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US vaping illnesses continue to rise, cause still a mystery

The number of vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. continues to rise, now reaching about 1,300 cases and at least 26 deaths.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

E-cigarette maker Juul facing mounting scrutiny by state AGs

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs is facing mounting scrutiny from state law enforcement officials, with the attorneys general in Illinois and the District of Columbia investigating how the company’s blockbuster vaping …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Gov’t wants a new 911-like number just for suicide hotline

With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach.


US pregnancy deaths up, and report says most are preventable

U.S. health officials say more moms are dying from pregnancy-related causes, and more than half of those deaths are preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report …


Food poisoning remains persistent problem, US report finds

As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey, ground beef, cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don’t appear to be going away anytime soon.


Herbal supplement kratom is tied to more US deaths

U.S. health officials say overdose deaths involving the herbal supplement kratom are more common than previously reported.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019

Flu vaccine doing a relatively good job this season

The flu vaccine is doing a relatively good job this season, protecting about half the people who got it, U.S. health officials said Thursday.


Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.


‘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.


Groundhog Day report: Flu’s worsening shadow blanketing U.S.

It looks like Groundhog Day for the nation’s flu report, too: It’s gotten worse and there are weeks of suffering ahead.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018

CDC identified 2 small Montana counties as being at risk for HIV

Of all the counties between Puget Sound and the Great Lakes, just two pop up on a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map as among the nation’s most …


2 children die of flu in Oregon

Two children have died from the flu in Oregon, both younger than 10.


CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases – including “fetus” and “transgender” – in any …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Experts: Herd immunity outside U.S. slows Zika in Florida

The waning of Zika outbreaks in the Caribbean and South America has helped slow the spread of the mosquito-borne virus in Florida this year, according to health officials.


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017

Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too

Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well.


U.S. abortion rate falls to lowest level in decades, CDC reports

The number and rate of abortions tallied by federal authorities have fallen to their lowest level in decades, according to new data released Wednesday.


Advisory panel recommends just two HPV vaccine doses for many children

Children who start getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus virus before age 15 only need to get two doses, according to a new recommendation from government advisers


CDC Director: U.S. Zika fight is ‘essentually out of money’

WASHINGTON – The head of the government’s fight against the Zika virus said that “we are now essentially out of money” and warned that the country is “about to see …


Doctors urge flu shots, not nasal spray, this year

Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version …


Obama administration announces added $60 million to fight Zika

Some $60 million will soon flow to states, cities and territories to fight the Zika virus, White House officials announced Thursday.


Editorial: Kids today are more cautious

The CDC survey serves as a reminder that today’s youngsters do not necessarily embrace the coarsening that is evident in popular culture.


CDC: Idaho leads nation in melanoma death rate

Idaho had the highest melanoma death rate nationally between 2001 and 2005, 26 percent higher than the national average with about 40 Idahoans dying of melanoma every year, according to …


People’s Pharmacy: The best ways to keep mosquitoes from biting

There was a time when Americans really worried about mosquito bites. That’s because during the 18th and 19th centuries, malaria was endemic in large parts of the country. It was …


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 …


CDC: Ask pregnant women about trips to Zika outbreak areas

U.S. health officials issued new guidance Tuesday for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects.


CDC: 11M fewer uninsured since passage of Obama’s law

WASHINGTON — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair …


Flu season, only halfway through, claims six lives in Spokane County

This flu season has claimed six people in Spokane County, including Chad Rattray, who was 37, vaccinated against the flu and generally in good health. While tragic, that statistic alone …


CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Tuesday released a draft of long-awaited federal guidelines on circumcision, saying medical evidence supports having the procedure done and health insurers should pay …


Doctor monitoring himself for Ebola upon return

A Thurston County resident who returned from spending three weeks in Liberia and didn’t come in contact with anyone with Ebola has agreed to self-monitor for fever and other symptoms …


CDC: Protocol breach in treating Ebola patient

WASHINGTON — Top federal health officials said today that the Ebola diagnosis in a health care worker who treated Thomas Eric Duncan at a Texas hospital clearly indicates a breach …