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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
Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

“Don’t stand on the interstate. Don’t pull your car over. Don’t take a selfie from a bridge,” said Doug Hecox, a Federal Highway Administration spokesman. “The risk of driver distraction from this once-in-a lifetime event has never been greater. We don’t want anyone to have an ‘eclipse in judgment.’ ”

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Five reasons why hot weather raises health alarms

Hot weather isn’t just uncomfortable – it can be dangerous. When temperatures are very hot in King County, we see a rise in the number of hospitalizations, 911 calls, and, sadly, deaths. And it’s not just heat stroke and heat exhaustion: heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are common health problems on hot days.

August 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fighting AIDS in the nation’s capital

Fighting AIDS in the nation’s capital

Ten years ago, Washington, D.C., was on the verge of a public health disaster: It had the highest reported rates of HIV in the country. And in a city of 588,000, 1,333 people tested positive for HIV in 2007 alone. By the time they were tested, most had full-blown AIDS.

July 21, 2017 | By | Reply More