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February 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Medical transparency needs to become one of the nation’s top priorities

Recently, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed two new bills pushing for health-care cost transparency [“Make medical providers compete on price as well as quality,” Opinion, Feb. 6]. HB 1437 and SB 5084 would create an all-payer claims database that provides public access to cost and quality information about health-care providers and services. This means…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, health, health care

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…

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

November 11, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Marijuana: More study needed on effects to brains

Regarding the article “Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says,” [Nation & World, Nov. 10] this study misses the mark on reporting concrete findings of regular pot use. Taken at face value, it tells us what we’re already used to hearing: “smoking is bad, and it will make you dumb.” This, of course,…

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Comments | More in Marijuana | Topics: brains, health, Marci Taitt

November 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Death with Dignity: Law includes respect for human life

Having been in a family practice for 43 years in a small King County community, I have witnessed and experienced the life and the death of patients and close friends first hand. I believe the “Death with Dignity” law that we have in the state of Washington is a great endeavor to provide compassion for…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Death With Dignity Act, Doctor-assisted suicide, health

October 10, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Ebola: U.S. has underfunded foreign aid, so should we be surprised by the outbreak?

Referring to the Ebola coverage in recent weeks, Dr. Francis Collins is quoted in “U.S. to spend $1B on Ebola response; Gates panel seeks better preparation” [Local News, Oct. 8] as pointing out the undeniable truth: “If one wants to be prepared, it costs money to do so. We have been shortchanging that…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Africa, Casey Hobbs, disease

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…

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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…

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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

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