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US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let’s stop the trend now – Viewpoint

US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let’s stop the trend now – Viewpoint

Life expectancy has fallen for the second time in two years – from a high of 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.6 years in 2016. It fell for men and women, whites, blacks and Hispanics. Statistics show that thousands were preventable, premature deaths.

January 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Supervised drug injection facilities are being proposed in a growing number of cities and states to stem overdose deaths and help people find treatment.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
King County Medical Examiner’s Report: What we learned from those we lost in 2016

King County Medical Examiner’s Report: What we learned from those we lost in 2016

Last year, 14,373 people died in King County. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office investigated nearly 2,500 that were sudden, unexpected or unnatural. These included homicides, traffic fatalities, and drug overdose deaths.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

The numbers of new HIV diagnoses in King County are at their lowest level since 1998 and at the lowest level in Washington state since 1985. Much of the progress in declining infections has stemmed from high rates of HIV testing, viral suppression, and from preventive use of medication to prevent HIV.

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

Health officials say that, in the aftermath of an extreme weather event like a hurricane, the toll of long-term psychological injuries builds in the months and years that follow, outpacing more immediate injuries and swamping the health care system long after emergency workers go home and shelters shut down.

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

5 tips on how to prepare for a disaster on a budget

Whenever I think about emergency preparedness, it sounds like a lot of work and a lot of money. When money is tight, it’s hard to make emergency preparedness a priority. Since it is National Preparedness Month, I decided to find ways to help save money while preparing for an emergency.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

Rabid bat numbers continue to rise in WA

Twelve bats found in public parks and private homes across Washington have tested positive for rabies since August 1. While health officials test for and find rabid bats every year – typically during summer months – the August numbers are the highest in a decade, bringing the total number to 21 this year.

September 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

The seven tactics industries use to undermine public health policies

By Rob Moodie, University of Melbourne Across Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their industry associations. A case in point is South Africa’s efforts to introduce a tax on sugary drinks to reduce the […]

September 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
What our 18 year life expectancy gap between our neighborhoods tells us – Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: 

What our 18 year life expectancy gap between our neighborhoods tells us – Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: 

Within King County there is a 18-year difference in life expectancy for men and a 14-year difference for women between the neighborhoods.

September 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Raw sewage, dead bodies in the water and release of dangerous chemicals into the floodwaters could lead to the spread of disease through contact with contaminated water and to infection through open wounds.

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More