PLANET FITNESS INVITES HIGH SCHOOL TEENS TO WORK OUT FOR FREE ALL SUMMER LONG TO IMPROVE THEIR MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH

High School Summer Pass was formally known as Teen Summer Challenge, which was the first program of its kind launched in 2019 and saw more than 900,000 teens sign-up and complete more than 5.5 million workouts over a three-and-a-half-month period. Starting today, high schoolers can visit PlanetFitness.com/SummerPass to pre-register, and get a reminder to formally sign up when the program officially kicks off on Monday, May 16. Teens under 18 must register with a parent or guardian online or in-club.

PLANET FITNESS EMPOWERS TEENS TO STAY ACTIVE

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open, less than 15 percent of teens met the 60-minute daily physical activity recommendation during the pandemic.** And a national study*** commissioned by Planet Fitness found that 93 percent of American teens want to stay healthy and active over the summer months, but many lack motivation or access to do so. High School Summer Pass offers a solution for teenagers eager to stay active when school sports programs, gym classes and after school activities wind down.

“As the leader in fitness, we believe we have a responsibility to provide a welcoming, safe, and Judgement Free environment for high school students to improve their physical and mental wellness, particularly given the challenges they have and continue to face in the wake of the pandemic,” said Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer at Planet Fitness. “Our study found that nearly all (92 percent) high school students agreed that when they are regularly physically active, they feel much better mentally. Fitness is about feeling good, too, and our hope is that High School Summer Pass empowers teens to create life-long workout habits to help them succeed in every aspect of their lives.”

To further motivate high schoolers to make fitness a priority, all participants who sign up starting May 16 are automatically entered into The Planet Fitness High School Summer Pass Sweepstakes. Planet Fitness will award one $500 scholarship in each state (and the District of Columbia), and one grand prize $5,000 scholarship at the end of the summer****. These scholarships can be used for academic or athletic activities or programs.

INSIGHT INTO TEEN HEALTH & FITNESS

To uncover how high schoolers view health and fitness today, Planet Fitness commissioned a national study in partnership with Material to shed light on mental and physical health from both teens’ and parents’ perspectives.  Although negatively impacted by the pandemic, teens are ready to make a commitment to getting healthy, both physically and mentally.

Key findings include:

  • Physical Fitness for the Win. Despite three in five teens (60 percent) reporting their usual health and fitness routines were severely disrupted over the last two years, nearly all (89 percent) of their parents credit regular exercise and physical activity as helping their teens cope with the challenges of the pandemic. And nearly all (92 percent) teens agree that when they are regularly physically active, they feel much better mentally.
  • Although many teens make exercise and fitness a priority
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Persistent Problem: High C-Segment Costs Plague the South

All alongside, Julia Maeda realized she needed to have her child naturally. For her, that meant in a healthcare facility, vaginally, without having an epidural for discomfort relief.

This was her 1st being pregnant. And although she is a nurse, she was doing work with most cancers individuals at the time, not with laboring mothers or toddlers. “I genuinely didn’t know what I was having into,” stated Maeda, now 32. “I did not do substantially preparing.”

Her property point out of Mississippi has the greatest cesarean portion fee in the U.S. — practically 4 in 10 gals who give beginning there provide their toddlers by way of C-part. Practically two months past her due date in 2019, Maeda turned 1 of them following her health care provider arrived to her bedside while she was in labor.

“‘You’re not in distress, and your child is not in distress — but we really don’t want you to get that way, so we have to have to consider about a C-part,’” she recalled her doctor declaring. “I was completely defeated. I just gave in.”

C-sections are sometimes needed and even lifesaving, but public health and fitness gurus have prolonged contended that much too quite a few performed in the U.S. aren’t. They argue it is big surgical procedure accompanied by considerable chance and a higher price tag tag.

Over-all, 31.8% of all births in the U.S. had been C-sections in 2020, just a slight tick up from 31.7% the calendar year prior to, in accordance to the most recent knowledge from the Facilities for Illness Handle and Prevention. But that’s shut to the peak in 2009, when it was 32.9%. And the rates are considerably greater in a lot of states, specially throughout the South.

These high C-section fees have persisted — and in some states, these as Alabama and Kentucky, even developed somewhat — despite continual phone calls to lower them. And despite the fact that the pandemic presented new worries for expecting women of all ages, study implies that the U.S. C-part fee was unaffected by covid. As an alternative, obstetricians and other wellbeing experts say the higher level is an intractable issue.

Some states, such as California and New Jersey, have minimized their premiums by way of a wide variety of methods, together with sharing C-section knowledge with medical doctors and hospitals. But adjust has proved complicated elsewhere, especially in the South and in Texas, wherever girls are commonly considerably less nutritious heading into their pregnancies and maternal and infant wellbeing problems are among the the highest in the U.S.

“We have to restructure how we consider about C-sections,” claimed Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell, an OB-GYN who is professional medical director of the Louisiana Perinatal Good quality Collaborative, a group of 43 birthing hospitals centered on decreasing Louisiana’s C-segment amount. “It’s a lifesaving method, but it’s also not without hazards.”

