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Monkey birth a step to saving fertility of boys with cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility — and the proof is the first monkey born from the experimental technology. More and more people are surviving childhood cancer, but nearly 1 in 3 will be left infertile from the chemotherapy or […]
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Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans. Americans want to spend more on many government functions, according to new data from the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of […]
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US experts: Medicines for opioid addiction vastly underused

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top medical advisers say medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report Wednesday that found only a fraction of the estimated 2 million Americans addicted to opioids are receiving medications. The influential group’s conclusions echo […]
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Amid overdose crisis and lawsuits, Washington lawmakers propose taxes on opioid distributors

Washington lawmakers are proposing to hike taxes on companies that warehouse and distribute opioids, some of which have gotten a preferential tax rate for decades.
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Outside political groups not always what they appear

WASHINGTON (AP) — As ominous music plays in the background, the narrator of a radio ad echoes objections from drugmakers by warning that a Trump administration proposal to apply international pricing to certain Medicare drugs would be a nightmare for seniors. The one-minute spot is the handiwork of the Alliance for Patient Access, a nonprofit […]
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Group with consumer-friendly vibe pushes drugmakers’

WASHINGTON (AP) — As ominous music plays in the background, the narrator of a radio ad echoes objections from drugmakers by warning that a Trump administration proposal to apply international pricing to certain Medicare drugs would be a nightmare for seniors. The one-minute spot is the handiwork of the Alliance for Patient Access, a nonprofit […]
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Marijuana use has dropped among most teens after legalization

Only one group of teenagers used marijuana more often after retail sales were legalized in Washington than they did before - high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week, according to new research led by a WSU College of Nursing professo
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EPA bans consumer sales of paint stripper linked to deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is banning consumer sales of a paint stripper after personal appeals by families of men who died while using the product. The final rule announced Friday bars the manufacture and import of consumer products containing methylene chloride. The products have been popular with do-it-yourselfers. The U.S. Centers for […]
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Permanent daylight saving time clears another hurdle, passing Washington state Senate

The state Senate has approved a measure to get Washington off the time-changing seesaw and adopt daylight saving time year-round. The House passed a similar bill on Saturday.
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Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man with celiac disease felt sicker after starting a new drug, but it wasn’t a typical side effect. It turns out the pills were mixed with gluten the patient knew to avoid in food — but was surprised to find hiding in medicine. A new report says pills often contain so-called […]
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Outcry over Trump’s cuts to Medicare hospital payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. Once in the White House, Trump reneged on his promise not to cut Medicaid for low-income people. Now he’s being criticized for steep Medicare payment cuts to hospitals proposed in his new budget. The head of a […]
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How a straight shooter is trying to change Washington state’s vaccine-exemption law

Amid a measles outbreak in his home county, state Rep. Paul Harris says he felt compelled to act to limit exemptions to the MMR vaccine. It's odd, he thinks, that more in his GOP caucus don't support his proposal given that, in his estimation, all are probably vaccinated themselves.
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Feds pull Medicaid money at Washington’s Rainier School, citing health and safety failures

This is the latest in a series of crises facing the state's social-services system. This decertification of the Pierce County facility for developmentally-disabled people could cost Washington roughly $12 million in annual funding, according to state officials.
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Sanders’ ‘Medicare-for-all’ expands long-term care benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders is raising the stakes of the “Medicare-for-all” debate by expanding his proposal to include long-term care. That could force other Democratic presidential candidates to decide whether to continue supporting the bill given the high cost of providing long-term care coverage. “Medicare-for-all” is unlikely to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate, […]
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Another cost of the Washington measles outbreak: The 800 students kept out of school

If measles is diagnosed in a school, anyone -- student or teacher -- who does not have proof of vaccination has to be kept out of school. Students are struggling to keep up at home, parents are juggling child care and teachers have to shift duties.
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Trippy ketamine-like drug approved for severe depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental illness. The nasal spray from Johnson & Johnson is a chemical cousin of ketamine, which has been used […]
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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb abruptly resigns from his post

