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Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

May 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Republicans race the clock on health care — but the calendar is not helping

Back in January, Republicans boasted they would deliver a “repeal and replace” bill for the Affordable Care Act to President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the month. In the interim, that bravado has faded as their efforts stalled and they found out how complicated undoing a major law can be.

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Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media helps officials spot public health threats – but only for the rich?

Every day, people use the internet to seek and share health information. This opens up exciting new ways for scientists to study the health of a population, an approach known as digital epidemiology.

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Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Five bloodcurdling medical procedures that are no longer performed … thankfully

Over time, a number of historic surgical “cures” fell out of favour because they were more akin to a method of torture. Here are five of the most extraordinary and unpleasant: Trepanation, lobotomy, rhinoplasty, lithotomy and bloodletting.

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Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma best-sellers

May 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Overwrought marketing? Ads, not research, create some pharma  best-sellers

An ad campaign for a relatively rare neurological condition has helped fuel the controversy over how direct-to-consumer advertising — typified by ads that call on you to “ask your doctor” about a possible treatment — takes niche medicine and promotes its use for a broad range of patients and fosters the use of pricey prescription products when cheaper ones might suffice.

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Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Things your gynecologist wishes you would do

No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things, like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare for an exam.

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Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Outbreaks of parasitic infections linked to swimming pools double – CDC

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to CDC, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014. At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium(also known as “Crypto”) linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016

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Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists – a view from the UK

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists – a view from the UK

Cyclists globally are much maligned by drivers who may never have thought about the many benefits they provide. In fact, cycling as a form of truly sustainable transport is increasingly the focus of attention by governments seeking solutions to multiple societal problems..

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Free child car seat checks in King County

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Free child car seat checks in King County

Several free child car seat check events are happening locally over the next few months for parents, parents-to-be and caregivers. Whether this is your first time installing a car seat in preparation for the arrival of a new baby or you’ve done this many times, installing car seats correctly can be tricky.

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New meth surge gathers momentum

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
New meth surge gathers momentum

By Christine Vestal Stateline An Oklahoma narcotics agent displays 20 pounds of Mexican crystal meth seized from a drug dealer. As federal, state and local health officials focus on the opioid epidemic, the supply and use of methamphetamine is surging in Oklahoma and other Western, Midwestern and Southern states. © Courtesy of the Oklahoma Bureau […]

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Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do heartburn pills cause kidney damage?

Recent research has linked the proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, to serious side effects, including chronic kidney disease. The risk of chronic kidney disease is as much as 50 percent higher in people who’ve taken the drug compared with those who’ve not — although no causative link has been proven and manufacturers insist they are safe.

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