First case of vaping-related lung illness confirmed in King County

As of September 20, 2019 – Public Health has identified a second case of vape-related illness. More information available here. Public Health – Seattle & King County has identified a confirmed case of severe lung disease associated with E-cigarette use in a King County teenager. The patient was hospitalized in August for fever, cough and […]

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Public Health warns King County residents about severe lung disease associated with e-cigarette and use of THC products

Updated as of September 11, 2019: We have updated this information on September 11, 2019 here. Public Health has confirmed one case of vaping-related severe lung disease. The blog post below was published on August 30, 2019. Health Alert from Dr. Jeff Duchin – Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County As […]

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A wake-up call that will help you sleep better

Even if you slept through this morning’s 4.6 earthquake (like me), consider it Mother Nature’s kick-in-the-pants to update your readiness for the Big One. Or as our friends at King County Office of Emergency put it: Today’s earthquake was a literal “wake up” call. It’s true that our region has the potential for a major earthquake (remember that […]

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What’s in that vape? Cannabis & vaping

You’ve probably seen a lot in the news lately about the youth vaping epidemic sweeping the country. Did you know that people (including kids) also vape cannabis? And, vaping cannabis comes with many of its own health and social implications.

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Health Effects of Cannabis Use: The Current Evidence on Benefits & Risks

For this blog, we talked about the health effects of cannabis use with Dr. Gillian Schauer, a national cannabis expert and senior consultant to federal and state agencies on cannabis policy, surveillance, and research. The health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids are complex, and we know far less than we do about other substances. Dr. […]

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Many partners, one leading EMS/Medic One system

If you live in King County, you are fortunate. King County EMS is known for its exceptional performance in meeting national standards for emergency response times, including one of the best cardiac arrest survival rates in the nation.

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