Washington ranks among top 10 healthiest states in 2017

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 […]

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Laid up with ‘man flu’? It’s real, researcher claims

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 […]

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Girl has blunt message for insurance company after brain surgery request denied

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 […]

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Healthy Living: Flu myths busted

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 […]

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