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STD treatment for two? Approach yields more cures at lower cost, study finds

STD treatment for two? Approach yields more cures at lower cost, study finds

States that allow doctors to treat a patient’s sexual partner without an in-person visit may find more success lowering rates of sexually transmitted diseases.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

A study has found that receiving housing assistance from the federal government — through vouchers, public housing and subsidies for so-called multifamily homes — increased people’s likelihood of having health insurance and access to regular care.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
“Don’t kiss your chicks,” says public health veterinarian

“Don’t kiss your chicks,” says public health veterinarian

On June 2, the Washington State Department of Health announced an ongoing Salmonella outbreak associated with live poultry. As of the latest update on this outbreak, 16 people in Washington (including two in King County) have been diagnosed with Salmonella, though the outbreak is affecting people nationwide.

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

An estimated 1 in 9 Medicare beneficiaries are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and prescriptions for inhalers like Spiriva and Advair account for billions in Medicare spending each year. Yet, even with Medicare coverage many enrollees can’t afford their copays.

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

Coaching overdose survivors to avoid the next one

Nationwide, tens of thousands of opioid overdose victims have been saved over the last two decades by first responders, friends, family and bystanders who administered naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote. But the majority of those who are rescued from near death go back to using drugs as soon as they leave the hospital, pushed by the brutal withdrawal symptoms that accompany an opioid overdose reversal.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

A 2015 report found that roughly 43.5 million adults in the United States had provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the prior year. The need is expected to increase as baby boomers age and become caregivers for loved ones or require care for themselves.

June 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Esophageal cancer rates are rocketing – here’s what you need to know about the disease

Esophageal cancer rates are rocketing – here’s what you need to know about the disease

Oesophageal cancer is an aggressive disease with one of the worst survival rates of all cancers. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical as it can significantly improve survival odds. Unfortunately, many people don’t recognise the symptoms. Heartburn, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing are often dismissed by patients as “nothing serious”.

June 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

Zika, which can cause birth defects if contracted by pregnant women, is primarily transmitted by a mosquito more commonly found in southern areas of the country such as the Gulf Coast. Texas, Florida, Southern California and Louisiana were all deemed high-risk areas last year.

May 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stem cells show promise – but they also have a darker side

Stem cells show promise – but they also have a darker side

While some types of stem cells are already being used in treatment – for treating diseases of the blood and leukaemia, for example, multiple sclerosis and problems in the bone, skin and eye – there’s still a lot of hype and exaggeration, with some even selling empty promises to seriously ill or injured patients.

May 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hot weather and dangerous rivers make water safety top concern

Hot weather and dangerous rivers make water safety top concern

The weather is warming up, but our area’s lakes, rivers and open water are still extremely cold. Cold water can cause even the strongest swimmers to become incapacitated from cold-water shock, causing muscles to stop working within minutes of immersion in cold water. The best decision this time of year, especially for rivers, is to stay out.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More