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The King County Medical Society (KCMS), founded in 1888, is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to representing Seattle and King County physicians and their patients by promoting best practices in medicine and raising public awareness of issues critical to quality patient care and public health.



Millions more Americans now have high blood pressure

New guidelines define high blood pressure as 130/80 or greater, versus the previous guidelines, which considered 140/90 as high blood pressure, The New York Times reports. The criteria from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology means that the number of men under 45 with a diagnosis of high blood pressure will triple; for women, the prevalence will double.

FDA issues warning on herbal supplement kratom

Kratom, an herbal supplement that’s promoted as an alternative to opioid painkillers, has been linked to reports of injury, addiction and at least 36 deaths, The Associated Press reports. Made from a plant native to Southeast Asia, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug dependence.

First digital pill to monitor if patient is taking medicine

The medication, a version of the antipsychotic Abilify, is embedded with a sensor that lets others know whether, and when, patients take their medicine, The New York Times reports. Experts estimate that the cost of people not taking medications as prescribed runs about $100 billion a year,

Add weights to keep muscle, lose fat during aging

For those cutting calories to lose weight, it may be better to work out with weights than to do aerobic exercise, The New York Times reports. The study, published in Obesity, found that those training with weights dropped a higher percentage of fat compared with those who walked for exercise.

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Drinking alcohol raises cancer risk

Pitching the positives of aging

Delta Dental blasted for its business practices












Education & Events

Visit our Education and Events page to learn more about:

  • Upcoming Continuing Medical Education opportunities throughout the Seattle-King County region; and
  • Free access to Heal-WA, an online medical library featuring tool kits, calculators, dictionaries, electronic textbooks, and journals.