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U.S. health officials on Friday said fewer visits to the doctor last week – 1 out of 16 – were for fever, cough and other flu symptoms than during the previous two weeks. The number of states reporting high patient traffic for the flu also dropped, to 39 from 43.
The vaccine, called Heplisav-B, was licensed for use in the U.S. in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.
An herbal supplement known as kratom is becoming popular in some North Dakota communities despite concerns from the Federal Drug Administration.
The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study.
In a report published recently in the journal Nature Microbiology, researchers describe a never-before-seen antibiotic agent that vanquished several strains of multidrug-resistant bacteria. In rats, the agent – which the researchers dubbed malacidin – attacked and broke down the cell walls of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and cleared the animals’ MRSA skin infections within a day.
According to new research published in the British Medical Journal’s Ophthalmology, the progression of a potentially devastating form of partial blindness, wet macular degeneration, can be slowed by taking a supplement loaded with antioxidants, zinc and copper.
The People’s pharmacy advice column for Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.
Runner’s Science, as the research study is known, studies the effects of distance running on the human body. The project was launched in 2008 alongside the inaugural 26.2 with Donna – The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer, a race founded by Mayo Clinic patient Donna Deegan to support cancer research. With almost 10,000 athletes from all 50 states and several countries, the marathon provides researchers with a diverse pool of study participants.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling for a $1 billion federal government investment for the development of a universal flu vaccine.
This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off.
If your cholesterol is elevated, you’ve had a heart attack or a stroke, or you have higher than average risk of these due to smoking or family history – it’s time to make lifestyle changes that have been proven to lower your risk of those bad things that you really don’t want to get.
Spokane’s medical residents and community health center patients received two more years of federal funding in the spending bill signed into law Friday.
The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.
Pullman Regional Hospital is hoping to establish a family medicine residency program to train doctors in rural health care.
Washington State University is launching a public health certificate program for graduate students. Run out of the Spokane-based College of Nursing, the 12-credit program allows grad students at any of the university’s campuses to study the foundations of public health through courses in epidemiology, health care law and a community-based capstone project.
Winter doesn’t stop a number of Spokane runners from regularly hitting their stride outdoors, with a few steps of precaution.
After injecting a combination of two immune boosters directly into solid mouse tumors, the research team said the vaccination eliminated all traces of the specifically targeted cancer from the animal’s entire body – including metastases that were previously untreated.
Flu activity statewide remains elevated, according to the latest flu update from the state’s Department of Health.
A new report about woodpecker brain tissue raises the possibility that the birds do suffer some consequences. Maybe the woodpeckers are just fine behaviorally. But they have, to the scientists’ surprise, protein accumulations in their brains that resemble those found in athletes with head trauma.
Not too long ago, a relatively small but relatively loud group of people approached the Spokane School Board to oppose a planned sex-ed curriculum. The result: The process of adopting a comprehensive human growth and development curriculum for middle schools was halted, and the district dove into a bureaucratic public-relations murk.
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