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The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

The technology used by Facebook, Google and Amazon to turn spoken language into text, and recognize faces could help doctors combat one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals.

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Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

February 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women throughout the world. Approximately seven times more women will die from heart disease than breast cancer. Even in women with breast cancer, dying from heart disease is a leading cause of death.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Update

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Rheumatoid Arthritis Update

In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the immune system is triggered to attack an individual’s joints and, sometimes, other organs. The specific cause of RA is not known and, currently, there is no known cure. The goal of rheumatologists is to put RA into remission.

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Trump Administration: Let states decide if health plans have enough doctors

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Trump Administration: Let states decide if health plans have enough doctors

The Trump administration has weakened rules that require health plans to have numbers of in-network providers, including specialists, potentially forcing patients to turn to more expensive providers, travel long distances for cheaper care or, critics worry, forgo care altogether.

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What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

Ultimately, we believe right to try is poised to give the Trump administration a political win on a popular public policy but will do little to change the status quo for terminally ill patients. Some opponents say, if anything, it could give terminally ill patients false hope for new access to drugs they already can obtain through existing FDA policy.

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Drowsy driving crashes underreported, study finds

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Drowsy driving crashes underreported, study finds

The report, released Thursday, analyzed dash-cam video from more than 700 crashes and linked nearly 1 in 10 to drowsiness. Federal estimates indicate drowsiness is a factor in about 1 to 2 percent of crashes.

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Could deadly ‘superbug’ fungus be gaining a foothold?

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Could deadly ‘superbug’ fungus be gaining a foothold?

The number of U.S. patients infected with a rare but dangerous fungal “superbug” called Candida auris has climbed quickly to 200 as of Dec. 31. The fungus can cause serious medical complications when it enters the bloodstream, usually through wounds, ventilators or catheters. Patients with compromised health, especially those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, are most vulnerable.

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Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture

February 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture

Although fruits and vegetables are vaunted as healthy foods, their impact as crops is quite different. On many farms wages are low, working conditions are poor, and farmers use enormous quantities of pesticides and precious water.

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Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

Copious media coverage has described the unusually widespread and severe flu season nationally. But what has it been like in our region?

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Changing the way we look at dementia

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Changing the way we look at dementia

“If we can change the way people look at dementia and talk about it, we can make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Philippa Tree, who spearheads a well-established Dementia Friends program in England and Wales, with about 2.3 million members, that has licensed its model to the U.S.

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