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Mobile clinics assume greater role in preventive care

Mobile clinics assume greater role in preventive care

Mobile health clinics like it have been around for decades, but they are assuming a more prominent role as the U.S. health care system places a greater emphasis on preventive care.

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

Preventing a hepatitis A outbreak in King County

San Diego is experiencing a large outbreak that began last fall, and more than 400 people have gotten infected by mid-September of this year. Two-thirds of the ill people have had to be hospitalized, and unfortunately, at least 16 people have died. While hepatitis A is not an uncommon illness, an outbreak of this size is unusual.

October 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Witnessing an overdose? Don’t be afraid to call 911

Witnessing an overdose? Don’t be afraid to call 911

The key to saving a life from overdose is to get professional medical help as fast as possible. If you suspect a drug overdose, don’t be afraid to call 911 right away. Don’t worry about repercussions; the Good Samaritan Law Serves to protect you if you call 911.

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
For rural veterans, new approaches for health care

For rural veterans, new approaches for health care

The idea of shuttling veterans to and from their appointments is not new. But the Volunteers of America North Louisiana program was different: It used paid drivers, picked rural veterans up at their homes, and transported veterans in wheelchairs, which the other program does not do.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘If you hemorrhage, don’t clean up’: Advice from mothers who almost died

‘If you hemorrhage, don’t clean up’: Advice from mothers who almost died

Every day in the U.S., two to three women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes, including preeclampsia, hemorrhage, infection, blood clots and cardiac problems — the highest rate of maternal mortality among wealthy nations. As many as 60 percent of these deaths are preventable, a new report suggests; more than half occur after delivery.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hot weather safety – tips from the Washington State Department of Health

Hot weather safety – tips from the Washington State Department of Health

Severe heat may cause illness or even death. When temperatures rise to extreme highs, reduce risks by taking the following precautions.

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Inslee names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS

Inslee names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services.

Strange has served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April 2016. Strange replaces acting DSHS secretary Bill Moss.

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
California Valley Fever cases highest on record

California Valley Fever cases highest on record

The number of Valley Fever cases in California rose to a record level in 2016, with 5,372 reported — a jump of 71 percent from the previous year. The fungal infection, known as coccidioidomycosis, or “cocci,” is most common in the southern portion of the Valley and along the Central Coast of California.

July 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized.

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More