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Juul reaches settlements covering more than 5,000 cases

December 7, 2022, 7:48am Business

Juul Labs has reached settlements covering more than 5,000 cases brought by about 10,000 plaintiffs related to its vaping products. Read story

Panel calls for stronger leadership of FDA foods program

December 6, 2022, 1:41pm Health

A panel on Tuesday called for changes at the federal agency that oversees most of the nation's food supply, saying revamped leadership, a clear mission and more urgency are needed… Read story

FILE - A sign in front of the Food and Drug Administration building is seen on Dec. 10, 2020, in Silver Spring, Md. Expedited drug approvals slowed in 2022, as the FDA's controversial accelerated pathway came under new scrutiny from Congress, government watchdogs and some of the agency's own leaders. With less than a month remaining in the year, the agency's drug center has granted 10 accelerated approvals -- fewer than the tally in each of the last five years, when use of the program reached all-time highs.

Speedier drug approvals hit slowdown as FDA faces scrutiny

FILE - A sign in front of the Food and Drug Administration building is seen on Dec. 10, 2020, in Silver Spring, Md. Expedited drug approvals slowed in 2022, as the FDA's controversial accelerated pathway came under new scrutiny from Congress, government watchdogs and some of the agency's own leaders. With less than a month remaining in the year, the agency's drug center has granted 10 accelerated approvals -- fewer than the tally in each of the last five years, when use of the program reached all-time highs.

December 7, 2022, 8:01am Business

Expedited drug approvals slowed this year as the Food and Drug Administration’s controversial accelerated pathway came under new scrutiny from Congress, government watchdogs and some of the agency’s own leaders. Read story

FILE - A sample plate of the food icon MyPlate, is unveiled at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011. A new study finds that few Americans have heard of MyPlate, the government diet guide that replaced the longstanding food pyramid in 2011, and even fewer have tried to follow its advice.

Few Americans know of MyPlate

FILE - A sample plate of the food icon MyPlate, is unveiled at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, Thursday, June 2, 2011. A new study finds that few Americans have heard of MyPlate, the government diet guide that replaced the longstanding food pyramid in 2011, and even fewer have tried to follow its advice.

December 6, 2022, 6:05am Health

Here’s a quick quiz: What replaced the food pyramid, the government guide to healthy eating that stood for nearly 20 years? Read story

How to make better snack choices

December 6, 2022, 6:04am Health

Anybody in the mood for a snack? Read story

FILE - The Food and Drug Administration building is seen on Dec. 10, 2020, in Silver Spring, Md. U.S. officials on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022,  have approved the first pharmaceutical-grade version of the so-called "fecal transplant" procedures that doctors have increasingly used against a hard-to-treat intestinal infections.

FDA clears 1st fecal transplant treatment

FILE - The Food and Drug Administration building is seen on Dec. 10, 2020, in Silver Spring, Md. U.S. officials on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022,  have approved the first pharmaceutical-grade version of the so-called "fecal transplant" procedures that doctors have increasingly used against a hard-to-treat intestinal infections.

December 6, 2022, 6:02am Health

U.S. officials have approved the first pharmaceutical-grade version of the so-called fecal transplant procedures that doctors have increasingly used against hard-to-treat intestinal infections. 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.

Instead of dairy, try almond, cashew or macadamia nut milks, which have more unsaturated fats. Other choices are soy, hemp and flax.

5 foods to avoid to protect heart health

Instead of dairy, try almond, cashew or macadamia nut milks, which have more unsaturated fats. Other choices are soy, hemp and flax.

December 6, 2022, 6:00am Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, regardless of race or ethnicity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read story

Deborah Sampson, left, a nurse at a University of Washington Medical Center clinic in Seattle, gives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot to a 20-month-old child, June 21, 2022, in Seattle. Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5. The youngest tots already are supposed to get three extra-small doses of the original vaccine as their primary series. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 that if the Food and Drug Administration agrees, the updated vaccine would be used for the third shot. The FDA already has cleared COVID-19 vaccines tweaked to better target omicron as boosters for everyone 5 and older. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Pfizer asks FDA to clear updated COVID shot for kids under 5

Deborah Sampson, left, a nurse at a University of Washington Medical Center clinic in Seattle, gives a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot to a 20-month-old child, June 21, 2022, in Seattle. Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5. The youngest tots already are supposed to get three extra-small doses of the original vaccine as their primary series. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 that if the Food and Drug Administration agrees, the updated vaccine would be used for the third shot. The FDA already has cleared COVID-19 vaccines tweaked to better target omicron as boosters for everyone 5 and older. (AP Photo/Ted S.

December 5, 2022, 1:00pm Business

Pfizer is asking U.S. regulators to authorize its updated COVID-19 vaccine for children under age 5 — not as a booster but part of their initial shots. Read story

Dealing with the flu or a cold? You’re not alone. Here’s what we know

December 5, 2022, 7:24am Health

Thanksgiving night went smoothly at Jay Gollyhorn’s Seattle apartment. Read story

Classmates sit and eat Pasta al Forno, an Italian dish made by Robin Morgan, a PhD student at the Bread Lab, and two types of salad during the Pizza for Producers Training at the WSU Bread Lab in Burlington, Washington, on Oct. 28, 2022. The pasta dish was made in a wood-fired oven converted from a World War II Anti-Submarine Net Buoy seen in the back.