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Case of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in Spokane County

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Case of acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in Spokane County

No connection yet found with cases in Western Washington Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is reporting that a Spokane County child, a male under the age of 10, has acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The diagnosis was confirmed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only organization equipped to rule in or rule out […]

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Trump’s pick to run Medicare and Medicaid has red state policy chops

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Trump’s pick to run Medicare and Medicaid has red state policy chops

By Jake Harper, Side Effects Public Media Kaiser Health News On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump tapped Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s the part of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and has a […]

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Emerging mumps outbreak in King County

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Emerging mumps outbreak in King County

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health – Seattle & King County has identified three confirmed cases of mumps in King County, all in children aged 8-13 in Auburn. Eleven additional cases from multiple King County cities are currently under investigation. The three confirmed cases are within the same family […]

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Medical innovation bill would water down requirements that industry disclose payments to doctors

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medical innovation bill would water down requirements that industry disclose payments to doctors

By Charles Ornstein ProPublica This week, Congress is expected to consider a bill promoting biomedical research and innovation that would also weaken requirements on pharmaceutical and medical device companies to disclose certain payments to doctors. The goal of the 21st Century Cures Act, which has bipartisan support, is to help bring drugs and devices to […]

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Beyond birth control, women could pay more for insurance again under TrumpCare

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Beyond birth control, women could pay more for insurance again under TrumpCare

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News As the prospect began to sink in of losing access to free contraceptives if the health law is repealed or replaced, women have reportedly been racing to get IUDs or stockpile birth control  pills before President Barack Obama leaves office. But birth control is just the tip of the iceberg, […]

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Deadly infections linked to heart surgery device highlight holes in FDA monitoring

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Deadly infections linked to heart surgery device highlight holes in FDA monitoring

By Chad Terhune and Christina Jewett Kaiser Health News At first, Vincent Karst, 55, was recovering well from his open-heart surgery in March 2015. He resumed the activities he enjoyed, such as visiting car shows and eating out. But some months later, his condition mysteriously deteriorated. By fall he was so short of breath, nauseated and overwhelmed by fatigue that he needed to be rehospitalized in York, […]

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Why kids younger than 12 don’t need OTC cough and cold remedies

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why kids younger than 12 don’t need OTC cough and cold remedies

By Edward Bell, Professor of Pharmacy Practice Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Children experience more colds, about six to 10 annually, than adults. With each cold producing symptoms of nasal congestion, […]

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No immediate changes to your Obamacare coverage

November 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
No immediate changes to your Obamacare coverage

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News To the millions of Californians who obtained health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act, know this: Despite the election of Donald Trump, who has promised to repeal the health law, nothing is going to happen to your coverage immediately. In fact, open enrollment for Covered California […]

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Alone and Aging: Creating a safety net for isolated seniors

November 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alone and Aging: Creating a safety net for isolated seniors

By Sharon Jayson Kaiser Health News Phyllis Krantzman knows what she should do, but like many of her peers, the 71-year-old doesn’t know how to approach a casual acquaintance to ask who will take care of her when she needs it most. Krantzman, of Austin, Texas, is among a growing number of seniors who find […]

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Why frequent dieting makes you put on weight – and what to do about it

November 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why frequent dieting makes you put on weight – and what to do about it

By Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, King’s College London People who regularly go on diets tend to lose weight initially but bounce back and even gain weight after stopping the regime. This phenomenon – dubbed yo-yo dieting – is associated with changes in metabolism and is one reason why the vast majority of calorie-based diets […]

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