Month: August 2015

School lunches are getting healthier

In the last decade, the number of schools offering more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and using less sodium have increased significantly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Poll: Affording prescriptions is doable but difficult for sick people

Most people say they can afford their prescription drugs, but many say coming up with the money to pay for them is difficult. The August Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that […]

Contact lens wearers and their risky behaviors

Nearly all of the estimated 41 million contact lens wearers in the U.S. may be engaging in risky eye behaviors, according to a new study. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Study finds possible link between e-cigarettes, initial tobacco use

A new study is suggesting what health officials have suspected for years: teens using e-cigarettes are more likely to try tobacco cigarettes. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, […]

Washington uninsured rate keeps dropping

A new Gallup poll shows the uninsured rate continues to drop in most states – including Washington. In fact, Washington ranked fifth among states with the biggest declines in uninsured rates […]

“Fat letters” aren’t influencing teens

Turns out those so-called “fat letters” informing parents that they have an overweight child aren’t leading to weight loss among adolescents. In the last few years, more and more schools have […]

Death with Dignity participation rises in Washington

More terminally ill patients in Washington received prescriptions to end their lives in 2014 than in previous years. Washington’s Death with Dignity Act allows adults in the state with six months […]

Employers announce new parent-friendly workplace policies

This week, a couple of employers announced some pretty cool new policies for new parents. The Washington Department of Health on Monday announced its new Infants at Work policy that allows […]

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