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Drowsy driving crashes underreported, study finds

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Drowsy driving crashes underreported, study finds

The report, released Thursday, analyzed dash-cam video from more than 700 crashes and linked nearly 1 in 10 to drowsiness. Federal estimates indicate drowsiness is a factor in about 1 to 2 percent of crashes.

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Could deadly ‘superbug’ fungus be gaining a foothold?

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Could deadly ‘superbug’ fungus be gaining a foothold?

The number of U.S. patients infected with a rare but dangerous fungal “superbug” called Candida auris has climbed quickly to 200 as of Dec. 31. The fungus can cause serious medical complications when it enters the bloodstream, usually through wounds, ventilators or catheters. Patients with compromised health, especially those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, are most vulnerable.

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Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture

February 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Healthy to eat, unhealthy to grow: Strawberries embody the contradictions of California agriculture

Although fruits and vegetables are vaunted as healthy foods, their impact as crops is quite different. On many farms wages are low, working conditions are poor, and farmers use enormous quantities of pesticides and precious water.

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Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Flu Update: Just how bad has it been in King County?

Copious media coverage has described the unusually widespread and severe flu season nationally. But what has it been like in our region?

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Changing the way we look at dementia

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Changing the way we look at dementia

“If we can change the way people look at dementia and talk about it, we can make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Philippa Tree, who spearheads a well-established Dementia Friends program in England and Wales, with about 2.3 million members, that has licensed its model to the U.S.

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Upsurge of suburban poor discover health care’s nowhere land

February 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Upsurge of suburban poor discover health care’s nowhere land

Suburbs in the United States, often perceived as enclaves of the affluent, are home to nearly 17 million Americans who live in poverty — more than in cities or rural areas — and growing demand for care strains the capacity of suburban health services to provide for them.

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The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
The ‘Gesundheit Machine’ collects campus cooties in race against a fierce flu

If a student is sick enough, they get sent around the corner, to a room with a crazy-looking, Rube-Goldberg-like contraption known as the “Gesundheit Machine.” For half an hour, the student sits in the machine. As they breathe, the machine collects whatever virus they’ve got from the droplets in the breath they exhale.

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Nurse calls cops after new mom seeks help for depression. Right call?

February 8, 2018 | By | Reply More
Nurse calls cops after new mom seeks help for depression. Right call?

“It’s like, everybody knows I’m not crazy,” she said. “Everybody knows that this is normal — but they’re following protocol.”

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5 charts show why the South is the least healthy region in the US

February 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
5 charts show why the South is the least healthy region in the US

Year after year, southern states consistently rank among the worst in the U.S. for health and wellness. This is not a new trend. The rankings have changed little over the last quarter century. What’s causing residents of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and other southern states to live such short lives, while experiencing higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease?

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Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

February 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

The Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new study. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

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