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Seattle pediatrician named WSMA president

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seattle pediatrician named WSMA president

Donna Smith, MD was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association at the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 15.

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Tightening the leash on fake service dogs

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tightening the leash on fake service dogs

“Today, any pet owner can go online and buy a vest for a dog to pass it off as a service animal to gain access to restaurants, hotels and places of business… Their animals aren’t trained and end up misbehaving in these public places, which gives real service dogs a bad name.”

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The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery

The situation in Puerto Rico’s health system is far more vulnerable than those in Texas or Florida, which also weathered hurricanes this fall — medically, economically and politically. A month after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, only about half of the final official fatalities had been tallied.

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‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

Health officials say that, in the aftermath of an extreme weather event like a hurricane, the toll of long-term psychological injuries builds in the months and years that follow, outpacing more immediate injuries and swamping the health care system long after emergency workers go home and shelters shut down.

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Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Wildfires continue to spread through Northern California counties, already taking the lives of at least 31 people. Hundreds more are missing. Local officials and advocates fear that many among them are seniors or disabled people unable to flee, as many residents have, on a moment’s notice.

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Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

The mutations, which occurred in children but not their parents, were found in both protein-coding and regulatory portions of the genome, researchers report.

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Kreidler: Trump’s order threatens health insurance markets nationwide

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Kreidler: Trump’s order threatens health insurance markets nationwide

The executive order President Trump issued today proposes a misguided and simplistic solutions to fix a complex problem – the growing costs of health care…. But here’s the reality behind such a simplistic approach — it ignores the reality of how insurance works.”

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Mobile clinics assume greater role in preventive care

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Mobile clinics assume greater role in preventive care

Mobile health clinics like it have been around for decades, but they are assuming a more prominent role as the U.S. health care system places a greater emphasis on preventive care.

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Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Giving birth is hard enough. Try it in the middle of a wildfire.

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News Days before there was any sign of fire, Nicole and Ben Veum of Santa Rosa, Calif., had been waiting and waiting for their baby to arrive. Nicole’s due date came and went. Her doctor called her into the hospital — Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital — to induce labor. […]

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Trump’s order advances GOP go-to ideas to broaden insurance choice, curb costs

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Trump’s order advances GOP go-to ideas to broaden insurance choice, curb costs

Trump’s order would signals a shift in the administration’s strategy, which relied on Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Trump is now using the force of his executive rule-making authority to implement long-favored GOP policy alternatives.

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