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This year’s flu shot has cut doctor visits for flu nearly by half, CDC reports

This year’s flu shot is doing a fairly average job of protecting people against the pervasive winter virus, according to the annual interim effectiveness report released last week by the …


Greg Frank: Killer superbugs are coming for you

Unless your leaders act, we’ll continue growing stronger. Soon, we’ll achieve our goal: a world where antibiotics don’t work and millions die from simple infections.


CDC pushes efforts to eradicate HIV amid stalled progress

Forty percent of U.S. adults have been tested for HIV, and fewer than one-fifth of the people at high risk for developing the infection are receiving the medication that prevents …


Searching for a killer: Inside CDC’s scramble to solve mysterious vaping disease

Scientists were ecstatic. The test results were in. For the first time, the lab team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had direct evidence that a chemical compound, …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Washington ban on flavored vape products stands, as CDC says it found link to vaping illness

Flavored vape products, including flavored THC products, will remain banned in Washington state for the next 120 days, after a Thurston County judge threw out a temporary restraining order against …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019

Boom in overdose-reversing drug is tied to fewer drug deaths

Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.


Major cities are grappling with a drug-resistant fungal infection, but will it travel to Spokane?

Though Spokane has never dealt with a case of Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungal infection, an outbreak is only a plane ride away.


Salmonella cases linked to hedgehogs spread to more states, CDC warns

Two months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised people not to “kiss or snuggle hedgehogs” because of a salmonella outbreak, the federal health agency announced that six …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

CDC to study chemical exposure at Fairchild Air Force Base, seven other military installations

Fairchild Air Force Base is one of eight U.S. military installations where federal scientists will study human exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the toxic man-made chemicals that have contaminated …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

Flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.


Faye Flam: The romaine scare is actually sort of reassuring

While people should take seriously the recent outbreak of E. coli food poisoning that triggered the alert, the fact that it was flagged early shows that the agency once known …


U.S. urged to send Ebola experts in as Congo outbreak worsens

Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists – “some of the world’s most experienced” – to return to northeastern Congo to help fight …


6th child in Puget Sound may have nervous system disorder

State and local health officials on Thursday said they are investigating a possible sixth case of a rare nervous system disorder that causes sudden limb paralysis in children.


5 children in Puget Sound sickened with nervous system disorder

State and local health officials are investigating whether five children hospitalized with sudden limb paralysis may have a rare condition that affects the nervous system.


Health experts alarmed by jump in STDs in Idaho

Health experts say they are alarmed by a significant increase in reports of sexually transmitted diseases both throughout the state and nationally.


CDC approves nasal-spray vaccine for flu season

After advising the public to avoid the nasal-spray version of the flu vaccine for the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now giving it the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018

Patients waiting for shots with new shingles vaccine in short supply

Local pharmacists institute wait lists for shingles vaccine as manufacturer struggles to meet demand.


‘Do not eat this cereal’: CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg’s cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.


Bad water from canal caused E. coli outbreak, CDC says

The most widespread E. coli outbreak in the past 13 years appears to have been caused by bad water, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection said.


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018

E. coli outbreak update: It might be safe to buy and eat romaine lettuce again

Though the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak sickened more people in more states into last week, the true news in a recent Centers for Disease D Control and Prevention update …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

Salmonella outbreak linked to plant stimulant kratom hits Spokane

A nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to the plant stimulant kratom has sickened a Spokane County man, the Washington Department of Health said Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018

Overdose deaths decline in Washington

Drug overdose deaths fell last year in 14 states including Washington, according to preliminary data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

CDC director resigns over financial conflicts

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resigned Wednesday over financial conflicts of interest involving her investments in health care businesses.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018

Flu widespread across U.S. for third straight week

The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared.


Robin Pickering: Sex-education curriculum reflects reality

These students do not deserve to be brushed aside because meeting their specific curriculum concerns makes educators, school board members, or our community uncomfortable.


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

U.S. death rate from Alzheimer’s rose dramatically over 15 years. Why?

Death rates from Alzheimer’s climbed 55 percent from 1999 to 2014, CDC found, and the number of Americans afflicted is likely to rise rapidly in the coming years. About 5.5 …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Blood tests may have significantly underestimated lead levels, FDA and CDC warn

Federal officials are warning that some blood tests may have “significantly” underestimated lead levels, and they are urging the retesting of some children, as well as pregnant and breast-feeding women.


Heroin epidemic pushing up hepatitis C infections in U.S.

The heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections, with the biggest increase in people in their 20s, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017

Germ in raw milk, poultry now tops food poisoning list

The U.S. government’s latest report card on food poisoning suggests that a germ commonly linked to raw milk and poultry is surpassing salmonella at the top of the culprit list.


CDC backs breast-feeding, despite false story

A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false.