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Alert: Tainted coke may have killed two in King County

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alert: Tainted coke may have killed two in King County

Acetylfentanyl-laced cocaine may have killed two in King County Update 6/23/16: The King County Medical Examiner has completed its investigation into the cause and manner of death. Ms. Sara J. Valenzuela (case number 16-01091) died from an acute combination of acetyl fentanyl, cocaine, opiate (likely heroin), alprazolam, and diazepam. Maria D. Paschell (case number 16-01092) died […]

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Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Filling a prescription? You might be better off paying cash

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Some consumers who use health insurance copays to buy prescription drugs are paying far more than they should be and would be better off paying with cash, especially for generics. The added cost runs as high as $30 or more per prescription, say pharmacists, and the money is largely […]

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Blood lead levels rose in town after switch to Flint River water – CDC

June 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Blood lead levels rose in town after switch to Flint River water – CDC

From the CDC Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today thatwhen the source of the water supply was switched to the Flint River, without appropriate corrosion control measures, young children who drank the water had blood lead levels (BLLs) that were significantly higher than when the source of water was […]

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To fight antibiotic resistance, we need to fight bad prescribing habits

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
To fight antibiotic resistance, we need to fight bad prescribing habits

By John Gums Conversation.com May’s announcement that a strain of bacteria with genes conferring resistance to colistin, our antibiotic of last resort, was identified in the United States, is just the latest report highlighting the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is driven by many factors, the most significant of which is inappropriate prescribing. This is when […]

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Health effects of egg donation not well studied

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health effects of egg donation not well studied

By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News Maggie Eastman considers it the worst decision she ever made. In 2003, beset by $30,000 in tuition debt and imbued with a burst of altruism, Eastman, a college senior, decided to donate her eggs to help an infertile couple have a baby. Over the next decade she donated […]

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Can doctors learn to perform abortions without doing one?

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can doctors learn to perform abortions without doing one?

By Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media Kaiser Health News Abortion is one of the more common procedures performed in the U.S., more common even than appendectomy. But as clinics in Texas close, finding a place in the state where medical residents training to be OB-GYNs can learn to do abortions is getting harder. “There are […]

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Virtual Tour: Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas

June 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Virtual Tour: Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas

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Joint Commission denies Virginia Mason full accreditation after discovering safety issues —

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Joint Commission denies Virginia Mason full accreditation after discovering safety issues —

From Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality “A string of bad news at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle continues this week as the Joint Commission denied the hospital full accreditation after a surprise review in May revealed noncompliance with 29 standards, according to The Seattle Times. The accreditation announcement follows news of a possible […]

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House Republicans unveil long-awaited plan to replace health law

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
House Republicans unveil long-awaited plan to replace health law

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Six years after promising a plan to “repeal and replace” the federal health law, House Republicans are finally ready to deliver. The 37-page white paper, called “A Better Way,” includes virtually every idea on health care proposed by Republicans going back at least two decades. It would bring back […]

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Rates of prescription opioid abuse doubled over 10 years

June 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rates of prescription opioid abuse doubled over 10 years

Rates of nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder double in 10 years From the National Institutes of Health Almost 10 million U.S. adults report misusing prescription opioids in 2012-2013. Nonmedical use of prescription opioids more than doubled among adults in the United States from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013, a government study had found. Nearly […]

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