protect the environment, while they safeguard public health.


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American Pain Foundation
Please JOIN US in Seattle for this exciting PUBLIC EDUCATION EVENT!
SPEAK OUT for the Rights of People with Pain_Saturday, April 16, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cedarbrook Lodge_18525 36th Avenue South_SeaTac
· Learn about the pain care YOU deserve
· Hear from experts and your peers
· Network with others affected by pain
· Visit with exhibitors
· Take home valuable information and free printed materials
· Find out how you can be part of improving pain care in Washington - TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Cedarbrook Lodge is handicap accessible. Please know there will be people ready to assist where needed.
Cost: $10 per participant in advance, $15 at the door, space permitting. A limited number of scholarships are available. Lunch will be provided for all pre-registered participants. NOTE - Pre-registration deadline is Saturday, April 9.
To register and for more information, visit:


Highline Medical Center Foundation will host its 3rd annual Hats On for Highline, a Kentucky Derby Day fundraiser at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn

This year's presenting sponsor for the event will be Merchant Credit Association (MCA). Hats on for Highline was launched in 2009 to raise awareness of Highline's Cancer Center. Attendees come to enjoy live horse racing, a silent auction, and buffet. Many are adorned in beautiful hats ready to participate a competitive hat contest. All of this takes place trackside in the VIP tent.

"We are honored to play such a vital role in supporting Highline's healthcare in the community," says MCA's President Dave Quigley.

Tickets are $60 per person and advance reservations are required. Reservation deadline is April 25th. For more information and tickets, contact the Foundation at 206-901-8500 or visit Since Highline Medical Center does not receive any tax dollars, event proceeds will benefit Highline's Cancer Center and other patient care programs.

Poison prevention tips offered

Bartell Drugs in Des Moines and Take Back Your Meds are offering resources to help local communities stay safe. From 3-5 p.m., on Saturday, March 26, Mr. Yuk will be passing out Mr. Yuk stickers to put on poisonous products at the Des Moines Bartell’s, 21615 Pacific Highway S.
As part of Poison Prevention Week, Bartells and Take Back Your Meds offers safety tips to Protect families from accidental poisoning.
Poisonings are the leading cause of accidental deaths in Washington, surpassing car crashes and falls. Poison Prevention Week is designed to reduce illnesses, injuries, and deaths due to poisonings; build safer communities; and reduce unnecessary health care costs.
Poison Prevention Tips
Children, teens, adults, seniors, and pets are all at risk for accidental poisonings. Here are a few tips from the American Association of Poison Control Centers to help Washington families to stay safe.


Highline Medical Center and its affiliated network of physicians will provide in-network medical care to Medicare Advantage members enrolled with Humana beginning on Jan. 1 under terms of an agreement announced Monday, Dec. 20.
Under the new contract, members of Humana's Medicare Advantage PPO plans will have in-network benefit access to the medical center and more than 200 affiliated physicians, including approximately 80 primary care physicians and 120 specialty care physicians. The system includes 69 physician clinics and two hospital-owned health care campuses across southwest King County.
"Humana is excited about expanding our health care provider network in the Seattle area, as it will result in broader choice for our Medicare Advantage members here," said Oraida Roman, Humana regional president for Senior Products. "This addition to Humana's network makes the Choice PPO Medicare Advantage plans an even more attractive option for people with Medicare in King County."
Highline Medical Services Organization's network of physicians includes primary care physicians and specialists from a broad array of medical specialties.


Swedish Medical Center/Ballard’s new Emergency Department and medical office building, located at 5350 Tallman Ave. N.W., will be open for public tours and a slew of other fun and beneficial community health activities on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6.

Here is what’s planned:

Tour the Emergency Department and Medical Office Building (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

The best time to see an ER is when you’re not a patient – and also when there’s someone there to point out all the cool stuff to see.

Ask the Doctor (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Have a medical question you’ve always waned to ask? The doctors from Swedish Medical Group’s Ballard Primary Care clinic will be on hand so you can do your asking for free.

Take a Baby Bite of Ballard (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Some of Ballard’s favorite restaurants will be on hand, serving bite-sized samples of their most popular menu items. Restaurants include Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers, Great Harvest Bread, India Bistro, Plaka Estiatorio, Ray’s Boathouse, Scandinavian Specialties, The Hi-Life, The Counter and Thai Siam.

Get a Free Soccer Scarf

Swedish hosting open house for new building
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Courtesy of Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Medical Center/Ballard will be hosting a slew of activities for the neighborhood during a public open house for their new medical office building and emergency department Nov. 6.

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