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State prison partnerships improve public health and safety

State prison partnerships improve public health and safety

State corrections officials Officials say the collaborations can improve public health and safety while providing states with a better return on the money spent on treating offenders while they are in prison.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
States aren’t waiting for feds to ban flame retardants from kids’ products

States aren’t waiting for feds to ban flame retardants from kids’ products

Washington state was the first in the nation to ban the flame retardant decaBDE. Many other states are doing the same in light of lack of federal action.

March 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Seattle homeless shelter resident hospitalized with meningitis

Seattle homeless shelter resident hospitalized with meningitis

A resident of a homeless shelter in Seattle tested positive for bacterial meningitis (meningococcal disease) on March 18. The patient, a man in his 60s, is hospitalized and his condition is improving. The bacteria that causes meningococcal disease spreads through direct contact with infectious saliva or respiratory droplets (e.g. being coughed, sneezed or spit on, sharing utensils, bottles, cigarettes or pipes).

March 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
5 important tips for staying safe when cleaning areas with rodents

5 important tips for staying safe when cleaning areas with rodents

Some mice (deer mice, specifically) can carry hantavirus in their urine and droppings, This virus is rare, but can be potentially deadly in humans. So, if you are doing your annual spring cleaning and notice signs of infestation, take caution when cleaning it up.

March 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu

How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu

The deadly 1918 epidemic posed a few epidemiological puzzles. The virus spread in an unusual way. Early outbreaks were mild and local – reported in a handful of countries around the world in the first half of 1918 – only to turn into uniquely severe infections later that year.

March 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Number of homeless deaths in Seattle and King County doubles over past five years.

Number of homeless deaths in Seattle and King County doubles over past five years.

The increase in deaths among the homeless parallels an overall increase in the estimated number of people living unsheltered in King County. Approximately half of the deaths occurred outdoors.

March 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Outbreaks highlight infectious disease risks among Seattle’s homeless

Outbreaks highlight infectious disease risks among Seattle’s homeless

Public Health is currently responding to increases in several infectious diseases in King County that particularly affect people living homeless. These diseases include group A streptococcal infections, Shigella, and a cluster of serious infections transmitted by body lice called Bartonella quintana.

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Growing up in poverty weakens later health – even if you escape it

Children who grow up in poverty may be at risk of poorer health in adulthood – even if they escape poverty later in life. This suggests that childhood adversity doesn’t just affect our choices, but also directly compromises the biological ability of our bodies to stay healthy.

February 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

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?

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Upsurge of suburban poor discover health care’s nowhere land

Upsurge of suburban poor discover health care’s nowhere land

Suburbs in the United States, often perceived as enclaves of the affluent, are home to nearly 17 million Americans who live in poverty — more than in cities or rural areas — and growing demand for care strains the capacity of suburban health services to provide for them.

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More