Two scientists who illuminated how brain cells communicate, three researchers who developed implants that let deaf people hear and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have won prestigious Lasker Awards for medical research and contributions to public health.
One night, a man sent a former flame flirtatious text messages while his girlfriend was sleeping next to him. The next evening, he posted cruel comments about his significant other on Facebook.
Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students.
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board met in a special session Wednesday afternoon to vote on the certification of health plans for the state's new online health insurance marketplace in 2014.
In less than an hour, the board voted unanimously to approve the health plans of seven insurers: Premera Blue Cross, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington, BridgeSpan, Group Health Cooperative, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest and two Medicaid insurers, Community Health Plan of Washington and Molina Healthcare of Washington.
As Oregon and national health officials raise the alarm about whooping cough in the Pacific Northwest, Washington health officials report the illness is declining.
Washington residents will be able to start the process of buying insurance through the state's health exchange next month, but many likely still have a few questions about their insurance options.
Flu vaccination is no longer merely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in the nose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection.
Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever.
Across the country families and lawmakers are debating the risks and benefits of measuring children’s Body Mass Index in a school setting and reporting the results to parents.
As states work on implementing the complex federal health care reforms, some have begun tackling an issue that has vexed employers, individuals and governments at all levels for years - the rapidly rising costs of health care.
Parents of children with known allergies are used to providing schools with prescribed epinephrine in case their child has an emergency reaction. But what if a child has their first allergic reaction at school? A new law may help save their lives.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced earlier this week that his state will become the second in the nation to ban therapy designed to make gay teens straight. Now, a Washington legislator is considering whether such a law should be passed here.
“Conversion” or “reparative” therapy aims to change teens from homosexual to heterosexual. While sexual orientation change efforts have been practiced for over a century, they have gained popularity in recent decades among conservative Christian groups, such as Exodus International and the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).
Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has evolved into a highly sophisticated lab procedure. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing a simpler and cheaper method.
In the West, many would-be parents spend thousands of dollars for IVF, which involves pricey incubators and extensive screening. But European and American scientists say a simplified version of the entire procedure aimed at developing countries could be done for about $265 with generic fertility drugs and basic lab equipment that would fit inside a shoebox.
They're called "super agers" - men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger.
Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss. And they've had some tantalizing findings: Imaging tests have found unusually low amounts of age-related plaques along with more brain mass related to attention and memory in these elite seniors.
Workers saw a modest rise in the average cost of employer-sponsored health insurance this year, but they're probably not overwhelmed with relief.
Coverage costs still are climbing faster than wages. That means, in many cases, that a bigger portion of the average paycheck is sliced off for insurance instead of being deposited into employee bank accounts.