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Influenza on the rise in Washington state

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Flu can cause severe illness in some people, and can sometimes lead to death. Last flu season 278 people in Washington were confirmed to have died from influenza.

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King County Medical Examiner’s Report: What we learned from those we lost in 2016

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
King County Medical Examiner’s Report: What we learned from those we lost in 2016

Last year, 14,373 people died in King County. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office investigated nearly 2,500 that were sudden, unexpected or unnatural. These included homicides, traffic fatalities, and drug overdose deaths.

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What is gene therapy? How does it work?

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is gene therapy? How does it work?

In gene therapy, scientists can do one of several things to treat a disease: They can replace a gene that causes a medical problem with one that doesn’t, add genes to help the body to fight or treat disease, or turn off genes that are causing problems.

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Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada will spend about 11.5 percent of its gross domestic product on health care this year. The United States will spend almost twice that, 18 percent. Yet life expectancy in Canada is greater than that seen in the US.

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Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Unless Congress provides funding before the end of the year, many of the nation’s 9,800 community health clinics will face service cuts or closure — potentially crippling a vital part of the health system that provides care in poor and underserved communities across every state.

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When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

Complaints about allegedly improper evictions and discharges from nursing homes are on the rise in California, Illinois and other states, according to government data. These concerns are echoed in lawsuits and by ombudsmen and consumer advocates.

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Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

In Canada, medical insurance comes through a publicly funded plan. And, while covering everyone, Canada still spends far less on health care than the United States does: just over 10 percent of its GDP, compared with the United States’ 18 percent. To many American advocates, Canada’s health system sounds like the answer to the United States’ challenges.

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Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

December 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Primary care providers at Virginia Mason had developed a Diabetes Registry that automatically analyzes our medical records to identify patients with or at risk for diabetes, track how well they are doing; and bring them back for care when needed.

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The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

In in the US, there were 407 Christmas-related admissions to emergency departments in December 2016. Surprisingly, more than half of those admitted were women. Of the 407 admissions, 84 were caused by Christmas lights, 40 were caused by Christmas trees and/or their supports, and 159 were caused by Christmas decorations. The remainder were from a variety of causes.

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Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shortage of mental health providers thwarts police push for drug treatment

The LEAD program was launched in Seattle six years ago. Health advocates argued that the only way to break the cycle of repeated petty crimes and arrests was to provide housing and mental health and addiction services to people who needed it most. At that time, it was the police department that was reluctant to sign up.

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