Stories tagged: health
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017
Dr. Zorba Paster: Solitude not a problem when it’s a choice
Writer wonders if his “minimal social life” puts him at risk for health problems.
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017
To prevent serious conditions, scientists should be able to edit people’s DNA, panel says
Scientists should be allowed to alter a person’s DNA in ways that will be passed on to future generations, but only to prevent serious and strongly heritable diseases, according to …
FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 3:10 P.M.
Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ at root of Flint water crisis
“Systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 8:55 P.M.
Federal judge scolds state for treatment of mentally ill
A federal judge has blasted the Washington state agency responsible for providing competency services to mentally ill people in jail, saying the agency doesn’t appear to understand that these individuals …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 10:48 A.M.
McConnell intends to replace ‘Obamacare’ without Democrats
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care and the tax code this year without Democratic help.
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 10:51 P.M.
Bill would raise Idaho’s smoking age from 18 to 21
An Idaho senator says the state should raise its smoking age from 18 to 21.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 4:15 P.M.
GOP leaders unveil Obamacare replacement outline
Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 10:16 P.M.
GOP bill would allow states to defund Planned Parenthood
The House has voted to make it easier for states to deny federal family-planning funds to groups such as Planned Parenthood that also perform abortions.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 11:41 A.M.
U.S. flu vaccine a good match; season moderate so far
This season’s flu vaccine seems to be working pretty well, weakening the punch of a nasty bug that’s going around, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Preliminary figures suggest the vaccine …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 5:37 A.M.
Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds
A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 4:31 A.M.
Researchers may have a way to predict autism, national study indicates
Measuring changes in infants’ brain growth can allow doctors to predict the likelihood that they will be diagnosed with autism in their toddler years, according to research published Wednesday by …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 7:56 P.M.
China bird flu deaths hit 79 last month, most since at least 2013
China’s national health authority says an outbreak of bird flu killed 79 people around the country in January, the highest monthly death toll from the H7N9 strain in at least …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:14 P.M.
This podcast is so boring it puts people to sleep, and that’s why insomniacs love it
Drew Ackerman – or “Scooter” as he calls himself on the podcast – says that on “Sleep With Me,” he plays the role of “your boring drunk friend.” Each episode …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3:12 P.M.
Trump administration ushers in changes to Obama health law
The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama’s health law less burdensome for some people.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 9:34 A.M.
Dementia joins ranks of top global killers with no drug in sight
Dementia has unseated AIDS as one of the world’s top killers, new figures from the World Health Organization show, as drugmakers struggle to either curb or cure it.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 8:59 A.M.
Texas tries new anti-abortion strategy after high court loss
The long, bitter battle over Texas’ new efforts to further restrict abortion has begun in the Republican-controlled Legislature.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017, 11:26 P.M.
Only 8.8 percent in U.S. lacked health insurance, a record, CDC reports
The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to …
MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017, 5:15 P.M.
House Call: The benefits of a primary care physician
If you are young and healthy it can be it can be hard to see what advantages there are to having a primary care physician. Having a primary care doc …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 3:15 P.M.
Tom Price becomes leader of crusade to roll back Obamacare
Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price gives President Donald Trump his desired point man for replacing Obamacare. Now what? Price won approval of the Senate, 52-47, around 2 a.m. Friday, and …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 1:56 P.M.
1,100-pound woman leaves Egypt to India for surgery
The head of the Egyptian national airline, EgyptAir, says the company has transported a 1,100-pound woman in a cargo plane to India for a series of surgeries.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 11:27 A.M.
Washington bill would help certain sick Hanford workers
Washington state lawmakers are considering a measure to help former nuclear site workers with certain illnesses receive the needed care and compensation.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 7:08 A.M.
Senate approves Price as HHS secretary over intense Democratic opposition
Tom Price won Senate confirmation early Friday to be Health and Human Services secretary, overcoming bitter opposition from Democrats who have criticized the Georgia congressman’s calls to repeal the Affordable …
FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 5:06 A.M.
A big-hearted Pullman 7-year-old girl with heart defect works to help others
Watching 7-year-old Shay Hope Connell chow down on her favorite half-cheese-half-olive pizza at a Pullman restaurant, cuddle her brand new dolly or toss snowballs at her parents in a gathering …
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 12:08 P.M.
Toppenish dairy recalls raw milk due to E. coli
A Toppenish dairy is recalling some of its organic raw milk after state Department of Agriculture inspectors recently found E. coli bacteria in raw milk products sold by the company.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 8:22 A.M.
Tri-Cities school districts testing water for lead, copper
Kennewick schools recently shut off or replaced roughly 54 water faucets and 20 drinking fountains as part of an initial round of tests for lead and copper.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017, 4:52 A.M.
More than 350 organizations write President Trump to endorse current vaccines’ safety
More than 350 organizations, including leading U.S. medical, advocacy and professional organizations, have sent a letter to President Donald Trump expressing their “unequivocal support for the safety of vaccines.”
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 1:31 P.M.
Pennsylvania Senate OKs 20-week abortion ban; veto awaits
After an emotionally charged and graphic debate, the state Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to ban abortions at 20 weeks and restrict how the …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 12:33 P.M.
Trump’s health czar nominee Tom Price made dozens of stock trades while his committee was under scrutiny
Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Price showed little restraint in his personal stock trading during the three years that federal investigators were bearing down on a key House …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 12:32 P.M.
Oregon woman uses billboard to request kidney donation
An Oregon woman who needs a kidney transplant is trying to reach potential donors through a highway billboard. Roxanne Loomis, 64, a Eugene nurse, has been on the kidney donor …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 5:18 A.M.
She felt a ‘crawling sensation.’ Doctors found a live cockroach in her skull.
The 42-year-old Indian woman was in deep slumber last Tuesday night until she awoke around midnight to a “tingling, crawling sensation” in her right nostril.