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Category: Health
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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September 30, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Yakima County woman is state’s 4th case of West Nile virus this year

The Yakima Herald-Republic YAKIMA, Wash. — Public health officials have confirmed one case of West Nile virus in Yakima County but will not identify the patient. The patient is a woman in her 40s, state Department of Health spokesman Donn Moyer said Monday. It’s not clear where the woman acquired the illness but she is receiving medical…

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September 22, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Komen 3-Day walk raises $2.7 million for breast-cancer research

Susan G. Komen 3-Day participants raised more than $2.7 million for breast cancer research from the walk this weekend in Seattle. More than 900 participants spent the weekend walking 60 miles through Seattle-area communities and camping in pink tents at Marymoor Park as part of the 3-Day event, which raises money to help support research and…

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September 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Two children first cases of enterovirus in the state

Officials with Public Health – Seattle & King County said Friday morning that two children, one from King County and the other from Snohomish County, are the state’s first diagnosed cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). The presence of the respiratory illness in the children was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The children were stable…

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