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Seattle Children’s plans 13-story downtown research facility – Puget Sound Business Journal

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The 13-story project, called Building Cure, is planned for 1920 Terry Ave., and will have 440,000 square feet of research space, according to a draft packet of information that’s on the city’s website.

Currently on the site is a small building amidst a sea of parking. The site is near two other of the institute’s facilities.

Source: Seattle Children’s plans 13-story downtown research facility – Puget Sound Business Journal

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Prescription price shock: OSU/OHSU study takes drug industry to task – Portland Business Journal

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Drugs for treating multiple sclerosis have skyrocketed 700 percent in the past 20 years, even as newer drugs have come on the market, according to a study out today from researchers at Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University.

“New drugs came on the market 30 to 50 percent higher than existing therapies, which ratcheted up their prices to meet the prices of the new drugs,” said Dan Hartung, the study’s lead author and an associate professor in the OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy.

Source: Prescription price shock: OSU/OHSU study takes drug industry to task – Portland Business Journal

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Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultry | Reuters

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Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country. It followed Wisconsin’s action on Monday.

The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of bird flu has been identified on 46 Minnesota farms in 16 counties and affected more than 2.6 million birds in the state.

State health officials said they were expediting prescriptions for the antiviral drug Tamiflu for farm workers and others who have been in direct contact with infected flocks.  No human infections have been reported in this outbreak.

Photo by dragonariaes

Source: Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu in poultry | Reuters

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U.S. FDA warns five companies over BMPEA stimulant in supplements | Reuters

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fda-logo-thumbnailThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned five companies on Thursday to stop selling dietary supplements containing an unapproved stimulant known as beta-methylphenylethylamine, or BMPEA.

BMPEA is an amphetamine-like substance that has been shown to raise blood pressure and heart rate in animals and is classified as a doping agent by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Source: U.S. FDA warns five companies over BMPEA stimulant in supplements | Reuters

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Common asthma steroids linked to side effects in adrenal glands | Reuters

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Illustration of the lungs in blueAfter stopping steroids commonly prescribed for asthma and allergies, a significant number of people may experience signs of malfunctioning in the adrenal glands, a European study finds.

So-called adrenal insufficiency can be dangerous, especially if the person’s body has to cope with a stress like surgery, injury or a serious illness, the study authors say.

Source: Common asthma steroids linked to side effects in adrenal glands | Reuters

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High morale linked to longer survival among elderly | Reuters

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Smiley_FaceWhether it is cause or effect is unclear, but high morale seems to go along with a longer life, according to a new Scandinavian study.

Among people 85 years and older, those who felt optimistic about life and had something to look forward to lived five years longer on average than their more pessimistic counterparts.

Source: High morale linked to longer survival among elderly | Reuters

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Special Enrollment Period: Time is running out

The Special Enrollment Period ends next week.

The Health Insurance Marketplace is providing individuals and families who paid the fee for not having health coverage when they filed their 2014 taxes with one last chance to get covered for 2015.

Get covered, avoid the fee. The fee for people who don’t have health coverage increases in 2015 to $325 per person or 2% of your household income – whichever is greater. The good news is you have until April 30 to learn about the options and financial assistance that is available and to enroll in a plan that meets your needs.

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Join the millions who are saving: 8 out of 10 people can find coverage for $100 or less a month with tax credits through the Marketplace.

We hope you take advantage of this extended opportunity to get quality coverage this year.

The HealthCare.gov Team

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Medicare & Medicaid at 50 – Video

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With Medicare and Medicaid turning 50 this year, the Kaiser Family Foundation produced an updated video that provides a brief history of both programs, including an examination of the health care, social and political landscapes that gave rise to them, the significant ways each program has evolved over five decades and the important roles they play in the U.S. health care system today.

The video includes archival footage, as well as commentary and perspective from policymakers, government officials and experts.

To learn more about Medicare go to the Kaiser Family Foundation Medicare webpage.

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Swallowing Pills? Children Can Learn How – HealthDay

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Children who have trouble swallowing needed pills aren’t out of luck, according to a new study.

At least five different strategies may help them swallow pills and capsules more easily, researchers found.

The successful strategies included using flavored throat spray first, giving children verbal instructions, behavioral therapies, using a specialized pill cup and training children to use five different head postures.

Photo courtesy of Pawel Kryj

Swallowing Pills? Children Can Learn How.

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Video explains panel’s new mammography recommendations

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FACTS AND MYTHS –

By the US Preventive Services Task Force

MYTH: The Task Force recommends against screening for breast cancer in women younger than 50.

FACT: Evidence shows that mammography screening can be effective for women in their 40s. Based on the science, the Task Force’s draft recommendation states that the decision to start regular mammography screening before age 50 is an individual one and should be made by a woman in partnership with her doctor. Continue reading

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If this vaccine fights cancer, why aren’t more people embracing it?

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Human Papilloma Virus

By Meredith Li-Vollmer 
Public Health – Seattle & King County

If you knew there was a vaccine that could prevent several types of cancer—including a form of cancer that kills over 250,000 women each year—would you make sure your child gets it?

Consider this:

  • An estimated 79 million Americans are infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that causes a range of cancers, as well as genital warts.
  • HPV is so common that most females and males will become infected with at least one type of HPV in their lifetime.

But there is some incredibly good news: the HPV vaccine prevents infections from HPV, and an updated HPV vaccine protects against more than twice the number of strains of HPV than the previous version.

Yes, this vaccine prevents cancer. Continue reading

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Bloomberg Politics Poll: Majority of Americans Say Obamacare Should Get Time to Work

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-1x-1Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say that while the Affordable Care Act may still require small changes, “we should see how it works,” according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll.

Twelve percent said President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment should be left alone, 35 percent said it should be repealed, and two percent said they weren’t sure.

via Bloomberg Politics Poll: Majority of Americans Say Obamacare Should Get Time to Work – Bloomberg Politics.

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