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Rabid bats a risk in Washington during the summer months

Rabid bats have been found throughout Washington state and continue to pose a risk to people and pets, especially during the summer when bats are more active.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital earns 2014 Circle of Life Award

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the country to have been named a 2014 Circle of Life Award winner for its comprehensive programs to improve the care of patients near the end of life or with life-limiting conditions.

Health officials say smoking increases risk of dementia

Smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, according to information published earlier this month by the World Health Organization in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Measles cases up drastically from last year

Washington state has had more measles cases so far this year than in the past five years combined.

More mental health screenings, treatment resources for people with diabetes proposed

In a viewpoint published online earlier this month, on July 10, in “Journal of the American Medical Association,” mental health and diabetes experts and advocates describe a critical need for more mental health screenings and treatment resources for people with diabetes.

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Focus of fair to educate people on kidney health

While kidneys were the focus of the “Healthy Habits, Happy Kidneys” health and wellness fair at DaVita Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside this past Saturday, attendees were able to learn about a lot of different options for health care in the Lower Valley.

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Yakima Valley Farm Workers clinics recognized nationally

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and its employees work to provide the most efficient and cost effective health care for all 131,000 patients they see in Oregon and Washington while maintaining outstanding quality, according to officials.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital recipient of Award of Excellence

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital has been named a winner of a 2014 Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality, one of six healthcare organizations in Washington to be recognized for achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes in 2013.

Free health fair this Saturday

Everyone is invited to a free health fair at DaVita Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside (3220 Picard Place) this Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Numbers grow under Death with Dignity Act

Participation in Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act increased for a fifth consecutive year in 2013.

Empty nest may be your chance to chase past dreams

Middle age woes are hard enough to deal with, but throw in empty nest syndrome and it is a recipe for potential depression.

Kindergarten immunization rate drops slightly in state

For the 2013-2014 school year, 83.3 percent of Washington kindergarteners had all the vaccines required for school entry—a 2.2 percent decrease from the previous school year.

Keep picnic food safe to eat in warm weather

Food safety experts from the Department of Health want people to know how to protect themselves and their loved ones from foodborne illnesses, especially when preparing foods for picnics and barbecues during warm weather.

Valley Fever fungus found in Washington

State officials urge health care providers to watch for rare illness

The fungus that causes “Valley Fever” (coccidioidomycosis) has been detected in soil samples in Washington, much further north than its expected range, for the first time.

Drowning risks increase with spring’s warmer weather and faster water

As people start to flock to local beaches, lakes and rivers with the warmer weather, the state Department of Health urges parents to talk to their kids about water safety.

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