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Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria

Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria

Cutting funding for UN health programs not only hurts communities abroad, it puts the health of Americans at risk as well. We need a fully funded U.N. so it can carry out its vital work in coordinating the response to pandemics,

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

As various proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act continue to circulate, here is the yardstick Public Health—Seattle & King County will use to measure any proposals and the potential impacts.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Center of Excellence’ designation doesn’t rule out complications of bariatric surgery

‘Center of Excellence’ designation doesn’t rule out complications of bariatric surgery

Getting bariatric surgery at a “center of excellence” doesn’t mean that patients can be assured that they will avoid serious complications from the weight-loss procedure at the facility, according to a recent study.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
More states adopt ‘click it or ticket’ laws; But do they work?

More states adopt ‘click it or ticket’ laws; But do they work?

Not everyone is convinced the tougher seat belt laws reduce fatalities. And some opponents say the laws are another example of government interference and can lead to racial profiling.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
America’s other drug problem

America’s other drug problem

Across the country, nursing homes routinely toss large quantities of perfectly good prescription medication: tablets for diabetes, syringes of blood thinners, pricey pills for psychosis and seizures.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Patients and families are bombarded with the news that the country is winning the war against cancer. The news media hypes research results to attract readers. Drug companies promise “a chance to live longer” to boost sales. Hospitals woo paying customers with ads that appeal to patients’ fears and hopes.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

The question is whether Congress will pass — and President Donald Trump will sign — a bill that also funds subsidies for lower-income people who purchase health insurance under the law. These “cost-sharing reductions” have become a major bargaining point in the negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, because the spending bill will require at least some Democratic votes to pass.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
CHIP offers families with seriously ill kids more financial protection than ACA plans

CHIP offers families with seriously ill kids more financial protection than ACA plans

Kids with chronic conditions are especially vulnerable to health insurance changes, relying as they often do on specialists and medications that may not be covered if they switch plans. A new study finds that these transitions can leave kids and their families financially vulnerable as well.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Beware of products that claim to cure cancer, FDA warns

Frequently advertised as “natural” treatments and often falsely labeled as dietary supplements, such products may appear harmless, but may cause harm by delaying or interfering with proven, beneficial treatments.

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system

Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system

Women across all races are more likely to seek care than men. But the gender gap in the Hispanic community is especially troubling to health care providers. Studies show that Latino men are much less likely than Latinas to get treatment.

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More