While more Washington teens consider alcohol use risky, fewer teens consider marijuana use to be risky, according to recent results from the state Healthy Youth Survey. State leaders are concerned because research shows that when the perceived risk from using substances goes down, substance use typically goes up.
At the request of Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, eight insurance companies in Washington have agreed to revamp the information they provide to consumers about contraception benefits after a survey revealed alarming discrepancies.
A 2014 phone survey conducted by Northwest Health Law Advocates (NoHLA) and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington (NARAL) of the eight health insurers selling plans inside Washington state’s exchange, Wahealthplanfinder, uncovered that women seeking information about contraceptive coverage were systematically given false or inaccurate information about their benefits.
Spring is upon us, and if you have seasonal allergies, you may be less excited about that than most. After all, what fun is finally freeing your face from that scarf if you’re just going to bury it in a tissue? It’s no fun at all, but allergies don’t have to make you miserable.
Snoring isn’t pleasant for anyone - not the partner who has to sleep beside the snorer, nor the snorer whose breathing may pause repeatedly throughout the night. But did you know that loud, excessive snoring is often a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that - if left untreated - can cause you to be five times more likely to die from heart disease?