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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…

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

July 2, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Contraception: Hobby Lobby got it right

The notion that Hobby Lobby is attacking women’s rights by choosing to “opt out of covering…legitimate health needs” is absurd ["Yes, (some) corporations can pray — and you’ll all pay," Opinion, June 30]. Hobby Lobby has stated clearly that it opposes only those forms of contraception that it sees as abortive, like the morning-after pill.  It…

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Comments | More in Health | Topics: abortion, contraception, health

May 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Toxics: State should step in when federal government falls short

I was pleased to see The Seattle Times express concern about our nation’s outdated and inadequate chemical laws [“Congress must not undo state toxics regulations,” Opinion, April 27]. I too am concerned. As a cancer survivor and a mother of young children, I am troubled by what toxics do to our health. And I…

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Comments | More in Toxics | Topics: Emily Cousins, health, Toxic Substances Control Act

April 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Raising the smoking age: Gives time to educate teenagers

As a high-school student, I’d like to applaud the attempt at raising the tobacco-buying age [“Raise tobacco-buying age to 21, county boards asks Legislature,” Local News, April 23]. It’s supported by Pat Godfrey’s story: Even after quitting smoking, he still got cancer years later. Knowing this is very common, we need to make a…

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Comments | More in tobacco | Topics: cigarettes, health, Logan Johnson

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…

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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.”

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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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Comments | More in Health | Topics: health

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…

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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…

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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…

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

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