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Measles outbreak in Samoa kills 72, most of them children

72 measles-related deaths have been recorded since the outbreak started.
CBS News - Published

Cannabis Company Launches Its Own Credit Card For Dispensary Customers

Most credit card networks won't allow their cards to be used in stores that sell marijuana because it's illegal under federal law.
CBS 2 - Published

Some Dinosaurs Had Lice

Researchers have determined that some dinosaurs had lice. NPR's Scott Simon talks with paleontologist Chung Kun Shih about this exciting yet revolting discovery.
NPR - Published

Holiday Parties Make You Squirm? Here's How To Conquer Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder fear their "fatal flaws" will be exposed by a wayward comment or other social misstep. If holiday parties send you spiraling, try these tips.
NPR - Published

New York Family Uses Christmas Light Display To Raise Money For NYPD Officer’s Daughter Facing Heart Condition

The organization Angel Flight coordinated with Jet Blue to provide free flights back and forth to California for the family for Teagan's treatment.
CBS 2 - Published

Here Are The Tips You Need To Keep Your Heart Healthy During The Busy Holiday Season

CBS2's Dr. Max Gomez has the tips you need to know to keep your heart healthy during all your holiday festivities.
CBS 2 - Published

Audit: Medical system board was 'deeply compromised'

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland Medical System paid $500,000 to buy the self-published books of Baltimore's now disgraced ex-mayor, but there's no evidence any system executives ever..
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US approves fish oil-based drug for cutting heart risks

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in high-risk patients already taking cholesterol-lowering..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Large hospital system says it was hit by ransomware attack

EDISON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s largest hospital system said Friday that a ransomware attack last week disrupted its computer network and that it paid a ransom to stop it. Hackensack Meridian..
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Man’s Desire To Donate Organ Winds Up Saving His Life; Organ Donor Still Needed

Donating an organ takes lots of time and vigorous medical testing, but should you be a match, the end result is beautiful.
CBS 2 - Published

Cigna to use AI to track patients' medication intake

More than a third of patients with diabetes don't take their drugs as prescribed, sometimes because of cost concerns.
CBS News - Published

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four..
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Why People With Climate Change Concerns Don't Always Do What's Best For The Environment

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Ashley Whillans, behavioral scientist at Harvard Business School, about why many people care deeply about climate change, but slow to adopt climate-friendly behaviors.
NPR - Published

Peter Frates, known for ice bucket challenge, laid to rest

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Breast cancer risk from menopause hormones may last decades

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Women who use certain types of hormones after menopause still have an increased risk of developing breast cancer nearly two decades after they stop taking the pills, long-term..
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The health-care promises we cannot keep

“We want to give loved ones who are sick or dying everything we think they want — but we can’t,” said Barbara Karnes, an end-of-life educator and hospice nurse based in Vancouver, Wash. Events..
Seattle Times - Published

Seattle school closes after 100 students, staff call out sick

SEATTLE -- More than 100 students and staff at a Seattle public school were reported as sick Thursday in an apparent outbreak of norovirus.
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Avoid Too Much Sugar if You Have the Winter Blues

New U.S. research suggests that if you suffer from depression, which can be particularly common during the darker winter months, then avoiding sugary foods could help to ease symptoms. Carried out by a..
Newsmax - Published

How to combat loneliness, and how it differs from depression

Two new studies suggest older adults are more lonely than they used to be. The American Psychological Association found on average that reported loneliness began to increase after age 75. But..
CBS News - Published

Exercising Safely in Cold Weather

With the temperatures dipping, it's easy to find excuses not to exercise outdoors. But if you dress properly and listen to your body, there is no reason to quit your fitness routine -- with some..
Newsmax - Published

Study Increases Controversy Over Hormone Replacement Therapy

The ongoing debate about postmenopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer risk may have turned even more muddy: A large new study suggests that two different types of hormone therapy have opposite..
Newsmax - Published

Older Pets Help Older People Stay Healthy

Japan has the fastest aging population which poses a lot of challenges for the country---including cost-effective ways to keep seniors healthy and in their own homes as long as possible. One animal..
Newsmax - Published

Mom of 10-month-old on life support refuses to give up

A judge in Texas ruled that a Fort Worth hospital cannot disconnect Tinslee Lewis at least for another three weeks
CBS News - Published

Cleaning Up Space Junk

The European Space Agency says a self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit in 2025 to begin work on the world's first space cleanup mission. Jan Woerner of the European Space Agency discusses.
NPR - Published

Another opioid crisis is raging through the developing world

KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Tramadol is an odd, unpredictable opioid, scientists say

