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Number of children with polio-like illness in Washington state rises to nine

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Number of children with polio-like illness in Washington state rises to nine

  From the Washington State Department of Health A Snohomish County child has been admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital for a polio-like illness, raising the number of child cases linked to the Washington state outbreak to nine, Washington State Health officials said Tuesday. Two of the nine cases have been confirmed as cases of acute […]

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Wikipedia is already the world’s ‘Dr Google’ – it’s time for doctors and researchers to make it better

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Wikipedia is already the world’s ‘Dr Google’ – it’s time for doctors and researchers to make it better

By Thomas Shafee  La Trobe University, Melbourne Victoria Australia Health professionals have a duty to improve the accuracy of medical entries in Wikipedia, according to a letter published today in Lancet Global Health, because it’s the first port of call for people all over the world seeking medical information. In our correspondence, a group of international […]

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Health exchange insurance enrollment starts today, November 1

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Health exchange insurance enrollment starts today, November 1

  You can sign up for health and dental coverage through www.wahealthplanfinder.org starting November 1. New customers can check out tips for getting covered and returning customers have lots of resources for renewing their coverage. Through Washington Healthplanfinder, you can compare plans side by side and you can get financial help paying for your monthly premium. The importance of getting covered: […]

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ACA open enrollment is here: 5 tips for consumers shopping for marketplace health plans

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ACA open enrollment is here: 5 tips for consumers shopping for marketplace health plans

By Sara R. Collins Originally published by the Commonwealth Fund Open enrollment for health insurance sold through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces begins today. People have until January 31 to enroll in a health plan, but will need to sign up by December 15 for coverage that begins on January 1. Here are five things […]

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States move to encourage more addiction counseling

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States move to encourage more addiction counseling

By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — To Heaven Godley, a recovering heroin addict, the methadone treatment center he visits every day feels like home. “It’s my refuge,” said the 39-year-old Baltimore native. Godley’s treatment plan at REACH Health Services, one of 20 opioid treatment centers in Baltimore that provides methadone and other addiction medications, is intensive. He […]

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7 tips to help you avoid costly health plan enrollment mistakes

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7 tips to help you avoid costly health plan enrollment mistakes

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News With the annual sign-up period for plans on the health law’s marketplaces starting Nov. 1, many consumers are worried about rising premiums, shrinking provider networks and the departure of major insurers such as UnitedHealthcare, Aetna and Humana from many exchanges. The impact on coverage will vary, but the shifting […]

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Rare, polio-like illness suspected in Bellingham child’s death | The Seattle Times

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Rare, polio-like illness suspected in Bellingham child’s death | The Seattle Times

A 6-year-old Bellingham boy, one of eight children in the state hospitalized this fall with what may be a mysterious, polio-like illness, has died, family members and health officials say. Source: Rare, polio-like illness suspected in Bellingham child’s death | The Seattle Times

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Opioid overdoses among kids, teens have nearly tripled in recent years | Chicago Tribune

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Opioid overdoses among kids, teens have nearly tripled in recent years | Chicago Tribune

Among children ages 1 to 4 years, the number of poisonings went up 205 percent from 1997 to 2012. For teens 15 to 19, the increase was 176 percent. Overall, the study showed a 165 percent increase in poisonings from opioid painkillers among those 19 and younger. In addition, poisonings involving the use of heroin […]

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Tuberculosis case diagnosed at Renton High School

October 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Tuberculosis case diagnosed at Renton High School

By James Apa Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health – Seattle & King County is following up on a person at Renton High School who was diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB). Public Health is working with Renton School District officials to define the extent of any potential TB exposures, conduct screenings for those exposed, and provide guidance […]

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You’ve been sold a myth about sports drinks – and it could be slowing you down

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You’ve been sold a myth about sports drinks – and it could be slowing you down

By Alberto Dolci University of Westminster TheConversation.com From eight glasses of water a day to protein shakes, we’re bombarded with messages about we should drink and when, especially during exercise. But these drinking dogmas are relatively new. For example, in the 1970s, marathon runners were discouraged from drinking fluids for fear that it would slow them […]

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