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New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year.

Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to examine potential long-term problems in these infants.

Pushing your body: High-intensity workouts offer a metabolic boost

Studies indicate interval high-then-low exercise can help boost metabolism. The body can burn more calories after a workout, and it’s good for fitness conditioning. At gyms, you might find the format by another name such as athletic training, cardio express or “insanity.”

Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus has killed at least nine people in Congo’s latest outbreak in North Kivu province, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday, while the World Health Organization said vaccinations could begin as early as Wednesday.

FDA investigating possible link between grain-free dog food and heart disease

Dog food containing potatoes, chickpeas, lentils and other legumes as main ingredients – often marketed as “grain-free” to appeal to health-conscious pet owners who are willing to pay a premium – may be linked to a potentially deadly canine heart disease known as dilated cardiomyopathy, or DCM.

Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease

UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Hopes are rising again for a drug to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease after decades of failures. An experimental therapy slowed mental decline by 30 percent in patients who got the highest dose in a mid-stage study, and it removed much of the sticky plaque gumming up their brains, the drug’s makers said Wednesday.

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available.

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.