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Hoping to see your doctor via telemedicine? Here’s a quick guide.

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Hoping to see your doctor via telemedicine? Here’s a quick guide.

E-visits and other forms of telemedicine are done over commonly available computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones — and are typically encrypted to protect privacy. Specialized equipment is usually needed for remote monitoring, such as blood pressure or heart rate

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Today’s Special: Obamacare menu labeling rules ushered in

May 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
Today’s Special: Obamacare menu labeling rules ushered in

The rules require restaurants to list calories on all menus and menu boards. Restaurants will also have to provide on-site additional nutritional information, such as fat and sodium levels. The law, intended to nudge Americans to eat healthier, applies to chains with at least 20 stores.

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Moving around has big health benefits – and now we know how big

May 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Moving around has big health benefits – and now we know how big

Pretty much everyone knows that taking exercise helps people stay in good health. It staves off chronic ailments like type 2 diabetes and heart disease and – maybe – helps us live longer.

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Sprained your ankle? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet.

May 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Sprained your ankle? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet.

If you have a car accident or get hurt on the ballfield or trip on the stairs, chances are good that you have no idea how your insurer would cover the wheelchair, walker or knee brace you may need.

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Diseases spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitos on the rise – CDC Video

May 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Diseases spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitos on the rise – CDC Video

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of reported cases of disease from mosquito, tick, and flea bites has more than tripled.

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Telemedicine opening doors to specialty care for inmates

May 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Telemedicine opening doors to specialty care for inmates

Prisons are often located in rural areas far from medical centers that have experts in cancer, heart and other disease treatments. Even if the visit just involves a trip to a hospital across town, the inmate must be transported under guard, often in shackles. The whole process is expensive for the correctional facility and time-consuming for the patient.

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MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital notifying patients of potential Hepatitis C exposure

May 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital notifying patients of potential Hepatitis C exposure

MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup is notifying certain patients who were treated in the Emergency Department during a nearly eight-month period in 2017 and 2018 that they should be tested for Hepatitis C. The alert follows the confirmation that two patients contracted the disease while in the Emergency Department.

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In rural areas hit hard by opioids, a new source of hope

April 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
In rural areas hit hard by opioids, a new source of hope

The rate of drug overdoses in rural areas, which surpassed the urban rate in 2006, continues to increase rapidly. The rural rate stands at about 17 per 100,000 residents, compared with the urban rate of 16.2 per 100,000

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Local cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce outbreak

April 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Local cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce outbreak

Two King County siblings, both under age 5, have been diagnosed with E. coli 0157:H7 infections that genetically match the ongoing national outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. One child was hospitalized and has since been discharged. Both children have recovered and neither child developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that can result from an E. coli infection.

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George H. W. Bush had sepsis – why is it so dangerous?

April 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
George H. W. Bush had sepsis – why is it so dangerous?

Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized April 21 with sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by complications of the body fighting back against an infection. Between 1 in 8 and 1 in 4 patients with sepsis will die during hospitalization. Sepsis contributes to one-third to one-half of all in-hospital deaths. Sepsis, sometimes inaccurately referred to as blood poisoning, is sparked by your body’s reaction to infection.

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