October 31, 2019.Reading time 4 minutes.
Watch out, mushroom foragers. Fall rains bring blooms of Amanita phalloides, better known as the death cap mushroom. They are common in Western Washington, and were found recently on the University of Washington Seattle campus. The death cap mushroom has no distinctive odor or taste and resembles other nontoxic varieties. Consumption of the Amanita […]
August 5, 2019.Reading time 7 minutes.
Lead exposure can harm brain growth in young children, so it’s important for toddlers and preschoolers to be tested for lead if they have any of the risk factors. We’re offering free lead testing at many events this August, and we have a comic strip to explain why testing for lead benefits young children.
June 19, 2019.Reading time 11 minutes.
Now is the time to get ready for smoke season, especially taking steps to protect your health. Learn what you may need in your home, what to plan for at work, and when to talk to your healthcare provider about smoke exposure.
December 21, 2018.Reading time 4 minutes.
We’re nearing the end of 2018, and that means it’s time to look back at our department’s hard work with partners throughout the year for a healthier community. Just a few things that made us proud this year Protecting family planning: Our Family Planning program successfully defended key programs threatened by federal policy changes. Addressing […]
October 25, 2018.Reading time 8 minutes.
If you’ve picked up a newspaper or watched television in the last few years, you’ve probably seen stories about lead poisoning locally and nationally. What’s the deal with lead and why is it a public health issue?
October 24, 2018.Reading time 6 minutes.
When you take your precious silk blouse or favorite wool pants to a dry cleaner, do you ever wonder how exactly they are being cleaned? Did you know that most shops in King County (and nationwide) clean your clothing with a carcinogenic chemical called perchloroethylene (PERC)? Imagine your home washing machine being filled with PERC, […]