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DEA, state crack down on pain doctor over opiate prescriptions, citing 18 deaths | The Seattle Times

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
DEA, state crack down on pain doctor over opiate prescriptions, citing 18 deaths | The Seattle Times

A Seattle doctor who heads a chain of eight Washington pain clinics has been barred from practicing medicine after state regulators charged that he failed to properly monitor prescription use of powerful opiates, possibly contributing to at least 18 deaths since 2010. Officials also said they have either started investigations or filed complaints regarding more […]

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Zika outbreak to end in two to three years, scientists predict | Reuters

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika outbreak to end in two to three years, scientists predict | Reuters

The researchers, whose work is published in the journal Science, estimated that infections from the mosquito-borne virus will become so widespread in affected countries that populations will develop what is called “herd immunity.” This occurs when a high percentage of a population has become immune to an infection either through developing natural immunity or through […]

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Fat or fiction? The truth about 9 diet myths

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fat or fiction? The truth about 9 diet myths

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Does fat content matter more than calories? A nutrition researcher weighs in. Losing weight is hard — so it’s tempting to grab onto any promise of a diet or trick that will help you lose pounds quickly. Almost daily, we’re bombarded with news stories telling […]

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Palliative care sometimes adds to families’ stress burden, study

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Palliative care sometimes adds to families’ stress burden, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Palliative-care counseling from trained specialists is not routinely needed for all families of patients with chronic critical illnesses and sometimes it might worsen their emotional distress, cautions a recent study. Habitually providing scarce palliative care services to cases indiscriminately may be ineffective when the meetings are limited to just […]

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Cycling May Help Lower Risk For Type 2 Diabetes: Study : Tech Times

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Cycling May Help Lower Risk For Type 2 Diabetes: Study : Tech Times

A two-wheel ride instead of four could help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among adults, a new study in Denmark revealed. People who rode a bike to work or cycled just for fun were 20% less likely to get the illness, researchers found. This was true even for those who only began […]

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For Coffee Drinkers, the Buzz May Be in Your Genes – The New York Times

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
For Coffee Drinkers, the Buzz May Be in Your Genes – The New York Times

The health community can’t quite agree on whether coffee is more potion or poison. The American Heart Association says the research on whether coffee causes heart disease is conflicting. The World Health Organization, which for years classified coffee as “possibly” carcinogenic, recently reversed itself, saying the evidence for a coffee-cancer link is “inadequate.” National dietary […]

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Health spending in U.S. to rise 5.8 percent a year through 2025: CMS | Reuters

July 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Health spending in U.S. to rise 5.8 percent a year through 2025: CMS | Reuters

Healthcare spending in the United States will likely grow by an average 5.8 percent per year over the next decade, a bit faster than the past two years, due to an aging population, rising medical prices and faster economic growth, according to updated projections from the federal government released on Wednesday. Source: Health spending in […]

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500,000 patients could be affected as Providence won’t renew Premera contract | The Seattle Times

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
500,000 patients could be affected as Providence won’t renew Premera contract | The Seattle Times

Providence Health & Services officials said they won’t renew a commercial health-insurance contract with Premera for 2017, a move that could affect 500,000 people in Washington, including those who receive care through Swedish Medical Center. Source: 500,000 patients could be affected as Providence won’t renew Premera contract | The Seattle Times

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Washington Poison Center unveils warning symbol for edible marijuana products

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington Poison Center unveils warning symbol for edible marijuana products

The Washington Poison Center today unveiled its chosen warning symbol for identifying edible marijuana products at a Liquor and Cannabis Board meeting. The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) developed the warning symbol as a deterrent for children who may access edible marijuana products purchased by adults in their home. Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will […]

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Olympic travelers would pose a significant Zika threat for only four countries – CDC model predicts

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Olympic travelers would pose a significant Zika threat for only four countries – CDC model predicts

Although all countries are at risk for travelers bringing the Zika virus home, only four countries–Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Yemen–have unique risk from travelers returning from the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an analysis by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found. This is because these countries usually have few […]

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