King County Sheriff’s deputy battling Stage 4 lung cancer shows ‘Strength and Honor’; donation fund set up

TACOMA — Deputy Jahie Miller with the King County Sheriff’s Office thought he was having a heart attack last month when he went to the emergency room.  Doctors discovered ‘J’ as everyone calls him had Stage IV Lung Cancer.  “First, I thank the man upstairs that I made it another day,” said Miller. Now, he’s started targeted therapy treatments at Tacoma Radiation Oncology Center.  “The lesson is, if you feel like something is not right, don’t put it off.  We’re all […]

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About 250 teens tested for ‘silent’ heart condition that killed Federal Way High athlete Allen Harris

SHORELINE, Wash. — Sudden death in people younger than 35 is often due to undiscovered heart defects or overlooked heart abnormalities, according to the Mayo Clinic. While rare, it’s often during physical activity, like playing a sport, and more often occurs in males than in females. On July 24,  Federal Way High School football player Allen Harris, 16, collapsed and died while participating in a summer conditioning workout at the school. The medical examiner’s office determined that Harris died from hypertrophic […]

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Healthy Living: Man living with breast cancer on mission to raise awareness

Michael Kovarik wants people to know, men can have breast cancer, just like women. In 2007, the retired elementary school teacher was diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump near his left nipple.  After treatment, Michael went into remission, but in 2015 learned the cancer had returned and metastasized to his lymph nodes. Metastatic Breast Cancer or stage IV breast cancer is cancer that has spread or “metastasized” to other parts of the body, including the lungs, liver, bones […]

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A contact lens was embedded in a woman’s eyelid for 28 years

Calling all contact lens users: Do not panic. (Shuddering is fine.) Imagine going to the eye doctor because your upper eyelid is swollen and painful. The doctor tells you it’s a cyst and operates. Inside the blister, the surgeon finds a contact lens: a rigid gas-permeable one. But you haven’t worn that type of contact in 28 years! That’s what happened to a 42-year-old British woman, according to a report recently published in the journal BMJ Case Reports. Starting as a […]

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Lawsuit seeks to stop Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas

Three consumer groups are suing the Trump administration in an effort to halt the implementation of work requirements in Arkansas’ Medicaid program. The administration earlier this year approved Arkansas’ request to require certain Medicaid recipients to work 80 hours a month or lose their benefits. The mandate went into effect on June 1 for enrollees who are between the ages of 30 and 49, not disabled and don’t have dependent children at home. It will expand to those age 19 to 29 next […]

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