Stories tagged: Medical
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. 9, 2017, 12:06 P.M.
Justices: Makers have duty to warn hospitals about devices
The Washington Supreme Court says a lower court erred when it didn’t tell a jury that a manufacturer had a duty to warn the hospital about its products.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017, 10:01 P.M.
Doctors consider removing tube for President
Doctors treating former President George H.W. Bush for pneumonia considered Thursday whether to take out a breathing tube while his wife, Barbara, said she was feeling much better after undergoing …
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 4:14 P.M.
Cancer death rate projected to be 25 percent lower than 25 years ago, report says
In the year to come, an estimated 1,688,780 in the United States are expected to get a cancer diagnosis, and cancer will claim the lives of a projected 600,920.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 3:52 P.M.
Planned Parenthood would lose funding as part of Obamacare repeal, Ryan says
Republicans plan to strip Planned Parenthood of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding as part of their rapid push to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, House Speaker …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 10:32 A.M.
State regulators endorse Kaiser acquisition of Group Health
State regulators have endorsed the acquisition of Washington’s Group Health Cooperative by California-based Kaiser Permanente.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016, 5:28 A.M.
108 cases of mumps in King County, health officials say
Officials say the number of people in the greater Seattle area believed to have mumps is now 108.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2016, 9:50 A.M.
North Idaho doctor volunteers at free medical clinic he started
When Glenn Jefferson was in high school in Virginia, he had aspirations of becoming a medical missionary. That’s still on his to-do list, but the Lewiston resident answered another call …
THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2016, 10:05 A.M.
Planned Parenthood says other Idaho clinic harasses patients
Planned Parenthood is suing a women’s clinic in Idaho over the harassment of Planned Parenthood patients and employees in a parking lot shared by the two organizations.
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, 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. 12, 2016, 12:37 P.M.
Without Obamacare, 52 million Americans could be denied insurance
One in four non-elderly adults has a medical condition, ranging from diabetes to pregnancy to severe obesity to arthritis, that would make them uninsurable under the health coverage rules that …
MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016, 10:30 A.M.
Lawsuit challenges new Texas rules over fetal remains
A coalition of national advocacy groups has sued to block Texas’ soon-to-be-implemented rules mandating the burial or cremation of fetal remains.
THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016, 2:56 P.M.
Leading cancer group calls on GOP to slow Obamacare repeal push
One of the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations Thursday urged congressional Republicans not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without first offering a replacement, joining the growing list of voices …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016, 10:37 A.M.
Nurses at St. Joseph in Tacoma get $5 million settlement
Nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma will receive $5 million in back pay after CHI Franciscan Health agreed to a settlement regarding meal and rest breaks.
SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2016, 8:38 A.M.
Lawsuit ‘likely’ amid new Texas rules over fetal remains
New Texas rules requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains are likely to face a court challenge before taking effect, an abortion-rights attorney said Friday, months after the U.S. …
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 1:09 P.M.
GOP prepares for House vote on medical research bill
Democrats pressed for changes Tuesday to a $6.3 billion medical research bill as Republican leaders prepared to try pushing the measure through the lame-duck Congress by next week.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 11:44 A.M.
U.S. abortion rate falls to lowest level in decades, CDC reports
The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday.
TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016, 1:39 P.M.
Doctor who hid $3.6 million to evade taxes loses medical license
State officials have permanently revoked the medical license of a New Jersey doctor who recently admitted concealing more than $3.6 million to evade taxes and pay kickbacks for referrals.
FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2016, 10:14 A.M.
First-year doctors would be allowed to work 24-hour shifts under new rules
The organization that oversees the training of young doctors recommended Friday that first-year physicians in hospitals be allowed to work 24-hour shifts – eight hours longer than they are permitted …
SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2016, 10:45 A.M.
‘Like something out of a horror movie’: Flesh-eating bacteria infection kills man in four days
About 80,000 people get some form of vibriosis every year, usually from eating raw or undercooked shellfish, according to the Centers for Disease Control. For most, the worst symptoms are …
TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016, 11:11 A.M.
Two city workers hospitalized in Seattle after being burned at Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant
Two workers were taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after they were burned in an incident at the city’s Waste to Energy plant on Geiger Boulevard.
MONDAY, SEPT. 5, 2016, 2:48 P.M.
Britain’s junior doctors suspend planned 5-day strike
Junior doctors in Britain have suspended plans for a five-day strike that had been set to begin next week.
FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, 3:02 P.M.
Texas hands Blue Bell potential $850K fine over listeria
Texas has fined Blue Bell Creameries for a listeria contamination last year that was linked to the death of three people, but the ice cream maker could wind up paying …
SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016, 10:42 A.M.
Experimenting on humans? Injecting bone cement into patients draws lawsuit
Families have filed lawsuits against Dr. Jens Chapman, companies Norian and Synthes, the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center and Washington state. The lawsuits claim Chapman knew bone cement caused …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 3:59 P.M.
Spokane County contracts with Alabama firm to provide jail medical services for $2.6 million
NaphCare, Inc., is buttressing the meager nursing staff at the aging Spokane County Jail.
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016, 10:11 A.M.
Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline
Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease – and those tangles may …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016, 6:06 P.M.
FDA will require e-cigarettes and contents to be reviewed
Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market under new rules that have the potential to upend a multi-billion dollar industry attempting …
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016, 5:27 A.M.
Long after brain trauma, sleep problems persist, study shows
At least 18 months after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, first-time concussion victims continue to need more sleep and to suffer more daytime sleepiness than do healthy people, says new …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016, 4:56 P.M.
Louisiana House agrees to 72-hour wait period for abortion
The Louisiana House has voted to triple the wait time for women seeking an abortion to 72 hours. If passed by the Senate, Louisiana would match five other states with …