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Two new cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at UW Medical Center

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two new cases of Legionnaire’s Disease at UW Medical Center

The University of Washington Medical Center has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of two patients who were diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria. The patients’ medical histories suggest that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized at the center.

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Writing your way through cancer

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing your way through cancer

Expressive writing gained the attention of psychologists and medical doctors in the 1990s, when research came out about the value of disclosure and writing in the healing process. Since then, multiple studies have revealed writing’s salutary effects on people who are combating illnesses.

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Rabid bat found in Ballard neighborhood

August 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat found in Ballard neighborhood

A rabid bat was found at the intersection of NW 73rd and 8th Ave NW in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard on August 22nd. If you had any contact with a bat at this intersection on Tuesday or Wednesday, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

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Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes

August 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes

Tests commonly used to diagnose oral and genital herpes are often unreliable, missing some cases of infection and, in others, identifying an infection that does not exist, UW study finds

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Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oregon, Texas are latest states to put down markers on abortion coverage

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, has signed a bill that prohibits insurers from covering abortion unless a woman’s life is in danger. In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, signed an expansive bill that requires health plans to cover reproductive health services, including contraceptive drugs, devices and procedures. Abortion is one of those services.

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War on opioids moves to veterinarians’ offices

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
War on opioids moves to veterinarians’ offices

Some states are taking the war on opioids into veterinarians’ offices, aiming to prevent people who are addicted to opioids from using their pets to procure drugs for their own use.

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Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Obesity and hypertension were common factors in the 69 pregnancy-related maternal deaths reported in Washington state in 2014-2015.

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‘Breakthrough’ leukemia drug also portends ‘quantum leap’ in cost

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Breakthrough’ leukemia drug also portends ‘quantum leap’ in cost

The treatment, CTL019, belongs to a new class of medications called CAR T-cell therapies, which involve harvesting patients’ immune cells and genetically altering them to kill cancer. The drug has the potential to be one of the most expensive drugs ever sold

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Rabid bat found at Green Lake Park

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat found at Green Lake Park

A rabid bat was found at Green Lake Park in Seattle on Thursday evening, August 17th. If you had any contact with a bat at the park on Wednesday or Thursday, contact Public Health immediately for information on preventative treatment. Rabies can be life-threatening, but treatable if caught early.

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Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visitor programs help new parents raise healthy children and overcome poverty, substance abuse, depression and domestic violence. The federal home visiting program provided guidance to 160,000 parents and children in 2016 – but its funding is now in doubt.

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