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How some states are making effective birth control more available

November 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
How some states are making effective birth control more available

By Michael Ollove Stateline During her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2012, Michelle Moniz treated an expectant mother in her early 20s who wanted an intrauterine birth control device surgically inserted immediately after her delivery. But because the state Medicaid agency didn’t use a separate billing code […]

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Acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in eight Washington state children

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Acute flaccid myelitis confirmed in eight Washington state children

Investigators have confirmed that eight of the nine children in Washington state who developed a paralyzing polio-like symptoms have a condition called acute flaccid myelitis. The ninth child, who died, did not have the disease, officials said. The cause of the outbreak remains unknown and so far investigators have not identified anything in common among […]

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Deadly superbug linked to four deaths in the U.S.

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Deadly superbug linked to four deaths in the U.S.

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News A deadly new drug-resistant fungus has been linked to the deaths of four hospital patients in the U.S., according to a report released Friday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus, called Candida auris, preys on the sickest patients and can spread in hospitals. Although doctors […]

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University of Washington medical residents and fellows have their first union contract – Puget Sound Business Journal

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
University of Washington medical residents and fellows have their first union contract – Puget Sound Business Journal

After two years of planning and negotiations, medical and dental residents and fellows at the University of Washington now have a signed three-year union contract that provides yearly wage increases, extended leave options and a transportation allowance. Early conversations of unionizing started in the summer of 2014 when some residents at the UW Medical Center […]

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Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

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Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.

By Meredith Li-Vollmer Public Health – Seattle & King County It’s that time of year. The kids have been in school for a while and the germs are circulating. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to learn what our options are for flu vaccine this season. Why is it important to get […]

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Maverick AIDS activist to porn police? The man behind California’s proposition 60

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Maverick AIDS activist to porn police? The man behind California’s proposition 60

By April Dembosky KQED/Kaiser Health News When Mike Stabile first moved to Los Angeles in 2011, he was struck by a billboard he saw along the freeway. It showed a line of cocaine and a turned-over shot glass, with the caption: You know why. Free HIV test. “I literally pulled over the car and was like ‘What’s […]

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The interactive world map of life expectancy

November 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
The interactive world map of life expectancy

The world map below shows the historical data that we have for life expectancy. Use the slider below the map to see the change over time – from Our World in Data.

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Does a pudgy ‘dad bod’ really make men live longer? Here’s the science

November 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Does a pudgy ‘dad bod’ really make men live longer? Here’s the science

By James Brown, Lecturer in Biology and Biomedical Science  Aston University, Birmingham, UK The “dad bod”, it seems, is in vogue. And now a new book claims that gaining weight after fatherhood makes men healthier, more attractive and more likely to live longer than their “skinny” counterparts. The author, Richard Bribiescas, professor of anthropology and deputy […]

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Is a bronze health insurance plan best for you?

November 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
Is a bronze health insurance plan best for you?

Healthy consumers — and those with major medical needs — may want bronze plans By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News The open enrollment period for coverage through the health insurance marketplaces starts today, and readers have plenty of questions about what to buy. I addressed a few of them this week. I know that silver plans are […]

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Why more grandparents are raising children – addiction

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Why more grandparents are raising children – addiction

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline The number of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren is going up and increasingly it’s because their own kids are addicted to heroin or prescription drugs, or have died from an overdose. For some, it’s a challenge with little help available. In 2005, 2.5 million children were living with grandparents who […]

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