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How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

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As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
As kratom use surges, some states enact bans

A powder ground from the leaves of an indigenous Southeast Asian tree related to the coffee plant, kratom offers pain relief and mood enhancement, similar to prescription painkillers. Advocates say the substance could help reduce the nation’s reliance on highly addictive and often deadly prescription painkillers. Some addiction experts also argue the plant could be used as an alternative to methadone, buprenorphine and suboxone in medication-assisted therapy for opioid addiction.

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States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
States — and 9M kids — ‘In a bind’ as Congress dawdles on CHIP funding

If Congress reauthorizes CHIP funding, states are in the clear. But they can’t bank on it yet, and states have to prepare to shut down if the funding doesn’t come through.

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People with disability have a lot to offer employers

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
People with disability have a lot to offer employers

People with disability are more likely to be unemployed or economically inactive. And even if they are employed, they are more likely to be underemployed and have poor quality jobs including lower perceived fairness of pay.

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Allergens widespread in US homes, NIH study finds

December 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Allergens widespread in US homes, NIH study finds

Factors contributing to elevated bedroom allergen levels include presence of pets and pests, type of housing, and living in rural areas. Individual allergens vary by geographic area.

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Pre-cut fruit linked to local Salmonella outbreak

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pre-cut fruit linked to local Salmonella outbreak

The Department of Health announced today a Salmonella outbreak involving pre-cut watermelon, cantaloupe, or fruit mixes containing watermelon or cantaloupe in both Washington and Oregon.

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Are short-term plans better than nothing at all?

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are short-term plans better than nothing at all?

As premiums rise and some middle-class families feel they can’t bear the costs of a more secure Obamacare plan with its coverage guarantees, brokers and agencies have unveiled a slew of alternatives. But advocates warn shoppers to carefully read the fine print and understand what they’re buying. The plans might not cover what you think.

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HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

December 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
HIV rates at record low in King County and Washington state

The numbers of new HIV diagnoses in King County are at their lowest level since 1998 and at the lowest level in Washington state since 1985. Much of the progress in declining infections has stemmed from high rates of HIV testing, viral suppression, and from preventive use of medication to prevent HIV.

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Health insurance exchange signups brisk

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health insurance exchange signups brisk

Nearly 18,000 new customers have used Washington Healthplanfinder to select 2018 health coverage through the first four weeks of open enrollment. The number of new customers who have signed up since Nov. 1 represents a 43 percent increase over the same period last year.

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What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

November 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
What gives with the rising cost of the pneumococcal vaccine?

The vaccine’s formulation has remained mostly unchanged since its 2010 federal approval, but its price continues creeping up, increasing by about 5 or 6 percent most years. In just eight years, its cost has climbed by more than 50 percent.

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