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July
4th

Health takes a hit with Parkland fluoride decision

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

How can a public utility buck a national trend in health care? Unfortunately, folks served by Parkland Light & Water are about to find out as that system moves toward no longer fluoridating its water supply.

Prevention is the focus in health care now as a way of keeping health care costs at least somewhat under control. That makes sense: Spending a little up front to prevent ailments can often prevent having to spend much more later to treat those conditions.

Fluoridation of public water supplies is one of the most important preventive steps that can be taken; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks it as one of the 10 most Read more »

Sep.
8th

West Nile virus is back in Washington

The West Nile virus – which has claimed at least 87 lives nationwide this year – is making inroads in this state. Health officials have confirmed that two Washington residents have contracted the disease, the first cases here since 2010.

So far, only one Washington resident has died from the mosquito-borne illness, back in 2009.

One of the two Washington cases this year is believed to have been contracted in another state, but the other is not; the patient has not been out of Washington. He is a Yakima man in his 30s.

Hearing that made me remember a camping

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July
25th

Scary CDC graph shows state’s whopping whooping cough increase

A great website to read about science, tech and science fiction is io9.com. One posting caught my eye with its headline: “This graph of whooping cough cases in Washington State should scare the crap out of you.” Here’s the link.

The Centers for Disease Control graph shows the 1300 percent increase in pertussis cases from early 2011 to June 16, 2012. While the nation is experiencing a pertussis epidemic, the incidence in Washington is far worse – more than seven times the national average. The likely reason: Washington’s high percentage of “antivaxxers” – parents who either don’t or

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Dec.
26th

Take the razor of science to alternative medicine

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

So-called “alternative medicine” screams out for scientific study. Scientific, as in skeptical.

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that an obscure federal agency, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, has spent $1.4 billion over the last 12 years studying such folk remedies as coffee enemas, acupuncture and ginkgo biloba.

Some critics say much of the money has been misspent looking at cures so obviously ridiculous that no research should be necessary. The coffee enemas – purported to treat pancreatic cancer – are an example.
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