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Only a few, small Zika outbreaks likely in continental US

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Only a few, small Zika outbreaks likely in continental US

A map of North America plotting the local Zika transmission potential over time and space. Areas displayed in red have the highest Zika transmission potential. Zhang et al, CC BY-NC-ND Authors: Natalie Exner Dean Postdoctoral Associate in Biostatistics, University of Florida Alessandro Vespignani Sternberg Family Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern University Elizabeth Halloran Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research […]

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Insurers may insist on counseling before genetic tests for breast cancer

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Insurers may insist on counseling before genetic tests for breast cancer

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Health care providers and insurers agree that it’s in everyone’s best interest to refer women for genetic testing if their family history of breast or ovarian cancer puts them at higher risk. What they don’t agree on is what should happen before testing, specifically whether women need to be advised by a […]

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Parents often battle to get their children mental health services at school

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Parents often battle to get their children mental health services at school

By Jenny Gold Kaiser Health News SPARTANBURG, S.C. — On a hot summer day last month, Sydney, 15, and Laney, 8, were enjoying their last two weeks of freedom before school started. The sisters tried to do flips over a high bar at a local playground. “You’ve got to pull your hips into the bar, like […]

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Update on E. coli outbreak linked to Ballard’s Matador restaurant

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Update on E. coli outbreak linked to Ballard’s Matador restaurant

The investigation is continuing to evolve, and information may change. From Public Health – Seattle & King County In addition to the 5 known ill people described in Public Health – Seattle & King County’s original update on Friday, September 9 who ate at Matador, we are aware of 5 other people who became ill with […]

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What is pneumonia? – Khan Academy explains [video]

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What is pneumonia? – Khan Academy explains [video]

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzJNabJAPaE[/embedyt]From the Khan Academy Pneumonia is a medical condition where lung tissue becomes inflamed, usually caused by a virus or bacteria. Learn how shortness of breath, cough, and fever are common symptoms of this condition and why they occur in pneumonia. More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=dz… 0:01 Overview of lung physiology 2:03 Fluid in […]

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Tossed unused surgical supplies wastes millions of dollars, study

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Tossed unused surgical supplies wastes millions of dollars, study

By Ana B. Ibarra Kaiser Health News It’s long been a problem for the nation’s hospitals: A staggering number of medical supplies — from surgical gloves to sponges to medications — go unused and are discarded after surgeries. A recent study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco has put a price tag on that […]

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Insurance commissioner approves exchange plans for next year whose rates rise an average of 13%

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Insurance commissioner approves exchange plans for next year whose rates rise an average of 13%

Forty-six health plans with average 13.1 percent rate change sent to Exchange Board for certification From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has approved 46 individual health plans from seven insurers who will offer them in the Exchange, Wahealthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org), for sale in 2017. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange […]

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Better trauma training, tourniquets, and techniques since 9/11 are saving lives

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Better trauma training, tourniquets, and techniques since 9/11 are saving lives

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News War abroad and carnage at home since 9/11 have taught Americans much about saving lives after violent tragedies. Whether they were hurt in mass shootings or gruesome car accidents, it’s not uncommon for victims to bleed to death on the scene because trained assistance didn’t arrive in time to […]

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Shhh! Hearing loss is the most common workplace injury

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shhh! Hearing loss is the most common workplace injury

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News Eight years ago, Jeff Ammon, now 55, began noticing a feeling of pressure in his ears every day after work. Over the next months, when his symptoms progressed into a slight loss of hearing and sensitivity to noise, he became worried. Ammon, a construction worker for 32 years, […]

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Watch bacteria mutate and become able to resist an antibiotic

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Watch bacteria mutate and become able to resist an antibiotic

By Ekaterina Pesheva Harvard Medical School A time-lapsed video reveals how bacteria develop resistance to increasingly higher doses of antibiotics in a matter of days. In a creative stroke inspired by Hollywood wizardry, scientists from Harvard Medical School and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have designed a simple way to observe how bacteria move as they […]

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