Congo Ebola outbreak not an ’emergency of international concern,’ WHO says

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo does not meet the criteria for a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Since the outbreak began August 1, there have been 216 cases of Ebola including 139 deaths, according to WHO. Fifty-seven patients have recovered from the illness, the nation’s Ministry of Health reported Tuesday. “We do have some optimism that this outbreak, just like the one in May, will be brought under control […]

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Kent’s unique pediatric center helps babies born to addiction

KENT, Wash. – It looks like any other nursery in any other community, with newborns in the caring arms of nurses being rocked to sleep. But the babies at the Pediatric Interim Care Center in Kent are also waging a battle against addiction. “With any baby, you’re not going to know what the withdrawals are going to be like until the baby is born,” said Barbara Drennen, the director at the care center. She has been helping babies born addicted to […]

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UW Medicine using cutting-edge technology to help locate breast tumors

SEATTLE, Wash.—October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight U.S. women will get breast cancer. Until recently, surgery to remove tissue and tumors involved invasive wires but cutting-edge technology at UW Medicine aims to change that. Many women who are diagnosed with early stage breast cancer have a tumor that is too small to see or feel. The new technology called “Savi Scout” is a less invasive way than old technologies for surgeons […]

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Healthy Living: In wake of Paul Allen passing, the difference between Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Microsoft co-founder and owner of the Seattle Seahawks, Paul Allen passed away today, from complications of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma according to Vulcan. Allen was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1982.  He underwent treatment and radiation.  In 2009, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was treated.  In 2018, the cancer returned and Allen was undergoing treatment when he passed on October 15, 2018. Many may be wondering about the difference between Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma are cancers that […]

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Healthy Living: 24 surgeries in 30 years, Seattle woman shares story of survival

Kami Sutton had her first surgery just 12 hours after being born in Everett, Washington.  Her parents were told Kami may not survive the 30 minute drive it would take to get to Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Kami was born with multiple heart defects.  Her heart was on the right side of her body and not connected to her lungs.  Also, her heart chambers were reversed.  As a result, Kami has endured 24 surgeries in just 30 years. Today, […]

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