Mumps cases appearing in King County
Four cases of mumps have been confirmed, with another five cases considered probable, The Seattle Times reports. The nine cases involve students in the Auburn School District. Last year, King County recorded a total of four probable or suspected cases.
9th child with polio-like illness confirmed in Washington
The latest confirmed case of acute flaccid myelitis involves a Spokane County boy under age 10, The Seattle Times reports. The affected children in the state come from King, Pierce, Snohomish, Whatcom, Franklin and Spokane counties. Nationwide, there appears to be an upswing in AFM.
Online therapy can help insomniacs
A study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that more than half of chronic insomniacs who used an automated online therapy program reported improvement within weeks and were sleeping normally one year later, The New York Times reports. In the U.S., at least 10 percent of adults have insomnia.
Fitness should be a vital sign, AHA says
The American Heart Association believes that aerobic fitness should be added to the vital signs that doctors measure to gauge a person’s health. The group noted that fitness can be a better indicator of risk for heart disease and early death than smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, The New York Times reports.