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A year ago this month the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) coordinated a statewide plague response drill to test its network for delivering medicine and supplies to Washington’s 35 health departments and districts. The five-day operation - called T-REX for Transportation Relay...
  A year ago this month the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) coordinated a statewide plague response drill to test its network for delivering medicine and supplies to Washington’s 35 health departments and districts. The five-day operation - called T-REX for Transportation Relay...
When May arrives every year, I think of my mother. Although it’s true that Mother's Day is in mid-May, May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. For the last ten years of her life, my mother suffered greatly from complications of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition...
The medical name for earwax is cerumen, which comes from the Latin word "cera," which means wax. Instead of wax, cerumen is a sticky liquid secreted by the cells of the skin lining your ear canal that helps protect your eardrum and has an antimicrobial effect. As it moves through your ear canal,...
Sometimes a little humor can alleviate bad situations. This is my attempt at doing so: I have a friend in New York and another in New Orleans and another in Detroit. They all report that muggings are way down as criminals are wary of getting fined for violating social distancing rules. Here is one...
  Zinc is an essential mineral that is essential to many key processes in our body. Zinc helps you synthesize DNA and other essential proteins. It also has a vital role assisting your immune system, in healing wounds, and helping you smell and taste your favorite foods and enjoy the aroma of...
Have you ever gone to bed and, just as you were falling asleep, a task left undone jumped out at you? It was over 20 years ago but I still remember it because of what happened afterwards. I had forgotten to take the last dose of an antibiotic that given to me to prevent infection after an...
On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus officially named COVID-19 a global pandemic, the first since the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. On Friday, March 13, President Donald Trump designated COVID-19 a national emergency and on that same day Washington Governor...
It has been said that if you give one dog a bone, you end up feeding the whole kennel. Arf! Arf! to that. Where in the blue blazes am I going with this? I am aiming at the Heart of Darkness and we aren't talking Joseph Conrad either. The heart of darkness in this story is one of selfishness. If,...
One Saturday morning, 55-year-old Sara stalked up to our pharmacy counter, a brown prescription vial in her hand and a look that could blister paint on a wall 10 feet away. “I can’t take this stuff, it has Sulfa in it, it says so right on the label! I’ve told you, I’m deathly allergic to sulfa. I...

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