That was unexpected, including by the FDA, apparently. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today, an administration official tells The Washington Post, adding that Gottlieb will relinquish the office in one month. Unlike many people who leave the Trump administration, the resignation wasn’t sought or expected, reports the Post, which notes Gottlieb has recently hired senior staff and has been actively and aggressively diving into new initiatives. In fact, while Gottlieb has since tweeted a ...
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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb just abruptly resigned from his post

That was unexpected, including to his FDA colleagues, apparently. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned today from his post, an administration official tells the Washington Post, adding that Gottlieb will relinquish the office in one month. Unlike many people who leave the Trump Administration, the resignation wasn’t sought out or expected, reports the Post, which notes Gottlieb has recently hired senior staff and been actively and aggressively dividing into new initiatives. In fact, while Go...
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Trump aims to stem vet suicide with outreach, local grants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking to stem the number of veteran suicides with a plan to boost outreach by awarding grants to community programs. Trump is signing an order Tuesday that directs his agencies to develop the plan within 12 months. A new task force will look to create a grant […]
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Report finds few seniors are getting routine memory checkups

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few seniors get their thinking and memory abilities regularly tested during check-ups, according to a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association that raises questions about how best to find out if a problem is brewing. Medicare pays for an annual “wellness visit” that is supposed to include what’s called a cognitive assessment […]
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Anti-vaxx 'mobs': doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook

Medical experts who counter misinformation are weathering coordinated attacks. Now some are fighting backWhen the naturopath Elias Kass testified before a Washington state senate committee on 20 February with a baby on his chest and a pacifier in his hand, he knew that his arguments would be unpopular with the anti-vaccine activists in the room. Amid a measles outbreak that has infected 66 people so far, legislators were considering a bill to eliminate personal and philosophical exemptions for c...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Technology, Medicine, Social Networking, Washington, Society, Doctors, Silicon Valley, Vaccines and immunisation, Kass, Elias Kass


GOP, sensing campaign issue, pushes abortion vote in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushed toward a Senate vote Monday on legislation that would threaten prison for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions, a measure that seemed certain to fail but offered the GOP a chance to appeal to conservative voters. Opponents, citing the rarity of such births […]
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As Washington state lawmakers consider sex-ed mandate, some have concerns over parental and local control

OLYMPIA — Democratic legislators want to require public schools to teach comprehensive sexual-health education, despite concerns from some over a loss of parental control and a belief that this decision should be made at the local level. Senate Bill 5395, requested by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), would mandate that public-school districts use a curriculum that […]
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Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Donald Trump, Democrats trying to retire him in 2020, and congressional incumbents of both parties all say they want action. Democrats and Republicans are […]
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Washington state considers staying on Pacific Daylight Time forever

When you switch your clock forward by one hour at the beginning of daylight saving time in two weeks, know this: it could be among the last times. Washington state lawmakers are considering several proposals to adopt year-round Pacific Daylight Time, ending the twice-a-year switch between it and Pacific Standard Time. It’s not a new […]
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Washington considers staying on Pacific Daylight Time forever

When you switch your clock forward by one hour at the beginning of Daylight Savings Time two weeks from now, know this: it could be among the last times. Washington state lawmakers in both the House and Senate are considering several proposals  that could mean the permanent adoption of year-round Pacific Daylight Time, ending the […]
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Cost of Washington’s measles outbreak tops $1 million; expected to climb higher

Clark County, where the measles outbreak is centered, has dedicated 40 to 50 public-health employees to the response while the state Department of Health has assigned 166 staffers.
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Government headed for close to half of nation’s health tab

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even without a history-making health care remake to deliver “Medicare-for-all,” government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation’s health care tab in less than 10 years, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The government growth is driven by traditional Medicare, which is experiencing a surge in enrollment as […]
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FDA warns consumers against ‘young blood’ plasma infusions for dementia, PTSD and other conditions

WASHINGTON — Federal health regulators on Tuesday warned consumers against controversial “young blood” treatments — plasma infusions from young donors marketed for conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. “There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent these conditions and […]
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High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well […]
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