Month: October 2015

Really sick or faking it?

While health officials and employers often encourage people to stay home when they’re ill, most people don’t believe their coworkers when they call in sick. Cold-EEZE, a zinc lozenge cold treatment, […]

CDC issues health alert on fentanyl-related overdoses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a health alert due to increases in fentanyl drug confiscations and fentanyl-related overdose fatalities. The CDC and Drug Enforcement Administration are investigating […]

Nearly 10 percent of Americans use marijuana

Marijuana use among adults has doubled in the last decade, with 9.5 percent of American adults now reportedly using the drug. Marijuana use increased from 4.1 percent in 2001-02 to 9.5 […]

Cancer society updates breast cancer screening guideline

The American Cancer Society released a new breast cancer screening guideline this week that recommend women begin mammograms at age 45, instead of 40. The updated guideline, released Oct. 20, recommends […]

Excessive drinking costs U.S. $2 per drink

Excessive alcohol consumption cost the U.S. $249 billion in 2010 – the equivalent of $2.05 per drink. A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the […]

More than half of uninsured are eligible for financial help

While more than 600,000 Washington residents remain uninsured, new estimates suggest more than half of those who are uninsured are eligible for financial assistance. A new report by the Kaiser Family […]

Salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers continues to spread

The multistate salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico continues to sicken people across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent case count (as of Oct. […]

More hospitals support breast-feeding

More and more hospitals are taking steps to increase support for breast-feeding, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization and United […]

Kids prefer flavored tobacco

Middle and high school kids who use tobacco prefer the flavored varieties, according to a new study. About 70 percent of U.S. students who used a tobacco product in the previous […]

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