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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
Syphilis rising: Public Health recommends more syphilis testing

Syphilis rising: Public Health recommends more syphilis testing

By Lindsay Bosslet Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health has documented a significant increase in syphilis cases in King County. We sat down with Dr. Lindley Barbee, the Medical Director of the Public Health – Seattle & King County STD Clinic, to understand the latest figures and how to prevent the spread […]

October 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
7 things to consider when communicating about health – Tips from the CDC

7 things to consider when communicating about health – Tips from the CDC

CDC: 7 Things to Consider When Communicating About Health Trust: Will people trust the information? Who is the best source to put the information out Information: What information is necessary, and how will people find it? How much is enough, or too much? Motivation: How relevant is the information to the people we’re trying to reach? Environment: What are […]

October 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

Health insurance Navigators will be everywhere this season

By Keith Seinfeld Public Health – Seattle & King County The past three years have proven historic for improving health insurance coverage across America – and especially in King County. Enrollment efforts led by Public Health—Seattle & King County helped push the county’s rate of uninsured adults below eight percent – cutting the rate more […]

October 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

Tips for riding out the storm safely from Public Health – Seattle & King County By Meredith Li-Vollmer The weather forecast is calling for two storms, one tonight (October 13) and then possibly a whopper of a storm on Saturday (October 15). That means fallen trees and branches will likely cause power outages in our area. […]

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More