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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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Cancer surpasses heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states – LA Times

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cancer surpasses heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states – LA Times

Cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in California and 21 other states, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That total is in stark contrast to the situation at the start of this century, when only two states — Alaska and Minnesota — lost […]

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Washington state first in nation to approve patient decision aids

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington state first in nation to approve patient decision aids

From the Washington Health Care Authority Rena Ortigoza had an important decision to make and she couldn’t put it off for long. The Kirkland mom and her husband were expecting their third child, a boy. Her first child had been delivered surgically, by cesarean section. But two years later, when her second child was born, […]

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Tax credits for ramps, grab bars help seniors stay home

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tax credits for ramps, grab bars help seniors stay home

By Jenni Bergal Stateline Wheelchair ramps are among the home modifications that older adults may need to stay where they live. Several states have considered bills that would give tax credits to residents who make their homes more accessible. Most seniors and aging baby boomers want to remain in their homes as they grow older. […]

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As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
As for-profit companies move into elder care, some worry

By Sarah Varney Kaiser Health News DENVER — Inside a senior center here, nestled along a bustling commercial strip, Vivian Malveaux scans her bingo card for a winning number. Her 81-year-old eyes are warm, lively and occasionally set adrift by the dementia plundering her mind. Dozens of elderly men and women — some in wheelchairs, […]

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Wildfire safety tips from the CDC

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Wildfire safety tips from the CDC

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires this morning. The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend […]

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