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Sheriff's lieutenant traveled to Liberia to help with Ebola outbreak

EVERETT — They started with rubber gloves: how to put them on, how to take them off.Snohomish County sheriff's Lt. Scott Parker, 47, was part of a four-member team of Americans who went to Liberia in October to help with the Ebola outbreak. The team trained nearly a...

Date: 01/28/2015 | Local News

Ex-Everett firefighter loses paramedic license over sex case

EVERETT — A retired Everett firefighter who was charged with a sex crime in 2014 now has had his paramedic license pulled.

Date: 01/27/2015 | Sirens

Secret to weight loss

Our Light for Life blogger has the all time best way to do it

Date: 01/21/2015 | Light for Life

State must budget more for long-term care

The release of Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed two-year budget brought some grim news for many of our state's most-vulnerable residents lost in the budgetary shuffle.While budget components for education, transportation and the climate each warranted their own days, full of a...

Date: 01/18/2015 | Commentary

Trying to survive the family festival of winter sickness

Every winter, croup hits my daughter with a force so hard that it knocks out our whole family. If you've dealt with croup, then you immediately understand. It's evil. But if you haven't, let's name my daughter's croup by its creator: Human Parainfluenza Virus (HPIV). Now doesn't that...

Date: 01/18/2015 | I Brake for Moms

Judge says law banning medical pot ads is unconstitutional

TACOMA — A state judge has found that a Washington law prohibiting doctors from mentioning medical marijuana in advertisements is unconstitutional.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Northwest

Teaming up

Chiropractors Russell, Wilson are partners in Everett

Date: 01/13/2015 | Whats Up With That?

Dorothy Thomas, “mother” of bone marrow transplant, dies at 92

SEATTLE — Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas, the research partner and wife of the Nobel laureate who pioneered the bone marrow transplant, has died in her Seattle-area home at 92.

Date: 01/10/2015 | Northwest

Smoking ban is a big success

Once in a while, voters in all 39 counties of the state agree on something clear-cut and specific, the law is implemented, and is effective. Crazy, we know. But it's important to remember we can get things done, for the greater good. Initiative 901 of 2005, which bans smoking in all...

Date: 01/09/2015 | Editorials

‘Anti-vaxxers’ prove well-off can be ignorant

California parents are refusing to vaccinate their kindergartners at twice the rate of seven years ago. So the Los Angeles Times reports. The result has been the return of measles and other serious diseases that can lead to paralysis, birth defects and death. The state is now suffering...

Date: 01/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Futuristic gadget improves focus, reduces stress

So Muse, the horseshoe-shaped, brain-sensing headband, goes across the forehead and behind the ears and measures brainwaves? Yep. Just like measuring your heart rate can help you boost the intensity of your workout, measuring brainwaves can help improve focus and reduce stress.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Life

New book details harsh toll of Alzheimer’s on caregivers

"I have spent close to two decades trying to decipher what's going on in my husband's head. His disease is my crossword puzzle," Meryl Comer writes in her book "Slow Dancing With a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's." Comer has spent...

Date: 12/28/2014 | Life

Asthma and exercise can coexist

Asthma: It's that first breath that always seems the worst.The chest tightens and the airways spasm. A cough, a wheeze and an attack.Especially when it's exacerbated by the cold of winter, asthma is a discomfort for some and a medical issue for many.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Life

Is Fitbit a good fit?

Reviewer checks out the latest fitness gadget

Date: 12/28/2014 | Life

Stay healthy during flu season

Understanding germs is key

Date: 12/28/2014 | Life

Casey Kasem’s widow suing Gig Harbor hospital for medical records

TACOMA — The widow of radio legend Casey Kasem is suing a hospital for the medical records of the last weeks of his life.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest

State must address funding for long-term care needs

We're not getting any younger.A little less than 14 percent of Washington state's population is 65 years or older. Four years ago, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the dependency...

Date: 12/23/2014 | Editorials

Making meds palatable

Everett pharmacy helps the medicine go down

Date: 12/16/2014 | Life

Allow veterans access to medical marijuana

Government agencies and legislative bodies, which usually move at a slug-like pace, can act quickly, especially if no one is particularly seeking the change. The Department of Justice announced last week that Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Editorials

Washington State regents approve health clinic

SPOKANE — Washington State University’s board of regents on Friday approved the designs for a teaching health clinic on the WSU Spokane campus.The Spokane Teaching Health Center is a consortium of WSU, Providence Health Care and Empire Health Foundation.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Northwest

Valley General's name to change in final step to partnership

MONROE — Valley General Hospital, whose history dates to the 1890s, will change its name to EvergreenHealth Monroe in March, the final step in consummating an alliance...

Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News

Tribal doctor returns to boyhood home in Oregon to practice

MISSION, Ore. — Rex “Matt” Quaempts holds close memories of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He grew up here, hunting pheasants in the fields, swimming in the river, sitting in the sweat lodge with his father and playing catcher on his Babe Ruth baseball team.

Date: 12/06/2014 | Northwest

Man sentenced to 2 years in medical fraud case

SPOKANE — A California man who told central Washington residents that God taught him how to construct a laser that cured cancer will spend two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to medical fraud.Edward J. Brown, 67, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Spokane.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest

Autism care coverage improves but costs a worry

More than 26,000 military families with autistic children are getting better Tricare coverage of applied behavior analysis therapy and related services, which can improve a child's development and quality of life.But a Comprehensive Autism Care Demonstration that began a...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Local News

Fashion from the heart

Little black dresses created special for cancer survivors

Date: 12/02/2014 | Life

Inslee wants to reduce new cases of HIV in state

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he is committed to cutting the number of new HIV diagnoses in Washington state in half by 2020.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Northwest

New approach with elderly addicts at nursing home

NEW YORK — A surge in baby boomers has driven up the number of elderly people abusing drugs or alcohol, bringing more attention to the sometimes-delicate problems involved in treating addiction in the aging.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Nation & World

Medical professionals provide aid on Guatemala trip

MILL CREEK — He does some of his most meaningful work while he's on vacation.Michael Mallahan travels abroad to help children hear. The audiologist at Mill Creek's Hearing and Balance Lab led nearly 30 volunteers on a...

Date: 12/01/2014 | Local News

Lejeune vets gain by knowing details of 2012 toxin law

A 2012 law that requires the VA to cover the health care of former Marines, sailors and family members with ailments linked to 1957 to 1987 water contaminations at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, continues to surprise segments of the affected population.Some of the law's...

Date: 11/21/2014 | Local News

State sanctions naturopath over cancer vaccine

BOTHELL — A naturopathic physician here whose license was suspended by the state can apply to have it reinstated next year, but he also will have to pay a $5,000 fine, refund $180,750 to cancer patients and remain on probation for at least eight years.

Date: 11/19/2014 | Local News

Snohomish County Ebola plan in the works, just in case

EVERETT — On the rare chance that someone with Ebola shows up in Snohomish County, paramedics, hospitals, clinics and public health experts would be faced with a contagious, dangerous disease unlike anything they've ever seen.That's why they've been quietly working...

Date: 11/10/2014 | Local News

Holding on to life ’til the end is dignified, too

"Brittany Maynard died with dignity from brain cancer," read the headline of a press release issued by the organization Compassion & Choices. Suffering from a vicious form of brain cancer and near the end, the 29-year-old died Saturday surrounded by family and friends in...

Date: 11/06/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Providence, Harborview hospitals differ on trauma care capacity

A hospital's trauma-care designation reflects the capabilities of the emergency room to treat severe injuries. Harborview Medical Center in Seattle is rated Level I for both adult and pediatric patients.

Date: 10/29/2014 | Local News

Quality of U.S. hospices varies; patients, families left in the dark

WASHINGTON — More than a million times a year, a terminally ill patient in the United States is enrolled in hospice care. Each time, the family confronts a decision that, while critical, often must be made almost blindly: Which hospice to hire?

Date: 10/26/2014 | Nation & World

Taking steps to hold down health care costs

Washington is one of the most efficient states in the nation when it comes to the delivery of cost-effective health care. However, new statewide analysis shows that many patients still receive unneeded and expensive care. This excess care dramatically adds to the cost of health care...

Date: 10/21/2014 | Commentary

Death with dignity laws can offer protection to terminal patients

The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor. That Maynard is a pretty...

Date: 10/21/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Reconsider bans on marijuana businesses

Making something legal doesn't make it universally accepted.That's the case for marijuana in Washington state as more cities and counties vote to ban or impose moratoriums on its production and sale.

Date: 10/20/2014 | Editorials

Panic is natural but more dangerous than Ebola itself

Richard Preston, whose 1994 book "The Hot Zone" brought the Ebola virus terrifyingly alive for readers, once described how, during his research, his biohazard suit had ripped open, exposing him to a potentially fatal toxin."I started to feel giddy,"...

