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Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Injection sites provide safe spots to shoot up

Supervised drug injection facilities are being proposed in a growing number of cities and states to stem overdose deaths and help people find treatment.

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New Year’s resolve flagging? Some tips on staying on track.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
New Year’s resolve flagging? Some tips on staying on track.

Whether it’s eating better, dropping a few pounds, sleeping more or kicking nicotine to the curb once and for all, public health scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are here with science-based tips for avoiding dead ends and wrong turns as you head down the 2018 resolution road.

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In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

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The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The ‘Spanish’ flu — the ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.

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Fallout from ‘Nuclear Button’ tweets: Sales of anti-radiation drug skyrocket

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Fallout from ‘Nuclear Button’ tweets: Sales of anti-radiation drug skyrocket

A Twitter battle over the size of each “nuclear button” possessed by President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has spiked sales of a drug that protects against radiation poisoning.

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Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

The overall infant mortality rate in the US–the number of children who die during the first year of life for every 1,000 live births–was 5.90 in 2015. Washington’s rate was significantly lower, 4.8, giving the state the 8th lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.

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Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight – Viewpoint

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight – Viewpoint

Weight loss is incredibly difficult. Unlike smokers who are trying to quit and can just throw out their cigarettes, people with obesity can’t simply throw away all of their food. Patients with obesity need to identify a new relationship with food, and understand how to have a healthful diet, and not just a diet to help one lose weight.

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A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

Cuba, a poor country, may seem an unlikely role model for American health care but its infant mortality rate, at 4.3 per 1,000, is lower than the United States’ 5.7 per 1,000 and much better than the rate of 14.5 per 1000 rate seen in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, comparable to war-torn Syria.

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It’s not too late to get your flu shot

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
It’s not too late to get your flu shot

Influenza seasons and severity are unpredictable. Annual vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza among people ages 6 months and older. You also can reduce the spread of the flu and reduce its effects by taking such practical measures as washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when you’re sick.

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Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

January 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
Defending against this season’s deadly flu: 5 things to know now

The H3N2 influenza A subtype that appears to be most prevalent this year is particularly nasty, with more severe symptoms including fever and body aches. Australia, which U.S. public health officials follow closely in their flu forecasting — in part because their winter is our summer — reported a record-high number of confirmed flu cases in 2017.

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