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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 …


Botulism confirmed in two Grant County deaths

Health officials have confirmed that botulism toxin was the cause of death of two elderly Grant County residents in early February.


Fatal measles case linked to tribal health clinic, officials say

Washington health officials have found the woman who was killed by measles was likely exposed at a Port Angeles tribal health clinic.


First case of sexually transmitted Zika virus seen in France

A high-ranking French health official says a first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus has been diagnosed in France on a non-pregnant woman.


Insurer warnings cast doubt on ACA exchange future

Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law


Idaho budget writers pass Medicaid budget

Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children.


Hospital warns patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure

Officials at a southern New Jersey hospital have notified 213 patients they may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C because of drug tampering that may have …


1 in 2 black gay men in U.S. will be diagnosed with HIV, CDC says

About half of gay and bisexual black men will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime, according to new government estimates.


Charlie Sheen‘s HIV disclosure had big online impact: Study

A new study looks at the public health impact of actor Charlie Sheen’s disclosure that he has the virus that causes AIDS.


Two Washington deaths likely linked to botulism

Health officials say two deaths in Washington state this month appear to be linked to botulism – apparently from home-canned foods.


Idaho lawmakers introduce bill to ban fetal tissue sales

The Idaho Legislature is the latest state to consider making it illegal to buy, sell or experiment upon fetal tissue, even though no such practice exists in the state.


Abortion ultrasound bill introduced in House

A Republican lawmaker from eastern Idaho is backing a bill that would require a woman be told where she can get a free ultrasound before undergoing an abortion.


UN: Stopping Zika may require genetically modified insects

The World Health Organization says it may be necessary to use controversial methods like genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out the insects that are spreading the Zika virus across the …


FDA sets guidelines to protect blood supply from Zika

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending U.S. blood banks refuse donations from people who have travelled to countries where the Zika virus is active in the prior four weeks, …


House passes birth control access bill

The House has a bill that would make it easier for women to consistently access contraceptives.


Otter calls for review of faith-healing exemption

Gov. Butch Otter says he’s concerned with the number of children who die because their parents choose faith healing and not medical assistance for religious reasons.


Oregon confirms case of travel-associated Zika virus

Public health officials say Oregon has a confirmed case of the Zika virus.


Walgreens rolls out drug disposal kiosks at 500 stores

Walgreens is installing medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores across the U.S. in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.


Adolescents should be screened for depression too, says federal panel

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 …


Johns Hopkins approved for HIV-positive organ transplants

Johns Hopkins Medicine has recently received approval to perform organ transplants between HIV-positive donors and recipients.


$1.8 billion in emergency funds sought to fight Zika

The Obama administration will ask Congress for $1.8 billion in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus – a disease that the president says is a cause for concern but …


Michigan fires head of environmental agency’s drinking water unit

The state of Michigan announced Friday it has fired the head of the Department of Environmental Quality’s drinking water unit over the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water supply.


Male Zika-area travelers should use condoms, CDC advises

U.S. health officials issued guidelines Friday to prevent the sexual transmission of the Zika virus, telling men who have been to outbreak areas to use condoms during sex with pregnant …


Doctor gets 30 years to life in case tied to overdoses

A judge on Friday sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark …


Brazil finds active Zika virus in urine, saliva

The head of a top Brazilian health research institute says its scientists have discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.


BMI mislabels 54 million Americans as ‘overweight’ or ‘obese,’ study says

Good news for some in the high-BMI crowd: A new study from the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that some 54 million Americans who are labeled as obese or …


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Zika spread via blood transfusion, Brazil official confirms

Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top …


Ex-President Jimmy Carter says scans show no signs of cancer

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said a scan of his torso conducted last week found no signs of melanoma, the cancer that doctors discovered last summer in his liver and …


Number of uninsured in Washington cut in half

The number of uninsured people in Washington state has been cut in half since health care reform took effect. But the state insurance commissioner’s office reported Wednesday there are still …


WSU researcher noted as top-cited author, influential mind

Washington State University professor and researcher Yuehe Lin may be one of the most cited authors and most influential minds in the world, but he readily acknowledges he didn’t make …