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Idaho lawmakers introduce bill to ban fetal tissue sales

The Idaho Legislature is the latest state to consider making it illegal to buy, sell or experiment upon fetal tissue, even though no such practice exists in the state.

Abortion ultrasound bill introduced in House

A Republican lawmaker from eastern Idaho is backing a bill that would require a woman be told where she can get a free ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.

UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects

The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the …

FDA sets guidelines to protect blood supply from Zika

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending U.S. blood banks refuse donations from people who have travelled to countries where the Zika virus is active in the prior four weeks, …

House passes birth control access bill

The House has a bill that would make it easier for women to consistently access contraceptives.

Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption

Gov. Butch Otter says he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons.

Oregon confirms case of travel-associated Zika virus

Public health officials say Oregon has a confirmed case of the Zika virus.

Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks at 500 stores

Walgreens is installing medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores across the U.S. in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.

Adolescents should be screened for depression too, says federal panel

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 …

Johns Hopkins approved for HIV-positive organ transplants

Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently received approval to perform organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients.

$1.8 billion in emergency funds sought to fight Zika

The Obama administration will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus – a disease that the president says is a cause for concern but …

Michigan fires head of environmental agency’s drinking water unit

The state of Michigan announced Friday it has fired the head of the Department of Environmental Quality’s drinking water unit over the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water supply.

Male Zika-area travelers should use condoms, CDC advises

U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant …

Doctor gets 30 years to life in case tied to overdoses

A judge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark …

Brazil finds active Zika virus in urine, saliva

The head of a top Brazilian health research institute says its scientists have discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.

BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as ‘overweight’ or ‘obese,’ study says

Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 7:23 p.m.

Zika spread via blood transfusion, Brazil official confirms

Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top …

Ex-President Jimmy Carter says scans show no signs of cancer

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said a scan of his torso conducted last week found no signs of melanoma, the cancer that doctors discovered last summer in his liver and …

Number of uninsured in Washington cut in half

The number of uninsured people in Washington state has been cut in half since health care reform took effect. But the state insurance commissioner’s office reported Wednesday there are still …

WSU researcher noted as top-cited author, influential mind

Washington State University professor and researcher Yuehe Lin may be one of the most cited authors and most influential minds in the world, but he readily acknowledges he didn’t make …

UN health chief: Zika virus is ‘spreading explosively’

The fast spread of the Zika virus in the Americas has prompted the World Health Organization to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan …

Choosing a doctor takes some investigation

At open enrollment time, be sure to ask questions.

Consumer Confidential: How a $500 copay turned into a $3,900 bill

Price gouging in the specialty drug market underlines the craziness of the U.S. health care system, which encourages people to take personal responsibility for their well-being but denies them the …

House Call: Umbilical cord blood may be worth banking

Stem cells are amazing. They have the ability to become any other cell. Adults have a few of these cells, but newborns have many. These stem cells can be harvested …

Inmate who died in Spokane County Jail didn’t get care, family says

The family of a woman who died in the Spokane County Jail earlier this week said Tammy Heinen did not receive the medical care she needed before her arrest Sunday …

UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2015, 10:18 a.m.

Jail grapples with inmate deaths, staff shortage

The Spokane County Jail is having difficulty hiring and retaining medical staff, while a spate of recent inmate deaths appear to be caused by health issues. County commissioners, who oversee …

Spokane County settles over jail medication dispute

The failure to disclose a one-page memo governing how outside medicine may be received at Spokane County Jail has put taxpayers on the hook for nearly $28,000 in penalties. Bigger …

Good doctor worth more than bad test

Earlier this year I talked about the dangers of overtesting. Still, once you find things, you are usually bound to follow it up. Finding an incidental tiny spot on a …

Only one local source for ‘off-label’ treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy began as a treatment for deep-sea divers suffering from “the bends,” expanded in use for wound care and a few other conditions and gained notoriety as one …

Valley Hospital to lock out strikers for two days

Valley Hospital announced a two-day lockout of striking nurses and technical workers Wednesday following the launch of an unprecedented one-day strike at Spokane hospitals owned by Community Health Systems Inc. …