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Amid opioid epidemic, states experiment with recovery high schools

September 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Amid opioid epidemic, states experiment with recovery high schools

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline BOSTON — This summer, Melvin Matos did something that he never thought he would do: Graduate from high school. He’d started drinking at 14, and quickly moved on to pills and pot. By the time he turned 16, Matos could see where his life was heading — some of his buddies already […]

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How to fight for yourself at the hospital – and avoid readmission

September 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
How to fight for yourself at the hospital – and avoid readmission

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Everything initially went well with Barbara Charnes’ surgery to fix a troublesome ankle. But after leaving the hospital, the 83-year-old soon found herself in a bad way. Dazed by a bad response to anesthesia, the Denver resident stopped eating and drinking. Within days, she was dangerously weak, almost entirely […]

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FDA warns against the use of opioids with anti-anxiety drugs

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
FDA warns against the use of opioids with anti-anxiety drugs

From the US Food and Drug Administration A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review has found that the growing combined use of opioid medicines with benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS) has resulted in serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing and deaths. Opioids are used to treat […]

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Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Quartermaster Harbor beaches closed for shellfish harvesting

Paralytic shellfish poison found at unsafe levels Summary: Paralytic Shellfish Poison has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor and as a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed the Harbor to recreational shellfish harvest. The commercial harvest is not affected. People should always check the DOH shellfish safety website before harvesting shellfish. […]

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Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Nurses step in to boost treatment for opioid addiction

By Christine Vestal Stateline BOSTON — As the opioid epidemic advances, public health officials nationwide are calling on doctors to help stanch overdose deaths and salvage shattered lives by prescribing medications that have proven highly effective at keeping people away from drugs. So far, though, not enough doctors are signing up, and less than half of the […]

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Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cardiac rehab improves health, but cost and access issues can limit success

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Mario Oikonomides credits a massive heart attack when he was 38 for sparking his love of exercise, which he says helped keep him out of the hospital for decades after. While recovering, he did something that only a small percentage of patients do: He signed up for a medically […]

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Did Ohio’s abortion law hurt or help?

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Did Ohio’s abortion law hurt or help?

Did It Hurt Or Help? Researchers Analyze Ohio’s 2011 Abortion Law By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Did a law regulating drug-induced abortions keep women safe or block them from access to this procedure? A study published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine suggests an Ohio law limiting how women can obtain medical abortions may […]

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Alcohol, medicines and aging

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alcohol, medicines and aging

From the National Institutes of Health MedlinePlus You’ve probably seen warnings on medicines about mixing them with alcohol. Doing so can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. You can be at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. Alcohol can make a medication less effective or even useless, […]

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Obama on Zika virus and response

August 30, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Obama on Zika virus and response

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Outbreak linked to Sammamish swimming beach

August 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Outbreak linked to Sammamish swimming beach

By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health – Seattle & King County received a report that of up to 15 children becoming sick with vomiting and diarrhea after swimming at Tibbetts Beach on Lake Sammamish State Park on Friday, August 26. We are in the very earliest stages of investigating this possible […]

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