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Health officials seek people exposed to rabid bat at UW

May 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Health officials seek people exposed to rabid bat at UW

A rabid bat was found near Husky Stadium at the University of Washington (UW) on Saturday, May 19 and at least one person was bitten. Multiple people were likely exposed to the rabid bat. If you may have had contact with the bat, seek medical care immediately.

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Drugmakers blamed for blocking generics have jacked up prices and cost U.S. billions

May 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers blamed for blocking generics have jacked up prices and cost U.S. billions

Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016.

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1 in 3 swimming-related disease outbreaks occur at hotels – CDC

May 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
1 in 3 swimming-related disease outbreaks occur at hotels – CDC

Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”), Pseudomonas, and Legionella caused most of the outbreaks in swimming venues in the United States during this time period. Crypto is a parasite tough enough to survive even in properly maintained pools.

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Washington health officials want you to send them your ticks

May 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washington health officials want you to send them your ticks

Help us identify the species of ticks and determine the risk for tick-borne disease in your region.

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New overdose data suggest epidemic outpacing response

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
New overdose data suggest epidemic outpacing response

In the US, more people now die each year from drug overdoses than died at the peak of the AIDS epidemic, more than died during the entire Vietnam War.

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Tackling the opioid epidemic in King County with ‘treatment on demand’

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Tackling the opioid epidemic in King County with ‘treatment on demand’

Last year King County added 40 access points for one of the best treatments available for opiate use disorder, the drug buprenorphine. Buprenorphine supports recovery and reduces the chances of a fatal overdose by 50%. 

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Hoping to see your doctor via telemedicine? Here’s a quick guide.

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Hoping to see your doctor via telemedicine? Here’s a quick guide.

E-visits and other forms of telemedicine are done over commonly available computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones — and are typically encrypted to protect privacy. Specialized equipment is usually needed for remote monitoring, such as blood pressure or heart rate

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Today’s Special: Obamacare menu labeling rules ushered in

May 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
Today’s Special: Obamacare menu labeling rules ushered in

The rules require restaurants to list calories on all menus and menu boards. Restaurants will also have to provide on-site additional nutritional information, such as fat and sodium levels. The law, intended to nudge Americans to eat healthier, applies to chains with at least 20 stores.

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Moving around has big health benefits – and now we know how big

May 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Moving around has big health benefits – and now we know how big

Pretty much everyone knows that taking exercise helps people stay in good health. It staves off chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes and heart disease and – maybe – helps us live longer.

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Sprained your ankle? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet.

May 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Sprained your ankle? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet.

If you have a car accident or get hurt on the ballfield or trip on the stairs, chances are good that you have no idea how your insurer would cover the wheelchair, walker or knee brace you may need.

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