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For rural veterans, new approaches for health care

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
For rural veterans, new approaches for health care

The idea of shuttling veterans to and from their appointments is not new. But the Volunteers of America North Louisiana program was different: It used paid drivers, picked rural veterans up at their homes, and transported veterans in wheelchairs, which the other program does not do.

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Are high heels bad for your health?

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are high heels bad for your health?

Given the evidence that more frequent wear is worse for women’s health, it is especially important that women are not required to wear high heels at work.

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Florida law will let patients get all their drug renewals at the same time

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Florida law will let patients get all their drug renewals at the same time

For people who take multiple medications to manage chronic conditions, traipsing back and forth from the pharmacy to pick up pills can make it harder to stick to their doctors’ orders.

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‘If you hemorrhage, don’t clean up’: Advice from mothers who almost died

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘If you hemorrhage, don’t clean up’: Advice from mothers who almost died

Every day in the U.S., two to three women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes, including preeclampsia, hemorrhage, infection, blood clots and cardiac problems — the highest rate of maternal mortality among wealthy nations. As many as 60 percent of these deaths are preventable, a new report suggests; more than half occur after delivery.

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Accreditors Can Keep Their Hospital Inspection Reports Secret, Feds Decide

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Accreditors Can Keep Their Hospital Inspection Reports Secret, Feds Decide

Federal health officials have backed down from a controversial proposal that would have required private accreditors to publicly release reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation’s hospitals and health care facilities.

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Hazy days: wildfire smoke and your health

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hazy days: wildfire smoke and your health

 Wildfire smoke contains small particles and other chemicals that irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can cause your eyes to burn and your nose run, and lead to wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and headaches. It can also aggravate existing lung, heart, and circulatory conditions, including asthma and angina.

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Hot weather safety – tips from the Washington State Department of Health

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Hot weather safety – tips from the Washington State Department of Health

Severe heat may cause illness or even death. When temperatures rise to extreme highs, reduce risks by taking the following precautions.

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Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

“Babies’ skin is less mature compared to adults, and infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio. These factors mean that an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects.”

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When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — To the tune of $5 billion

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When wounds won’t heal, therapies spread — To the tune of $5 billion

Carol Emanuele has open diabetic wound on the bottom of her foot that leaves her unable to walk and prone to deadly infection. Doctors at a Philadelphia clinic have prescribed a dizzying array of treatments: freeze-dried placenta, penis foreskin cells, high doses of pressurized oxygen. “I do everything, but nothing seems to work,” she says.

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Inslee names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS

August 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Inslee names Cheryl Strange secretary of DSHS

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cheryl Strange secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services.

Strange has served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April 2016. Strange replaces acting DSHS secretary Bill Moss.

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