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Everett animal lab investigated after multiple monkey deaths

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

Cadaver dealer indicted in body parts case

DETROIT — Two years after federal agents raided his Detroit warehouse and found 1,000-plus human body parts, Grosse Pointe Park businessman Arthur Rathburn has been indicted on charges he ran an illegal cadaver business that involved dismembering bodies without consent and renting heads, arms and...

Date: 01/30/2016 | Nation & World

Studies offer no support to keep drinking age at 21

In America, alleged land of freedom, a 19-year-old soldier just back from Afghanistan can't sidle up to a bar and legally order a beer. In supposedly regulation-crazed Europe, meanwhile, an 18-year-old can order a martini. In the beer-drinking cultures of Belgium and...

Date: 01/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Separating hype from science in debate over sports and brain damage

We continue to hear their names: former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, Steelers Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, Eagles safety Andre Waters, Hall of Fame quarterback and sports commentator Frank Gifford. Since their deaths, they have become high-profile examples of people diagnosed with...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Commentary

Raise state smoking age to 21

The use of tobacco products among Washington state teens has been on a healthy decline since 2002, dropping from 23 percent of high school seniors in 2002 to 13 percent of seniors in 2014, according to the state Department of Health's Healthy Youth Survey. Nationwide, the Centers for...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Editorials

Higher cigarette tax could save infant lives

Scientists, and many consumers, know that when taxes raise the price of cigarettes, smoking typically goes down. That's why the nation's leading health organizations advocate higher taxes as a way to discourage tobacco use by teenagers.But now those higher prices may be...

Date: 01/01/2016 | Commentary

Expand gun tax across state

It hasn't been the best of years for opponents of even modest measures to address gun violence in Washington state.This spring, a U.S. District Court judge threw out a challenge to I-594, the initiative that passed in 2014 with 59 percent voter approval to extend the state's...

Date: 12/27/2015 | Editorials

‘Gluten-free’ joins food fads we’ll likley outlive

When the federal government's 1980 "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" warned about the baleful effects of saturated fats, public interest activists joined the fight and managed to persuade major food companies to switch to the shiny new alternative: trans fats. Thirty-five...

Date: 12/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Do more to discourage teens from smoking and vaping

Walking around Lake Tye's trail in Monroe there is bound to be a couple of teenagers hanging out smoking, smoke escaping their mouths like a chimney on a Christmas morning. To them nothing but their own conversation mattered. As spectator's observed these teens smoke one...

Date: 12/05/2015 | Commentary

Cure needed for Pfizer’s blatant tax dodge

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

Spokane WSU medical school hopes to enroll students in 2017

SPOKANE — Officials for Washington State University’s new medical school in Spokane are working on an aggressive schedule to win accreditation.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

White men can't cope

Viewpoints: What's ailing white working-class men?

Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary

Health board should set rules for vaping in public

Before the risks of second-hand cigarette smoke were better understood and led to laws that curtailed smoking in public places, it was common to hear a polite tobacco user ask: "Mind if I smoke?"Comedian Steve...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Editorials

The meat of the issue

Viewpoints: Quantifying the risk that bacon will kill you

Date: 11/01/2015 | Commentary

Make breast cancer awareness a priority all year

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

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

Women with mild memory problem worsen faster than men, study says

WASHINGTON — Older women with mild memory impairment worsened about twice as fast as men, says new research that illustrates the especially hard toll that Alzheimer’s takes on women.Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Nation & World

County's newest medical examiner focused on giving families answers

EVERETT — Dr. Daniel Selove takes a methodical, thoughtful approach to his job.As Snohomish County's newly appointed medical examiner, his work is a matter of life and death. Life, because he can provide answers to survivors who want to know how and why a family member...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Recognize medical cannabis

In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Editorials

Background checks save lives

It's satisfying and reassuring when the facts confirm common sense.When 59 percent of Washington state voters passed Initiative 594 last fall, most voted for the initiative with the conviction that it made sense, common sense, to make it more difficult for felons and others...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Editorials

Chimps get protection from medical researchers

WASHINGTON — Wild chimpanzees have been protected under the Endangered Species Act for nearly a quarter century, but not captive chimps. Without that oversight, they have been held in pens, bought and sold for research, and poked, prodded and injected with potions to find cures that might benefit...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Heartburn medications linked to heart attacks

A novel data-mining project reveals evidence that a common heartburn medication taken by more than 100 million people every year is associated with a greater risk of heart attacks, Stanford University researchers reported Wednesday.After combing through 16 million electronic...

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Texas doctors do first skull-scalp transplant

Texas doctors say they have done the world’s first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment.MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors announced Thursday that they did the operation on May 22.

Date: 06/04/2015 | Nation & World

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

3D technology gives girl new hand

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been.

Date: 03/31/2015 | Nation & World

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

A new ally in fight against drug resistance

When it comes to familiar icons, McDonald's ranks high in symbolism around the nation and the world. McDonald's is also the world's largest restaurant chain. The company deserves praise for a decision just announced that cannot have been easy to take but is important: to curtail the use...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Commentary

Making cancer a fair fight

Viewpoints: Stop looking for one 'cure'

Date: 03/01/2015 | Commentary

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