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Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 2:13 p.m.

In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, officials stand outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Julio Cortez / AP)
The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre sounded alarms nationally about gaps in mental health care and led to calls for better screening and services, especially for young people showing a propensity for violence, but some key reforms enacted in the wake of the shooting depend on funding that has yet to be delivered by Congress.

Providence St. Joseph in merger talks with St. Louis-based hospital chain

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 7 p.m.

Providence St. Joseph is the parent organization of the system that operates Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and other area hospitals and clinics. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)
Providence St. Joseph Health, the Renton-based owner of Spokane-area hospitals and clinics, is in talks with Ascension Health of St. Louis about a possible merger, the Wall Street Journal has reported. A decision could be reached by late December, a source told The Spokesman-Review.

Gene therapy shows promise against blood-clotting disease

Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

This  Dec. 2 photo provided by Jay Konduros, left, shows him and his brother, Bill, at Jay's home in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The brothers, who have hemophilia, were involved in a gene therapy study for their condition. Before the treatment, "Even something as innocuous as reaching over your head to get something out of a closet, or reaching down to tie a shoe" could trigger trouble, Bill said. (AP)
Gene therapy has freed 10 men from nearly all symptoms of hemophilia for a year so far, in a study that fuels hopes that a one-time treatment can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood disease.

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 2:12 p.m.

This  Aug. 26, 2016  photo shows a one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills in Sacramento, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. But a large Danish study suggests that, like older pills, they still modestly raise the risk of breast cancer, especially with long-term use.

New, long-acting drugs cut frequency of migraine headaches

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 4:33 p.m.

Anne Vickers poses for a selfie in 2015 in Branson, Mo. Vickers said she benefited while taking part in a study in which she received monthly shots of a low dose of erenumab, a preventive medicine developed specifically for migraines. (Anne Vickers / Associated Press)
New, long-acting drugs may hold hope for millions of people who often suffer migraines. Studies of two of these medicines, given as shots every month or so, found they cut the frequency of the notoriously painful and disabling headaches.

House Call: New technologies simplify diabetes treatment

Mon., Nov. 27, 2017

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects your blood sugar regulation. Diabetics have higher than normal blood sugars and over time high blood sugars damage just about everything in your body, especially the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart. Control of high blood sugars reduces the damage to the body’s organ systems. As of yet, there is no cure for it but technology continues to make great strides in the treatment of this serious condition.

Report claims sugar industry hid connection

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

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In an investigation published Tuesday in the journal PLOS Biology, researchers from the University of California at San Francisco claim that newly uncovered historical documents indicate the sugar industry never disclosed the findings on the effect of sugar and fats on cardiovascular disease and effectively misled the public to protect its economic interests.

Mayo clinic Q&A: Lifelong strategies for preventing dementia

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

Doing activities that stimulate your brain may reduce your risk of developing dementia, but it’s more complex than taking up puzzles at age 65. (Dreamstime / Tribune News Service)
Research suggests that the value of cognitively stimulating activities builds up over a lifetime. That means acquiring a good education; working in a job that is mentally stimulating; and engaging in pastimes, hobbies and social activities that are mentally engaging are all part of reducing your risk for developing dementia.

U.S. scientists try 1st gene editing in body

Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

Brian Madeux, 44, makes his way through the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital for the first human gene editing therapy for NPS, in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)
Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to cure a disease.

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Ahlquist clarifies breaching dams stance after forum

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