She reported C-sections, like any operation, develop scar tissue, which includes in the uterus, which may possibly complicate foreseeable

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General public encouraged to watch air high quality | Health and Conditioning

With spring burning year underway, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Well being Section (LLCHD) encourages area people to observe the Air Excellent Index (AQI) to establish if ranges of smoke in the air are harmful.

About the future six to 8 weeks, smoke from managed burning across the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma could trigger elevated smoke ranges in Lincoln and Lancaster County. Popular drought circumstances in the course of the central and western U.S. have also greater the risk of wildfires.

Smoke from controlled burning and wildfires can result in well being issues, particularly for kids, older older people and those people with bronchial asthma, lung disorder, other respiratory ailments or heart sickness. Those people at danger are encouraged to check out the AQI before carrying out any strenuous functions outdoors, choose a lot of breaks and observe for symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, problems breathing or chest soreness.

The LLCHD displays air quality 24 hrs a working day, and the Air High-quality Index (AQI) at airnow.gov is up-to-date hourly. The Environmental Safety Agency (EPA) also gives AirNow and SmokeSense intelligent telephone programs to support individuals stay knowledgeable of the AQI in their location.

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The air quality stages are colour-coded on the AQI chart as follows:

• AQI values below 100 (eco-friendly or yellow) are not expected to cause health issues for the huge vast majority of men and women.

• AQI values concerning 101 and 150 (orange) reveal that air good quality is harmful for sensitive individuals. People today with bronchial asthma really should observe their asthma motion plans and have quick aid drugs quickly readily available. Young children, older grownups and those people with heart or lung disease really should lower extended or hefty exertion throughout out of doors actions.

• AQI values greater than 150 (red, purple and maroon) show that air top quality is unhealthy for all individuals. Out of doors things to do really should be moved indoors or rescheduled to a time when air high-quality will be better. Children, older grownups and persons with asthma or coronary heart or lung disease need to stay away from extended or heavy exertion throughout out of doors things to do. All other individuals must lower extended or major exertion throughout out of doors functions and consider more breaks in the course of those routines.

When air good quality is harmful, those people at risk can further more secure their overall health by keeping indoors, retaining home windows and doors closed, working with a HEPA filter and using the recirculate location when making use of a car or truck air conditioner. Individuals who expertise problems respiration, coughing, strange fatigue, coronary heart palpitations, tightness in the upper body or angina should really make contact with a healthcare care provider.

For extra data on LLCHD, visit lincoln.ne.gov/health.

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High medical bill in the ER leaves family reeling : Shots

Dhaval Bhatt plays Monopoly with his children, Hridaya (left) and Martand, at their home in St. Peters, Missouri. Martand’s mother took him to a children’s hospital in April after he burned his hand, and the bill for the emergency room visit was more than $1,000 — even though the child was never seen by a doctor.

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Dhaval Bhatt plays Monopoly with his children, Hridaya (left) and Martand, at their home in St. Peters, Missouri. Martand’s mother took him to a children’s hospital in April after he burned his hand, and the bill for the emergency room visit was more than $1,000 — even though the child was never seen by a doctor.

Whitney Curtis for Kaiser Health News

Martand Bhatt’s parents weren’t sure he needed immediate medical care when the energetic toddler burned his hand on the kitchen stove one April morning.

Dhaval Bhatt, Martand’s father, said he’d been warned about hospital emergency rooms after he arrived in the U.S. from his native India.

“People always told me to avoid the ER in America unless you are really dying,” said Bhatt, a research scientist and pharmacologist at Washington University in St. Louis.

But after seeing a photo, the family’s pediatrician directed them the next day to the local children’s hospital.

Dhaval Bhatt was traveling at the time. So Martand’s mother, Mansi Bhatt, took their son to the hospital and was sent to the emergency room. A nurse took the toddler’s vitals and looked at the wound. She said a surgeon would be in to inspect it more closely.

When the surgeon didn’t appear after more than an hour, Mansi Bhatt took her son home. The hospital told her to make a follow-up appointment with a doctor, which turned out to be unnecessary because the burn healed quickly.

Then the bill came.

The patient: Martand Bhatt, a toddler covered by a UnitedHealthcare insurance plan provided by the employer of his father, Dhaval Bhatt.

Medical service: An emergency room visit for a burn sustained when Martand touched an electric stove.

Total bill: $1,012. UnitedHealthcare’s negotiated rate was $858.92, all of which the Bhatts were responsible for because their plan had a $3,000 deductible.

Service provider: SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, one of 23 hospitals owned by SSM Health, a Catholic nonprofit health system with more than $8 billion in annual revenue.

What gives: Many patients don’t understand that they can rack up huge bills almost as soon as they walk through the doors of an ER.

Unlike a restaurant or a mechanic that won’t charge if someone gets tired of waiting for a table or an inspection of a rattling engine, hospital emergency rooms almost invariably charge patients as soon as they check in.

And once they register, patients will be billed — often a lot — whether treatment was rendered or not.

