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Tooth Fairy gives Sarah J. Anderson Elementary students a reason to smile

February 28, 2024, 9:22pm Clark County Health

When kids lose a tooth, they leave it under their pillow and hope the Tooth Fairy pays them a visit during the night. Or at least that’s how it usually… Read story

Zyn nicotine pouches are all over TikTok, sparking debate among politicians and health experts

March 1, 2024, 7:40am Business

There’s nothing complicated about the latest tobacco product trending online: Zyn is a tiny pouch filled with nicotine and flavoring. Read story

The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

As an opioids scourge devastates tribes in Washington, lawmakers advance a bill to provide relief

The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

March 1, 2024, 7:26pm Health

A bill that would bring millions of dollars to tribes in Washington state to address the opioid crisis received unanimous support in the House on Friday, opening the door for state funding to address a scourge that some say is claiming a generation. Read story

The VA Portland/Vancouver Health Care system announced plans to construct a primary care, mental health and virtual care facility in Vancouver at a cost of $12.3 million.

Veterans Affairs to upgrade Vancouver medical campus

The VA Portland/Vancouver Health Care system announced plans to construct a primary care, mental health and virtual care facility in Vancouver at a cost of $12.3 million.

March 1, 2024, 6:05pm Clark County Health

U.S. Veterans Affairs plans to expand primary and psychiatric care at its Vancouver medical campus. Read story

The Washington State Capitol building is seen on the first day of the legislative session, Jan. 8, in Olympia.

Washington lawmakers approve out-of-state option for long-term care benefit

The Washington State Capitol building is seen on the first day of the legislative session, Jan. 8, in Olympia.

March 1, 2024, 5:52pm Health

Workers may soon be able to bring their state long-term care benefit with them if they move out of Washington. Read story

Post-pandemic vaccine hesitancy fueling latest measles outbreak

March 1, 2024, 1:00pm Health

Cases of measles are rising across the country and seem to be striking counties at random, but experts say there is one thing the public health system can do to turn the tide, and that’s to stem the post-pandemic vaccine lag and get parents to vaccinate their kids. Read story

Confronting Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness

Each year, more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, including thousands of women in Washington. In honor of their fight — and as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month — The Columbian published this collection of stories about the women who have received breast cancer diagnoses, the science and technological advances for treating them and the community that supports them.

FILE - A pedestrian crossing a street with a child is seen through a taxi window in Tokyo, Monday, July 19, 2021.  The number of babies born in Japan last year fell for an eighth straight year to a new low, government data showed Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, and a top official said it was critical for the country to reverse the trend in the coming half-dozen years.

Japan had the fewest babies it has ever recorded last year. Marriages dropped steeply, too

FILE - A pedestrian crossing a street with a child is seen through a taxi window in Tokyo, Monday, July 19, 2021.  The number of babies born in Japan last year fell for an eighth straight year to a new low, government data showed Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, and a top official said it was critical for the country to reverse the trend in the coming half-dozen years.

February 29, 2024, 6:00am Health

The number of babies born in Japan last year fell for an eighth straight year to a new low, government data showed Tuesday, and a top official said it was critical for the country to reverse the trend in the coming half-dozen years. Read story

FILE - A sign for flu vaccination is displayed on a screen at a pharmacy store in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. Early estimates suggest flu shots are performing OK in the current U.S. winter flu season. The vaccines were around 40% effective in preventing adults from getting sick enough from the flu that they had to go to a doctor&rsquo;s office, clinic or hospital, health officials said during a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccines meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y.

Flu shots are doing OK vs. virus, US numbers indicate

FILE - A sign for flu vaccination is displayed on a screen at a pharmacy store in Buffalo Grove, Ill., Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. Early estimates suggest flu shots are performing OK in the current U.S. winter flu season. The vaccines were around 40% effective in preventing adults from getting sick enough from the flu that they had to go to a doctor&rsquo;s office, clinic or hospital, health officials said during a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccines meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Nam Y.

February 28, 2024, 7:57pm Health

Early estimates suggest flu shots are performing OK in the current U.S. winter flu season. Read story

FILE - A Burger King Whopper in a wrapper, left, rests next to a McDonald&#039;s Big Mac in a container, in Walpole, Mass., Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Food wrappers and packaging that contain &ldquo;forever chemicals&rdquo; that can harm human health are no longer being sold in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.

Fast-food wrappers that contain PFAS are no longer sold in the US, the FDA says

FILE - A Burger King Whopper in a wrapper, left, rests next to a McDonald&#039;s Big Mac in a container, in Walpole, Mass., Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Food wrappers and packaging that contain &ldquo;forever chemicals&rdquo; that can harm human health are no longer being sold in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024.

February 28, 2024, 3:56pm Health

Fast-food wrappers and packaging that contain so-called forever chemicals are no longer being sold in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. Read story

Older US adults should get another COVID-19 shot, advisers say

February 28, 2024, 12:03pm Health

Older U.S. adults should roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 shot, even if they got a booster in the fall, an influential government advisory panel said Wednesday. Read story