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Local doctors are warning of a potential "tripledemic" this fall, consisting of the flu, respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and COVID-19.

Respiratory viruses down in WA, but still circulating at high levels

Local doctors are warning of a potential "tripledemic" this fall, consisting of the flu, respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, and COVID-19.

January 22, 2024, 7:32am Health

The holiday season has passed. Gatherings have slowed. But don’t let your guard down just yet — experts say we’re still in the midst of respiratory virus season. Read story

Mila Clarke noticed an &Ccedil;&fnof;&uacute;eye-opening&Ccedil;&fnof;&ugrave; difference in how she was treated after being diagnosed with what&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s often called latent autoimmune diabetes of adults versus how she was treated after being misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes four years earlier. &Ccedil;&fnof;&uacute;Some of the harshest comments that I had gotten were from people with Type 1 who were like, &Ccedil;&fnof;&Uacute;We&rsquo;re not the same. I didn&rsquo;t cause this. I didn&rsquo;t do this to myself,&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;&Ccedil;&fnof;&ugrave; Clarke says.

These patients had to lobby for correct diabetes diagnoses. Was their race a reason?

Mila Clarke noticed an &Ccedil;&fnof;&uacute;eye-opening&Ccedil;&fnof;&ugrave; difference in how she was treated after being diagnosed with what&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s often called latent autoimmune diabetes of adults versus how she was treated after being misdiagnosed with Type 2 diabetes four years earlier. &Ccedil;&fnof;&uacute;Some of the harshest comments that I had gotten were from people with Type 1 who were like, &Ccedil;&fnof;&Uacute;We&rsquo;re not the same. I didn&rsquo;t cause this. I didn&rsquo;t do this to myself,&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;&Ccedil;&fnof;&ugrave; Clarke says.

January 21, 2024, 6:05am Health

When Phyllisa Deroze was told she had diabetes in a Fayetteville, North Carolina, emergency department years ago, she was handed pamphlets with information on two types of the disease. One had pictures of children on it, she recalled, while the other had pictures of seniors. Read story

Critics claim to find flaws in dozens of Alzheimer’s studies by Temple scientist

January 21, 2024, 6:00am Health

When Temple University scientist Domenico Praticò helped secure a $3.8 million state grant to study Alzheimer’s disease, school officials hailed the news as a sign that his research center was “poised to become a national leader in dementia research.” Read story

Hoping to clear the air in casinos, workers seek to ban tobacco smoke

January 21, 2024, 5:34am Business

The instant Tammy Brady felt the lump in her breast in February 2022, she knew it was cancer. With no known genetic predisposition for breast cancer, she suspects 38 years of working in smoky Atlantic City casinos played a role. Read story

What would a second Trump term look like for health care?

January 20, 2024, 5:56am Health

On the presidential campaign trail, former President Donald Trump is, once again, promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — a nebulous goal that became one of his administration’s splashiest policy failures. Read story

Gambling risks on the rise for young people, experts say

January 20, 2024, 5:55am Business

For Ambus Hunter, what started as a fun trip to Las Vegas when he was 25 soon turned into a gambling addiction. “I got consumed with the vibes,” he said, recalling how he loved the feeling of winning at first. He began gambling back home in the Midwest and on… Read story

Costco product linked to salmonella cases

January 19, 2024, 9:05pm Business

Charcuterie meats sold at Costco and Sam’s Club have sickened residents of Washington and 21 other states with salmonella, says the Washington state Department of Health. Read story

FILE - A pedestrian wears a heavy coat against the cold in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. January can be the worst month for respiratory illnesses and vaccination rates are low. When relatives, friends and co-workers are coming down with coughs, nasal congestion, fatigue and fever, keeping viruses at bay means thorough hand-washing, good ventilation and wearing a mask in crowded areas.

How to stay healthy during cold, flu and COVID-19 season

FILE - A pedestrian wears a heavy coat against the cold in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. January can be the worst month for respiratory illnesses and vaccination rates are low. When relatives, friends and co-workers are coming down with coughs, nasal congestion, fatigue and fever, keeping viruses at bay means thorough hand-washing, good ventilation and wearing a mask in crowded areas.

January 19, 2024, 11:06am Health

Winter is here, inflicting its usual array of symptoms — coughs, nasal congestion, fatigue and fever — and, this year, a new COVID-19 variant is dominating the scoreboard. Read story

FILE - A health warning is seen on the packaging of a disposable vaping pod device in Washington on Monday, June 26, 2023. Sixty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general released a report that settled a longstanding public debate about the dangers of cigarettes and led to huge changes in smoking in America.

A surgeon general report once cleared the air about smoking. Is it time for one on vaping?

FILE - A health warning is seen on the packaging of a disposable vaping pod device in Washington on Monday, June 26, 2023. Sixty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general released a report that settled a longstanding public debate about the dangers of cigarettes and led to huge changes in smoking in America.

January 19, 2024, 8:15am Health

Sixty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general released a report that settled a longstanding public debate about the dangers of cigarettes and led to huge changes in smoking in America. Read story

What is Disease X? How scientists are preparing for the next pandemic

January 16, 2024, 8:33am Health

It sounds like something Elon Musk might have cooked up: “Disease X.” Read story