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Public News Service - WA: Health

Shannon Beigert's son, left, has autism and a third-party guardian now that he's turned 18. (Courtesy of Shannon Beigert)

SEATTLE – Washington state lawmakers passed bills this session to make the guardianship application process easier for parents. Sterling Harders, president of SEIU 775, says her union represents thousands of parents who take care of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Stroke is the sixth-leading cause of death in Washington state. (cameravit/Adobe Stock)

TACOMA, Wash. — May is American Stroke Month, and a few tips can help people lower their chances of having a stroke. According to the American Heart Association, up to 80% of strokes are preventable, and a healthy lifestyle can go a long way. Dr. Dennis Wang is the medical director of stroke

One in 10 eighth graders tried e-cigarettes in 2018, according to a Washington state survey. (aleksandr_yu/Adobe Stock)

SEATTLE – With the number of teenagers who use e-cigarettes rising, what can parents do to stop the trend? According to the 2018 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey, 30% of 12th graders in the state used vaping products, up from 20% in 2016. Dr. Susanna Block, a pediatrician with Kaiser

The American Heart Association suggests taking a walk during lunch to get in more exercise during the workday. (Chuck Taylor/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. — It's Move More Month, and health advocates say the workplace is a perfect spot for people to think about building a healthy routine. Many people spend the workday sitting down, but health experts say there are a lot of opportunities during the day to move around. The American

Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed adding 800 full-time employees to Washington state's two psychiatric hospitals. (Office of the Governor/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Employees at Washington's state-owned psychiatric hospitals say there's an urgent need to boost funding for their facilities, citing growing safety concerns for staff and patients. Assaults by patients have been on the rise at both Western State and Eastern State hospitals, includi

Supporters of the so-called Cascade Care proposal are concerned Washington state lawmakers could strip it of its cost-saving potential. (Piutus/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state's bid to expand health care coverage to all is in its final stages of negotiations at the Capitol. Cascade Care is Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed plan to provide affordable insurance to all Washingtonians. Bills have passed in both the House and Senate, but Ashl

In 2017, community health centers served more than a million people in Washington state. (lifewjess/Twenty20)

YAKIMA, Wash. - Thousands of medical professionals and health-care advocates from across the country are in the nation's capital this week, urging Congress to ensure stable funding for community health centers. These clinics provide affordable care to about one in 12 Americans, work in underserved a

FIT tests look for signs of blood in a person's stool  a possible sign of colorectal cancer. (Cbalentine/Wikimedia Commons)

SEATTLE — For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, medical experts want folks to know there's an easy and non-invasive way to screen for the disease. FIT tests can be mailed to a person's home and are taken once a year. Specialists then analyze a person's stool for blood, a possible sign of th

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