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Zika virus exposes need for greater public health funding, experts say

Government funding cuts are helping to fuel wide variations in states’ ability to detect and respond to public health threats such as the Zika virus.


Early embryo development seen with aid of new lab techniques

New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.


European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging

The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the …


FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.


Long after brain trauma, sleep problems persist, study shows

At least 18 months after sustaining a traumatic brain injury, first-time concussion victims continue to need more sleep and to suffer more daytime sleepiness than do healthy people, says new …


U.K. junior doctors walk off the job in all-out strike

Thousands of junior doctors posted picket lines outside hospitals around England on Tuesday in the first all-out strike in the history of Britain’s National Health Service.


Longview hospital tests 200 patients in HIV, hepatitis exposure case

Officials at a Longview hospital say testing on nearly 200 patients believed to have been exposed to hepatitis or HIV at the facility has revealed that no one has contracted …


Heroin epidemic: Implant is new weapon to fight addiction

A new weapon to fight heroin and painkiller addiction could be on the way – an implant that goes in a recovering addict’s arm to deliver a drug that quells …


Cancer immunotherapy finds success in Seattle study of leukemia patients

Leukemia patients out of options and given just months to live have achieved sustained remissions thanks to a new twist on cancer immunotherapy, according to a highly anticipated study from …


CVS recalls organic tea because of possible salmonella

CVS Pharmacy has recalled select cartons of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea, which was sold in CVS stores nationally, because of possible salmonella contamination, the drugstore chain announced …


Tri-Cities resident does not have plague, officials say

Health officials investigating a possible case of plague in the Tri-Cities say tests results have come back negative.


Drugstore chain CVS pushes convenience with curbside pickups

CVS Health will spread its curbside pickup service to drugstores nationwide this year, as traditional retailers continue to hone their reputations for convenience and fight fierce competition online.


FDA campaign takes aim at chewing tobacco use by rural teens

Government health regulators will team up with minor league baseball teams as part of a new campaign to discourage rural teenagers from using chewing tobacco.


UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to ‘handful’ of states

UnitedHealth, the nation’s biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for …


Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes – and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication …


3D printer used to create new feet for duck

A duck that lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.


Zika virus causes microcephaly, other birth defects, CDC confirms

The Zika virus is definitely the cause of not just microcephaly but a range of other severe birth defects of the brain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said …


Zika funding on hold until September, top Republicans say

Top House Republicans said Wednesday that they are likely to grant a portion of President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request to combat the Zika virus but they will probably wait …


Health officials say Idaho’s flu season is running late

Officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare say the state’s flu season is running later than normal and reports of flu-related deaths have gone up over the past …


White House to transfer Ebola funds to combat Zika virus

The Obama administration is to announce Wednesday it will transfer leftover money from the largely successful fight against Ebola to combat the growing threat of the Zika virus, congressional officials …


Will obesity reverse life span gains made over decades of health triumphs?

New statistics on death rates in the United States appear to confirm a grim prediction – that obesity is reversing decades of steady expansion in Americans’ life spans, according to …


Access to free or low-cost medicines helps reduce ER and hospital use, Spokane study finds

Giving patients access to no-cost or low-cost prescription medicines reduces hospitalizations and emergency-room visits, a study done in Spokane found.


Heart attack prevention with statins benefits lower-risk patients

CHICAGO – The first major research of its kind shows that cholesterol-lowering statins can prevent heart attacks and strokes in a globally diverse group of older people who don’t have …


University of Maryland disavows chocolate milk study, returns money

The University of Maryland on Friday disavowed its study saying a company’s chocolate milk could help athletes recover from concussions, citing a range of problems uncovered by an internal investigation.


18 go blind after cataract surgery in Brazil

Brazilian officials say 18 people have been left blind after undergoing cataract surgeries in which non-sterilized instruments were used in an industrial suburb on the outskirts of Sao Paulo.


Rewards, not punishment, work better for recovering drug addicts, WSU researcher says

Replacing what drug and alcohol addicts use as reinforcers for good behavior could be key in treating addictions, says Dr. John Roll.


Report details costs, challenges of Affordable Care Act’s newly insured

Health insurers gained a sicker, more expensive patient population after the Affordable Care Act expanded coverage in 2014, according to an early look at medical claims from the Blue Cross …


FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental blood test to screen blood for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus.


California lawmakers OK raising smoking age to 21, regulating e-cigs

California lawmakers voted Thursday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21, approving a measure that would make the nation’s most populous state only the second to put legal …


Supreme Court to decide key abortion law

In a vast region of Texas that is “larger than California,” the Supreme Court was recently told, no doctors or health clinics would be licensed to perform abortions if the …