Date: 10/19/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Ebola is forcing a choice between security and liberty

Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation. It will stop the epidemic "in its tracks." And yet nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, who...

Date: 10/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists

Time for panic? No, but it’s time for an abundance of caution

Now, now, let's not panic. Yes, we have a second Ebola patient infected after treating the Liberian man who apparently concealed his exposure to this often-fatal disease, but this is no reason to panic."It's bad news that another person is sick," Dallas County...

Date: 10/16/2014 | Opinion Columnists

The Bra Shop grand opening is Wednesday

Breast cancer survivors are invited to cut the ribbon at the 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the grand opening of The Bra Shop at Citrine Health, 2940 W. Marine View Dr., Everett.The open house is 4 to 7 p.m. at the nonprofit, which also has a women’s wellness center and a gift shop.

Date: 10/14/2014 | Life

Prioritize exercise after breast-cancer treatment

While going through treatment for breast cancer, many women are nauseated, sore, hormonal and cranky — and exercising is not on the top of their to-do list.

Date: 10/14/2014 | Life

Therapy in your own hands: The health benefits of knitting

SACRAMENTO — As autumnal breezes rustle browning trees, a comfy couch by the hearth soon could become your regular after-work destination. But before you plop down, experts recommend you find a hand-based craft such as knitting or crocheting to keep spirits high during chilly times.

Date: 10/14/2014 | Life

Treat Ebola with thoughtful steps, not panic

Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out. The correct response should be urgent concern — not panic — and an all-out crusade to extinguish the West Africa outbreak of the deadly virus at its source.This is essentially the Obama...

Date: 10/13/2014 | Opinion Columnists

How did Dallas worker catch Ebola?

How did it happen?That’s the big question as federal health officials investigate the case of a Dallas health worker who treated an Ebola patient and ended up with the disease herself.

Date: 10/12/2014 | Nation & World

Lifesaving measures

Firefighters adopt new technology and approaches to CPR

Date: 10/12/2014 | Local News

Action needed on education, access to care

In 1990, Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the efforts of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to raise such awareness. Since then, people across the country have joined together during that week to boldly advocate for...

Date: 10/11/2014 | Commentary

Mental health fund is small, but it's a start

"Hope Floats," the Sandra Bullock movie about the lives of a family working through their issues, problems and relationships, deals with happiness and quality of life through the drama of life. I have always loved the title, it reminds me that tomorrow always comes and there...

Date: 10/10/2014 | Commentary

Popular painkillers will be harder for patients to get

ST. LOUIS — It's going to be more difficult to refill prescriptions for the most popular painkillers starting Monday, when new federal rules move products with hydrocodone into a stricter drug class reserved for the most dangerous and addictive substances.In approving...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Nation & World

Cancer survivor numbers triple from 40 years ago

NEW YORK — About 1 in 22 Americans is a cancer survivor, triple the percentage seen 40 years ago, according to a report that suggests science may be slowly catching up with the deadly disease.About 14.5 million people in the United States have outlasted cancer or lived...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

‘Angelina effect’: Women listened about cancer when Jolie spoke

Angelina Jolie's public revelation about having risky mutations in a gene related to breast cancer sent DNA screening referrals through the roof, at least in the U.K., a new study suggests.The "Angelina effect" persisted for many months as many more women got...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

Preemptive strikes

Genetic tests are a rising weapon against breast cancer

Date: 10/05/2014 | Local News

Skagit program tailors cancer treatment to each patient

The Skagit Regional Health Breast Institute, funded in part through $600,000 in grants from Safeway, realizes that breast cancer treatment is not one size fits all. The team examines and discusses each case to develop a treatment plan tailored to the uniqueness of each...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

Help in her corner

Alliance of medical care helped Lake Stevens woman fight cancer

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

Supporting the body

Proper nutrition can help during cancer treatment

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

Vanishing cancer could be key to a cure

In her 28-year career, Dr. Deborah Axelrod, a New York physician, says she's had just one patient whose advanced breast cancer inexplicably vanished.The patient, Ann Fonfa, endured multiple surgeries to remove cancerous tumors that kept growing back. All the while, Fonfa...

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

Beating cancer's surprises

Arlington woman's case seemed simple, but things changed

Date: 10/05/2014 | Life

Health care overhead is costing us big bucks

Americans spend more than $9,000 apiece on health care every year. Ouch, you say. But how does it feel to know that more than $1,000 of that sum goes to administrative costs? Or that Americans spend more than $210 billion a year on the health insurance claims system?

