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Rural Americans at higher risk of dying from five leading causes of death- CDC

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural Americans at higher risk of dying from five leading causes of death- CDC

Demographic, environmental, economic, social factors might be key to difference From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A new CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts. In 2014, many deaths among rural Americans were potentially preventable, including: 25,000 […]

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“Detoxes” and “Cleanses” – Are they safe? Effective?

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“Detoxes” and “Cleanses” – Are they safe? Effective?

From the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine A variety of “detoxification” (“detox”) diets and regimens—also called “cleanses” or “flushes”—have been suggested as a means of removing toxins from your body or losing weight. Detoxification may be promoted in many settings and may also be used in naturopathic treatment. Detox programs may involve a variety of […]

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Cheaper over-the-counter hearing aids could be on the way

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Cheaper over-the-counter hearing aids could be on the way

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Imagine seniors walking around with stylish ear devices that amplify and clarify sound and connect wirelessly to smart phones, tablets, televisions and digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. That day is coming, sooner than you may think. Technology is already moving in this direction, and consumer […]

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Harborview mobile team offers comfort care to Seattle homeless at life’s end

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Harborview mobile team offers comfort care to Seattle homeless at life’s end

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News The day he learned he had liver cancer, Michael J. Reece, 56, was spending nights in a Seattle homeless shelter, leaving each morning to wander the city streets. For weeks, he’d been in constant pain, worried about the swelling in his legs and gut. Then he faced surgery and […]

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Health law sleepers: Six surprising health items that could disappear with ACA repeal

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health law sleepers: Six surprising health items that could disappear with ACA repeal

By Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey Kaiser Health News  The Affordable Care Act of course affected premiums and insurance purchasing. It guaranteed people with pre-existing conditions could buy health coverage and allowed children to stay on parents’ plans until age 26. But the roughly 2,000-page bill also included a host of other provisions that […]

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Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Protecting yourself and others during the current flu epidemic

  By Uma Malhotra, MD Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine Specialist Virginia Mason Medical Center Just weeks into the flu season and we have already reached “epidemic” levels in Washington state, with dozens of flu-related deaths reported. Patients are flooding emergency departments in western Washington, complaining of flu symptoms. Around King County, the number of […]

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Obamacare sign ups jump 14% in Washington state

January 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Obamacare sign ups jump 14% in Washington state

Washington Healthplanfinder Enrollment Sign-Ups Top 200,000 2017 Qualified Health Plan selections jumped 14 percent from same point last year OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that more than 200,000 customers have selected 2017 health and dental coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder since the open enrollment period began on Nov. 1 – an increase of almost 14 percent […]

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How much protein do you really need?

January 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
How much protein do you really need?

By Jennie Jackson, Lecturer in Human Nutrition and Dietetics Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland Andrew Taylor has eaten only potatoes for a whole year. Well, almost. He made his diet more nutritious by including sweet potatoes, and adding nut or soya milk to mashed potatoes. He also avoided vitamin B12 deficiency by taking supplements. His cardiovascular health appears […]

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FDA wants more minorities, elderly to participate in clinical trials

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FDA wants more minorities, elderly to participate in clinical trials

FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials From the US Food and Drug Administration: Clinical trials are voluntary human research studies designed to answer specific questions about the safety and effectiveness of drugs, vaccines, devices, and other therapies—or to study new ways of using existing treatments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not […]

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One in three women with breast cancer treated unnecessarily, study concludes

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One in three women with breast cancer treated unnecessarily, study concludes

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they’re essentially harmless, according to a Danish study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine, which has renewed debate over the value of early detection. The study raises […]

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