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Oregon midwife charged with delivering babies in Kennewick without a license

An Oregon woman who has been a midwife for four decades is accused of illegally delivering at least two babies in Kennewick.


Group introduces bill covering abortion laws in Idaho

A prominent anti-abortion group in Idaho has introduced legislation reversing two abortion laws at the center of a legal battle.


Birth defects in Zika pregnancies 20 times higher than in pre-Zika years, CDC says

Pregnancies of women in the United States infected with the Zika virus are about 20 times more likely to result in babies with certain birth defects compared to the prevalence …


Old mold from penicillin discoverer auctioned for $14,617

How much is an old, dried out piece of mold worth? Apparently more than $14,600 if it was created by the doctor who discovered penicillin. The nearly 90-year-old swatch of …


Bill telling women abortion can be halted introduced

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation requiring the state to distribute information telling women that a drug-induced abortion may be halted halfway through, despite physicians warning there’s not enough …


Zika may be spread by 35 species of mosquitoes, researchers say

Zika may be spread by as many as 35 species of mosquitoes, including seven found in the United States, according to a predictive model created by University of Georgia ecologists …


Can marijuana ease the opioid epidemic?

After a 12-year battle with debilitating abdominal conditions that forced her to stop working, marijuana has helped Lynn Sabulski feel well enough to look for a job. Sabulski is among …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

The dirty dozen: U.N. issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria

The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press …


Trump urges insurers to work together to ‘save Americans from Obamacare’

President Donald Trump met with major health insurers Monday morning, in the midst of intensifying public pressure to preserve the law and political divisions over how to best dismantle and …


Rise in mumps outbreaks prompts officials to weigh third vaccine dose

Federal health officials are evaluating the benefit of an additional dose of the mumps vaccine because of the increasing number of mumps outbreaks since 2006. More than 5,000 cases of …


FDA urged to let abortion pill be sold at pharmacies

The so-called abortion pill – now dispensed only in clinics, hospitals and doctors’ offices – should be made available by prescription in pharmacies across the U.S., according to a group …


Testosterone therapy benefits elusive, major studies find

Testosterone therapy for older men possibly could provide some benefit, but there are also signs it could cause harm, according to a major series of studies published Tuesday. The five …


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, …


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 …


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.


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.


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.”


Senate panel introduces new school vaccine opt-out bill

An Idaho Senate panel has introduced legislation that would allow parents simply to write a letter excusing their children from vaccines rather than fill out a governmental form. The Times-News …


Feds sue Idaho doctor over missing pills, sloppy records

Federal prosecutors say an Idaho doctor’s sloppy records left thousands of regulated pills unaccounted for, but the physician says an employee stole the drugs.


Obamacare: Many are worried about potential health care loss, poll shows

Though “Obamacare” still divides Americans, a majority worry that many will lose coverage if the 2010 law is repealed in the nation’s long-running political standoff over health care. A new …


Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs

Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people. The cells …


Arkansas bans common second-trimester abortion procedure

Arkansas is poised to become the third state to ban a commonly used second-trimester abortion procedure under restrictions approved Thursday that are expected to face a legal challenge.


Brazil orders 11.5 million yellow fever vaccines

Brazil’s Ministry of Health has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccines to reinforce its stockpiles amid the largest outbreak of the disease the country has seen since 2000.


Murray and Cantwell criticized over drug import votes

Washington’s two Democratic senators are being criticized for their votes against a proposal aimed at making it easier to import inexpensive prescription drugs from Canada. The


Oregon student files $3M lawsuit over slow meningitis diagnosis

A University of Oregon student seeks $3 million in a lawsuit against medical providers who she says failed to properly diagnose her with meningococcal disease in 2015.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 9:14 p.m.

Washington flu deaths increase to 46; now at epidemic level

Health officials say the number of flu deaths in Washington state is up to 46.


Digital ad campaign for GOP health care plan being launched

An outside group affiliated with House GOP leadership is ramping up its advertising campaign for a Republican alternative to the 2010 health care law, running $400,000 in digital ads across …


Tuberculosis case confirmed at suburban Seattle high school

Health officials are recommending that 240 people at a suburban Seattle high school get tested for tuberculosis after someone at the school was diagnosed with the infectious disease.


Consumer Confidential: Insulin price hikes aren’t sweet

A key feature of Republican plans to replace Obamacare is allowing market forces to boost innovation and competition among health care providers. “Unleashing the power of choice and competition is …


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 …