The University of Washington’s School of Medicine is No. 1 for training in primary care, according to the latest US News & World Report rankings. The school was ranked No. 12 in the magazine’s rankings of top research institutions.
By Sam Quinones
Kaiser Health News
On a summer afternoon in 2009, eight Kaiser Permanente doctors met in Pasadena to review the HMO’s most prescribed drugs in Southern California.
Sun blasted through the windows and the room had no air conditioning, but what unsettled the doctors most were the slides a pharmacist was presenting.
“We were doing so much work treating people with hypertension and diabetes, we thought those drugs would be on the list,” said Dr. Joel Hyatt, then Kaiser’s quality management director in Southern California.
Instead, hydrocodone, a generic opioid painkiller, led the list. OxyContin was near the top, even though the HMO didn’t subsidize it and patients had to pay for it themselves.
At the time, few if any physicians were talking about an “opioid epidemic.” But to the doctors in the room, the slides told a bleak story: Narcotics were being dispensed in numbers and doses higher than any of them had ever seen. The potential for addiction and overdoses among patients was frightening, something doctors around the country would later realize.
“People [were] getting prescriptions for a thousand pills,” said Steve Steinberg, a Kaiser family doctor who attended the meeting. “The numbers were so striking that it led us to look into it.” [Read more…] about Kaiser doctors take pains to slash opioid prescriptions
A proposal to replace the Obama health care law would cut out a pillar of funding for the nation’s lead public health agency, and experts say that would likely curtail programs across the country to prevent problems like lead poisoning and hospital infections.
The Republican bill calls for the elimination of a $1 billion-a-year fund created for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
The fund’s goal: Pay for public health programs designed to prevent illness and, therefore, reduce health care costs.
Source: News from The Associated Press
After decades-long streak of strong growth, bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States in 2016, according to research and consulting firm Beverage Marketing Corp.
The shift comes amid widespread concerns about the health effects of sugary beverages.
By Meredith Li-Vollmer
Public Health Insider Blog
Public Health – Seattle & King County
The number of mumps cases continues to rise across the state of Washington, including at the University of Washington. As of March 8, 2017, the UW has reported 12 cases of mumps. Statewide there have been more than 550 cases.
All of the cases to-date are students who are associated with several sororities and fraternities. The UW notified the campus community about the first case on February 17.
With the rising number of cases around the state and at UW, there’s greater possibility that anyone could be exposed to mumps while out and about in the community.
That’s why it’s important for everyone to know the signs and symptoms of mumps, and to take steps to reduce the risk of becoming infected. Even if you are vaccinated, you can still get mumps so all people should be diligent about symptoms and stay home if ill.
What is mumps and what are the symptoms? [Read more…] about Mumps outbreak widens at UW