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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
Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with a license to prescribe buprenorphine.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do vegetarians live longer? Probably, but not because they’re vegetarian

Do vegetarians live longer? Probably, but not because they’re vegetarian

When we crunched the data we found vegetarians did not have a lower risk of early death compared with their meat-eating counterparts. Vegetarians might live longer, but only because they’re more likely to be healthy in other ways, too.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics.

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Joint Replacement: Weighing Individual Goals, Risks and Benefits Key to Success

Joint Replacement: Weighing Individual Goals, Risks and Benefits Key to Success

Joint replacement is a surgical procedure where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a “prosthesis.” The prosthesis is designed to replicate the movement of a normal, healthy joint.

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers help turn patients with rare diseases into D.C. lobbyists

Drugmakers help turn patients with rare diseases into D.C. lobbyists

National polls identify high drug prices as Americans’ No. 1 health care complaint. But these behind-the-scenes partnerships between the pharmaceutical industry and rare disease advocacy groups may work against lowering the price of high-price drugs.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons

Enzymes versus nerve agents: Designing antidotes for chemical weapons

Researchers in the U.S. and around the world, including here at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design, are developing the tools needed to quickly and safely destroy nerve agents – both in storage facilities and in the human body.

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
We asked children why they don’t get enough exercise – here’s what they said

We asked children why they don’t get enough exercise – here’s what they said

To help better understand the factors that can help or hinder the physical activity levels of children today, my colleagues and I recently conducted a study to explore the barriers UK children face when it comes to being physically active.

April 9, 2017 | By | Reply More