Date: 09/28/2014 | Business Wire

TV show makes the case for rural medicine

Sometimes a television show can do what a stack of statistics cannot.

Date: 09/26/2014 | Business Wire

How to make indoors safer for allergy sufferers

Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it's something most people can handle without worry. After all, our bodies are inhabited by multitudes of bacteria, to which we seldom...

Date: 09/25/2014 | Home and Garden

2 cases of D68 virus confirmed; 1 from Snohomish County

SEATTLE — The respiratory virus that has been spreading across the nation, sickening children, has now been confirmed in Washington.

Date: 09/19/2014 | Local News

Preventative house calls

Community paramedic visits people before they need 911

Date: 09/18/2014 | Local News

WSU and UW held talks about Spokane medical school

SPOKANE — Officials from the University of Washington and Washington State University held meetings earlier this year to discuss a possible deal on “co-branding” a medical school in Spokane.

Date: 09/17/2014 | Northwest

Be a role model for kids in your own eating habits

Yep, it’s September. And now that school is starting, what’s the latest on how to encourage good eating habits in our young ones?

Date: 09/16/2014 | Life

Roll out the pain

Foam rollers let you give yourself a deep-tissue massage

Date: 09/16/2014 | Life

On a mission of mercy and education in West Africa

The news out of West Africa is terrifying.In April, at least 200 girls were kidnapped from their Nigerian school at the hands of Boko Haram, an Islamic...

Date: 09/07/2014 | Local News

Couple meets the dispatcher who helped save a life

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Kris Sanderson called 911, begging for help.Her partner of 15 years, Paula Russell-Sanderson, stopped breathing during an asthma attack. Russell-Sanderson was turning blue.

Date: 09/06/2014 | Local News

Doing more with less

Providence gets creative to give care to those who need it most

Date: 08/28/2014 | Local News

New restrictions on hydrocodone to take effect

WASHINGTON (AP)— The federal government is finalizing new restrictions on hundreds of medicines containing hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that has grown into the most widely prescribed drug in the U.S.

Date: 08/21/2014 | Nation & World

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

WASHINGTON — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.

Date: 08/21/2014 | Nation & World

Pfizer, 23andMe team up to study bowel diseases

WASHINGTON — Pfizer Inc. is teaming up with DNA testing company 23andMe to study the possible genetic underpinnings of inflammatory bowel disease, a hard-to-treat ailment that affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans.

Date: 08/12/2014 | Business

What you need to know about tattoo health risks

When safety standards are followed, tattoos are usually trouble-free. But tattoos can pose health risks that many people might not consider.Unsterilized tools or contaminated ink can lead to infection, scarring, blood-borne diseases and other, less-obvious issues.

Date: 08/12/2014 | Life

Even Granny's got a tattoo

Older folks not shy about getting skin art

Date: 08/12/2014 | Life

Unorthodox tactics to fight type 1 diabetes

We were invited to stroll through stunning vineyards as we made our way to picnic tables shaded by giant oaks trees. While we munched on lunch, Clarence the Clown entertained us with colorful balloons, magic tricks and his own brand of nutrition humor: “Cannibals don’t like clowns, you know, they...

Date: 08/12/2014 | Life

Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug

WILSONVILLE, Ore. — An Oregon Medicaid committee is expected Thursday to significantly scale back access to an effective — but expensive — new drug used to treat hepatitis C.

Date: 08/10/2014 | Northwest

Getting sun-kissed without the sun is fun and easy

I don't usually take my clothes off on story assignments.Not when the exotic dancer asked me if I wanted to give it a whirl. Or when I went to the nudist hot springs and I was the only one at the pool not letting it all hang out.This time, however, I was all...

Date: 07/21/2014 | Life

Budding business: Pot-testing labs growing in Oregon

BEND, Ore. — Cascadia Labs is nestled amid ornamental fruit trees in a quiet office park on the north end of Bend. In this lab, employees with backgrounds in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries spend their days testing a variety of products with one common ingredient, consumed by...

Date: 07/12/2014 | Northwest

3 more nurses for Lynnwood jail

LYNNWOOD — The City Council has approved plans to hire three nurses to work in the Lynnwood jail.Officials are aiming to make the hires in the coming months, said police Cmdr. Jim Nelson, who oversees jail operations.

Date: 07/05/2014 | Local News

Guideline: Most healthy women can skip pelvic exam

WASHINGTON — No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual.

Date: 06/30/2014 | Nation & World

Cannabis snack truck scuttles Everett visit

EVERETT — A food truck that sells cannabis-laced snacks won’t be coming to Everett this weekend after all.

