Along with egg nog and presents, doctors say families should share their health histories this holiday season. Health officials say family history is a leading predictor of illnesses and a big gift for loved ones.
Western Washington can look forward to an added gift of the Winter Solstice: a total eclipse of the moon. The heavenly event begins at 10:32 pm tonight, with the moon in full eclipse from 11:41 pm to 12:53 am, according to NASA.
Just when you thought cigarettes were headed for obscurity, along comes the electronic cigarette. The King County Board of Health is restricting these "e-cigarettes" in the name of protecting youth -- and keeping a stigma against smoking.
A whooping cough outbreak at an elementary school in north Tacoma has sickened at least six children. Investigators are looking into additional cases.
The disease, also known as pertussis, can cause serious illness in young children, especially infants. More than one-third of infants less than one year old who get the disease must be hospitalized, according to the Tacoma - Pierce County Health Department.
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A big rainstorm is headed to western Washington this weekend. Forecasters say Saturday should start out pleasant, with the rainstorm hitting south Puget Sound in the late morning, and the Seattle area by around noon.
It’s not supposed to be as bad as devastating storms a few years ago, but flooding is likely on some rivers.
There are a few rivers in western Washington that flood regularly – such as the Skokomish and the Tolt. This year, you can add one more to that list, a section of the Puyallup River in eastern Pierce County.
Regence is seeking a 3.7% increase for its Washington customers, including the Asuris subsidiary, starting January first, to cover the cost of new benefits required by the federal health law. This applies to its individual insurance plans, not to plans provided through employers.
The drug-resistant strain of staph infection MRSA is known to be a problem for many hospitals. A pioneering study from the University of Washington shows that it's also resilient enough to spread from medic units all the way into the living quarters of firefighters.
KPLU's Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson has a great post today about why the Gates Foundation's director of HIV and tuberculosis programs feels this year's World AIDS day is different than it's dozens of predecessors.
The number of people getting newly infected with HIV has stayed steady in Washington since 2005. There are about 570 new cases a year. Most of those – 63% -- are gay and bisexual men. The Washington Department of Health says those numbers justify changes in how it distributes funding, starting in January.
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.