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Category: Health
November 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Former King County health chief joins nonprofit PATH

Dr. David Fleming, who stepped down in August from his job as director of Public Health – Seattle  & King County,  is joining the Seattle-based PATH, a global health organization. Fleming will lead the nonprofit’s Public Health Impact Division, which includes programs to boost maternal, child and reproductive health in the developing world and programs to…

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November 18, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Workers on one-day strike at two Tacoma hospitals

TACOMA — About 1,100 workers have started a one-day strike at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. The News Tribune reports the Service Employees International Union Local 1199NW called the walkout Tuesday during contract negotiations. A spokesman for CHI Franciscan Health, Scott Thompson, says it will keep negotiating. A federal mediator…

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November 18, 2014 at 6:07 AM

8 Washington hospitals are prepared for Ebola patients

OLYMPIA — The state Health Department says the risk of Ebola in Washington is low, but eight hospitals are preparing to care for Ebola patients if needed. The hospitals following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are: Franciscan Health Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital Providence Regional Medical Center, Everett Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and…

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November 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Seattle’s FreakNight Festival canceled after deadly overdose

Updated, 10:30 p.m.: Seattle’s FreakNight Festival, an annual Halloween-themed electronic-dance music party that attracts tens of thousands of revelers, had its second night canceled Saturday after its opening night saw two partygoers overdose, according to the Washington Poison Center, one fatally. The overdoses and death from the Friday night event were confirmed by a nursing supervisor at…

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October 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

American Ebola patients could be airlifted to Harborview

Harborview Medical Center is one of five hospitals across the country that have agreed, if needed, to accept American Ebola patients airlifted from West Africa. At a news conference Monday, Dr. Timothy Dellit, Harborview’s associate medical director, said patients accepted for treatment at  the hospital likely would be residents of the Northwest or have other strong…

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October 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Mercer Island remains on a boil-water alert Monday

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.| Water samples taken Sunday have tested clean, according to a Mercer Island news release. This is the fourth day in a row that water samples have tested negative for E. coli contamination, but detective work on Mercer Island’s water pipes continue. Seattle Public Utilities, which sends Mercer Island its water from the Cedar…

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October 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Possible E. coli infection found in Mercer Island child

Public health officials are investigating the first report of a possible E. coli infection on Mercer Island since boil-water advisories started last weekend. Initial tests show a child may be infected with E. coli 0157, but the diagnosis won’t be confirmed until later this week by the state laboratory, Public Health spokeswoman Hilary Karasz said. The…

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October 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Mercer Island to residents: keep boiling water

Mercer Island’s boil-water advisory remains in effect Saturday, and it is still unclear when it will be lifted. Test results from 18 water samples collected Friday, including seven from residential properties, revealed no presence of E. coli or other bacteria. Thursday’s samples were also clear. Another 18 samples were collected Saturday, to be analyzed overnight. The results…

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October 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Komen organization to award $600K for local breast-cancer research

The Susan G. Komen organization announced Wednesday it will fund $600,000 in grants for breast-cancer research at two Washington institutions. The funding will go toward investigating inherited breast cancer, novel therapies and disease recurrence by searchers at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. The grants are three of more than 50…

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September 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Allen Institute lands $4.75 million grant for brain cell research

The Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle was awarded a $4.75 million grant Tuesday under President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, one of 58 new projects announced by the National Institutes of Health. Founded in 2003 by the billionaire Microsoft co-found Paul Allen, the institute has specialized in detailed mapping of both human…

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