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2 birds test positive for West Nile in Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County officials say West Nile virus was been found in two dead birds and nine groups of mosquitoes.

Date: 08/22/2015 | Northwest

Second bed bug infestation at the jail’s work release center

EVERETT — The bed bugs are back.The tiny wingless insects that feed on warm-blooded animals have returned to the Snohomish County Jail's Work Release Center.They feast when inmates sleep. Some have reported being bitten...

Date: 08/22/2015 | Local News

Education, not taxation best way to address sugar

Champions of righteous eating have been saying terrible things of late about Coke. They're now focusing their wrath on a corporate campaign to place Coca-Cola in the context of a healthy diet.A New York Times editorial accuses Coke and other beverage-makers of forming...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The best whooping cough defense is a vaccine

We are continuing to see an explosion of whooping cough (pertussis) cases statewide. Here in Snohomish County, there have been 177 cases so far this year. To put that into perspective, there were only 23 cases in 2014 and 57 cases in 2013. Unfortunately, we are approaching epidemic levels last seen...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Life

Salmonella outbreak sickens 134 in state, 24 in county

A salmonella outbreak linked to pork which has sickened 134 people in Washington, including 24 in Snohomish County, could be "just the tip of the iceberg," state health officials said Wednesday.So far, 15 people, including one person in Snohomish County, have...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News

We can save Medicare by funding Alzheimer’s research better

Current quibbling over what Jeb Bush meant when he said it's time to phase out and replace Medicare — as opposed to "attacking the seniors," as one woman at a recent event bellowed out — will soon seem quaint against the realities of our future.Never...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State health officials investigating clusters of Salmonella in Northwest

OLYMPIA — State health officials say they are investigating clusters of Salmonella that appear to be linked to eating pork.

Date: 07/23/2015 | Northwest

Families hit by rare early Alzheimer’s push for research

WASHINGTON — Alzheimer’s has ravaged generations of Dean DeMoe’s family — his grandmother, father, siblings — all in their 40s and 50s.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Scientists see progress in treating dementia

WASHINGTON — More than 4,000 scientists from around the world will gather in Washington this week to share the latest findings and ideas on Alzheimer's disease, with some saying that the odds of finding effective treatments look promising even as an aging society increases the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

High-risk Lyme disease areas grow

NEW YORK — The geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically, according to a new government study published WednesdayU.S. cases remain concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But now more areas in those regions are considered high risk.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World

Clark County health officials say whooping cough on rise

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark County health officials say whooping cough has reached “outbreak levels” in the region.

Date: 07/13/2015 | Northwest

CPAP machines just one option to treat sleep disorder

In my opinion, Ms. Guthrie who wrote the July 4 article "Undetected sleep apnea can lead to host of health problems," didn't do her research very well.She wrote "If sleep apnea is...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Commentary

Alcohol misuse major threat

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Drug Administration this week confirmed what states have been reporting for years: That the rate of heroin use in the U.S. has climbed 63 percent in the past decade; and the rate of heroin abuse or dependence climbed 90...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Editorials

Lacey motel closes after possible Legionnaires’ report

LACEY — Thurston County health officials say a Super 8 Motel in Lacey has voluntarily closed while officials investigate a possible outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.Over the past month, three cases of the disease have been confirmed with a possible connection to the motel.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest

Clallam County woman who died from measles was vaccinated

SEATTLE — A woman killed by measles in Clallam County had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Northwest

Clallam County measles death is first in U.S. since 2003

SEATTLE — Measles killed a Washington woman in the spring — the first such death in the U.S. in 12 years and the first in the state in 25, health officials said Thursday.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Northwest

Oregon dad urges meningococcal vaccinations following death of son

EUGENE, Ore. — While half of University of Oregon undergraduates skipped the recommended vaccination against the deadly type B meningococcal disease, one Oregon father drove his son to Canada to get the vaccination last fall before he began attending Oregon State University.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest

Promoting health; lifting barriers

Promotoras link the Latino community with the medical world

Date: 06/13/2015 | Local News

Officials tell U.S. doctors to watch for MERS

NEW YORK — Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

6th person dies of MERS virus in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World

Parent visits U of O, gets meningitis-causing infection

EUGENE, Ore. — Public health officials say a parent who visited the campus of the University of Oregon in early May was infected with the bacteria that can cause meningitis.

