SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Native American tribe in South Dakota sued the federal government Thursday over the nearly five-month closure of the only emergency room on its reservation.
Date: 04/28/2016 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Democrats say top GOP lawmakers are proposing to partially fund President Barack Obama’s request for money to fight the Zika virus.
Date: 04/20/2016 | Nation & World
In a stark policy shift, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto told the United Nations that Mexico will move to legalize marijuana for medicinal use and raise the amount that would be de-criminalized for personal consumption.
Date: 04/19/2016 | Nation & World
HARTFORD, Conn. — A teenager who was forced by the courts to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer says a new mass has been found in her lungs.Cassandra Callender, of Windsor Locks, disclosed the news Saturday on her Facebook page, posting an image of a CT scan dated Friday.
Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Democrats are pressing top Senate Republicans to stop dragging their feet and act immediately on President Barack Obama’s request for $1.9 billion to combat the Zika virus.
Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World
When I started training adolescents years back, I was nervous. Not having kids of my own, I was uncertain what was expected of me by both the parents and the child. I understood the parents’ concern for their overweight child, and I certainly knew how to work out that child, but what if their kid...
Are you going cuckoo for coconut oil? Many grandiose claims about health benefits have surrounded coconut oil in the last few years, with little to no research proving them.
There’s no shortage of sperm in this world.A healthy scrotum never runs out of reproductive fluid, so most men can remain forever fertile.
APRIL 16ADVANCE CARE DECISIONSToday is National Health-Care Decisions Day, dedicated to encouraging adults to document and share their wishes for the care they'll want when facing a health crisis that prevents them from speaking...
TORONTO — Canada on Thursday introduced a new assisted suicide law that will apply only to citizens and residents, meaning Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die.
Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World
SPOKANE — A medical marijuana patient is suing the state after his daughter developed a medical condition while in state care. William Fisher fought for custody of his infant daughter because social workers wanted him to undergo drug treatment.
Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest
Kristine Moore thought it was a bit of chip stuck in her throat
Date: 04/13/2016 | Local News
Editor's note: Taking a break from politics, Herald columnist Sid Schwab gives an account from his career as a surgeon, retold from his Surgeonsblog column. A warning: The column discusses limb amuptations and is graphic but provides...
Date: 04/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists
BEND, Ore. — A Bend woman is suing a doctor she says removed the wrong ovary, causing her to face menopause at age 40.The Bulletin reported that Dr. James Carlson, an obstetrician-gynecologist, denies removing the incorrect ovary. The lawsuit is set for trial April 26.
Date: 04/12/2016 | Northwest
Every year, more than a half-million patients in the U.S. are unknowingly put at risk of contracting a superbug infection during a common medical procedure. A doctor threads a tube-like scope down your throat and into your digestive system to treat cancer and other problems. You assume...
Date: 04/07/2016 | Commentary
President Obama did something remarkable this week.For the first time, a president talked about drug addiction in America without talking about prosecution, mandatory minimums or a war on drugs.For the first time, a president talked about a new approach to...
Date: 04/03/2016 | Commentary
In the early 1990s, a middle-aged health psychologist, Ed Noffsinger, Ph.D., developed a serious illness — pulmonary hypertension.
Date: 03/27/2016 | Life
SEATTLE — A software designer is suing a California company, claiming its medical device used to treat aneurysms malfunctioned and caused him to suffer brain damage.
Date: 03/26/2016 | Northwest
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — A company that makes breathing masks for people with sleep apnea has agreed to pay $34.8 million to settle claims it paid kickbacks to suppliers that sold its products.
Date: 03/23/2016 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — Sen. Patty Murray says eight health centers across Washington state will receive a total of $2.8 million in grants to help fight opioid abuse and addiction.
Date: 03/11/2016 | Northwest
EventsTeen art: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to make string art, 1-3 p.m. March 11 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Supplies and snacks provided. More info: 425-493-8202 ext. 3231.Quilt...
Date: 03/11/2016 | Local News
Mention "the web" and many people will think you're talking about the Internet. But when you're having a serious medical problem, you see an entirely different network in action.Two weeks ago, as my body tried — at first, in vain — to fight off a...
Date: 03/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists
TULALIP — In one corner of the atrium of the Karen I. Fryberg Tulalip Health Clinic, Tristan Klesick was raffling off a box of fresh produce.
Date: 03/04/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — Don't look for any big changes Tuesday as the purchase of The Everett Clinic by DaVita HealthCare Partners becomes final. Not even the clinic's signs will change.
