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‘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
Hey, what’s up with the bats?

Hey, what’s up with the bats?

Three rabid bats have been found in public areas within King County since August 19. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Meredith Li-Vollmer sat down with Vance Kawakami, DVM MPH, one of our public health veterinarians and an epidemiologist, to find out what is going on with bats lately.

August 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Obesity and hypertension were common factors in the 69 pregnancy-related maternal deaths reported in Washington state in 2014-2015.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat found at Green Lake Park

Rabid bat found at Green Lake Park

A rabid bat was found at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Thursday evening, August 17th. If you had any contact with a bat at the park on Wednesday or Thursday, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visitor programs help new parents raise healthy children and overcome poverty, substance abuse, depression and domestic violence. The federal home visiting program provided guidance to 160,000 parents and children in 2016 – but its funding is now in doubt.

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More