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Clark County COVID-19 activity rate, hospitalizations continue steady rise

May 19, 2022, 3:57pm Clark County Health

Clark County’s reported COVID-19 activity rate increased this week as disease activity reaches levels not seen since mid-February. Read story

African scientists baffled by monkeypox cases in Europe, U.S.

May 20, 2022, 8:06am Health

Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease’s recent spread in Europe and North America. Read story

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days. (Cynthia S.

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. Monkeypox, a disease that rarely appears outside Africa, has been identified by European and American health authorities in recent days. (Cynthia S.

May 20, 2022, 8:09am Health

European and American health authorities have identified a number of monkeypox cases in recent days, mostly in young men. It’s a surprising outbreak of a disease that rarely appears outside Africa. Read story

FILE - A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, right, and a vial of the vaccine for adults, which has a different colored label, at a vaccination station in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. U.S. regulators authorized a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, hoping an extra vaccine dose will enhance their protection as infections once again are on the rise. (AP Photo/Rogelio V.

CDC advisers urge Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

FILE - A nurse holds a vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, right, and a vial of the vaccine for adults, which has a different colored label, at a vaccination station in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. U.S. regulators authorized a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, hoping an extra vaccine dose will enhance their protection as infections once again are on the rise. (AP Photo/Rogelio V.

May 19, 2022, 3:37pm Health

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. government said Thursday. Read story

Back surgery patient Lisa French is photographed outside of her house on June 20, 2018 in Thornton, Colo.  Colorado's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of French who expected to pay about $1,300 for back surgery but was charged more than $300,000 by a suburban Denver hospital. This week's ruling follows efforts by many U.S. states and the federal government to require transparency in hospital pricing and eliminate so-called "surprise billing."  (Helen H.

Colorado court tosses $300,000 hospital bill for promised $1,300 tab

Back surgery patient Lisa French is photographed outside of her house on June 20, 2018 in Thornton, Colo.  Colorado's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of French who expected to pay about $1,300 for back surgery but was charged more than $300,000 by a suburban Denver hospital. This week's ruling follows efforts by many U.S. states and the federal government to require transparency in hospital pricing and eliminate so-called "surprise billing."  (Helen H.

May 19, 2022, 12:24pm Business

Colorado’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a woman who expected to pay about $1,300 for spinal fusion surgery but was billed more than $300,000 by a suburban Denver hospital that included charges it never disclosed she might be liable for. Read story

FILE - Infant formula is stacked on a table during a baby formula drive to help with the shortage May 14, 2022, in Houston.  President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and has authorized flights to import supply from overseas. (AP Photo/David J.

FDA head: Baby formula factory could reopen by next week

FILE - Infant formula is stacked on a table during a baby formula drive to help with the shortage May 14, 2022, in Houston.  President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to speed production of infant formula and has authorized flights to import supply from overseas. (AP Photo/David J.

May 19, 2022, 10:30am Health

The head of the Food and Drug Administration faced congressional lawmakers for the first time Thursday over the shortage of baby formula that has rattled American parents and become a growing political liability for President Joe Biden. 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.

Pink Lemonade breaks fundraising record

May 19, 2022, 6:03am Clark County Health

Pink Lemonade Project’s Pink Glow Gala, held May 6 at ilani, raised a record-breaking $425,000 with 530 guests in attendance. Read story

COVID-19 rate in Clark County schools stays high

May 18, 2022, 7:05pm Clark County Health

Clark County schools reported 536 new cases of COVID-19 since last week, continuing a similar trend that saw 560 cases the week prior. Case totals in recent weeks have risen considerably to levels not seen locally since the tail end of the omicron wave in February. Health officials have warned… Read story

Kendall Hagensen, owner of Vancouver Wellness Studio and a therapist, plans to open a spa on the Waterfront Vancouver.

Vancouver Wellness Studio spa coming to waterfront hotel

Kendall Hagensen, owner of Vancouver Wellness Studio and a therapist, plans to open a spa on the Waterfront Vancouver.

May 18, 2022, 5:57pm Business

A new Vancouver Wellness Studio spa is coming to the AC Hotel Vancouver Waterfront, offering massage therapy, acupuncture, facials, platelet-rich plasma injections, infrared saunas and IV therapy. Read story

FILE - White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, April 26, 2022. Speaking to the Associated Press, Jha said Americans' immune protection from the virus is waning and the virus is adapting to be more contagious, and that booster doses for most people will be necessary -- with the potential for enhanced protection from a new generation of shots.

Officials say more areas of U.S. may see mask recommendations

FILE - White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, April 26, 2022. Speaking to the Associated Press, Jha said Americans' immune protection from the virus is waning and the virus is adapting to be more contagious, and that booster doses for most people will be necessary -- with the potential for enhanced protection from a new generation of shots.

May 18, 2022, 9:26am Health

COVID-19 cases are increasing in the United States – and could get even worse over the coming months, federal health officials warned Wednesday in urging areas hardest hit to consider reissuing calls for indoor masking. Read story