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The US may be in for a tough flu season: 4 questions answered

The US may be in for a tough flu season: 4 questions answered

Clinicians are bracing for a potentially harsh flu season this winter. As of early December, there have been 7,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. That’s double the amount as the same time last year. Between Oct. 1 through Nov. 25, there were 566 confirmed hospitalizations due to influenza. The hospitalization rate was highest for those 65 and older.

December 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Influenza on the rise in Washington state

Flu can cause severe illness in some people, and can sometimes lead to death. Last flu season 278 people in Washington were confirmed to have died from influenza.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
King County Medical Examiner’s Report: What we learned from those we lost in 2016

King County Medical Examiner’s Report: What we learned from those we lost in 2016

Last year, 14,373 people died in King County. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office investigated nearly 2,500 that were sudden, unexpected or unnatural. These included homicides, traffic fatalities, and drug overdose deaths.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is gene therapy? How does it work?

What is gene therapy? How does it work?

In gene therapy, scientists can do one of several things to treat a disease: They can replace a gene that causes a medical problem with one that doesn’t, add genes to help the body to fight or treat disease, or turn off genes that are causing problems.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada’s single-payer health system: What’s true? What’s false?

Canada will spend about 11.5 percent of its gross domestic product on health care this year. The United States will spend almost twice that, 18 percent. Yet life expectancy in Canada is greater than that seen in the US.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Congress won’t act; now community health centers weigh closures

Unless Congress provides funding before the end of the year, many of the nation’s 9,800 community health clinics will face service cuts or closure — potentially crippling a vital part of the health system that provides care in poor and underserved communities across every state.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

Complaints about allegedly improper evictions and discharges from nursing homes are on the rise in California, Illinois and other states, according to government data. These concerns are echoed in lawsuits and by ombudsmen and consumer advocates.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

Looking North: Can a single-payer health system work in the US?

In Canada, medical insurance comes through a publicly funded plan. And, while covering everyone, Canada still spends far less on health care than the United States does: just over 10 percent of its GDP, compared with the United States’ 18 percent. To many American advocates, Canada’s health system sounds like the answer to the United States’ challenges.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Primary care providers at Virginia Mason had developed a Diabetes Registry that automatically analyzes our medical records to identify patients with or at risk for diabetes, track how well they are doing; and bring them back for care when needed.

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The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

The common and not so common injuries sustained at Christmas

In in the US, there were 407 Christmas-related admissions to emergency departments in December 2016. Surprisingly, more than half of those admitted were women. Of the 407 admissions, 84 were caused by Christmas lights, 40 were caused by Christmas trees and/or their supports, and 159 were caused by Christmas decorations. The remainder were from a variety of causes.

December 15, 2017 | By | Reply More