Scientists who’ve studied the curious chemistry of the opioid tramadol use an array of adjectives to describe it: “unpredictable,” “messy,” “crazy.” Tramadol is unlike most other..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Dial 988 For Help: FCC To Create New 3-Digit Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Hotline

Once it’s implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services.
CBS 2 - Published

Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide prevention hotline number: 988

Once it's implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help, similar to calling 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services.
Newsday - Published

California considers requiring zero emission truck sales

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The country's most populous state could become the first to require a portion of new truck sales be electric or “zero emission” vehicles as California grapples with how..
SeattlePI.com - Published

More people signing up for health insurance in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 130,000 people have purchased health insurance through California's state-run marketplace for the first time, a 16% increase from last year now that the state is..
SeattlePI.com - Published

2 Potential Breakthrough Drugs Could Help Patients Battling Advanced Breast Cancer

There’s new hope for patients battling advanced breast cancer, coming from what doctors are calling two potential breakthrough drugs.
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New York tells health insurers to cover cost of vaping cessation products

The move represents the latest state action to address the rise in the use of electronic cigarettes. 
Newsday - Published

Why Climate Change Threats Don't Trigger An Immediate Response From Human Brains

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert about why the human brain doesn't respond to threats posed by climate change as quickly or proactively as seems warranted.
NPR - Published

Court won't halt lawsuits against doctor in murder case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio hospital doctor who pleaded not guilty to murder in 25 patients' deaths was unsuccessful in his latest bid to pause more than a dozen related lawsuits while the criminal..
SeattlePI.com - Published

New York tries to keep alive flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's ban on flavored e-cigarettes is still held up in court, but a state council voted Thursday to keep it alive in case the judge rules in the state's favor. The state's..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Vaping illness death count surpasses 50 in US

NEW YORK (AP) — The death toll in the vaping illness outbreak has topped 50, U.S. health officials said Thursday. The 52 deaths in 26 states are among the 2,409 hospitalized cases that have been..
SeattlePI.com - Published

House passes bill to lower prescription drug costs

The bill, which passed 230 to 192, is unlikely to move forward in the Senate
CBS News - Published

Officials: Vaccination Efforts Slow Spread Of Hepatitis A In Florida

Florida’s surgeon general is cautiously optimistic that education and vaccination efforts during the past few months are working to contain the spread of hepatitis A, which caused the declaration of..
cbs4.com - Published

Pelosi drug bill up for House vote reflects a Trump idea

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a White House candidate, Donald Trump said he could save Medicare billions of dollars by negotiating prescription drug prices. Legislation expected to pass the..
SeattlePI.com - Published

'Smart' Contact Lenses Might Also Monitor Eye Health

Eye doctors may someday use "smart" contact lenses to track patients' eye health, early research suggests. A team of scientists in South Korea has packed incredibly small electronic circuitry,..
Newsmax - Published

Lack of Sleep for Nurses Could Be Affecting Patients

Nurses get less sleep before their scheduled shifts compared to nonwork days, which could affect patient care, according to a new study.
Newsmax - Published

Almost Half of Prescribed Antibiotics Not Needed

When your doctor prescribes an antibiotic, there's a 43% chance it may not be needed, a new study finds.
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TV Star Reveals Her Battle Against Bipolar Disorder

Chyler Leigh has taken on some challenging roles in her career, including learning to be a surgeon as Lexie Grey on "Grey's Anatomy" and helping keep the world safe from alien threats on the TV show..
Newsmax - Published

The Airlines that Serve the Healthiest Foods are . . .

There are lots of reasons to dread flying – turbulence, long delays, uncomfortable seats – and lousy airline food is right up there. But the 2019-2020 edition of the Airline Food Study has..
Newsmax - Published

2 New Drugs May Defeat Aggressive Breast Cancer

Two experimental drugs show real promise against an aggressive, treatment-resistant form of breast cancer that's spread to other parts of the body, researchers say.
Newsmax - Published

Sleeping Too Long Raises Stroke Risk

If you're the kind of person who sleeps nine or more hours a night or takes long afternoon naps, you may want to worry about your stroke risk, a new Chinese study suggests.
Newsmax - Published

Malls hold Santa Cares events for kids with autism

Santa knows how to interact with kids who have autism – and he wants them to know he cares.
CBS News - Published

More dying at home than in U.S. hospitals for first time in a century

That's also true of nursing homes; the trends reflect rises in hospice care and in the number of Americans simply preferring to spend their last days at home
CBS News - Published

Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

BARCELONA (AP) — When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next..
SeattlePI.com - Published

Doctors end protest to demand flu vaccines for migrants

San Diego (AP) — A group of doctors on Wednesday ended a three-day protest against the U.S. government's refusal to allow the flu vaccine be administered to migrants, following the arrests of six..
SeattlePI.com - Published

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