Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report. Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi rank the least healthy in America’s Health Rankings, according to the report by the United Health Foundation. The rankings take into account a variety of health factors, such as rates of infectious diseases, obesity, physical […]
Don’t doubt it: “Man flu” is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was “tired of being accused of overreacting.” With many respiratory diseases, a man is more susceptible to complications than a woman, plus his immune system may be naturally weaker, according to research published Monday in the BMJ medical journal. “Man flu” is a term used to chide men who are suspected of exaggerating their symptoms when sick from a cold or other minor illness. “It’s a frequently heard […]
From 1990 to 2015, nearly 17,000 children younger than 6 were treated in emergency rooms for window-blind related injuries, according to the research, published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics.
Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. “When my parents told me, I went kind of blank and started crying,” she said. “I cried for like an hour.” Her friends had been lined up to […]
On August 21, 26-year-old Nia Payne was hoping to view the solar eclipse in Staten Island, New York. What she didn’t expect was to end up in the emergency room with a crescent shape blocking the center of her vision.
Birth control can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer by up to 38%, depending on how long she has taken it, a new study finds.
Parents who believe in “spare the rod, spoil the child” might be setting their children up to become violent toward future partners, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Pediatrics.
An Arizona woman died just one day after she was diagnosed with the flu last week.
Flu season is here, and so are the latest numbers from the Washington State Health Department. At last check there has been only one lab confirmed flu death in Washington this season. There have been four flu-like outbreaks in long-term health care facilities. Right now, state health leaders say influenza A and B are both strands going around this season. The good news, we’re seeing fewer cases now, than we typically do. That could change, since flu season typically […]
When you’re at the grocery store shopping for lettuce, are you willing to spend an extra dollar or two to buy a package that has been pre-washed?