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Drug overdoses fall in Spokane County

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Drug overdoses fell in Spokane County in 2017, in yet another sign the trend of opioid-related deaths may be reversing in Washington.

Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical marijuana program

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

How much medical marijuana is in the pipeline in Oregon? The managers of the state’s program concede that they simply don’t know because of lax reporting by producers and a lack of site inspectors.

‘It keeps us safe’: An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 5:44 p.m.

As communities debate trying to stem overdose deaths by allowing safe havens for people to take heroin and other narcotics, places like a Brooklyn needle exchange program are quietly providing a model of sorts: bathrooms monitored by intercom, so someone can intervene to stop an overdose.

Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Now, a study that used their gifts is giving some clues. It reveals that high blood pressure late in life might harm the brain.

Last year 262 Washingtonians were injured by fireworks

Every Fourth of July, firefighters around the country remind Americans not to injure or kill themselves by patriotically blowing things up. Last year, about 262 Washingtonians did not heed the message.

Unlocking puzzles in pediatric diabetes

As more kids get diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, new research led by a Seattle professor has found yet another concern. Medications are less effective on youth than their adult counterparts.

For HIV-positive community, CDC ruling means a new step in regaining lives

Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what years of research has shown: HIV-positive people in treatment who have an undetectable amount of the virus in their blood have “virtually no risk” of transmitting the virus sexually to another person.

New Planned Parenthood health center dedicated in Spokane

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho dedicated its new $5 million health center Friday afternoon in Spokane, with staff saying the modernized clinic will allow them to care for more patients and expand sex education and advocacy efforts.

NIH to end industry-funded study of alcohol’s benefits

The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, saying ethical problems with how the research was planned and funded undermine its credibility.