Martand received almost no medical service. A nurse practitioner looked over

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Dental care cost too high for NH residents with bad teeth

Curtis Cole, of Rochester, NH
Besides the pain, it would change my life to get this fixed. People look at you differently when you have bad teeth. Plus, it would be great to be able to sleep again, to eat what I want, to be free of pain.

“So, I let it go and my teeth kept getting worse and worse,” said Cole, who is now a stay-at-home dad who takes care of his 2-year-old daughter, Mariah. “Eight months ago, I was in another accident, and I was hit squarely in the mouth. The pain was excruciating. I have Medicaid and my wife works and does have insurance, but we cannot afford to add me. Dental costs are not covered anyway and we could not afford it.”

For many people, basic dental care is simply out of reach. 

Special insurance riders are needed before dentist visits will be covered by Medicaid. Many people can’t afford the cost, or have no health insurance at all. Medicaid, intended to help people without sufficient means, only carries a dental benefit for children, not for adults. Even many people who have dental insurance through their jobs can’t afford to pay the portion they must out of pocket for expensive procedures such as braces, implants and crowns.

Struggling to find affordable dental care creates problems for New Hampshire residents

Curtis Cole of Rochester enters Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth to get three teeth pulled. It’s just the beginning of the care he needs.

Deb Cram, Portsmouth Herald

Brittney Ward, a general dentist at Core services for Exeter Hospital, said a ballpark cost for services for people without insurance is likely in the area of $6,000.

“If surgical removal of the teeth are needed, it could be about $300 per tooth, depending on the dentist’s fees,” Ward said. “Then dentures could run $1,300 to $2,000 each for upper and lower dentures.

As a result, adults can be left with no access to a dentist. Many suffer through severe tooth pain, gum disease and worse.

Serious oral disease can lead to other health problems, and can even cause death from untreated infected tooth and gum diseases.

“It can lead to abscesses that can spread from the mouth into the neck and head,”  Ward said. “People have died from untreated infections that turned septic,”

The ultimate answer for Cole, a Rochester resident, is to have all his teeth removed, and to be fitted for dentures. Dentists have told him his teeth cannot be saved. He is praying to find a way to make that happen. Cole thought he had found a solution when he went to a mobile van operated by Greater Seacoast Community Health

After the use of antibiotics, Cole said, he was finally free from infection and had three of his worst teeth pulled. He asked to have all his teeth pulled and said he has no real answer why they only pulled three.

Curtis Cole shows off a few teeth in need
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BIOLASE Reports 46% Revenue Growth In 2021 Third Quarter; Demand For Dental Lasers From New Customers Remains High And Continues To Fuel Growth

Expects Significant Revenue Growth Year-Over-Year in Fourth Quarter 2021

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Nov. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — BIOLASE, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIOL), the global leader in dental lasers, today announced its financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021 and provided fourth quarter 2021 revenue guidance.

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2021 Third Quarter Operating Highlights (all comparisons are on a year-over-year basis unless specified otherwise):

  • Net revenue grew 46% to $9.5 million:

  • Net revenue was 10% higher than third quarter of 2019, which was the last pre-pandemic comparable period

  • Laser system sales increased 64%

  • Consumables and other revenue increased 21%

  • U.S. and international revenue increased 25% and 101%, respectively, as more dental practices were operating during the 2021 third quarter compared to the year-ago third quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Gross margin was 51%, up 1,600 basis points, due to the higher year-over-year revenue, favorable revenue mix and higher average selling prices for products sold during the quarter

  • Maintained strong balance sheet, as cash and cash equivalents totaled $33.4 million at quarter end

“Our strong third quarter performance continues to reflect the rising demand for our industry-leading dental lasers,” commented John Beaver, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our efforts to both educate and train dental specialists is leading to increased adoption across these large and largely untapped markets. In today’s environment, the fact that BIOLASE lasers provide increased safety to dentists and their patients is generating a high level of acceptance by dental practitioners – and we expect this to be a driving force for the foreseeable future. Our industry-leading dental lasers aim to provide a better standard of care for dental procedures and seek to ensure a safer experience while reducing the risk of future procedure and business disruptions by reducing aerosolization to mitigate the spread of infectious pathogens, such as COVID-19. Looking ahead, we expect significant year-over-year improvement across our key performance metrics, including revenue and gross margin in the fourth quarter as we continue to gain momentum with new customers and dental specialists.”

2021 Third Quarter Financial Results

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was $9.5 million, an increase of 46% compared to net revenue of $6.5 million for the third quarter of 2020, which was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as many dental practitioners were forced to suspend procedures. U.S. laser revenue was $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2021, up 25% when compared to U.S. laser revenue of $2.7 million for the third quarter of 2020. U.S. consumables and other revenue for the third quarter of 2021, which consists of revenue from consumable products such as disposable tips, increased 26% compared to the third quarter of 2020. Outside the U.S., laser revenue increased 168% to $2.7 million for the third quarter of 2021, compared to $1.0 million for the third quarter of 2020, and consumables and other revenue increased 13% year over year as recovery from the pandemic improved internationally.

Gross margin for

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