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Volunteers will hack toys for children with disabilities at UW Dec. 11

December 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Volunteers will hack toys for children with disabilities at UW Dec. 11

On Dec. 11 at the TCAT Hack for Access: Holiday Toy event, community volunteers will disassemble and rewire toys from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Washington’s CoMotion MakerSpace to make them more accessible for children with disabilities. The event is an opportunity for community members to learn about the adaptive needs of people with […]

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King County mumps outbreak update

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King County mumps outbreak update

From Public Health – Seattle & King County Forty-four King County residents have been diagnosed with mumps (seven confirmed, 37 probable). Over 60 percent are in children age 17 and younger and 59 percent are up-to-date on their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination. Thirty-nine are in Auburn, three are in Kent, one is in Pacific, and one […]

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Special education court case could prove costly for schools

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Special education court case could prove costly for schools

By Rebecca Beitsch Stateline The Supreme Court review of a battle between the parents of an autistic child and his Colorado school district could help raise the standards of education for some of the more than 6 million disabled schoolchildren across the United States. But it could also prove expensive for already cash-strapped school districts. Federal […]

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Fatigue, weakness and depression are not part of normal aging

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Fatigue, weakness and depression are not part of normal aging

You’re Not Just ‘Growing Old’ If This Happens To You By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain. “I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have […]

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US Surgeon General warns of dangers of youth vaping

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US Surgeon General warns of dangers of youth vaping

Science shows that nicotine can harm teens’ developing brains. Nicotine is a highly addictive drug, a common ingredient in most electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). This video from the U.S. Surgeon General advises parents to “Know the Risks,” and highlights how e-cigarettes have the potential to cause lasting harm to the health of young users, especially their […]

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Listen up: running sounds contain clues for injury prevention

December 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Listen up: running sounds contain clues for injury prevention

By Leo Ng, Curtin University and Sarah Stearne Curtin University, Perth Australia The number of Australians who run for exercise has doubled since the mid-2000s. Preventing and managing injuries are common concerns, and can present an ongoing health burden and high cost if not addressed appropriately. But what if listening to the sound of running could […]

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Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

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Virginia Mason wins national recognition for safety

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization, announced today the recipients of its 2016 Top Hospitals award, which the group awards to hospitals with that meets its quality and safety standards. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and high-risk procedures, and lower readmission rates, the […]

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Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

By Christine Vestal Stateline AUBURN, Washington — When Misty Jones looks back on her drug-using years, she sees a pattern. Since she was 18, she’s been having babies, using drugs, losing custody of her babies, and trying to quit drugs so she can get them back. Now 36 and in recovery from heroin addiction for […]

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Seniors increasingly getting high, study

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Seniors increasingly getting high, study

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Baby boomers are getting high in increasing numbers, reflecting growing acceptance of the drug as treatment for various medical conditions, according to a study published Monday in the journal Addiction. The findings reveal overall use among the 50-and-older study group increased “significantly” from 2006 to 2013. Marijuana users peaked between ages 50 to […]

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Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

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Doctors and hospitals are saying ‘Show me the money’ before treating patients

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Tai Boxley needs a hysterectomy. The 34-year-old single mother has uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus weaken, causing severe pain, bleeding and urine leakage. Boxley and her 13-year-old son have health insurance through her job as an administrative assistant in Tulsa, […]

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