Date: 05/29/2015 | Northwest

Study peeks into healthy brains to hunt Alzheimer’s culprit

WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

Date: 05/26/2015 | Nation & World

Balloons for Annabelle

Jackson Elementary students mourn classmate

Date: 05/19/2015 | Local News

Teen’s design keeps airliner germs from spreading

Canadian student Raymond Wang, 17, won the world’s largest high school science competition on Friday, taking home the top prize of $75,000 for inventing a new way to keep germs from spreading in airplane cabins.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Nation & World

For embattled young family, finally some good news

Emily Fletcher turns 33 today. The new mom, who was featured in Sunday's Daily Herald, is battling brain cancer while adjusting to parenthood and living with

Date: 05/15/2015 | Local News

A mother's strength

Emily Fletcher's courage shines through medical challenges

Date: 05/10/2015 | Local News

Measles vaccine may have other benefits

LOS ANGELES — A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

Date: 05/08/2015 | Nation & World

Fan boys in Senate fawn but ignore Elton John's AIDS plea

Sir Elton John, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, flew into Washington to testify Wednesday before members of the United States Senate — or, as they might more accurately be described, the Madmen Across the Water.He had been called before an...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Whatcom health officials say 36 sick from E. coli outbreak

LYNDEN — The Whatcom County Health Department says an E. coli outbreak at the Milk Makers Fest left 36 people sick and sent five to the hospital.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Northwest

Telethon that Jerry Lewis memorably ran pulls plug

NEW YORK — The Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon is ending its annual Labor Day telethon, a television tradition for decades that has slowly disappeared from view since the sudden end of Jerry Lewis’ role as host following the 2010 show.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World

5 months after infection, man spreads Ebola via sex

NEW YORK — Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Nation & World

17 cases of E. coli after Whatcom County dairy festival

LYNDEN — Health officials say 17 people have lab-confirmed cases of E. coli and another 15 have symptoms of the illness after attending a Whatcom County dairy festival last week.

Date: 04/30/2015 | Northwest

Gingrich wants health research funds doubled

Newt Gingrich recently recalled the bipartisan deal that doubled the budget for the National Institutes of Health — with fondness. This was about 20 years ago, when Bill Clinton was president, and Republicans under Gingrich had just taken over Congress.Never a member...

Date: 04/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

An explanation of wild birds’ role in avian flu outbreak

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States, with the virus confirmed in the animals in 10 states. The number of birds infected climbed to more than 9 million Monday with more reported cases in Iowa. Here are some...

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Take carbon reduction plan to the public

When he introduced in November the report of a 21-member citizens panel recommending strategies for reducing carbon pollution, Gov. Jay Inslee expressed hope...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Editorials

State health officials warn of whooping cough outbreak

EVERETT – Public health officials say they’ve seen “an explosion” of whooping cough cases in Snohomish County and are urging people, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated.

Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News

Will USDA fall for sweet talk of sugar lobby?

Our mothers told us: Sugar is filled with "empty calories," and it can rot your teeth, make you fat and give you diabetes.They told us this because, unfortunately, it's true. But this is Washington, and things operate here much like in Willy Wonka's world of...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A different war

Vet faces new enemy: Multiple sclerosis

Date: 04/10/2015 | Local News

Shorter people have higher heart risk

When Randy Newman sang his tongue-in-cheek tune about short people, he called attention to their “little hands, little eyes” and their “little baby legs.” Nowhere does his 1978 hit mention that short people also have an increased risk of coronary artery disease.

Date: 04/10/2015 | Nation & World

2 people diagnosed with TB at Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines

DES MOINES — King County health officials say two people at the Mount Rainier High School in Des Moines have been diagnosed with active tuberculosis in the last three months.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Northwest

Olympus scopes may have infected more patients, Seattle health agency says

LOS ANGELES — More patients across the country may have been infected by medical scopes manufactured by Olympus Corp. than previously thought, health officials warned Monday.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Northwest

Washington cases of tuberculosis slightly down in 2014

OLYMPIA — State health officials say the number of cases of tuberculosis declined slightly in 2014.The Department of Health says there were 193 cases of tuberculosis reported in the state. That’s down 8 percent from the 209 cases reported in 2013.

