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Shortening trainee doctor hours hasn’t harmed patients

A new study finds shortening hours for doctors during residency training hasn’t harmed patients. Researchers wanted to know whether limiting trainee doctors to 80-hour weeks affected the quality of care.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 8:05 p.m.

WSU researchers team with Puyallup tribe on medicinal cannabis research

The partnership is intended to provide data that will help develop drug treatment plans for those seeking to manage pain and other disorders. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians recently opened …


New Day Cannabis focuses on providing safer selections

‘Clean cannabis,’ free of all pesticides or contaminants, has been something many health-conscious consumers have requested and many growers have strived for.


What’s so special about medical marijuana?

“What is medical cannabis?” “Where do I buy it?” “What kind is best for my condition?” “I don’t know where to start. What do I do?”


Satori shops expanding medical education, outreach

Not too long ago, David LaMoureaux felt he had lost his faith in Washington’s medical marijuana system.


U.S. health officials brace for potentially bad flu season

It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.


Obamacare rates set to rise as Trump’s opposition fuels turmoil

A day after Republicans failed yet again to repeal Obamacare, confusion sowed by President Donald Trump’s opposition to the law is roiling the health-insurance market.


Ireland to hold referendum on lifting abortion ban in 2018

Ireland’s prime minister says the country will hold a referendum on lifting its constitutional ban on abortion in May or June.


Sexually transmitted diseases hit another high in U.S.

Health officials are reporting another record increase in infections from three sexually transmitted diseases.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 8:42 a.m.

Studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care

In a quest to end cookie-cutter health care, U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments …


Federal judge permanently blocks Indiana abortion limits

A federal judge permanently struck down provisions of an Indiana law passed last year that would have banned abortions sought due to fetal genetic abnormalities and required that aborted fetuses …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Treatment restores signs of awareness in brain-injured man after 15 years

French researchers say they restored some signs of consciousness in a brain-injured man who hadn’t shown any awareness in 15 years.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 11:42 a.m.

FDA OKs Glaxo’s inhaler, first one to combine 3 medicines

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first inhaler that combines three medicines to ease breathing in patients with emphysema or chronic bronchitis.


Trump administration slashes funds for health care sign-ups

Affirming its disdain for “Obamacare,” the Trump administration on Thursday announced sharp cuts in programs promoting health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for next year.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Caretaker for Obamacare? Trump’s health care role may shift

With Republicans unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, President Donald Trump’s administration may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, which …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 7:55 p.m.

Trump announces new ways to help veterans get medical care

President Donald Trump announced new efforts Thursday to use technology to improve veterans’ health care, saying the programs will greatly expand access, especially for mental health care and suicide prevention. …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

First safe repair of disease-causing gene in human embryos

Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes – a big step toward …


As Trump mulls cutting off Obamacare aid, Senate begins bipartisan approach

Even as President Donald Trump renews his threat to undermine the Affordable Care Act, senior Republican and Democratic senators announced plans Tuesday to begin work on a new bipartisan effort …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration over opioid epidemic

President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Poll: Americans want to move on from Obamacare repeal

A majority of Americans want members of Congress to ditch health care reform efforts and focus their attention elsewhere, according to a Reuters/Iposos poll conducted after the Senate Republicans’ effort …


U.S. hospitals set record for fast heart attack care

There’s never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour …


Will Trump ‘let Obamacare implode’ by ending health payments?

The White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, signaling that President Donald Trump stands ready to end required payments …


GOP and Dems start talking about compromise health bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will move next week on a measure to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, but, predicting failure, other senators are already talking about areas of compromise …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote; it’s an uphill climb

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain’s …


McConnell prods senators on health care bill, amid dim odds

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spurred Republican senators Thursday to resolve internal disputes that have pushed their marquee health care bill to the brink of oblivion. Yet the GOP’s reeling effort …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid U.S. of Obamacare

Lecturing fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him …


‘It’s raining needles’: Drug crisis creates pollution threat

They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass. They wash into rivers and float downstream to land on beaches. They pepper baseball dugouts, sidewalks and streets. Syringes …


Speech problems may be a clue to emerging Alzheimer’s disease

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh … developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which …


Health plan hinges on the young, but they’re a tough sell

Julian Senn-Raemont isn’t convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad’s plan in a couple of years – no matter what happens in the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

Health care vote delay gives foes, supporters more time

Foes from left and right are using the delayed vote on the Republican health care bill to make it as politically toxic as possible for wavering GOP senators to support …