FDA orders manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling all devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today, April 16, 2019 ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the U.S. immediately. The order is the latest in a series of escalating safety actions related to protecting the health of the thousands of women each year who undergo surgery transvaginally to repair POP.

The documentary, The Bleeding Edge, was shown at the 2018 Friday Harbor Film Festival. It exposed the long term health problems associated with medical devices including surgical mesh.


The Arcora Foundation - SmileMobile is coming to Friday Harbor and Eastsound

The SmileMobile, a three-chair mobile dental van which travels the state offering dental services to children, teens and pregnant women who might not otherwise have access to dental care, will be in Friday Harbor the week of April 8 – 12, 2019 and on Orcas Island the week of April 15-19, 2019. f you would like to make an appointment or have questions please call now - 1.888.286.9105.


Fish for Teeth brings mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Islanders unable to afford dental care can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 at the Mullis Senior Center, at 589 Nash St., Friday Harbor.

The next two Fish for Teeth dental van visits will be six weeks apart to offer a wider range of more complicated procedures such as dentures, partials and crowns. Patients who have other dental needs may also be seen. The dental clinic will return to the Mullis Center on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11.


San Juan County 2019 homeless count increased 24 percent over 2018

The 2019 San Juan County “Point-In Time” (PIT) Homeless Count identified 149 people who have no stable place to live, an increase from the 2018 count of 120 but similar to the 2017 count of 154.

Of the 149 people identified as having no stable place to live, 67 people were living out of doors, in vehicles, in abandoned buildings, or in an RV or boat that lacked one of the following: drinking water, a restroom, heat, the ability to cook food, or the ability to bathe. The remaining 82 were at risk of homelessness, in temporary, unstable living arrangements, often with friends or family.


Last year's Chickenpox outbreak in the San Juan Islands was costly

The effects of last year's  chickenpox outbreaks in the San Juan Islands affected more than just the children who caught the communicable disease.  The $73,000 spent by the county Health Department rapidly wiped out the department's emergency fund. Money from the current expense fund had to be diverted to cover the cost of the public health response.