Date: 03/01/2016 | Local News
I wanted to write a letter of thanks to the YMCA Livestrong Program in Snohomish County. I was lucky enough to take the 12-week Livestrong Class in the Fall of 2015. I can't say enough positive things about our class and our wonderful couches, Carrol Bailey and Ryan French. It was just...
Date: 02/27/2016 | Commentary
The colon is a misunderstood organ — most people have heard of the colon, but many people do not understand the important tasks it performs in the human body.
We may be about eight weeks into 2016, but here’s a resolution that can both improve your overall health and pad your wallets: Make oral health a priority.It sounds a bit strange, but it’s true.
It’s one of the most common and most deadly types of cancer, striking men and women at similar rates. Nearly 5 percent of Americans will get cancer in their large intestines. “It’s an equal-opportunity cancer,” said Dr. Raman Menon, a colon and rectal surgeon at Swedish Edmonds.
My personal training and nutritional clients often lament the fact that their bodies used to be so thin, so tight, so sculpted .... Women in particular are guilty of longing for the body they sported decades ago — usually before they had kids. Some even wish for their...
EVERETT — Dozens of dead monkeys in a span of three years have spurred federal scrutiny of a company that tests pharmaceutical drugs on animals.The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating
Date: 02/08/2016 | Local News
Lynnwood walk-in clinic extends service to low-income, uninsured
Date: 01/25/2016 | Local News
When Hawaii made public health history by being the first state to raise the smoking age to 21 this year, the military applauded the move. Several bases in Hawaii said they would comply with the law."We see it as a fitness and readiness issue," Bill Doughty,...
Date: 01/25/2016 | Editorials
There continues to be a lot of discussion in our communities about Group Health's possible acquisition by Kaiser Permanente and how that transaction would impact local access to care and coverage. It's a timely discussion for our region given the Everett Clinic's recent merger with...
Date: 01/23/2016 | Commentary
Patrick Clifford is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast. However, in 2014 he found himself working hard to catch his breath while laboring outside. The retired Everett Public Schools teacher was diagnosed with a serious pulmonary condition that has reduced his lung capacity to a third.
Date: 01/16/2016 | Life
Olympus Corp. said it will voluntarily recall and redesign a troubled medical scope that has been linked to scores of potentially deadly patient infections around the world.
Date: 01/15/2016 | Business Wire
SEATTLE — At least 250 people, mostly in the U.S., were sickened with potentially deadly infections linked to contaminated medical scopes in the past three years, according to a new Senate committee report released Wednesday.
Date: 01/13/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Everett Fire Department is considering a change in how it uses private ambulance companies to ferry patients to hospitals.
Date: 01/03/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — Monolithic forces seem to be reshaping health care industries in America: sweeping federal regulations, escalating drug costs, and an aging population demanding top-shelf care, among others.
Date: 01/03/2016 | Business
PITTSBURGH — In the ever-changing, often complicated world of breast cancer detection, a large study led by a Pittsburgh researcher shows that ultrasound screening detected as many breast cancers as mammograms in women with dense breasts.
Date: 01/02/2016 | Nation & World
There is a grim connection between two worsening addictions in the U.S.: to prescription opioid painkillers and to heroin. Both can be partly traced to worthwhile public-health initiatives that deserve to be protected.
Date: 01/02/2016 | Commentary
Do your body a favor and start the new year on the right foot.Or the left one, if the right one's too sore. Whether you stand all day, bounce around a basketball court at night or squeeze into heels on the weekend, it might be smart to step into a podiatrist's...
Date: 01/02/2016 | Life
January 3Indoor tri clubCompetitors of all skill levels, 18 and older, are invited to join the Everett YMCA's indoor triathlon club that meets each Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. through May. Members complete indoor triathlon workouts as well as...
Date: 01/02/2016 | Life
EVERETT — The 250 doctors who own the Everett Clinic are deciding Sunday to accept or turn down DaVita HealthCare Partners’ offer to buy the independent medical care provider.
Date: 12/20/2015 | Local News
Viewpoints: 4 views on addressing mental illness
Date: 12/20/2015 | Commentary
Taking your shirt off for the camera can be good for you every now and then. For women of a certain age, mammogram imaging can capture breast cancer at an early, easily treatable stage.The American College of Radiology recommends annual screenings for women older...
DECEMBER 22Medicare 101Providence Health & Services will present a free class to help those approaching age 65 sort out their Medicare options. The informational session on Dec. 22, 1 to 2 p.m., will be hosted at...
