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Soul Purpose: Seniors with strong reasons to live often live longer

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Soul Purpose: Seniors with strong reasons to live often live longer

Research indicates that older adults with a solid sense of purpose tend to retain strong hand grips and walking speeds — key indicators of how rapidly people are aging.

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Hey, what’s up with the bats?

August 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hey, what’s up with the bats?

Three rabid bats have been found in public areas within King County since August 19. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s Meredith Li-Vollmer sat down with Vance Kawakami, DVM MPH, one of our public health veterinarians and an epidemiologist, to find out what is going on with bats lately.

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Witnessing an overdose? Don’t be afraid to call 911

August 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Witnessing an overdose? Don’t be afraid to call 911

The key to saving a life from overdose is to get professional medical help as fast as possible. If you suspect a drug overdose, don’t be afraid to call 911 right away. Don’t worry about repercussions; the Good Samaritan Law Serves to protect you if you call 911.

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Mayo Pain Expert: Holistic approach helps patients ditch opioids

August 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mayo Pain Expert: Holistic approach helps patients ditch opioids

Instead of a purely medical approach, the program takes a “biopsychosocial approach,” which recognizes that psychological and social variables contribute to how people experience pain.

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Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

August 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

Nearly 8 million kids participated in high school sports last year, the most in U.S. history. The shocking deaths of young student-athletes have prompted some states to weigh major changes.

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Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

August 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Abuse often leads to depression and medical problems in older patients — even death within a year of an abusive incident. Identifying victims and intervening poses challenges for doctors and nurses.

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What happens if you’re forced to switch health plans when you’re sick?

August 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
What happens if you’re forced to switch health plans when you’re sick?

What happens if you need special care and your health insurance plan pulls out and your new plan doesn’t cover care by the specialists you need?

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Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

August 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can low doses of chemicals affect your health? A new report weighs the evidence

Increasing evidence suggests that even low levels of “endocrine disrupting chemicals” can interfere with hormonal signals in the body in potentially harmful ways.

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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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