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Tri-Cities resident does not have plague, officials say

Health officials investigating a possible case of plague in the Tri-Cities say tests results have come back negative.

Drugstore chain CVS pushes convenience with curbside pickups

CVS Health will spread its curbside pickup service to drugstores nationwide this year, as traditional retailers continue to hone their reputations for convenience and fight fierce competition online.

FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens

Government health regulators will team up with minor league baseball teams as part of a new campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco.

UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to ‘handful’ of states

UnitedHealth, the nation’s biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for …

Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes – and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication …

3D printer used to create new feet for duck

A duck that lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.

Zika virus causes microcephaly, other birth defects, CDC confirms

The Zika virus is definitely the cause of not just microcephaly but a range of other severe birth defects of the brain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said …

Zika funding on hold until September, top Republicans say

Top House Republicans said Wednesday that they are likely to grant a portion of President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request to combat the Zika virus but they will probably wait …

Health officials say Idaho’s flu season is running late

Officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare say the state’s flu season is running later than normal and reports of flu-related deaths have gone up over the past …

White House to transfer Ebola funds to combat Zika virus

The Obama administration is to announce Wednesday it will transfer leftover money from the largely successful fight against Ebola to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus, congressional officials …

Will obesity reverse life span gains made over decades of health triumphs?

New statistics on death rates in the United States appear to confirm a grim prediction – that obesity is reversing decades of steady expansion in Americans’ life spans, according to …

Access to free or low-cost medicines helps reduce ER and hospital use, Spokane study finds

Giving patients access to no-cost or low-cost prescription medicines reduces hospitalizations and emergency-room visits, a study done in Spokane found.

Heart attack prevention with statins benefits lower-risk patients

CHICAGO – The first major research of its kind shows that cholesterol-lowering statins can prevent heart attacks and strokes in a globally diverse group of older people who don’t have …

University of Maryland disavows chocolate milk study, returns money

The University of Maryland on Friday disavowed its study saying a company’s chocolate milk could help athletes recover from concussions, citing a range of problems uncovered by an internal investigation.

18 go blind after cataract surgery in Brazil

Brazilian officials say 18 people have been left blind after undergoing cataract surgeries in which non-sterilized instruments were used in an industrial suburb on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.

Rewards, not punishment, work better for recovering drug addicts, WSU researcher says

Replacing what drug and alcohol addicts use as reinforcers for good behavior could be key in treating addictions, says Dr. John Roll.

Report details costs, challenges of Affordable Care Act’s newly insured

Health insurers gained a sicker, more expensive patient population after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage in 2014, according to an early look at medical claims from the Blue Cross …

FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus.

California lawmakers OK raising smoking age to 21, regulating e-cigs

California lawmakers voted Thursday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, approving a measure that would make the nation’s most populous state only the second to put legal …

Supreme Court to decide key abortion law

In a vast region of Texas that is “larger than California,” the Supreme Court was recently told, no doctors or health clinics would be licensed to perform abortions if the …

Sex a bigger problem for Zika virus than first believed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that they’re investigating 12 cases where the women’s only known exposure to the Zika virus was through sex with a male …

Botulism confirmed in two Grant County deaths

Health officials have confirmed that botulism toxin was the cause of death of two elderly Grant County residents in early February.

Fatal measles case linked to tribal health clinic, officials say

Washington health officials have found the woman who was killed by measles was likely exposed at a Port Angeles tribal health clinic.

First case of sexually transmitted Zika virus seen in France

A high-ranking French health official says a first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus has been diagnosed in France on a non-pregnant woman.

Insurer warnings cast doubt on ACA exchange future

Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law

Idaho budget writers pass Medicaid budget

Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children.

Hospital warns patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure

Officials at a southern New Jersey hospital have notified 213 patients they may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C because of drug tampering that may have …

1 in 2 black gay men in U.S. will be diagnosed with HIV, CDC says

About half of gay and bisexual black men will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime, according to new government estimates.

Charlie Sheen‘s HIV disclosure had big online impact: Study

A new study looks at the public health impact of actor Charlie Sheen’s disclosure that he has the virus that causes AIDS.

Two Washington deaths likely linked to botulism

Health officials say two deaths in Washington state this month appear to be linked to botulism – apparently from home-canned foods.