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GOP bills to replace Obamacare do not tinker with lawmakers’ coverage

GOP bills to replace Obamacare do not tinker with lawmakers’ coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate and their office staffs who want employer coverage generally have to buy it on the health insurance exchange.

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As some holdout states revisit Medicaid expansion, new data show it pays off

As some holdout states revisit Medicaid expansion, new data show it pays off

Although Republicans in Congress have pledged to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest in embracing the health law’s Medicaid expansion.

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Seattle Brain Cancer Walk to be held Sunday, May 7

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk to be held Sunday, May 7

The Walk is a national fundraising event to raise awareness about brain cancer and fund brain cancer research and clinical trials in the Pacific Northwest.

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Plurality of US voters back single-payer health care system, poll

Plurality of US voters back single-payer health care system, poll

Forty-four percent of voters said they support a system where “all Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan,” while 36 percent said they oppose such a plan, the poll.

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Autism: Beware of potentially dangerous therapies and products, FDA warns

Autism: Beware of potentially dangerous therapies and products, FDA warns

One thing that is important to know about autism up front: There is no cure for autism. So, products or treatments claiming to “cure” autism do not work as claimed.

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Zika virus 101 – A video primer from the CDC

Zika virus 101 – A video primer from the CDC

The Zika virus is another wild card dealt to us by nature. It was first discovered in 1947, but only recently grew into one of the newest global health threats, primarily for pregnant women and their unborn children.

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Drugmakers help turn patients with rare diseases into D.C. lobbyists

Drugmakers help turn patients with rare diseases into D.C. lobbyists

National polls identify high drug prices as Americans’ No. 1 health care complaint. But these behind-the-scenes partnerships between the pharmaceutical industry and rare disease advocacy groups may work against lowering the price of high-price drugs.

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Washington Global Health Alliance picks new CEO

Washington Global Health Alliance picks new CEO

The Washington Global Health Alliance’s new president and CEO will be Dena Morris, who formerly directed Washington, DC, office for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons

Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons

Researchers in the U.S. and around the world, including here at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design, are developing the tools needed to quickly and safely destroy nerve agents – both in storage facilities and in the human body.

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Tracking air quality block by block

Tracking air quality block by block

A local environmental advocacy group last week launched a first-of-its kind monitoring project, installing air quality sensors in the densely packed neighborhoods near this city’s port to give the people who live and work there on-the-ground readings of pollutants that can seriously injure their health.

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