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The Affordable Care Act supports patient-centered medical homes in health centers

Obama administration awards over $35 million to support facility improvements in 147 health centers nationwide to deliver better coordinated care

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced $35.7 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 147 health centers in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to support patient-centered medical homes through new construction and facility renovations.

"Health centers provide access to quality health care for millions of Americans regardless of their ability to pay," said Secretary Burwell. "We're making these investments so that health centers will be able to provide even higher quality services to the patients that rely upon them."

The patient-centered medical home delivery model is designed to improve quality of care through team-based coordination of care, treating the many needs of the patient at once, increasing access to care, and empowering the patient to be a partner in their own care.

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Why Your Kid Shouldn’t Be Guzzling ‘Energy’ Drinks

Anxiety, hypertension, elevated heart rates, interrupted sleep patterns and headaches are just some of the side effects commonly associated with energy drinks, and those problems are more pronounced in children, according to a recent University of Miami study.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. These drinks have also been linked to heart palpitations, strokes and sudden death.

The term "energy" drink is an unfortunate misnomer, says food science expert Budge Collinson. They don't give your body energy; they stimulate you with brief jolts of caffeine and unregulated herbal stimulants, he says.

"Soccer moms and dads buy these 'stimulant' drinks for their kids before matches because both kids and parents want that competitive advantage," says Collinson, founder of Infusion Sciences and creator Youth Infusion, (www.drinkyouthinfusion.com), an effervescent, natural multivitamin beverage that helps people maintain consistent and healthy higher energy levels.

"For a few moments, you'll get that spike, but it's a short-term experience with a heavy long-term toll."

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San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

has identified West Nile virus (WNV)-positive mosquitoes from the city of La Verne.

A sample of mosquitoes collected from traps placed in Golden Hills Wilderness Park in the city of La Verne on August 12, 2014 was tested and found positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Vector control officials have already intensified surveillance and control efforts in the foothill communities to prepare for the seasonal emergence of this virus.

The best precaution against WNV is to prevent mosquito bites. All residents within the District and especially those living near Golden Hills Wilderness Park should use repellants according to their labels, wear long sleeves and long pants if outdoors between dusk and dawn, and ensure windows and doors are properly screened to keep mosquitoes outside.

Warmer temperatures provide ideal conditions for WNV amplification and transmission. Mosquitoes pick up WNV from infected birds and spread it to other birds and humans when they bite again.

Although no human cases have been reported yet this year in our District, 93 have been reported in California as of August 20, 2014, up from 59 reported this time last year. There have been four human fatalities confirmed in the state this year to date. The total number of WNV-positive mosquito samples is also up state wide at 2041 positive samples as compared to 1349 this time last year.

It is critical that residents survey their property and remove all standing water to prevent mosquito reproduction. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water sources such as neglected pools, buckets, miscellaneous containers, puddles, and ponds. Eggs can hatch and mature to biting adults in 5-7 days.

Since its introduction in 2003 through 2013, there have been 4,004 reported infections and 145 deaths from WNV in California. West Nile virus presents a risk to public health every year.

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