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Mumps outbreak continues to grow in King County and statewide

December 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Mumps outbreak continues to grow in King County and statewide

Health officials say that as of Thursday there have been 113 cases of mumps reported in King County and a total of 130 statewide. Auburn has been hardest hit, with 88 cases. Other towns reporting cases include: Kent, which has seen 8 cases; Federal Way, 5; Pacific, 3; Seattle and Covington, 2 each: and Bellevue, Black Diamond, Pacific, […]

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A behaviourist’s guide to New Year’s resolutions

December 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
A behaviourist’s guide to New Year’s resolutions

By Rebekah Boynton and Anne Swinbourne James Cook University, Queensland, Australia Every year you set out determined to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. But year after year you fall off track and quickly abandon them. So why are resolutions so hard to keep? New Year’s resolutions are about trying to break habits, which is hard, but not […]

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As Republicans ready to dismantle ACA, insurers likely to bolt – viewpoint

December 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
As Republicans ready to dismantle ACA, insurers likely to bolt – viewpoint

By J.B. Silvers, Professor of Health Finance Case Western Reserve University There’s a joke among insurers that there are two things that health insurance companies hate to do – take risks and pay claims. But, of course, these are the essence of their business! Yet, if they do too much of either, they will go […]

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Long list of Agent Orange decisions awaits VA in 2017

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Long list of Agent Orange decisions awaits VA in 2017

By Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, and Mike Hixenbaugh for The Virginian-Pilot With 2016 drawing to a close and a new presidential administration poised to take over, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs faces an array of decisions related to the herbicide Agent Orange, which contained the toxic chemical dioxin and was used to kill vegetation during […]

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Teens’ view of pot changed in one state after legalization | Reuters

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Teens’ view of pot changed in one state after legalization | Reuters

After marijuana was legalized for adults in the U.S. state of Washington, younger teens there perceived it to be less harmful and reported using it more, a new study found. The survey, conducted between 2010 and 2015, included questions about how harmful adolescents perceived marijuana to be and whether they had used it within the […]

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Five things you need to know about fitness trackers

December 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Five things you need to know about fitness trackers

By Corneel Vandelanotte, CQUniversity Australia and Stephanie Alley, CQUniversity Australia Most modern fitness trackers are electronic devices you wear on your wrist to track steps, overall physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep. They typically work with a smartphone app or website that allow you to track your progress over time using graphs and figures. Advanced fitness […]

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The new ‘100% effective’ Ebola vaccine owes a debt to the scientists who beat smallpox

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
The new ‘100% effective’ Ebola vaccine owes a debt to the scientists who beat smallpox

By Connor Bamford, University of Glasgow Almost a year after the official end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the final results from one of the only Ebola vaccine trials are now in – and they look very promising. This is the only data we have on a vaccine against a virus in the Ebolavirus […]

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How to know when holiday drinking is hurting your brain

December 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
How to know when holiday drinking is hurting your brain

By Jamie Smolen, University of Florida For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Families and friends come together and enjoy food, good cheer – and, often, alcohol. Commercially speaking, alcohol and the holidays seem to be made for each other. Alcohol can be a quick and easy way to get […]

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Another reason to exercise every day during the holidays

December 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Another reason to exercise every day during the holidays

By William B. Farquhar University of Delaware Yes, of course we all know we should exercise every day during the holiday season to help counter the onslaught of excess calories that started on Thanksgiving and will mercifully end with a New Year’s toast. We may even tire of hearing about exercise and weight from family, friends […]

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Montana may be model for Medicaid work requirement

December 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Montana may be model for Medicaid work requirement

By Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio Kaiser Health News Montana State Senator Ed Buttrey is a no-nonsense businessman from Great Falls. Like a lot of Republicans, he’s not a fan of the Affordable Care Act, nor its expansion of Medicaid, the health insurance for the poor and disabled. “We didn’t want to implement a plan […]

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