Recent Articles

‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

A double whammy of federal budget cuts might force many hospitals, particularly those that serve poor or rural communities, to scale back services or even shut their doors.

Read More

Trump’s work-for-Medicaid rule puts work on states’ shoulders

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump’s work-for-Medicaid rule puts work on states’ shoulders

States considering work-for-Medicaid rule face major hurdles. They will have to figure out how to define the work requirement and alternative options, such as going to school or volunteering; how to enforce the rules; how to pay for new administrative costs; and how to handle the millions of enrollees likely to seek exemptions.

Read More

How does assisting with suicide affect physicians?- Viewpoint

January 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
How does assisting with suicide affect physicians?- Viewpoint

As a physician and medical ethicist, I am opposed to any form of physician assistance with a patient’s suicide. Furthermore, I believe that the term “medical aid in dying” allows physicians to avoid the harsh truth that they are helping patients kill themselves.

Read More

Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Supervised drug injection facilities are being proposed in a growing number of cities and states to stem overdose deaths and help people find treatment.

Read More

New Year’s resolve flagging? Some tips on staying on track.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
New Year’s resolve flagging? Some tips on staying on track.

Whether it’s eating better, dropping a few pounds, sleeping more or kicking nicotine to the curb once and for all, public health scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are here with science-based tips for avoiding dead ends and wrong turns as you head down the 2018 resolution road.

Read More

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

Read More

The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

Read More

Fallout from ‘Nuclear Button’ tweets: Sales of anti-radiation drug skyrocket

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Fallout from ‘Nuclear Button’ tweets: Sales of anti-radiation drug skyrocket

A Twitter battle over the size of each “nuclear button” possessed by President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has spiked sales of a drug that protects against radiation poisoning.

Read More

Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

The overall infant mortality rate in the US–the number of children who die during the first year of life for every 1,000 live births–was 5.90 in 2015. Washington’s rate was significantly lower, 4.8, giving the state the 8th lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.

Read More

Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight – Viewpoint

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight – Viewpoint

Weight loss is incredibly difficult. Unlike smokers who are trying to quit and can just throw out their cigarettes, people with obesity can’t simply throw away all of their food. Patients with obesity need to identify a new relationship with food, and understand how to have a healthful diet, and not just a diet to help one lose weight.

Read More