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King County among first to hit HIV/AIDS 90-90-90 target

King County among first to hit HIV/AIDS 90-90-90 target

King County among the first in the nation to achieve a global milestone in the fight against HIV/AIDS By Hilary N. Karasz Public Health – Seattle & King County King County is among the first major metropolitan regions in the United States – and possibly the first – to reach a major milestone set by the World […]

February 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stories are better than lectures at teaching us about health

Stories are better than lectures at teaching us about health

[arve url=”https://youtu.be/LlQVn27Y1zc” align=”center” maxwidth=”770″/] By Sheila Murphy, Professor of Communication University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Humans having been using stories or narratives to transmit crucial information for thousands of years. Despite that, Western medicine largely ignores the use of narrative and instead continues to rely on lists of dos and don’t’s, facts […]

February 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

Food safety rating on a curve: How it’s done and why it matters

By Public Health Insider Public Health – Seattle & King County We recently launched our first-of-its kind food safety rating system, and we look forward to rolling it out over the course of the next year. One unique component of our approach to providing residents with easy-to-use signage is our adoption of a rating “curve,” or adjustment of […]

January 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tackling patients’ social problems can cut health costs

Tackling patients’ social problems can cut health costs

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News HOUSTON — Donning a protective gown, rubber gloves and a face mask, Dayna Gurley looks like she’s heading into surgery. But Gurley is a medical social worker charged with figuring out why her client, a man who uses more health care services than almost anyone else in Houston, has […]

January 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

Rural America, already hurting, could be most harmed by Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare

Viewpoint By Margaret Greenwood-Ericksen and Mahshid Abir University of Michigan The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous. A December, 2016 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the […]

January 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Investigation finds no increased risk of cancer in soccer players

Investigation finds no increased risk of cancer in soccer players

A Washington state investigation has found no increased risk of cancer among soccer players in the state. In fact, investigators found less cancer among the soccer players than expected based on rates of cance among Washington residents of the same ages. The investigation was launched after the University of Washington Women’s Associate Head Soccer Coach Amy Griffin […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
New look for food safety ratings in restaurant windows

New look for food safety ratings in restaurant windows

By Carley Thompson Public Health – Seattle & King County Starting today, January 17th, restaurants will begin receiving their new food safety rating and window sign as they are routinely inspected. You may not see window signs in your neighborhood restaurant right away since restaurants will be rolled into the new system in four phases throughout 2017. Restaurants […]

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural Americans at higher risk of dying from five leading causes of death- CDC

Rural Americans at higher risk of dying from five leading causes of death- CDC

Demographic, environmental, economic, social factors might be key to difference From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A new CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts. In 2014, many deaths among rural Americans were potentially preventable, including: 25,000 […]

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should older drivers face special restrictions?

Should older drivers face special restrictions?

By Jenni Bergal Stateline By 2030, more than 60 million older adults could be driving on the nation’s roadways. But don’t expect many more states to put added restrictions on their ability to get behind the wheel. Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver’s licenses for seniors or impose extra requirements — such as […]

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Snohomish County agencies urge residents to prepare for cold weather

Snohomish County agencies urge residents to prepare for cold weather

New website offers quick tips to keep you safe and healthy this winter Get Frosty’s wardrobe ready because snowflakes are in the forecast. The Snohomish Health District, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management, and Medical Reserve Corps have teamed up to provide one place for weather-related preparedness information. The newly launched site www.snohd.org/weather provides information on cold weather […]

December 2, 2016 | By | Reply More