Stories tagged: health
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 4:58 p.m.
Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit
People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 9:46 p.m.
Sen. Cory Booker pushes plan to legalize pot throughout U.S.
Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would legalize marijuana, expunge federal marijuana convictions, and penalize states with racially disparate arrest or incarceration rates for marijuana-related crimes – a …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 3:53 p.m.
As Trump mulls cutting off Obamacare aid, Senate begins bipartisan approach
Even as President Donald Trump renews his threat to undermine the Affordable Care Act, senior Republican and Democratic senators announced plans Tuesday to begin work on a new bipartisan effort …
Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 2:25 p.m.
Bat tests positive for rabies in southeastern Idaho
State officials say a bat has tested positive for rabies in southeastern Idaho and area residents should take precautions.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 6:01 p.m.
Puerto Rico betting on medical marijuana to help ease crisis
Jesus Aponte pushes a door open to reveal hundreds of aromatic, spiky green plants, a crop that Puerto Rico hopes will help it ease a grinding economic crisis by generating …
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.
Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration over opioid epidemic
President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:29 p.m.
Idaho health insurers plan big rate hikes after Trump threatens to halt payments
Uncertainty from the federal government has caused health insurers to propose steep rate hikes for Idahoans who buy plans on the state-based exchange for coverage in 2018, state officials said …
UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:24 p.m.
Poll: Americans want to move on from Obamacare repeal
A majority of Americans want members of Congress to ditch health care reform efforts and focus their attention elsewhere, according to a Reuters/Iposos poll conducted after the Senate Republicans’ effort …
Mon., July 31, 2017, 11:48 a.m.
U.S. hospitals set record for fast heart attack care
There’s never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour …
Mon., July 31, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
Will Trump ‘let Obamacare implode’ by ending health payments?
The White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, signaling that President Donald Trump stands ready to end required payments …
Sun., July 30, 2017, 8:57 p.m.
When you’re up against cancer, toughness is not a decisive factor
“Am I strong enough to beat this cancer?” I wonder if Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., asked himself this question when he was diagnosed recently with a deadly glioblastoma brain tumor.
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 9:25 p.m.
City to consider bike share proposals; could launch program by 2019
Visit nearly any American city and a bike awaits you. Kiosks filled with bikes for rent populate the cores of New York, Boston, Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland and 113 other cities …
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 10:54 p.m.
Republican senators fail in bid to repeal Obamacare
After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated Wednesday they don’t have the stomach to repeal “Obamacare” when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject …
Tue., July 25, 2017, 11:11 a.m.
Hanford workers exposed to vapors could seek help at proposed center
The Department of Energy would be required to establish a resource center to help Hanford workers exposed to chemical vapors, under proposed federal legislation.
Tue., July 25, 2017, 8:10 a.m.
Jury awards $150 million in punitive damages in testosterone case
Federal jurors in Chicago say the pharmaceutical company AbbVie should pay $150 million to an Oregon man for misrepresenting the risks of a low testosterone treatment.
UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 5:40 p.m.
Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate at last but outcome in doubt
With Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie, the Senate voted by a hair Tuesday to start debating Republican legislation to tear down much of the Obama health care …
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 …
Mon., July 24, 2017, 1:32 p.m.
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, 9:38 p.m.
McCain making dramatic Senate return for crucial health vote
John McCain will make a dramatic return to the Senate for a make-or-break vote on Republican health care legislation Tuesday just days after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, giving an …
Mon., July 24, 2017, noon
House Call: The bounty of summer in the Northwest
Warm weather for hiking and camping, light late into the evening that allows for more time outdoors after work for exercising or entertainment, and a region that produces a buffet …
Mon., July 24, 2017, 7:48 a.m.
WebMD agrees to be bought by buyout firm KKR for $2.8 billion
WebMD Health Corp. agreed to sell itself to buyout firm KKR & Co. in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion.
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 …
Sat., July 22, 2017
Froma Harrop: Americans polarized about exercise, too
The boarding process for a recent flight required going up a modest set of stairs. Greatly slowing it all was a woman carrying at least 80 more pounds than were …
Fri., July 21, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
Obamacare vote nears with key details still missing
As the Senate hurtles toward a potential vote next week to roll back the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers still don’t know what legislation they will consider or what impact …
Fri., July 21, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
New Jersey becomes 3rd state to raise smoking age to 21
New Jersey has become the third state to raise its smoking age to 21.
Fri., July 21, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
GOP and Dems start talking about compromise health bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will move next week on a measure to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but, predicting failure, other senators are already talking about areas of compromise …
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 4:08 p.m.
GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote; it’s an uphill climb
Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain’s …
Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
McConnell prods senators on health care bill, amid dim odds
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spurred Republican senators Thursday to resolve internal disputes that have pushed their marquee health care bill to the brink of oblivion. Yet the GOP’s reeling effort …
UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:07 p.m.
Sen. John McCain has brain tumor
Arizona Sen. John McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye last week, his office said in a statement Wednesday.