Date: 03/22/2015 | Northwest

HPV vaccine is a simple step against cancer

In just the last six months, a measles outbreak at Disneyland spread fear into communities across the country. Deadly meningococcal disease at the University of Oregon claimed a young life and launched a campaign for immediate mass immunizations on campus. These occurrences and...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Commentary

A darker side to e-cigarettes

The two sides of electronic cigarettes and their effects on health are coming into sharper focus.Smoking e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, has been promoted as an effective way for people to quit cigarettes and other tobacco products, because they continue to deliver the...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Editorials

U.S. charity staff to leave Sierra Leone amid Ebola scare

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Ten health care workers with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Nation & World

More than just skin deep

Esthetician donates services to those who have experienced trauma

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

Severe flu season has killed 9 in Snohomish County

EVERETT — This year's flu season in Snohomish County is the most deadly in five years, health officials say.The nine people who have died so far from the influenza virus exceed the number of people who died during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009.For comparison,...

Date: 03/04/2015 | Local News


Despite setbacks, Camano teen just keeps on dancing

Date: 03/03/2015 | Local News

Washington flu season most deadly in years, but not over

SEATTLE — The deadliest flu season in Washington state in at least five years is winding down, but it’s not yet over.

Date: 03/01/2015 | Northwest

Sierra Leone’s vice president in quarantine for Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guards.

Date: 03/01/2015 | Nation & World

Making cancer a fair fight

Viewpoints: Stop looking for one 'cure'

Date: 03/01/2015 | Commentary

Snohomish County has close call with measles-infected visitor

EVERETT — A visiting California woman contagious with measles potentially exposed at least 173 people in Snohomish County to the virus over a three-day period in late December and early January, health officials say.

Date: 02/22/2015 | Local News

New virus linked to death after tick bite

WASHINGTON — U.S health officials are investigating a new strain of virus linked to the death of a Kansas man who fell ill after being bitten by a tick, then went into organ failure and died about two weeks later.

Date: 02/21/2015 | Nation & World

Officials: Bacterial infection caused Ore. student’s death

EUGENE, Ore. — Health officials say this week’s death of a University of Oregon student in Eugene was caused by the same contagious bacterial infection that has sent three other students to hospitals so far this year.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Northwest

Vaping not safe for our youths

We applaud Gov. Inslee's spotlight on the escalating use of e-cigarettes among youth in our state. Not only is vaping on the rise, but it has surpassed tobacco cigarette use, with 10th grade students in Washington two times more likely to vape than to smoke traditional cigarettes.

Date: 02/15/2015 | Commentary

2nd measles case on Olympic Peninsula

PORT ANGELES — A public health official says a second case of measles has been confirmed on the Olympia Peninsula, this time in a 5-year-old girl.

Date: 02/13/2015 | Northwest

Paul’s libertarian views paint him into a corner

Sen. Rand Paul believes that vaccinating children should be up to the parents, an increasingly unpopular view after recent outbreaks of measles, mumps and other diseases. And throwing a newt's eye of quack science into the vat, the Kentucky Republican promotes the myth that these shots...

Date: 02/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Anti-vaccine fever

Viewpoints: Fears have been overcome before and will again

Date: 02/08/2015 | Commentary

Bipartisanship is a good thing except among the anti-vaxxers

Really? Measles outbreaks? In the United States of America, birthplace of countless world-changing innovations and inventions, in which the man who'd soon become its first president required variolation of his revolutionary troops, there's a movement against the use of vaccines, even...

Date: 02/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Gala raises money to keep young hearts beating

Since losing her son to sudden cardiac arrest, Melinda Truax has organized school assemblies to teach kids how to help save lives. She recently testified in Olympia in favor of a bill to boost awareness of the heart condition that can kill without warning. Now, she is focused on a fundraiser aimed...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Local News

Parents should keep rights to choose on vaccines

I believe that parents should vaccinate their children. Because children are vulnerable, the media have a responsibility to inform parents about the risks involved when they don't vaccinate their children.Instead, I see news outlets turning vaccines into a political issue...

