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Public News Service - WA: Health Issues

Frequent and thorough hand washing is critical to prevent the spread of viruses like the flu. (gentle07/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – How sick is sick enough to stay home from school or work? With so many obligations, the decision can be tough, but it's also vitally important during flu season. Already, 20 people have died from the flu in Washington state this season, according to health officials. Dr. Angie

About 52,000 children in Washington state get some funding for health coverage through CHIP, which is known as Apple Health for Kids. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – A last-minute deal in Congress to provide short-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program hasn't done much to alleviate stress for states and parents going into the new year. CHIP is one of the main funding streams, along with Medicaid and state funding, for Washingt

The U.S. House-passed version of the GOP tax bill could lead to $25 billion in cuts to Medicare next year. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

AUBURN, Wash. – On Thursday, the House approved the GOP's efforts to overhaul the nation's tax code. But some health professionals are concerned the bill will lead to cuts in programs like Medicare. The changes to the tax system are estimated to increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion in the n

Nearly 500,000 people die from smoking each year in the United States. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

SEATTLE – Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, an event challenging people to make plans to quit smoking. There are more than 36 million smokers nationwide, and health experts are reminding people that tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the world.

Cranberries may be a good source of vitamin C, but experts say they aren't useful for treating urinary tract infections. (Steve Johnson/Flickr)

SEATTLE – If you've ever had a urinary tract infection, chances are someone has suggested drinking cranberry juice as a natural way to cure it. The suggestion that the fruit product can cure infections exists widely, including on health websites. But does cranberry juice actually treat UTIs?

There are more than 800,000 family caregivers in Washington state. (Hauoratrust/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE – Health care professionals, providers and educators are gathering to brainstorm ideas for making sure the future is more friendly for older Americans. The sixth annual Elder Friendly Futures Conference is taking place at the University of Washington Thursday and Friday and bringing t

Health experts say kids should be involved in activities such as soccer to fight the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. (Edward N. Johnson/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States has health experts worried about children's well-being. The percent of children who are considered overweight has more than tripled since the 1970s, and being overweight can lead to devastating health effects. Kaiser Pe

An app in development at the University of Washington could be an inexpensive way to more accurately diagnose concussions in youth sports. (C Watts/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Football season is here again and, while the National Football League and college football sometimes are seen as punting on the issue, concussions are a big deal. But it isn't always easy to know when an athlete has a concussion. Researchers at the University of Washington have d

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