KCMS backs gun-protection measure
The King County Medical Society endorses state Initiative 1491, which would allow police and household members to obtain court orders preventing access to firearms by those showing mental illness or other behaviors indicating they may harm themselves or others. Others backing the initiative include: National Physicians Alliance (Washington Chapter), Doctors for America (Washington Chapter), the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Learn more about extreme-risk protection orders.
140 Seattle cancer patients warned of TB risk
A health-care worker who was diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis may have exposed 140 cancer patients to the disease, The Seattle Times reports. There have been no positive test results from the 47 staff members who worked closely with the infected worker.
Osteoporosis drug appears promising
The results of a drug trial, published in JAMA, found that a new drug called abaloparatide stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures at least as well as the only other such drug on the market, The New York Times reports. If regulators approve the new drug, it would compete against Forteo, which costs $3,100 for a four-week supply.
To combat insomnia, shed those negative thoughts
Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is the first treatment that sleep-troubled patients should be offered, the American College of Physicians has advised. With an estimated 1 in 10 individuals suffering from insomnia, there aren’t enough therapists to go around. But The New York Times reports that data show that online C.B.T.-I. programs can be effective.
Elderly hospital patients need to stay moving
More and more research shows that staying in bed can be harmful to seniors, yet many hospitals still don’t put a high priority on making them walk, Kaiser Health News reports. Being sedentary can put older patients at greater risk of blood clots, pressure ulcers, even confusion. And the immobility can reduce patients’ ability to take care of themselves when they return home.
Closure of Seattle Pain Centers | Treating patients and reminder on pain management rules
On Aug. 2, MQAC, DOH and HCA issued a letter urging practitioners to help treat displaced patients associated with Seattle Pain Center. You may have already received a copy. Please review the letter for further information regarding pain management rules, available resources and consultation exemption requirements.