Date: 02/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Christie, Paul need booster shot of science

Flashback: Galileo is sitting under house arrest pondering the unyielding ignorance of The Church for refusing to consider his heliocentric proposition that the Earth circled the sun.We find this historical anecdote preposterous today, but people were persecuted for lesser...

Date: 02/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Slowing rate of measles shots worries Oregon health official

BEND, Ore. — The vaccination rate for measles in Oregon has fallen low enough to cause a state public health official to worry about the spread of the highly infectious disease.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Northwest

U.S. cancer rates down 22% over 20 years

Declines in tobacco use, screenings, advances in cancer prevention and treatment have combined to create good news: Cancer rates have dropped 22 percent in two decades, the American Cancer Society said.

Date: 02/01/2015 | Nation & World

Craigslist drives up HIV rates, study says

MINNEAPOLIS — Cruising for sex on Craigslist personal ads resulted in a 15.9 percent increase in HIV infections after the website entered various U.S. markets, according to a study by the University of Minnesota published in MIS Quarterly.The study estimates that the...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Nation & World

Poultry quarantine in Okanogan County for avian flu

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Agriculture imposed a poultry quarantine Thursday in part of Okanogan County after avian flu was discovered in turkeys and pheasants.

Date: 01/30/2015 | Northwest

With vaccines available, it's dangerous in Fantasyland

Just how contagious is measles? Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Date: 01/30/2015 | Editorials

Docs won’t see anti-vaccine patients

LOS ANGELES — With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won't get them vaccinated."Parents who choose not to give measles...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Nation & World

Being there to care

Visits to Children's Hospital inspire Russell Wilson

Date: 01/28/2015 | Local News

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

Poultry quarantine lifted in southeast Washington

OLYMPIA — The Washington Agriculture Department has lifted a quarantine that restricted the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry products in parts of southeast Washington after avian flu was found in two Benton County back yard flocks in December.

Date: 01/27/2015 | Northwest

Idaho health officials see increase in flu-related deaths

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from the flu following a spike in flu-related deaths in the state.The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in a statement Monday says 16 flu-related deaths have been reported through Thursday.

Date: 01/26/2015 | Northwest

Millions of GMO insects could be set loose in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

Date: 01/25/2015 | Nation & World

WHO adopts reforms to repair reputation after bungling Ebola

GENEVA — The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives.

Date: 01/25/2015 | Nation & World

Third strain of avian flu found in wild duck in Whatcom County

BELLINGHAM — State agricultural officials say a new third strain of avian flu has been found in a wild duck in Whatcom County.Agriculture Department spokesman Hector Castro says the new H5N1 strain was confirmed in a green-winged teal killed by a hunter near Sumas.

Date: 01/24/2015 | Northwest

Bill, Melinda Gates see big jump for the poor

NEW YORK — The lives of poor people around the world will improve more over the next 15 years "than at any time in history," predicts the Gates Foundation.Bill and Melinda Gates in an interview laid out the vision for the world's largest charitable...

Date: 01/23/2015 | Business Wire

Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

LOS ANGELES — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.

Date: 01/23/2015 | Nation & World

Feds seek to reduce salmonella in poultry

LOS ANGELES — Federal officials Wednesday proposed new standards for permissible levels of salmonella contamination in ground poultry and poultry parts such as breasts, thighs and wings - a move that could prevent 50,000 cases of foodborne illness a year.

Date: 01/22/2015 | Nation & World

Avian flu found in ducks, chickens, geese near Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — Avian flu has reached Clallam County, and agriculture workers have destroyed all of the infected ducks, chickens and geese.It’s the fourth county in Washington to be hit by the H5N2 bird flu.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Northwest

University of Oregon student ill with meningitis bacteria

EUGENE, Ore. — A University of Oregon student is in a hospital with a bacterial infection that causes meningitis.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Northwest

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

1 death reported from listeria outbreak tied to Yakima firm

YAKIMA — The Washington state Department of Health says an outbreak of listeria that has killed one person originated from a Yakima cheese maker.

