Public Health

Northwest Vaccinations
5:56 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Public Health Officials Say Measles Case Highlights Vaccination Need

Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.
Credit ILRI/Flickr

Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection. While the highly-contagious illness remains rare, the Centers for Disease Control is reporting an uptick nationally in the number of cases this year.

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Healthcare Costs
6:23 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Washington State Pays For More Than Half Of Births

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:42 pm

SHELTON, Wash. - It’s one of the most vexing problems state lawmakers face: how to curb the rising cost of healthcare. In Washington, there’s one specific line item in the healthcare budget that’s startling, but few at the Capitol are talking about: taxpayers now foot the bill for more than half of all births in Washington. But why is that number is so high?

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Well Contamination
4:54 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Dairies Fight EPA Nitrate Study

Feeding dairy cattle.
Credit http://www.ars.usda.gov

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Washington dairy industry is fighting a report from the Environmental

Protection Agency. The report found that dairies are likely contaminating residential wells in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Children's Health Insurance
4:38 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Washington And Oregon Get CHIP Bonuses

Oregon is going to get an extra $25 million dollars from the federal government this year for the state's efforts to insure children.  Washington will get $12 million.

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Microbial Hitchhikers
8:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: ‘Microbial Hitchhikers’ Ride The Wind From Asia To Northwest

Microbiologist David J. Smith stands atop Mt. Bachelor. Not visible are several thousand species of airborne microbes that he discovered travel across the Pacific Ocean.
Credit Photo courtesy University of Washington

Researchers have discovered something they didn’t expect in the air above an Oregon mountain: hundreds of tiny organisms from Asia. The study suggests the atmosphere is filled with life capable of traveling long distances. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Portland Fluoridation
6:19 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Portland Moves Forward On Fluoridation

Portland City Council has unanimously approved fluoridating the city's water system. April Baer of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports, a challenge to the plan has already been set in motion. 

About a dozen signs dotted the room, with opposition slogans like "Public water, public vote." Several hecklers were thrown out.

Council members including Amanda Fritz said they felt some concerns raised by opponents were valid. 

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Whooping Cough Concerns
4:06 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Back To School Heightens Whooping Cough Concerns

Whooping cough vaccinations are available at many supermarket and drugstore pharmacies, including this one in Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Most public school students in the Northwest head back to class next week. And that has public health officials on alert. They're afraid that classrooms could be fertile ground for the spread of whooping cough, an infectious disease that's already being called an epidemic in some states.

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