Stories tagged: health
Tue., June 6, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Senate poised to make firing VA employees easier
The Senate is poised to approve legislation to make firing employees easier for the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs. It’s part of an accountability effort urged by President Donald Trump.
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 5:42 p.m.
Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare
Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that many of them mistakenly think they don’t need to sign …
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Environmental analysis starts for proposed Idaho gold mine
Federal officials have started an environmental analysis of a Canadian company’s proposal for three open-pit gold mines in central Idaho.
Tue., June 6, 2017, 8:21 a.m.
Salmonella outbreak reaches 14 more people in Montana
A salmonella outbreak across the country has hit 14 more people in Montana.
Mon., June 5, 2017, 7 p.m.
Huntington’s disease is going to kill him, but this Bellingham scientist is up to the fight
After Jeff Carroll got tested to see if he’d die prematurely from a hereditary disease that killed his mother and grandmother, a doctor unfolded the results, checked to see if …
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 5:59 p.m.
Seattle City Council OKs tax on soda, sugary drinks
The Seattle City Council has approved taxing soda and other sugary beverages to pay for nutrition and education programs.
UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 6:20 p.m.
Woman’s struggle with mental illness, jail inspires bill
A new law, signed last month by Gov. Butch Otter, seeks to provide a more secure, more appropriate place to house people in her situation than jail or an unsecured …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 12:44 p.m.
15 children die in South Sudan after workers vaccinate them with dirty needles
Fifteen children died and dozens more fell ill after vaccination workers ignored basic hygiene procedures during South Sudan’s national measles vaccination campaign last month.
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Protests, new climate pledges after Trump’s Paris pullout
Environmental campaigners protested Friday against President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, while nations around the world pledged to double down on …
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Some cities, states help minorities enter marijuana industry
Andre Shavers was sentenced to five years on felony probation after authorities burst into the house where he was living in one of Oakland’s most heavily policed neighborhoods and found …
Thu., June 1, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Women’s bacteria thwarted attempt at anti-HIV vaginal gel
Creating new HIV prevention tools for women has proven frustratingly slow and researchers have found another hurdle: bacteria in the reproductive tract.
Thu., June 1, 2017, 11:23 a.m.
Idaho officials say claims exaggerated in prison lawsuit
Attorneys for the Idaho Department of Correction say inmates exaggerated problems with the prison medical care system and waited too long to complain, and as a result, prison officials shouldn’t …
Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:51 a.m.
Partially collapsed Hanford tunnel to be filled with grout
A partially collapsed Hanford waste storage tunnel will be filled with grout to further stabilize it, the Department of Energy said Wednesday.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:18 p.m.
Health officials vow to develop drugs to curb the opioid epidemic
Top federal health officials said Wednesday that they will launch a joint effort with pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the development of drugs aimed at helping to curb the U.S. opioid …
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic
A report released Wednesday, May 31, 2017, traces how a short letter in a medical journal in 1980 helped sow the seeds of today’s opioid epidemic by helping to convince …
Wed., May 31, 2017, 1:39 p.m.
Montana broadcasters launch campaign to combat suicides
Montana broadcasters will begin airing public service spots aimed at increasing awareness of the signs of suicide and the help that is available.
Mon., May 29, 2017, noon
America’s love-hate relationship with the fidget spinner: Is technology to blame for our restlessness?
You’ve probably seen the kid spinning a thing that looks like a miniature alien spaceship on his thumb and wondered what that was all about. Or maybe you’ve noticed a …
Thu., May 25, 2017, 7:13 p.m.
Older Americans want Medicare to pay for long-term care
A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults,
UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 3:20 p.m.
GOP senators say CBO report complicates health care bill
Republicans senators conceded Thursday that a scathing analysis of the House GOP health care bill had complicated their effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:19 p.m.
Vermont governor vetoes bill legalizing recreational pot
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is vetoing a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state and is sending it back to the legislature with suggestions for changes.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
Everett counters OxyContin maker’s call to have lawsuit tossed
The city of Everett is firing back at the multibillion-dollar producer of the prescription drug OxyContin.
Wed., May 24, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
South Dakota girl with cancer prevented from graduating
A western South Dakota high school won’t allow a student who has brain cancer walk at graduation because she is six credits short of being able to officially graduate.
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 3:38 p.m.
23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say
The health care bill Republicans have pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared to President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Congressional Budget …
Wed., May 24, 2017, 7:54 a.m.
Ryan on GOP health care bill: ‘We will get hit for this’
Speaker Paul Ryan is acutely aware that Republicans will be attacked over the health care bill that his chamber passed a few weeks ago, but the Wisconsin Republican felt that …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Trump administration dropping nuclear waste burial test plan
The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s abandoning a test to determine whether nuclear waste can be buried far underground.
Tue., May 23, 2017, 2:55 p.m.
National Guard to test residential Michigan water wells for toxic plume
The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 6:48 p.m.
Just one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study says
Just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day significantly raises the risk of breast cancer, while vigorous exercise such as running and bicycling reduces it, according to …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 1:09 p.m.
Health care is key issue as Montana fills U.S. House seat
Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall.
Mon., May 22, 2017, 5 p.m.
Experts measure food waste not in dollars or tons, but by the toll it takes on Americans’ health
If all that lost food were put on people’s plates, it would be enough to provide more than 190 million adults with 2,000 calories of energy every day, according to …
Mon., May 22, 2017, 3:28 p.m.
Insurers seek stability as Trump delays health care decision
Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo the fate …