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Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County It’s that time of year. The kids have been in school for a while and the germs are circulating. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to learn what our options are for flu vaccine this season. Why is it important to get […]

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

Long-term, reversible contraception gains traction with young women

By Michael Tomsic, WFAE Kaiser Health News Nurse practitioner Kim Hamm talked in soothing tones to her 14-year-old patient as she inserted a form of long-acting contraception beneath the skin of the girl’s upper arm. “This is the numbing medicine, so you’re going to feel me touch you here,” she said, taking the teen’s arm. […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

To curb unintended pregnancy, states turn to IUDs — in the delivery room

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News AUSTIN — Peggy Wall, a family nurse practitioner at a local community health center, treats many women in their 40s, who already have a family and find themselves confronting an accidental pregnancy. Many, she says, wish they had taken preventive steps after their last child was born and could […]

October 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

Got Zika? For pregnant women lab delays mean it’s often hard to know

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Houston-based Legacy Community Health Services, a federally qualified health center, is trying hard to fight the Zika virus. It’s screening pregnant women and following federal guidelines to test people at risk. But despite best efforts, there’s a problem, says Legacy’s chief medical officer, Dr. Ann Barnes. Women who could […]

October 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

Caring for the opioid epidemic’s youngest victims

By Christine Vestal Stateline HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Before hospitals in the rest of the country started seeing a surge in the number of infants born with severe drug withdrawal symptoms, this town of 50,000 was already facing a crisis. In 2010, babies born to mothers using heroin were filling up so many beds in the […]

October 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

US an outlier: Maternal mortality rates rise since 2000 – UW study finds

By Micheal Ollove Stateline Although the United States recently experienced a slight drop in maternal deaths, the nation’s maternal mortality rate has risen steeply since 2000 at the same time it fell by more than a third globally. New data from the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research group funded […]

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Expert panel recommends expansion of services with no cost sharing for women

Expert panel recommends expansion of services with no cost sharing for women

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The list of preventive services that women can receive without paying anything out of pocket under the health law could grow if proposed recommendations by a group of mostly medical providers are adopted by federal officials later this year. The draft recommendations, which are subject to public comment until Sept. 30,  build upon […]

September 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

Reporter’s Notebook: Pregnant and caught in Zika test limbo

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman. When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who […]

September 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
The women’s health issue no one talks about

The women’s health issue no one talks about

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News Kieley Parker never imagined she would need an antidepressant. “I always win those stupid sunshine and happiest person awards. People see me as an incredibly joyful person,” she said. But in fall 2014, Parker left her job as a third-grade teacher and moved to Tulsa, Okla., with her fiancé. […]

September 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
Insurers may insist on counseling before genetic tests for breast cancer

Insurers may insist on counseling before genetic tests for breast cancer

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Health care providers and insurers agree that it’s in everyone’s best interest to refer women for genetic testing if their family history of breast or ovarian cancer puts them at higher risk. What they don’t agree on is what should happen before testing, specifically whether women need to be advised by a […]

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More