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Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Stalking the ‘Unknown Enemy’: Doctors turn scope on rare diseases

Andrew has never had a clear diagnosis. He and his family are in a torturous state of suspense, hanging their hopes on every new exam and evaluation. Recently, they have sought help from the Undiagnosed Diseases Network, a federally funded coalition of universities, clinicians, hospitals and researchers dedicated to solving the nation’s toughest medical mysteries.

May 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of malaria cases. In 2015 214 million people across the world were infected with malaria leading to about 430 000 deaths. Of these, 90% occurred in Africa.

April 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

Four ways to measure Affordable Care Act proposals – Viewpoint

As various proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act continue to circulate, here is the yardstick Public Health—Seattle & King County will use to measure any proposals and the potential impacts.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Center of Excellence’ designation doesn’t rule out complications of bariatric surgery

‘Center of Excellence’ designation doesn’t rule out complications of bariatric surgery

Getting bariatric surgery at a “center of excellence” doesn’t mean that patients can be assured that they will avoid serious complications from the weight-loss procedure at the facility, according to a recent study.

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Patients and families are bombarded with the news that the country is winning the war against cancer. The news media hypes research results to attract readers. Drug companies promise “a chance to live longer” to boost sales. Hospitals woo paying customers with ads that appeal to patients’ fears and hopes.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

5 things to know about the health issue that could shut down the government

The question is whether Congress will pass — and President Donald Trump will sign — a bill that also funds subsidies for lower-income people who purchase health insurance under the law. These “cost-sharing reductions” have become a major bargaining point in the negotiations between Republicans and Democrats, because the spending bill will require at least some Democratic votes to pass.

April 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system

Reluctant patients, Hispanic men pose a costly challenge to the health system

Women across all races are more likely to seek care than men. But the gender gap in the Hispanic community is especially troubling to health care providers. Studies show that Latino men are much less likely than Latinas to get treatment.

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

At the end of September, the US government will stop funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, part of the Affordable Care Act , which supports nearly 750 primary care residents in 27 states and Washington, D.C. Without congressional action, it might be shut down.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

Cycling to work: major new study suggests health benefits are staggering

Cycling to work was associated with a 41% lower risk of dying overall compared to commuting by car or public transport. Cycle commuters had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart disease and a 40% lower risk of dying from cancer. They also had 46% lower risk of developing heart disease and a 45% […]

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Rodents, your car, and hantavirus: What to do if you suspect rodents are living in your vehicle

Three people in King County recently got sick with hantavirus, so Public Health – Seattle & King County wants to remind the public that deer mice in the area can carry the virus. That’s why health officials are urging people who live in areas where deer mice are found to inspect their cars for signs of rodents, and if they find any, to disinfect and remove droppings or nesting materials.

April 22, 2017 | By | Reply More