Amid the season of nesting, when families throw on comforters and cuddle and huddle at home, lurks a silent public health threat. During the colder months, more infants will go to sleep and never wake up.They'll get tangled up in sheets and covers, fall into the cracks of a...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Women who have had false-positive results on mammograms might face a greater risk of future breast cancer, according to a new study led by a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill researcher.The findings were published last week in Cancer...
I have been following the stories written by Diana Hefley in November, "What Jail Can't Cure," her excellent coverage concerning the mentally ill.After Ronald Reagan closed many state hospitals,...
Date: 12/18/2015 | Commentary
MONROE — Older adults will now have more access to inpatient psychiatric treatment in Snohomish County.
Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A disgraced former Everett Fire Department leader has surrendered his paramedic license.David “Pete” Vier, 60, was sentenced in King County in July to serve an eight-month sentence for sex crimes.
Date: 12/16/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Nineteen groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Monday to drugstore chain Walgreens expressing concerns about the company’s plans for a Catholic hospital to run its in-store health clinics in Washington and Oregon.
Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest
ATLANTA — Jimmy Carter is receiving ground-breaking treatment at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, but it’s not just because he’s a former president.
Date: 12/14/2015 | Nation & World
Nobody wants to spend a holiday visiting the hospital, yet every year emergency departments are flooded with holiday-related illnesses, injuries and serious traumas. Dr. Ryan Keay, director of emergency medicine at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, offers...
Headlines scream it. Alarmists teach it. The default message: Processed foods are bad for us.Is this true?
Never mind all those fancy fitness machines. Forgo the barbells and dumbbells, too. These days, some of the fittest, strongest and most agile people around are embracing old-fashioned bodyweight exercises.
Say “casserole” and, depending on your upbringing, you may be reminded of dishes like kugel, spoonbread, spaghetti casserole, lasagna or enchiladas.
Breast cancer has increasingly been treated as a systemic disease in recent decades, and the number of surgeries performed on the most serious cases has plummeted.
You don’t need a prescription to chat up a pharmacist. As access to healthcare expands, drugstores are stepping in to fill the gaps. From shots to screenings to walk-in care, pharmacies offer a quick and easy way to stay healthy.
DECEMBER 6INDOOR TRI CLUBCompetitors of all skill levels, 18 and older, are invited to join the Everett YMCA's indoor triathlon club that meets each Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. through May. Members complete indoor triathlon workouts...
Prediabetes is a condition in which blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis.With awareness and simple actions, people with prediabetes may prevent the onset of diabetes.
I sat with a group of adults the other night discussing the concept of self-love."What does it mean to love yourself?" I asked. Most of the individuals were uncomfortable with the idea."Isn't it selfish to love yourself?" Josie wondered.
There's no season for whooping cough.The pesky respiratory illness, also known as pertussis, just won't stop heaving and weaving its way through Washington."It's pretty much become a year-round concern," said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, director of the...
Dear Straight Talk: Society has changed greatly since Jesus Christ walked the earth, but human nature has not. People still fear what they don't understand or agree with. If religion can be considered the ultimate "advice column," what good advice...
WASHINGTON — A hot new tool to edit the human genetic code has a big wow factor: the promise of long-sought cures for intractable diseases. But depending on how it’s used, that same tool could also alter human heredity.
Adult hearing loss can happen for a variety of reasons. Aging is one — the medical term is presbycusis — but other causes include noise exposure and certain medications such as chemotherapies and some antibiotics.
If you've stumbled across this article after binge-watching on Netflix for the third time this week, you'd better turn off that screen and pay attention.In a pretty alarming finding for those of us who love TV, a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry this week shows that...
Most Americans have experienced the rush of daily living with demands from work, school or family obligations.Eating healthy can sometimes take a backseat to more pressing matters.
If you’ve ever tried out the latest diet fad only to find yourself gaining weight and feeling awful and wondered what you were doing wrong, scientists now have an explanation for you.
EVERETT — Every year, a handful of Snohomish County firefighters attend paramedic school at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Date: 12/04/2015 | Local News
It's one thing for Pfizer to renounce its U.S. citizenship, moving its official residence to Dublin, Ireland, as a tax dodge — all the while continuing to run the business in the United States. That disgusting tactic happens to be disgustingly legal, thanks to our indolent...
Date: 12/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists
EUGENE, Ore. — Their stories are rooted in mayhem and misfortune.From motorcycle crashes to disabilities beyond their control to the unthinkable, fate has dealt them challenges most of us will never face.But that has not stopped them.
