Stories tagged: public health
UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 4:55 P.M.
Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage in Puget Sound
Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state’s largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017, 10:43 P.M.
Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000
The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 10:27 P.M.
Washington state mumps outbreak the worst in the nation in late December
There are 24 confirmed or probable cases of mumps in Spokane County, a sharp increase from a week
TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017, 10:03 A.M.
Flu claims life of elderly woman in Spokane County
An elderly woman who died last week is the first flu-related death in Spokane County this season, health officials said Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016, 1:25 P.M.
Two vaccinated Spokane County residents diagnosed with mumps
Health officials say the MMR vaccine, which is 88 percent effective, remains the best way to prevent mumps.
SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2016, 4:39 P.M.
Spokane health officials say risk of norovirus spreading widely is ‘extremely low’
Following a norovirus outbreak this weekend in two downtown Spokane homeless shelters, public health officials are saying the risk of the general population acquiring the virus is “extremely low.”
SUNDAY, OCT. 9, 2016, 4:59 P.M.
Whatcom County considers vaping ban
Officials in Whatcom County in northwest Washington are considering banning vaping in certain areas.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 10:55 A.M.
North Idaho woman develops Zika virus
A North Idaho woman who recently traveled to Mexico infected with Zika virus.
MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016, 1:35 P.M.
Zika in part of Miami prompts CDC warning for pregnant women
Government health officials warned pregnant women Monday to avoid a Zika-stricken section of Miami and get tested for the virus if they’ve visited the neighborhood since mid-June, after the number …
MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016, 9:22 P.M.
Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined
The ordinance before voters in November cites concerns about a derailment polluting water in the Spokane aquifer and Spokane River. City Councilmember Breean Beggs said he believes Congress has given …
MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016, 6:05 P.M.
Spokane approach could be model for federal public health programs, speakers say
Spokane could shape the federal government’s approach to a more holistic type of public health. The city was one of five included in the U.S. Department of Health and Human …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016, 1:20 P.M.
Idaho hot springs shut down to protect health, safety
An Idaho recreation spot known as the Skinny Dipper Hot Springs has been shut down by federal officials.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, 6:58 P.M.
Officials: Two more Zika virus cases found in King County
Heath officials have confirmed two more cases of Zika virus in King County. That brings the total to four in the county and eight in Washington.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
The Columbian: Raise smoking age to 21
Editorials cover raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age, and the Senate GOP report on the Department of Corrections scandal.
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016, 1 P.M.
Senate easily advances $1.1 billion in Zika funding
The Senate voted decisively on Tuesday in favor of a bipartisan $1.1 billion measure to combat the Zika virus this year and next, cutting back President Barack Obama’s request but …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016, 10:47 A.M.
Anchorage noticed nationally for reducing childhood obesity
ANCHORAGE, Alaska– Anchorage has been recognized by a national public health foundation as one of four communities in the country to have reduced and maintained a lower rate of childhood …
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016, 4:23 P.M.
Sen. Patty Murray supports bill targeting opioid, heroin addictions
Sen. Patty Murray called on Congress to pass a bill that would allocate more than $725 million over the next five years to programs addressing heroin and opioid addiction.
THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2016, 1:59 P.M.
Planned Parenthood funding cut by Wisconsin governor
Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed legislation that would cut millions of taxpayer dollars for Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin.
FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016, 3:03 P.M.
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.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, 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 …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 4:10 P.M.
Rise in homeless students seen in state
The number of homeless students continues to grow statewide.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 1:41 P.M.
Facebook shuts down medical marijuana pages in New Jersey
Three of New Jersey’s five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shutdown by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 1:33 P.M.
Flint water crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it’s a blame game
Government officials fought on Wednesday over who was to blame for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, at a combative congressional hearing that also pitted Democrats against Republicans.
TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016, 8:29 A.M.
FBI joins investigation of Flint water lead contamination
The FBI is working with a multiagency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water, alongside Environmental Protection Agency investigators who can tackle criminal violations of federal environmental law, …
MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016, 12:14 P.M.
Obama’s FDA pick being blocked by Democratic senator
Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey said in a statement that he has put a hold on the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, the No. 2 official at the agency who was …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2015, 5:47 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Spokane County considering ban on indoor vaping
The Spokane Regional Health District is considering a ban on vaping indoors.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015
Editorial: Researchers will bolster public health commitment
With the hiring of a public health research team, Washington State University has greatly reinforced its medical care mission in Eastern Washington. Welcome as a four-year medical school – or …
FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2015
Northern Idaho mental illness, obesity are top health issues
Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in northern Idaho, according to a study released Thursday. Both kids and adults struggle with their waistlines, the study found. …
TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014
‘Blue Zones’ author to speak in Spokane on Oct. 28
National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones,” will speak in Spokane at a free event Oct. 28. The original “blue zones” are places around the world, identified …
MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014, 4:03 A.M.
WHO: Nigeria’s Ebola outbreak is officially over
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria is free of Ebola, the World Health Organization declared Monday in a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria’s containment of …