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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

U.S. flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus

The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases

The number of breathing illnesses reported among people who vape is growing. Health officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases in 16 states.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019

Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest.


2019 is shaping up to be the worst year for measles since ’90s

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 206 measles cases were confirmed in the United States in the first two months of this year, the highest year-to-date number …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019

Youth smoking decline stalls, and vaping may be to blame

Cigarette smoking rates have stopped falling among U.S. kids, and health officials believe youth vaping is responsible.


Washington well-prepared for major medical care emergencies and detecting emerging diseases

Washington is well-equipped to detect emerging diseases, deliver medical supplies and coordinate a health response to an emergency, according to a federal index of state emergency preparedness released last week.


Shawn Vestal: Are we Cancer Town USA? It depends, as statistics paint complex, incomplete picture of disease

County health officials agree: We have our share of cancer here – and more than our share of breast, lung and skin cancer – but there’s reason to be wary …


CDC issues Zika travel guidance for Texas border city

Federal health officials on Wednesday urged pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Brownsville, Texas, because of five local cases of Zika virus infection that have been reported.


Lab tech possibly exposed to Ebola

ATLANTA (AP) — A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an …


Feds will expand Spokane mining research laboratory

Federal officials plan to double the number of employees at Spokane’s mine research laboratory, adding more than 40 positions and creating a new Western district office for worker-safety programs. The …


Regional federal mining lab restaffing

The only federal laboratory devoted to mining safety in the West, Spokane’s Mine Research Laboratory, is regaining 12 jobs stripped away in recent years. Two of the jobs have already …


Washington’s obesity rate on the rise

Washington’s obesity rate is projected to hit 55.5 percent by the year 2030 - more than double the rate from 2011.


Blood-lead testing crucial for Silver Valley children

When Shane Stancik grew up near the old Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter complex, it was a magnet for neighborhood kids. He and his friends poked around the rusting equipment …


Ex-smoker hopes his loss will be others’ gain

Shawn Wright was a smoker. Nothing could stop him: not the death of his father; not the scolding of doctors; not the high taxes; not the banishment from bars and …


Some folks are missing the point of vaccines

We’re No. 1. Measles will be overjoyed. A new report shows that more parents in Washington refused to have their children vaccinated than any other state in the nation. I’d …


CDC: 1 in 5 kids had flu-like illness this month

About 1 in 5 U.S. children had a flu-like illness earlier this month — and most of those cases likely were swine flu, according to a new government health survey.