Stories tagged: health
THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 9:35 A.M.
Eric Trump stops fundraising for his charity after scrutiny
One of President-elect Donald Trump’s sons will stop directly raising money for his namesake foundation, saying he worries the donations could be perceived as buying access to his father.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 2:51 P.M.
‘Obamacare’ holding its own: 6.4M signed up so far
“Obamacare” seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year’s pace.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 11:52 A.M.
Pendleton OKs marijuana rules for businesses
The Pendleton City Council has approved rules that pave the way for marijuana businesses to eventually open in town.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 11:50 A.M.
Washington accrues almost $7.5 million in contempt fines
The state of Washington has accrued fines of about $7.5 million for failing to provide competency services to mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks or months.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 10:35 A.M.
Inslee among Democratic governors warning Congress on Obamacare repeal
Democratic governors Wednesday warned top Republicans in Congress that repealing the Obama health care law would stick states with billions of dollars in costs for providing medical care to residents …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 9:37 A.M.
Nearly 400,000 Community Health Plan of Washington customers’ information exposed in data breach
Almost 400,000 current and former members of the Community Health Plan of Washington have had personal information exposed in a data breach.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 8:40 A.M.
Walla Walla County moves to ban medical pot operations
Walla Walla county commissioners have voted to expand a ban on pot business operations to include medical marijuana.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 4:27 A.M.
Teen pot use declines in Colorado after legalization, study finds
Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state’s recreational marijuana market, new federal survey data show.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 3:20 P.M.
Newsweek reporter seeks ID of Twitter user after seizure
Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy said he had a seizure after being sent a message on Twitter intended to trigger such an episode and is seeking information from the social …
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 10:49 A.M.
D.C. mayor signs ‘Death with Dignity’ bill; now up to Congress
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser has signed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a doctor.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 10:27 A.M.
Deadline Friday for Jan. 1 health insurance coverage
Washington residents have until late Friday to sign up for a health or dental plan through the state’s health exchange if they want coverage to begin Jan. 1.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 10:05 A.M.
The Latest: Not-guilty pleas by 3 newly charged in Flint
Not-guilty pleas have been entered by three of the four people newly charged in the Flint water investigation.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 9:50 A.M.
Work restarts to empty Hanford tank with inside leak
Work resumed despite recent frigid temperatures to empty an underground tank at Hanford with radioactive waste leaking between its double shells.
TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016, 4:35 A.M.
Does a doctor’s gender affect your chance of survival?
What if your doctor’s gender could influence your chance of surviving a visit to the hospital? A big study of older patients hospitalized for common illnesses raises that provocative possibility …
MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016, 2:02 P.M.
U.S. women increasingly use pot during pregnancy, study finds
U.S. women are increasingly using marijuana during pregnancy, sometimes to treat morning sickness, new reports suggest. Though the actual numbers are small, the trend raises concerns because of evidence linking …
MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016, 9:46 A.M.
Marine Corps withheld suicide investigation results that suggested drug use among Marines
The results of an investigation into the suicide of a Marine that suggested his unit might have a “drug problem” and highlighted a hostile work environment were withheld from the …
MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016, 9:37 A.M.
North China cities choked by smog shut factories, stop cars
Engulfed in choking smog, some northern Chinese cities limited the number of cars on roads and temporarily shut down factories Monday to reduce air pollution during a national “red alert.”
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016, 11:44 A.M.
Oregon study finds racial disparities in drug convictions
A study conducted by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission has found that African-Americans in the state were convicted of felony drug possession at more than double the rate of whites …
FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016, 6:16 A.M.
As opioid abuse widens, drugmakers push new (unproven) alternatives
Pilloried for their role in the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, drugmakers are aggressively pushing their remedy to the problem: a new generation of harder-to-manipulate opioids that have racked up …
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 2:29 P.M.
Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab
WASHINGTON – Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to a study …
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 2:19 P.M.
GOP’s timetable for getting repeal to Trump may be ambitious
Republicans in Congress are so eager to repeal the federal health law that some have vowed to get a bill to President-elect Donald Trump’s desk on the day he takes …
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 2:16 P.M.
Britain OKs making babies from DNA of 3 people in some cases
Britain’s fertility regulator has approved controversial techniques allowing doctors to create babies using DNA from three people – what it called a “historic” decision to help prevent a small number …
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 1 P.M.
Anchorage gets first hit of retail pot
Residents in Alaska’s largest city are about to join a party that’s been more than two years in the making.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 10:14 A.M.
Mississippi finishes last again among all states in annual health ranking
Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual “America’s Health Ranking” released Thursday by the United Health Foundation, a nonprofit arm of insurer United …
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 9:56 A.M.
Supreme Court reverses forced medication order
The Montana Supreme Court has reversed a forced medication order for a 72-year-old woman with biopolar disorder who was involuntarily committed to the state psychiatric hospital in October 2015.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 9:35 A.M.
CDC issues Zika travel guidance for Texas border city
Federal health officials on Wednesday urged pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Brownsville, Texas, because of five local cases of Zika virus infection that have been reported.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 9:09 A.M.
Woman believed to be first to have baby using ovary frozen before puberty
When she was 9 years old, Moaza Al Matrooshi found out she would need chemotherapy in order to receive a bone-marrow transplant and treat a potentially fatal blood disorder.
THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016, 8:26 A.M.
Health insurers get 1.6 percent of $6 billion they’re owed for costly ACA customers
Hundreds of insurers selling health plans in Affordable Care Act marketplaces are being paid less than 2 percent of nearly $6 billion the government owes them for covering customers last …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016, 1:09 P.M.
Obama administration blocks states from cutting off grants to Planned Parenthood
The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to block states from cutting off federal family planning grants to Planned Parenthood, finalizing a rule that is to take effect just days before …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016, 12:57 P.M.
Opioid overdose deaths in Spokane County up 78 percent last year
The number of people dying from opioid overdoses spiked in Spokane County in 2015, new data from the Washington Department of Health shows.