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March 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

E-cigarettes: Much safer than cigarettes, don’t tax them

The editorial “Put heat on e-cigarettes and ‘vaping’ ” [Opinion, March 6] suggests that we should tax e-cigarettes because they represent a health hazard to teens. The problem with this logic is that the risk profiles of incinerated cigarettes and vapor cigarettes are not even on the same plane. A 2011 study in the Journal…


0 Comments | More in tobacco | Topics: e-cigarettes, health, Journal of Public Health Policy

December 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Kudos to the president for supporting HIV research initiative

3 out of 4 Americans living with HIV don’t have their infection under control

Regarding your recent article, what a wonderful boon for humanity [“Obama reveals $100 million HIV research initiative,” News, Dec. 3].

And kudos for his pledge to support The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as long as the other countries do their part.

People don’t realize that the U.S. spends only a quarter of 1 percent of our total federal budget on global health.

Science has discovered that getting treatment to an HIV-infected person early enough can reduce the risk of infecting others by 96 percent. Science magazine named the AIDS treatment-as-prevention strategy as its 2001 “breakthough of the year.”


0 Comments | More in Health | Topics: health, HIV research initiative

December 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

One size does not fit all when it comes to hospital caregivers

Patients should be allowed admission to the center with the greatest expertise

After reading the article in Sunday’s paper about the insurance networks, it seems to me that there is an assumption on the part of everybody that one size fits all when it comes to hospital caregivers ["Policies’ limits shock shopper,” page one, Dec. 1].

This is simply not the case. During the 25 years I worked in one of the major Seattle hospitals, my area of expertise involved urology, nephrology, diabetes and organ transplantation. I had no experience in caring for burn patients, patients with severe trauma or patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Physicians depend on nurses to detect subtle changes in a patient’s condition and to report those changes back to the physician. Whether a patient lives or dies can depend on these observations. A nurse who has no experience with that patient’s particular problem is less likely to detect these changes.


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October 29, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Growing number of strokes due to lack of information

Young women should be aware of the risk of prescribed medication An Oct. 24 Seattle Times article reported that the number of stroke victims has increased 25 percent during the past two decades with the increase in the U.S. occurring among the young and middle-aged [“Study: Strokes up among young,” News, Oct. 24]. The article failed to mention…


0 Comments | More in Health | Topics: health, Strokes

September 29, 2013 at 7:56 AM

The fight over Obamacare continues

What is the alternative? For those who believe that defunding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) justifies the shutdown of the federal government and/or America’s default on its financial obligations by not raising the debt ceiling, please do one thing. [“Obamacare foe presses fight,” News, Sept. 25.] Explain to the rest of…


0 Comments | More in Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, budget, health

September 17, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Low-income families suffer from diaper shortages

Use cloth My heart is aching for those people who don’t have diapers for their little ones. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.] I know it is problematic to not be able to change babies’ diapers. But tell me this. Has anyone ever heard of cloth diapers that you use, wash…


0 Comments | More in Economy, Families | Topics: children, cloth diapers, diapers

August 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Curbing childhood obesity with school nutrition

King County is taking action With one in five students in King County overweight or obese, we agree with Marilyn McKenna’s concern that having healthy foods in schools is a critical component to addressing the childhood obesity epidemic. [“Guest column: Curbing childhood obesity starts with school lunches,” Opinion, Aug. 14.] Six school districts with high obesity…


0 Comments | More in Education, Health care, Seattle | Topics: children, food, health

August 2, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Awareness of HIV and AIDS in Seattle

A domestic issue Seattle, we’re a proactive city, or so we’d like to think. We’re a supportive and accepting city, or so I thought. We’re educated, we raise awareness, and we take care of business to keep our community safe and healthy … right? We have a problem. It’s a very discriminatory problem; it has a specific…


0 Comments | More in Health care, Seattle | Topics: AIDS, awareness, domestic

July 10, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Alzheimer’s disease claims the lives of many

It is time to act The time is now. Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the most expensive disease in America. By 2050, it could bankrupt our health-care system. I live with Alzheimer’s every day, both personally and professionally. My mother lived with dementia for nearly 20 years before her death. Like more than 50 percent of those…


0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: alzheimer's, care, death

July 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Healthy living? Fat chance

More tolerance should be used in discussion of human health Froma Harrop’s column [“Column: Healthy living? Fat chance,” Opinion, June 30] was more along the lines of an Internet forum comment than the work of a professional journalist. Her writing is based on hate and intolerance, rather than fact. Her readers deserve better. Margaret McVey, Freeland


0 Comments | More in Health care | Topics: fat, health, healthy

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