Date: 01/16/2015 | Northwest

5 in Snohomish County have died during severe flu season

EVERETT — Influenza has killed five adults in Snohomish County, part of an unusually severe flu season that has caused the deaths of 42 people statewide.Locally, the deaths include two Snohomish women, one in her late 70s, the other in her late 80s; a Lynnwood woman in...

Date: 01/16/2015 | Local News

No new cases of avian flu in Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK — No new cases of avian flu have been found in Benton County.Federal and state investigators have visited nearly 730 properties near the Richland and Benton City flocks that were recently diagnosed with avian influenza.

Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest

Avian flu outbreak prompts warning

SPOKANE — Backyard poultry producers in Washington are being told by state officials to monitor their flocks after a deadly avian flu outbreak in the Tri-Cities area.About 700 chickens, turkeys, ducks and guinea fowl in two backyard flocks were affected by the outbreak earlier this month.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Northwest

Montana considers eliminating diseased sheep herd

BILLINGS, Mont. — State wildlife officials are considering a plan to eliminate a herd of 50 bighorn sheep whose reproduction has been stunted by a 1997 pneumonia outbreak and then transplant healthy sheep into the area west of Lima along the Idaho border.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest

Flu kills 5-year-old Tacoma girl in couple of days

TACOMA — A 5-year-old Tacoma girl who was sent home from school with a fever was dead a couple of days later from the flu.The mother, Rebecca Taylor, told KOMO she treated her daughter Scarlet at home for two days last month for cold symptoms.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Northwest

Dottie Thomas dies at 92; helped Fred Hutchinson bone-marrow transplant team

Working as a close research partner with her husband — medical pioneer and Nobel Prize winner Dr. E. Donnall Thomas — Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas helped establish bone-marrow transplants as a standard and successful treatment for many formerly incurable blood diseases such as leukemia.

Date: 01/11/2015 | Northwest

Utah woman dies after inspirational cancer fight

BEAR RIVER, Utah — Kathy Taylor, who inspired singer Sarah McLachlan and others, has died in Utah after a fight against cancer while pregnant with her sixth child. She was 34.

Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World

Gonorrhea cases on the rise in state

YAKIMA — The number of gonorrhea cases has been rising and is now at a 30-year high in Yakima County.County medical officer Dr. Chris Spitters told the Yakima Herald-Republic it’s a statewide trend.

Date: 01/02/2015 | Northwest

Listeria, mold are also ‘natural’

The national listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples manufactured at two separate companies led the FDA and CDC on Tuesday to broaden its warning —...

Date: 01/02/2015 | Editorials

Cancer, heart disease, stroke deaths drop

Heart disease and cancer, which cause of deaths of half of Americans who die each year, continued to loosen their deadly grip in 2013, while rates of deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia surged, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said this week.

Date: 01/01/2015 | Nation & World

Flu at ‘epidemic’ levels, CDC reports

Deaths due to influenza and pneumonia have hit "epidemic" levels in the U.S. as flu activity became widespread in 36 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Date: 12/30/2014 | Nation & World

State, federal officials testing birds for avian flu

SEATTLE — Federal and state officials are testing wild birds in Washington state to see how far a type of avian influenza has spread.

Date: 12/29/2014 | Northwest

Legionnaires’ bacteria found at Oregon VA

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The bug that causes Legionnaires’ disease has turned up in the water at the Roseburg VA Medical Center.The hospital tells the Oregonian that nobody has gotten sick. The disease is a severe form of pneumonia.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Northwest

Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

NEW YORK — Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission.The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

Oregon couple sentenced in faith-healing death

ALBANY, Ore. — An Albany, Oregon, couple convicted of manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year-old daughter have both been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Northwest

First reported flu deaths include woman in Snohomish County

Health officials reported the first two influenza deaths in Washington this season, one of whom was a woman from Snohomish County.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Avian flu found in backyard poultry in southern Oregon

SALEM, Ore. — Avian flu has been found in a backyard flock of poultry in southern Oregon.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Northwest

1 in Washington hospitalized from caramel apples

OLYMPIA — State officials say one person in Washington has been sickened from prepackaged caramel apples linked to several deaths nationwide.Health Department spokesman Donn Moyer says a Thurston County teen boy was hospitalized. Moyer says no deaths have been reported in the state.

Date: 12/19/2014 | Northwest

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