Date: 06/26/2014 | Local News

Federal views diverge on proper use of painkillers

WASHINGTON — How do you have a conversation about prescription drugs that provide critical pain relief to millions of Americans yet also cause more fatal overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined?The answer is: It depends.

Date: 06/10/2014 | Nation & World

Mesmerizing in Mill Creek

'That Lady Hypnotist' uses her skill for comedy and therapy

Date: 06/10/2014 | Local News

New heart, new horizons

Class of 2014: Everett student persevered through transplant

Date: 06/08/2014 | Local News

Sharing a vital mission

Retired nurse trains volunteers to help in disasters

Date: 06/06/2014 | Local News

Med-tech industry is booming in China

A Chinese market for medical technology used to be on the long list of lofty goals for devicemakers like Medtronic. Now U.S. med-tech firms are seeing double-digit growth as they partner with Chinese manufacturers, purchase Chinese companies, and race to educate and woo Chinese doctors and patients...

Date: 05/12/2014 | Business

Bothell naturopathic physician defends medical practice

BOTHELL — John Catanzaro, a Bothell naturopathic physician whose license was recently suspended by the state, says his cancer treatments aren't harmful and that he advocates...

Date: 05/10/2014 | Local News

How to regain that youthful glow

As we're emerging from hibernation here are some remedies to follow to rejuvenate cold-weather-weary skin.Place a steam or mist humidifier in the bedroom to put moisture back into the air, suggests Dr. Suzan Obagi, director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center...

Date: 05/04/2014 | Life

Eli Lilly’s gastric cancer drug gains approval from FDA

Eli Lilly’s experimental gastric cancer treatment, one of the drugmaker’s top late-stage drug candidates that analysts project may generate more than $1 billion in sales, was approved by U.S. regulators.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Business

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

CHICAGO — Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Nation & World

Don’t remain silent about end-of-life care

What gives meaning to my life? From our childhood through our retirement, we live our lives as a response to this question. Our decisions about education, careers, finances, home, and relationships are all demonstrations of our personal priorities and values. Too...

Date: 04/13/2014 | Commentary

Money's influence in health care isn't on patients' side

The 2014 legislative session showed anew the power of money in health care.Big-box stores sought to further displace audiologists' small businesses by seeking greater authority for "hearing instrument fitters" who lack the extensive clinical, and diagnostic, training of...

Date: 03/16/2014 | Commentary

Cut in funding could close county detox center, drug programs

Sharon and Jerry. Developing. Local addiction treatment centers, including the county's only in-patient detox center, say that unless state reembursement rates are changed they may have to cut back or shut down on services. State lawmakers would have to act fast. Session ends on March 13.

Date: 03/10/2014 | Local News

Senate passes bill to regulate medical marijuana

OLYMPIA — A measure to overhaul the state’s medical marijuana system cleared the Senate on Saturday as the state moves to merge that largely unregulated market with the still-developing legal recreational market.

Date: 03/08/2014 | Northwest

Patients, providers wary of changes to medical marijuana laws

OLYMPIA — Dozens of marijuana plants await harvest at a production site for “Loaded Soda,” an Olympia-based business that provides marijuana-infused sodas, vitamin waters and other products to more than 400 medical marijuana collectives throughout the state.

Date: 03/02/2014 | Northwest

Wash.-based Emeritus Senior Living under investigation

Editor's note: The subject of this story, Seattle-based Emeritus Senior Living, has eight facilities in Snohomish County. The company with which Emeritus is to merge,...

Date: 02/28/2014 | Local News

Pierce County Jail changes medical care, cuts 15 jobs

TACOMA — The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has outsourced medical care at the county jail, laying off 15 full-time workers.

Date: 02/15/2014 | Northwest

Female sexual desire drug gains new path to FDA approval

WASHINGTON — A pill to treat low sexual desire in women may gain another chance at approval this year after an agreement between U.S. regulators and the drug’s maker.

Date: 02/11/2014 | Nation & World

Autistic behavior is curbed in French mouse study

MUNICH — A drug given to pregnant mice prevented autism-like behavior in their offspring, encouraging researchers they’re on the right track in testing the medicine in children with the disorder.

Date: 02/11/2014 | Nation & World

State suspends license of Bothell naturopath

A Bothell natropathic physician has had his license immediately suspended by the state Department of Health for allegedly duping cancer patients into treatment with an unapproved experimental vaccine.

Date: 01/29/2014 | Local News

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