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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
5 charts show why the South is the least healthy region in the US

5 charts show why the South is the least healthy region in the US

Year after year, southern states consistently rank among the worst in the U.S. for health and wellness. This is not a new trend. The rankings have changed little over the last quarter century. What’s causing residents of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and other southern states to live such short lives, while experiencing higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease?

February 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
When it comes to your health, where you live matters

When it comes to your health, where you live matters

The “social determinants of health” include community factors like housing quality, access to nutritious and fresh food, water and air quality, education quality and employment opportunities. These factors are thought to be among the most powerful influences on a person’s health.

January 24, 2018 | By | Reply More
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