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Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lights out and somebody’s home? Stay safe!

Tips for riding out the storm safely from Public Health – Seattle & King County By Meredith Li-Vollmer The weather forecast is calling for two storms, one tonight (October 13) and then possibly a whopper of a storm on Saturday (October 15). That means fallen trees and branches will likely cause power outages in our area. […]

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Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Medicare annual open enrollment starts Oct. 15, SHIBA can help!

From the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner OLYMPIA, Wash. – Medicare’s open enrollment period for prescription drug plans (Part D) and Medicare Advantage plans starts this Saturday, Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. The Washington state insurance commissioner’s Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program is geared up to provide help in your […]

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Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during storms

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning during storms

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Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Love it or hate it, Obamacare has expanded coverage for millions

By Jim Marton and Charles Courtemanche From Georgia State University Originally published on The Conversation The most significant pieces of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or “Obamacare,” were implemented in 2014. These include expanding Medicaid in many states, the establishment of insurance exchanges with subsidized coverage and the individual mandate, which requires individuals to purchase health insurance. One […]

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Exercise, even in small doses, offers tremendous benefits for senior citizens

October 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Exercise, even in small doses, offers tremendous benefits for senior citizens

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News Retaining the ability to get up and about easily — to walk across a parking lot, climb a set of stairs, rise from a chair and maintain balance — is an under-appreciated component of good health in later life. When mobility is compromised, older adults are more likely to lose […]

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Preventing vital health care information from being lost in translation

October 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Preventing vital health care information from being lost in translation

By Michael Ollove Stateline A 9-year-old girl, misdiagnosed with the stomach flu, died after a doctor failed to communicate to her Vietnamese-speaking parents that the drug he prescribed for her could have dangerous side effects. A 78-year-old stroke victim had to have her leg amputated after doctors and nurses didn’t understand her when she complained, in […]

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Hospitals say they’re being slammed by drug price hikes

October 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hospitals say they’re being slammed by drug price hikes

By Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News Hospitals are getting slammed by drug price hikes that often have nothing to do with improving patient health, a new report has found. Inpatient drug spending increased by 23.4 percent annually from 2013 to 2015, compared with 9.9 percent annual increases on retail drug spending during the same period, […]

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Storms, high winds, and heavy rain predicted

October 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Storms, high winds, and heavy rain predicted

The National Weather Services warns that a very stormy period is expected in western Washington from Wednesday night through Sunday. This series of storms will feature flooding rain and damaging wind. Along the coast, giant waves and coastal saltwater flooding should occur. Relating to flooding rain, this graphic shows forecast rainfall amounts over the course […]

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Beyond Olympic gold: US kids getting lapped in aerobic fitness

October 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Beyond Olympic gold: US kids getting lapped in aerobic fitness

U.S. kids at the back of the pack. Grant Tomkinson By Grant Tomkinson Associate Professor, University of North Dakota Originally published on The Conversation. While the U.S. brings home more Olympic gold than any other country, many, if not most, American school kids wouldn’t even bring home a tin, if there were such a low-ranking medal. Recently, colleagues […]

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Trump’s debate claim on health care costs: It depends on what you mean by ‘cost’

October 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Trump’s debate claim on health care costs: It depends on what you mean by ‘cost’

By Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News Health care finally came up as an issue in the second presidential debate in St. Louis Sunday night. But the discussion may have confused more than clarified the issue for many voters. During the brief exchange about the potential fate of the Affordable Care Act, Republican Donald Trump said […]

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