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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Health
February 13, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Vaccinations: The few are endangering the many

I’m horrified by the current trend of parents who refuse (on dubious grounds) to vaccinate their children against dangerous and preventable infectious diseases [“Vaccine experts: It’s time to ‘nudge’ hesitant parents,” Local News, Feb. 7]. Growing up in the1940s and ’50s, I saw friends crippled from polio and I was confined to home during the summer…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: disease, health, measles

February 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Allow only valid medical exemptions to measles immunizations

A dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. (Damian Dovarganes / AP)

As pediatricians, we have seen the benefit of immunization: the elimination of once-common diseases [“It’s time to end all debate on vaccines,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. Every day, we counsel parents about vaccines. We know they want to do what is best for their child. So do we. Most parents accept immunization, but not all. Un-immunized children can acquire and transmit measles — igniting outbreaks and endangering our community.

The public conversation spurred by the current measles outbreak suggests this risk is no longer tolerable. HB 2009 proposes eliminating personal belief exemptions from school immunization requirements. Will this increase immunization rates? Perhaps, but marginally. But it is very likely to


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Douglas J. Opel, Douglas S. Diekema, Edgar K. Marcuse

November 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Eating disorders: Parents can help kids understand body image

I wish to applaud Carrie Dennet’s article, “How to help a college student with an eating disorder” [Health & Fitness, Nov. 9.] As Dennet explains, “An eating disorder isn’t a lifestyle choice or an example of an extreme diet.” It is, in fact, a mental-health condition and a public-health concern. Thanksgiving break is a…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Carrie Dennet, eating disorders, public health

October 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Pregnancy and careers: Bearing children is a woman’s job

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

I’ve been on both sides of this story [“The fears of balancing pregnancy and a career,” Opinion, Oct. 25]. I delayed marriage and childbearing for my career (I’m a surgeon). I was blessed beyond belief with marriage to a good man in my late thirties and three healthy children soon thereafter.

My maternity leaves were a real burden on my associate. The work of a surgeon doesn’t just go away because a mother is at home bonding with her baby. Someone has to pick up the slack. And in this case it was my already hardworking


Comments | More in Health | Topics: child care, Lisa Lynn Sowder, maternity leave

October 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Death with Dignity: Don’t deny others relief

In response to the letter “It is unethical” [Northwest Voices, Oct. 26], I would simply say, “Tell that to the suffering ALS patient, doomed to die an extremely horrible death, who can’t even avail themselves to ending their misery because they wouldn’t be able to self-administer.” People who are going to die in this…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Brittany Maynard, Death with Dignity, Doctor-assisted suicide

October 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Doctor-assisted death: It is unethical

In Froma Harrop’s column about Brittney Maynard and the “Death with Dignity” law, Harrop failed to explain the ethical battle that physicians face and how the law is fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer [“ ‘Death with Dignity’ law is least slippery slope,” Opinion, Oct. 21]. Upon graduation from medical school, most physicians…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Death with Dignity, Froma Harrop, Michael Scott

October 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Fund local public health to combat all communicable diseases

Not one city in Snohomish County is contributing a dime toward ensuring our public-health system is strong and ready to respond to health situations that impact us all [“Fund Public Health — Seattle & King County, for much more than Ebola response,” Opinion, Oct. 13]. Communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and the emergence of…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Ebola, public health, Public Health — Seattle & King County

August 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Let students sleep in for better education results

More sleep leads to better education The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25]. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects…


Comments | More in Education, Health | Topics: education, health

July 30, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Prop. 1: Support parks to promote healthy lifestyles

Seattle voters will have a great opportunity to provide continued support to our parks [“Proposition 1 enrages, divides Seattle parks supporters,” Opinion Northwest, July 24]. Proposition 1 will create a Park District for our city, which is a proven way to deliver stable, sustainable funding for our parks, sports fields, and community centers. Parks…


Comments | More in Health | Topics: Anne McTiernan, health, obesity

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