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Snohomish to hold public forums on heroin and opioid epidemic

August 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Snohomish to hold public forums on heroin and opioid epidemic

Series of Heroin Forums Kicking Off in September Events Focused on Empowering Community with Information Following increased attention on Snohomish County’s heroin and opioid issues, a series of community forums have been scheduled to provide information and encourage dialogue. Residents and businesses are invited to attend one of four forums scheduled throughout the county: Thursday, […]

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Hidden stroke victims: The young

August 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hidden stroke victims: The young

Jamie Hancock, 38, at her house in Rocklin, Calif., in June 2016. Six years ago, Hancock suffered a stroke caused by a tear in her artery. (Heidi de Marco/KHN) By Anna Gorman Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News ROCKLIN, Calif. — The headaches were excruciating and wouldn’t go away. Her doctor said they were […]

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Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids sold as counterfeits in deadly new trend

August 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids sold as counterfeits in deadly new trend

By Samuel Banister Research Fellow, Stanford University Axel Adams Medical Student and Masters Candidate in Public Health, University of California, San Francisco Roy Gerona Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco From TheConversation.com In March and April, 56 people in the Sacramento area were hospitalized after taking Norco brand hydrocodone pills. Fifteen died. But, as we […]

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The real reason the EpiPens and other off-patents are so expensive – viewpoint

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
The real reason the EpiPens and other off-patents are so expensive – viewpoint

By Timothy Holbrook Professor of Law, Emory University From TheConversation.com The rising price for EpiPens, a drug delivery system that is crucial for persons experiencing potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, has resulted in outrage. The price increase, from about US$94 for a two-pack of injectable epinephrine to more than $600 in just nine years, has members of Congress calling for investigations in […]

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Another reason to diet: Experts find additional evidence linking obesity with cancer

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Another reason to diet: Experts find additional evidence linking obesity with cancer

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News There may be plenty of room for debate about whether some aspects of everyday life cause cancer — whether it’s drinking too much coffee, eating too much sugar or talking too much on a cell phone. But the opposite seems to be true regarding the causal link with obesity, […]

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Seattle’s Potential Solution for Heroin Epidemic: Safe Injection Sites for IV Drug Use – The New York Times

August 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seattle’s Potential Solution for Heroin Epidemic: Safe Injection Sites for IV Drug Use – The New York Times

A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts would be allowed to take drugs without fear of being arrested. At these sites, called safe consumption facilities, addicts would receive clean needles and syringes and would be permitted to inject heroin, […]

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Suspected Norovirus outbreak hits Everett childcare center

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suspected Norovirus outbreak hits Everett childcare center

Norovirus-like Illness in a Local Childcare Multiple children and staff sickened From the Snohomish Health District The Snohomish Health District was notified on Wednesday regarding multiple children and staff sickened with a norovirus-like illness. The Starbright Early Learning Center in Everett has had numerous children and staff out with vomiting and diarrhea. The symptoms closely […]

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Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

By Nina Martin ProPublica Last week, researchers studying maternal mortality in the U.S. reported an ominous trend: The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas seemed to have doubled since 2010, making the Lone Star State one of the most dangerous places in the developed world to have a baby. Reproductive health advocates were quick to […]

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House calls may save Medicaid money

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
House calls may save Medicaid money

By Michael Ollove Kaiser Health News Doctors who make house calls may seem like something from America’s Norman Rockwell past. But they never disappeared entirely, and there is new evidence that home visits can play an important role in providing health care to the aged and chronically ill — while saving taxpayers millions. The federal […]

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Does Medicare’s new payment system threaten small practices?

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Does Medicare’s new payment system threaten small practices?

Doctors Raise Concerns For Small Practices In Medicare’s New Payment System By Stephen Findlay Kaiser Health News Dr. Lee Gross is worried. He has practiced family medicine in North Port, Florida, near Sarasota, for 14 years. But he and two partners are the last small, independent practice in the town of 62,000. Everyone else has […]

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