Stories tagged: health
Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 1:07 p.m.
Senate leader praises revived GOP health law repeal drive
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday praised the revived Republican effort to uproot former President Barack Obama’s health care law, giving a public boost to a proposal that’s given …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:42 a.m.
FDA OKs Glaxo’s inhaler, first one to combine 3 medicines
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first inhaler that combines three medicines to ease breathing in patients with emphysema or chronic bronchitis.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:46 a.m.
Walgreens, Rite Aid revise store purchase deal to $4.38B
Walgreens and Rite Aid have finally devised a combination of the nation’s largest and third-largest drugstore chains that will get past antitrust regulators.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 5 p.m.
Unexpected illness leaves Spokane man land-locked with a mechanical heart
During his college years and into the next decade, Jeremy White of Deer Park traveled the world. Now, he barely ventures farther than Spokane awaiting a phone call, one telling …
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 2:07 p.m.
Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law
Senate Republicans are revving up a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law. Though the effort faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to …
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Lawyers appear in court for lawsuit against OxyContin maker
After the makers of the prescription opioid OxyContin filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them, lawyers for the city of Everett are expected in U.S. District Court Monday …
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, noon
Is diet soda really that bad for you? Maybe not
But now there is a glimmer of hope for those of us who crave the snap and fizz of a can of diet soda getting cracked open, content in the …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 2:17 p.m.
Idaho hospital giant denies conflict of interest concerns
Officials with St. Luke’s Health System say concerns over conflicts of interest involving a contract with Your Health Idaho are unwarranted.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 8:43 a.m.
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.
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017
WSU grant expands smart-home research at Spokane facility
An inter-professional team of scientist from Washington State University received a $1.77 million grant to research smart-home technology to monitor health and safety of seniors in the home. Project works …
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 2:06 p.m.
Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage
A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Bipartisan effort to stabilize health insurance markets is coming down to the wire
Despite broad support from consumer advocates, state officials and health care leaders across the country, a bipartisan effort in Congress to stabilize health insurance markets and control rising premiums is …
Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 5 p.m.
House Call: Coping with chronic pain
Treatment for chronic pain may involve medication, physical therapy, surgery, and other therapies. Once everything medically possible has been done, you may be wondering how to live from day to …
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 10:49 a.m.
Battling cancer, McCain says his prognosis is ‘pretty good’
Sen. John McCain says battling brain cancer is a challenge but that his prognosis is “pretty good.”
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 7:57 p.m.
Science Says: How repeated head blows affect the brain
As a new NFL season gets underway, here’s a look at what’s known – and what still needs to be learned – about the condition:
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
EpiPen maker failed to investigate product failures associated with patient deaths, FDA says
The makers of the EpiPen failed to properly investigate more than 100 complaints that the device misfired during life-threatening emergencies — including situations in which patients later died, according to …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 9:28 a.m.
Five governors urge Congress to bolster Obamacare markets for 2018
Five governors – critics and backers of the Affordable Care Act – called on Congress Thursday to bolster the insurance exchanges created under the law, challenging President Donald Trump’s argument …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 6:45 a.m.
Testing probe to help cancer surgeons know they got it all
Patients emerging from cancer surgery want to know, “Did you get it all?” Now scientists are developing a pen-like probe to help surgeons better tell when it’s safe to stop …
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
NYC to offer free lunch to all public school students
New York City public schools will offer free lunch to every student when the new school year starts.
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017, 11:51 a.m.
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.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
Meditation expert tells us what the science really says – and why multitasking is a ‘myth’
So you fell asleep easily enough, but now it’s 3 a.m. Your mind is spinning, and rest is elusive. You’re reliving every foolish or embarrassing thing you did in the …
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017
Dr. Zorba Paster: Dementia is down but docs don’t know why
The most recent data from the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine publication shows that despite the increase in obesity and the explosion of diabetes in the United …
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017
Blood donations needed to alleviate shortages during disasters such as Hurricane Harvey
The call for blood donors during natural disasters is typical, but people may not always know what happens to their blood after they donate or why it’s needed.
Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Trump administration slashes funds for health care sign-ups
Affirming its disdain for “Obamacare,” the Trump administration on Thursday announced sharp cuts in programs promoting health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for next year.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
Groups seek ban on high-dose opioids citing overdose danger
Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.
U.S. clears breakthrough gene therapy for childhood leukemia
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The move opens a new era in …
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 1:23 p.m.
Medicare to foot the bill for treadmill therapy for leg pain
Three times a week, Rita Driscoll steps onto a treadmill at a Minnesota hospital under the eye of a rehab therapist. She walks until it hurts – pushing her limits, …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 6:46 p.m.
Sessions: Drug overdoses ‘the top lethal issue’ in the U.S.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called drug overdose deaths “the top lethal issue” in the U.S. and urged law enforcement and social workers to “create and foster a culture …
Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Rabid bat found in Ada County
Health officials say a rabid bat was found in Ada County.
Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Small steps: Really basic ways to add exercise to your day
If you start small, with increasing steps, it will make a difference.