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Why one California county went surgery shopping

Why one California county went surgery shopping

Fed up with wildly different price tags for routine operations, some private employers are steering patients they insure to top-performing providers who offer bargain prices.

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two new cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at UW Medical Center

Two new cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at UW Medical Center

The University of Washington Medical Center has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of two patients who were diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria. The patients’ medical histories suggest that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized at the center.

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes

Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes

Tests commonly used to diagnose oral and genital herpes are often unreliable, missing some cases of infection and, in others, identifying an infection that does not exist, UW study finds

August 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Since the discovery of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and the Mycenaean civilization on the Peloponnesian peninsula of mainland Greece, there have been many theories about where these people came from and whether they were related.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Accreditors Can Keep Their Hospital Inspection Reports Secret, Feds Decide

Accreditors Can Keep Their Hospital Inspection Reports Secret, Feds Decide

Federal health officials have backed down from a controversial proposal that would have required private accreditors to publicly release reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals and health care facilities.

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Understanding the night shift-cancer connection

Understanding the night shift-cancer connection

Most of us know that getting enough sleep is crucial for our health. Sleeping seven to nine hours a night keeps the body in good working order. Sleep too little or too sporadically for too long and you could fall prey to anything from diabetes to depression to cardiovascular disease. But it’s not just about how much you sleep. It’s also important when you sleep.

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

How flu changes within the human body may hint at future global trends

In the past several years, advances in genome sequencing have begun to shed light on the beginnings of viral evolution, deep within individual infections. Could a single person’s flu infection tell us about how the virus changes across the world? As it turns out, a surprising amount.

July 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

University of Washington officials have apologized after failing for months to inform a pregnant woman she was likely infected with the Zika virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

As health care systems continue to shift toward becoming comprehensive medical homes for patients, health care providers are increasingly incorporating lawyers into the team of professionals who are on hand to help people at no additional charge to patients.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

Handshake-free zone: Keep those hands–and germs–to yourself in the hospital

The sign says: “To help reduce the spread of germs, our NICU is now a handshake-free zone. Please find other ways to greet each other.” They didn’t ban handshakes outright. They suggested other options: a fist bump. A smile. A bow. A wave. A non-contact Namaste gesture.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More