Date: 11/21/2015 | Northwest
NOVEMBER 21CELIAC ASSISTANCE
NOVEMBER 21CELIAC ASSISTANCEThe Celiac Disease Foundation runs a group to support those who are living with celiac disease and coping with a gluten-free diet. It meets on the third Saturday every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Mt.
Date: 11/21/2015 | Life
SEATTLE — Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he has found no evidence to support allegations against Planned Parenthood in Washington.In July, the attorney general’s office received letters from state lawmakers requesting he investigate Planned Parenthood.
Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest
SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon health department is launching a campaign in hopes of stemming the spread of syphilis in the state.
Date: 11/09/2015 | Northwest
EDMONDS — It may be the most welcoming place you never want to visit.Swedish Edmonds unveiled the hospital’s new emergency department on Saturday.
Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News
Dear Straight Talk: I was excited to have my 14-year-old brother in high school with me, but he's completely changed. Our single dad bought a computer and game console for our study and refuses to set rules on it. My brother has become a shut-in gaming...
Youth concussions: Guidelines for parentsThe most common way kids experience a concussion is from falling; other leading causes are bicycle and motor-vehicle accidents. And in any sports season, 5 to 10 percent of athletes will experience a concussion.
Looking around, we see the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground, the days getting shorter and darker, and the rain becoming a more frequent visitor. It's clear that summer is gone and fall is here.Public health also sees a shift in seasons with the arrival of...
Activities such as basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse, track and softball can cause common foot and heel pain in children. It is important that your kids never “play through the pain” in their feet.
CPR isn't always a lifesaver.If you suffer a fatal injury, the technique won't magically revive you.What it can do, though, is keep you ticking long enough to be saved by medical professionals."What you're trying to do with CPR is buy...
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the YMCA of Snohomish County is encouraging residents to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and to take steps to reduce their chances of developing the disease.Statistics show that one in four Americans...
BELLEVUE — A Bellevue doctor has filed a defamation lawsuit over a negative review one of his patients left him online.
Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest
Our annual conversation about breast cancer awareness closes as we say goodbye to October. Many of us took part in heart-felt walks and other awareness-raising events as we worked to support efforts to save our neighbors, sisters, mothers and daughters. This is important work.
Date: 11/01/2015 | Commentary
Peter Sessum wakes up and goes to sleep with a constant arthritic ache in his wrists. When pain flairs in his knees and hips, the 43-year-old Army veteran sometimes finds himself unable to walk. His military service included airborne jumps and infantry marches shouldering upward of 75...
Date: 10/28/2015 | Business
Obesity has been on the rise worldwide for decades, putting people at risk for developing diabetes, heart disease and several forms of cancer. Today, two thirds of adults and one third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. As the numbers on the scale get bigger, so...
Date: 10/25/2015 | Commentary
OCTOBER 24Pink the RinkThe Everett Silvertips will mark Breast Cancer Awareness Night tonight with their seventh annual Pink the Rink event at Xfinity Arena in Everett. As the Everett Silvertips take on local hockey rivals the Seattle...
Date: 10/24/2015 | Life
Even doctors sometimes defer to grandma's kitchen-cupboard cures. As a medical school student, DeJarra Sims contracted a sinus infection during pediatric rounds. Her aunt suggested a longtime, family cure: chicken broth containing half an onion and a clove of garlic.Sims was...
Date: 10/24/2015 | Life
Vets with PTSD find peace at Monroe equine therapy center
Date: 10/13/2015 | Local News
TACOMA — A lawsuit filed by an advocacy group for low-income people claims the state of Washington has not done enough to provide care for profoundly sick babies.
Date: 10/12/2015 | Northwest
OCTOBER 10ADVANCE PLANNING WORKSHOPSwedish Edmonds Hospital, 21601 76th Ave W., Edmonds, is offering free advance care planning workshops on the second Saturday of every month. Sessions will help participants understand the value...
Dear Readers: Two weeks ago, we shared warning signs, risk factors and preventatives of suicide. I hope today's accounts of this "silent epidemic", tripled in rate sinsce 1965, inspire needed change.—Lauren
When it comes to the idea that running is good for the heart, six miles a week may be the magic goal number. In a review study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, experts found running about six miles a week — or 52 minutes — may add from three to six years to your life.
Ever fantasize of being able to see the benefits of exercise without having to, you know, work out?If so, research from Britain's University of Southampton gives a glimpse of what may be possible in the future.Ali Tavassoli, a professor of chemical biology, and...