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A fractured system: where do you go when you need urgent health care?

October 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
A fractured system: where do you go when you need urgent health care?

By Keith E. Kocher and John Z. Ayanian University of Michigan Consider the last time you, a family member, or a friend encountered an unexpected health concern. Did you twist your ankle and weren’t sure if it was broken? Did you develop discomfort in your chest and weren’t sure if it was indigestion or a heart attack? […]

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Number of ER visits by kids with opioid poisoning jumps

October 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Number of ER visits by kids with opioid poisoning jumps

Study: ‘Ubiquitous’ nature of painkillers lands kids — even toddlers — in the ER By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News As the nation continues to confront an epidemic of opioid and prescription painkiller addiction and overdoses, its victims seem to flood emergency rooms. But a study out Monday highlights a surprising group of patients suffering from opioid poisoning at rates […]

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Syphilis rising: Public Health recommends more syphilis testing

October 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Syphilis rising: Public Health recommends more syphilis testing

By Lindsay Bosslet Public Health – Seattle & King County Public Health has documented a significant increase in syphilis cases in King County. We sat down with Dr. Lindley Barbee, the Medical Director of the Public Health – Seattle & King County STD Clinic, to understand the latest figures and how to prevent the spread […]

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FDA faults 12 hospitals for failing to disclose injuries, deaths linked to medical devices

October 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
FDA faults 12 hospitals for failing to disclose injuries, deaths linked to medical devices

By Chad Terhune Kaiser Health News Federal regulators said 12 U.S. hospitals, including well-known medical centers in Los Angeles, Boston and New York, failed to promptly report patient deaths or injuries linked to medical devices. The Food and Drug Administration publicly disclosed the violations in inspection reports this week amid growing scrutiny of its ability […]

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Washington state health officials investigate 8 cases of paralysis in children

October 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington state health officials investigate 8 cases of paralysis in children

  From the Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health is leading a joint investigation into reports of eight children who were admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital with acute neurologic illnesses. As part of our work to understand their symptoms, we are investigating the possibility of a condition known as acute […]

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Study finds significant differences in plans sold on or off the exchanges

October 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Study finds significant differences in plans sold on or off the exchanges

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Three years after opening their online doors, the health insurance marketplaces remain under intense scrutiny, but individual health plans that are not sold through these exchanges have largely escaped attention. New research sheds some light on what these plans are like and how they fit into the overall individual market. […]

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Starts today: Free dental, vision & medical care at Seattle Center — October 27-30

October 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Starts today: Free dental, vision & medical care at Seattle Center — October 27-30

Learn more: Read Frequently Asked Questions Download a patient outreach flyer: አማርኛ (Amharic)   عَرَبِيّ (Arabic)     汉语/漢語 (Chinese)      English      한국어 (Korean)      Afaan Oromoo (Oromo) Limba Română (Romanian)     русский язык (Russian)    Af-Soomaali (Somali)     Español (Spanish) Wikang Tagalog (Tagalog)    ትግርኛ (Tigrinya)     Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) Download a patient outreach 11×17 poster: አማርኛ (Amharic)    عَرَبِيّ (Arabic)     汉语/漢語 (Chinese)   […]

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How tele therapy addresses mental health needs

October 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
How tele therapy addresses mental health needs

By Jon Frandsen Stateline An acute need for more and easier access to mental health treatment and improvements in communications technology have set off a boom in remote therapy, but strict licensing rules and varying state laws are hampering its growth. Like telehealth in general, using videoconferencing, smartphones and other technology to treat mental illness […]

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How to enroll in Medicare and avoid costly mistakes

October 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
How to enroll in Medicare and avoid costly mistakes

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Your 65th birthday is coming up. Soon, you think, the government will send you a packet explaining how to enroll in Medicare — its vast health program for 46 million seniors. Don’t hold your breath. Astonishingly, no coordinated effort to reach out to soon-to-be-65-year-olds exists. You have to figure out what […]

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How Obamacare premium hikes affect politics and your wallet

October 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
How Obamacare premium hikes affect politics and your wallet

The new enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is about to begin and there are some changes in both price — double-digit percentage increases for premiums on average — and choice. Judy Woodruff learns more from Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News and Reid Wilson of The Hill, and gets the perspectives of […]

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