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UW Medical Center issues update on Legionella cases

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
UW Medical Center issues update on Legionella cases

The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle has send out a notification to its patients with updated information about the cases of Legionnaire’s disease that have been linked to an ice machine in the center’s hospital.

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Diet tops exercise for cutting weight, cancer risk, new study shows

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Diet tops exercise for cutting weight, cancer risk, new study shows

By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Whether cutting pounds or cancer risk, the crunches in your salad trump the crunches in your workout, say scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. That finding emerged in a new study of overweight and obese women who significantly lowered their weight – and levels […]

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Time to dump your antibacterial soap?

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Time to dump your antibacterial soap?

Why you should dispense with antibacterial soaps By –  Sarah Ades, Pennsylvania State University Kenneth Keiler, Pennsylvania State University From TheConversation.com An FDA ruling on Sept. 2 bans the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even have any benefit. About […]

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Drug-free zones falling out of favor in some states

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Drug-free zones falling out of favor in some states

Why States are Taking a Fresh Look at Drug-Free Zones By Teresa Wiltz Stateline In the late 1980s, every state and the District of Columbia had laws that imposed harsh penalties on drug offenses committed near schools. The idea behind the “drug-free school zones” was to deter dealers at the height of a national crack […]

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The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

September 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
The ads say ‘Get your flu shot today,’ but it might be wiser to wait

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News The pharmacy chain pitches started in August: Come in and get your flu shot. Convenience is touted. So are incentives: CVS offers a 20-percent-off shopping pass for everyone who gets a shot, while Walgreens donates toward international vaccination efforts. The start of flu season is still weeks — if not […]

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Are older people safe enough to keep driving?

September 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Are older people safe enough to keep driving?

By Charles Musselwhite, Swansea University From TheConversation.com In the Western world, people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As everyone ages, there is a desire to stay mobile, and in particular continue to drive in order to maintain their lifestyles. Shops and services are becoming dispersed, moving away from villages and towns to larger […]

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Family members who care for elderly relatives need help too – study

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Family members who care for elderly relatives need help too – study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Elderly Americans’ well-being is at risk unless the U.S. does much more to help millions of family caregivers who sacrifice their own health, finances and personal lives to look out for loved ones, reported a study released Tuesday. Nearly 18 million people care for a relative older than 65 […]

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Employer costs slow as consumers use less care, deductibles soar – study

September 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Employer costs slow as consumers use less care, deductibles soar – study

By Jay Hancock and Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News Employer health insurance expenses continued to rise by relatively low amounts this year, aided by moderate increases in total medical spending but also by workers taking a greater share of the costs, new research shows. Average premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage rose 3.4 percent for 2016, […]

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Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk – CDC

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Poor blood-pressure control puts 5 million older Americans at risk – CDC

From the CDC Some 5 million Medicare Part D enrollees age 65 and older are not taking their blood pressure medicine properly, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Medicare Part D is a federal program that […]

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Stop making health and well-being a moral issue

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Stop making health and well-being a moral issue

By Rafael Euba, King’s College London From TheConversation.com Applying a human moral construct to nature by dividing foods and lifestyles into good and bad is misleading. In reality, nothing in nature is either good or bad. For instance, our bodies need cholesterol for a variety of important purposes, while exercise and sports can be dangerous and […]

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