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States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

States scramble to overcome Congress’ failure to move on CHIP

Congress’ failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program leaves states facing difficult choices about who will continue to get health coverage.

October 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

The serious form of the Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) typically strikes boys between ages 4 and 10. Most are diagnosed too late for treatment to be successful, and they often die before their 10th birthday.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

The data show that the situation is dire and getting worse. Until opioids are prescribed more cautiously and until effective opioid addiction treatment becomes easier to access, overdose deaths will likely remain at record high levels.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rabid bat found on school grounds in Woodinville

Rabid bat found on school grounds in Woodinville

A rabid bat was found on the playground of Bear Creek Elementary School in Woodinville on the morning of Monday, October 2. If you or your child had any recent contact with a bat at Bear Creek Elementary School, contact Public Health.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Texas official after Harvey: The ‘Red Cross was not there’

Texas official after Harvey: The ‘Red Cross was not there’

The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In some cases, the Red Cross simply failed to show up as it promised it would.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas is not only a glittering strip of casinos and hotels but a fast-growing region with more than 2 million residents — and one hospital designated as a highest-level trauma center. The deadly shooting Sunday that killed at least 59 and sent more than 500 people to area hospitals raised questions about whether that’s enough.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Under the practice model, called direct primary care, patients are charged monthly — typically $20 to $75, depending on age, in Graham’s practice — for basic, office-based medical care and frequently cell phone and other after-hours physician access.

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid drug which is approximately 100 times more powerful than other opioids. Fentanyl can be in pills, powder and heroin. Public health officials are concerned about the potential for an increase in fentanyl in our region because it has caused dramatic increases in overdose deaths in other parts of the country.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
How hurricane responders track people whose lives depend on power

How hurricane responders track people whose lives depend on power

Power outages can be life-threatening for people who rely on home medical devices. State and local emergency responders are increasingly using databases to locate residents with special medical needs.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Do pharma’s claims on drug prices pass the mell test? We found 5 stinkers.

Inventing, testing and launching a drug costs $2.6 billion, calculates the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development. But industry substantially finances the center’s work. An independent study found the median cost of developing 10 cancer drugs was $648 million, while the median revenue per drug was $1.7 billion.

October 2, 2017 | By | Reply More