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Health
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Feeling Sick? Flu Season Is In Full Swing

Flickr Photo/cassie_jean

Marcie Sillman hears from Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, chief of communicable disease epidemiology and immunization for Public Health in Seattle and King County, about this year's flu season.

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Public Health
1:52 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Uptick In Measles Cases Highlights Need For Vaccination

File photo. Recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.
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Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 5:19 pm

Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.

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Health
3:41 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Gonorrhea Outbreak Perplexes Washington Health Officials

Health officials across the Northwest are trying to figure out why they’re seeing a big upswing in the number of people with gonorrhea this year.

Washington announced Thursday five counties are in the midst of an outbreak of the infection.

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Public Health
12:11 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

UW Study Links Obesity To Socioeconomic Status

For years, researchers have been connecting the dots between socioeconomic status and obesity rates. A new study from the University of Washington makes those connections even stronger.

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity looked at nearly 60,000 men and women in King County. It found that people in South and Southeast King County were much more likely to be obese. The biggest factors were education levels and home values.

Adam Drewnowski is the study’s lead author. He’s a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and the director of the UW’s Center for Public Health Nutrition. He talks with Marcie Sillman.

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Public Safety
5:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Water Boil Advisory Lifted For Thousands Of South King County Residents

Flickr Photo/Anthony D'Onofrio

UPDATE: 9/25/13, 5:10 p.m. PT

In a release today, the Washington State Department of Health has lifted the boil water advisory for residents of southwest King County, specifically Des Moines and Normandy Park, saying, "Lab tests show the water now meets safe drinking water standards."

The statement also says that there have been no reported illnesses linked to the water system, which was found to have potentially harmful E. coli bacteria during a routine water quality test earlier this week.

Customers with questions about their water quality can call the water district at 206.878.7210.

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Pioneer Square Outhouses
11:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

City Responds To Need For Potty In Pioneer Square

A Portland Loo
Flickr Photo/Ian Fisher

Earlier this week we heard from a Pioneer Square businesswoman Joanna Urrego, who built her own portapotty in an effort to keep people from doing their business in the alley. Well the city has its own plan for public restrooms in Pioneer Square using a what’s called the Portland Loo. Ross Reynolds gets the details from Gary Johnson from Seattle's Department of Planning and Development. 

Vigilante Sanitation
11:59 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Merchant Installs Outhouse In Pioneer Square

Seattle plans to install a Portland Loo, pictured, near Pioneer Square. One area merchant didn't wait for that to happen.
Flickr Photo/Kevin Christopher Burke

They can arrest her — but she’s not going to put up with the stink.

A Pioneer Square business owner built her own outhouses and put them up last week to cut down on restaurant goers, sports fans and homeless people urinating in the alleys.

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Public Health
10:29 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Hep C Test Recommended For Baby Boomers

  All baby boomers should get screened at least once for hepatitis C, regardless of risk factors. That’s the recommendation from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an influential group of independent experts who are appointed by the federal government. Many people who carry the blood infection show no symptoms for many years. As one ages hepatitis C can cause a variety of serious liver problems, including cancer. Dr. Jeff Duchin, chief of epidemiology at Seattle-King County Public Health, tells Ross Reynolds why it’s important for baby boomers to get tested.

Public Health
3:06 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

HIV Tests No Longer Just For High Risk Groups

A health worker drops blood from a sample on an HIV test strip in San Salvador, June 25, 2010.
AP Photo/Luis Romero

Every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. That’s the recommendation from the US Preventative Services Task Force, an independent panel of doctors and researchers.

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HIV Prevention
7:25 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Memorial For U-District Needle Exchange Founder

People's Harm Reduction Alliance

A public memorial service is planned Thursday for Bob Quinn. Quinn was a public health maverick. He died last month.

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Obituary
9:21 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Founder Of University District Needle Exchange Dead

Bob Quinn (right) and Shilo Murphy. Quinn founded the University District Needle Exchange. It is now operated By Murphy through the People's Harm Reduction Alliance.
Shilo Murphy/People's Harm Reduction Alliance

Bob Quinn, one of the founders of Seattle's needle exchange, died over the weekend. The King County Medical examiner says it was suicide.

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Vaccine
5:24 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

CDC Recommends Pertussis Vaccine For Expectant Moms

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy.
Flickr/ Neal Gillis

Public health experts are now recommending that pregnant women get the vaccine for whooping cough during pregnancy. The recommendation is in response to the growing outbreak of the disease in the U.S. So far, there are more than 32,000 reported cases of whooping cough across the country.  If the trend holds, it’s on track to be the highest number of cases since 1959.   

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