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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 7:58 p.m.

Spread of measles could send 2,550 students home if virus reaches Spokane schools

Families can apply for an exemption on philosophical or religious grounds, but students may be ordered to stay home if the measles virus reaches schools in the districts around Spokane …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

More U.S. kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren’t sure what’s causing it.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Drop in adult flu vaccinations was likely a factor in last season’s record-breaking deaths, illnesses

Fewer than four out of 10 adults in the United States got flu shots last winter, the lowest rate in seven seasons and one likely reason why the 2017-2018 season …

Mysterious paralyzing illness found among kids in 22 states

U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern.

UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

The science behind ‘the munchies’: WSU researcher aims to help cancer, anorexia patients with pot

Jon Davis is “hotboxing” rats for a purpose: to figure out why people who smoke marijuana experience hunger. The research, which Davis hopes to publish soon, is just part of …

Myanmar’s president, a close friend of Suu Kyi, retires

Myanmar’s president, a close friend of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said Wednesday that he was retiring, a move that puts a representative of the country’s already powerful military at …

Ill Hanford workers face a maze of benefit programs. This new center is coming to the rescue

The Department of Energy plans to open a new center in Richland to help ill Hanford workers and their survivors sort out their options for compensation and care.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Cochran’s illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

Top Republicans coping with a razor-thin majority in the Senate as they try pushing a partisan agenda are running smack into another complication – the sheer age and health issues …

Cuban official: Still no clue on U.S. diplomat health mystery

Cuba so far hasn’t unearthed any information about who or what caused a mysterious series of health incidents that have affected U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana, its top diplomat …

Substance sickens at least 10 people at Kansas City IRS site

A fire official says about 10 people were sickened by a suspicious package in the mailroom of a sprawling IRS building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Chipotle closes Virginia store after reports of illness

Chipotle’s efforts to move past its food scares have been complicated by fresh reports of illnesses, which prompted it to temporarily close a restaurant this week.

U.K. court sets new hearing in case of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard

A British court on Monday gave the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard a chance to present fresh evidence that their terminally ill son should receive experimental treatment.

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 …

Road tests get tougher for fifth-ranked Gonzaga

Gonzaga’s first WCC road game brought a customary spirited effort from the home team.

Are American Airlines uniforms making workers sick?

When American Airlines flight attendants began to complain about the company’s new uniforms, the airline shrugged off the problem, saying it was limited to about a dozen people with allergies …

The secret history of presidential disease, sickness and deception

In his second term as president, Dwight Eisenhower looked like an old man. He’d had a serious heart attack in 1955, requiring extensive hospitalization. Ike later suffered a stroke. In …

Doctors urge flu shots, not nasal spray, this year

Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version …

General Mills flour recall expanded after three more sick in Washington

A third Washington state resident has been sickened in an outbreak of E. coli linked to a newly expanded recall of General Mills flour.

Sick-out closes most Detroit schools for second day

While schools across the nation celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day, hundreds of Detroit Public Schools teachers packed the sidewalks outside the Fisher Building Tuesday to demand guarantees that they will be …

90-plus passengers come down with stomach bug on Disney ship

The CDC is investigating an outbreak of a stomach bug aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship last week.

OSU working to contain possible norovirus outbreak

Oregon State University officials say they are taking steps to contain a possible norovirus outbreak after up to 60 students fell ill with symptoms.

Lack of paid sick days worst for Hispanics, low-wage workers, study finds

Amid the swelling national conversation about income inequality comes a new report spotlighting that the lack of mandatory paid sick leave in the U.S. disproportionately burdens Hispanics and low-wage workers, …

Flu vaccine more effective this year; milder season so far

NEW YORK – The flu vaccine is doing a better job this year. Preliminary data suggest it is 59 percent effective. That’s a big improvement from last winter’s nasty flu …

Spokane City Council makes sick leave policy a priority

Paid sick leave shot to the front of the Spokane City Council’s agenda this year, as council members vowed Tuesday to quickly pass a policy to provide workers the opportunity …

Paid sick leave policy leads to local thanks

Next time you get a burger at the Lantern Tap House in Spokane’s Perry District, rest assured it didn’t come with a cough. The restaurant has enacted a paid sick …

Author offers tips on what to say and do when a friend becomes seriously ill

Friends didn’t know what to say to Letty Cottin Pogrebin after her 2009 cancer diagnosis. Conversations with well-intentioned friends turned awkward. Some said nothing. Others talked too much.

Mandela remains in serious but stable condition

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela was in serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital for the third day Monday with a recurring lung infection, and a foundation led by retired …

UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2013, 3:41 p.m.

Health officials report illness on EWU campus

Spokane Regional Health District officials confirm six people at Eastern Washington University developed a stomach illness starting Tuesday.

The crud is out there, and it’s up to you to avoid it

It was not intended as a public health guideline. But a classic “Seinfeld” line from years ago could serve as a succinct assessment of the risks we all run during …

E. coli sickens Camp Lutherhaven kitchen workers

Five kitchen workers at Camp Lutherhaven have been sickened by E. coli, Idaho Panhandle Health officials confirmed this morning.