Science

Science
4:58 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

Hospitals reveal surgical infection rates

Surgery at U.W. Medical Center
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you ever need elective surgery, more websites keep appearing to help you pick the safest hospital.  Now, you can compare all the hospitals in Washington based on their infection rates following some common surgeries. 

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Science
5:23 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Sweetened beverages target of health campaign

Sugary drinks, like these sodas, are the target of a new public health campaign in King County aimed at parents. Beverage industry leaders oppose their effort as 'ineffective.'
AP

Voters may have repealed taxes on sodas, but that’s not scaring away public health leaders.  They’re urging parents to keep their kids away from sodas and other sugary drinks this holiday season.  It’s part of an overall effort to combat obesity. 


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Preventive Medicine
6:21 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Smoking prevention saves millions with fewer hospital visits

Washington state anti-smoking measures are working, according to state officials. They claim a new study shows ten years of tobacco education efforts prevented 36,000 smoking-related hospitalizations.
AP

Washington state says it has evidence its anti-tobacco program is not only saving lives but saving money for taxpayers.  That comes as the program faces near elimination because of budget cuts. 

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Health Insurance
3:16 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Open enrollment season and Medicare changes

Open enrollment time for Medicare puts the spotlight on recent changes and effects on prescription drug benefits.
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We’ve been hearing a lot about the politics of health care lately.  In the meantime, many employers are in open enrollment season, making for a confusing month when it comes to health insurance.  And for seniors on Medicare,  November brings the annual dilemma about prescription drugs.

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Medical Mistakes
4:57 pm
Wed November 10, 2010

State finds "no deficiencies" at Seattle Children's

Seattle Children's in the Laurelhurst neighborhood has been under scrutiny for its procedures after three high-profile errors.
AP

Following three high-profile cases involving its patients, Seattle Children's Hospital has been given a passing report card of "no deficiencies" by the  state Department of Health, according to the Associated Press.  Inquiries  of nurses and other health care providers involved in the cases are still ongoing.

The Associated Press reports:

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