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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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Gun sellers join forces to curb suicide-by-firearm, rampant in rural areas

August 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Gun sellers join forces to curb suicide-by-firearm, rampant in rural areas

Across the country, suicide rates are higher in rural areas than in urban centers. In 2015, rural communities saw 19 people per 100,000 kill themselves, compared with 11 per 100,000 in urban areas, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s injury statistics database.

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Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

August 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

The opioid epidemic is touching a much younger set of victims: children whose parents have substance abuse problems, who are increasingly being shuttled through the foster care system, unable to stay at home even as their parents struggle to get clean.

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Too few patients follow the adage: You better shop around

August 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Too few patients follow the adage: You better shop around

Despite having more financial “skin in the game” than ever, many consumers don’t make any attempt to compare prices for health care services.

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Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

By failing to alert new mothers to such risks, nurses may be missing an opportunity to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the U.S. every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes and 65,000 nearly die,

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Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

“Doula” comes from the Greek, meaning “a woman who helps.” Although doulas are trained to assist expectant mothers through labor, delivery and beyond, they are not medical providers like midwives.

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Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Often missing in the health care debate: women’s voices

As leaders in Washington discussed the future of American health care, women were not always allowed in the room. To hammer out (behind closed doors) the Senate’s initial version of a bill to replace Obamacare, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed 12 colleagues, all male.

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Doctors warm to single-payer health care

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

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