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What are the dangers of using DNA kit testing for health concerns?

While most Americans are buying DNA kits to find out where their ancestors were born, many are opting for detailed profiles of their health risks. But those tests often don’t …


Thanks a lot, Grandma: Negative effects of Roundup chemical doesn’t surface for generations, WSU researcher says

Much of the food we eat today may impact our great-grandchildren, a prominent WSU researcher said. Bayer, the company that owns the chemical in question, is fighting that assertion.


AP-NORC Poll: Most support gene editing to protect babies

Most Americans say it would be OK to use gene-editing technology to create babies protected against a variety of diseases – but a new poll shows they’d draw the line …


100 years ago in Spokane: Half Spokane Indians baseball team could be forced to quit under new federal draft law

A new federal law mandated that every man of draft age must either work or fight, and Spokane officials backed the idea wholeheartedly.


Montana’s plan to fight spread of fatal wildlife disease gets stricter

Montana’s wildlife agency will be even more aggressive in fighting chronic wasting disease, according to a


A ribbit of hope: Panama frogs hop back after nasty disease

After years of silence, the rhythmic dee-dee-deeps of frogs and toads are returning in parts of Panama.


Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don’t leave it until the flight is over.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Norovirus outbreak spreading in Stevens County

A number of Stevens County towns are in the middle of a norovirus outbreak, the Northeast Tri-County Health District said Saturday.


U.S. scientists try first gene editing in the body

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 try to cure a disease.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Oregon officials say sea lion disease could spread to dogs

State officials are warning Oregonians to keep their dogs away from sea lions.


Puerto Rico investigates post-hurricane disease outbreak

Four deaths in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath are being investigated as possible cases of a disease spread by animals’ urine, Puerto Rico’s governor said Wednesday amid concerns about islanders’ exposure to …


Flu spreading in Spokane; health workers urge vaccination

Flu season is just getting started in Spokane, but public health workers from around the world have been preparing for the fast-spreading virus since February.


No sole factor in cluster of fatal birth defects

State health officials investigating a cluster of fatal birth defects in Central Washington have not been able to identify a cause for most of the cases.


Lasker Awards honor Planned Parenthood and research on preventing and fighting cancer

Planned Parenthood, the embattled nonprofit health provider that specializes in reproductive health, has won the 2017 Lasker Award for public service.


Two Legionnaires’ disease cases reported at Seattle hospital

Public health officials are investigating after two people contracted a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaire’s disease at a Seattle hospital. One of them died.


Heifer in Montana herd tests positive for brucellosis

A heifer has tested positive for the disease brucellosis on a Montana ranch near Yellowstone National Park.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

First safe repair of disease-causing gene in human embryos

Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes – a big step toward …


U.N. says 80 percent of Yemeni children need humanitarian aid

Three U.N agencies say nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children need immediate humanitarian assistance amid the collapse of the country’s health system in the face of the two-year-long civil war.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Baby Charlie Gard’s parents ask court to let them take him home to die

A lawyer for the parents of Charlie Gard told a judge Tuesday their last wish is to take their critically ill son home to die.


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 7:05 a.m.

Girl’s HIV infection seems under control without AIDS drugs

A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines – more evidence that early treatment can …


New Zika testing recommendation issued for pregnant women

Federal health officials are changing their testing recommendations for pregnant women who may be exposed to the Zika virus through travel or sex or because of where they live.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

Charlie Gard parents drop legal fight, agree to let him die

The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed that …


Speech problems may be a clue to emerging Alzheimer’s disease

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh … developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 3:56 p.m.

2nd hantavirus death this year reported in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Health officials have reported the second hantavirus death this year in the state.


U.K. court sets new hearing in case of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard

A British court on Monday gave the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

Coffee drinkers live longer, have lower risk of disease, studies find

Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies released Monday that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health.


FDA approves first new drug in 20 years for sickle cell

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in nearly 20 years for sickle cell, an inherited disease in which abnormally shaped red blood cells can’t properly …


Hantavirus case reported in Skagit County

A Skagit County resident has contracted hantavirus, according to Skagit County Public Health on Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

Researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would …


U.S. could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases, study suggests

Alzheimer’s disease begins years before mental deterioration is detected, suggests a new study that could result in doubling the estimated number of people with the neurodegenerative disease.