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FDA orders 5 firms to recall diabetes drug metformin

May 29, 2020, 4:39pm Health

U.S. health regulators are telling five drugmakers to recall their versions of a widely used diabetes medication after laboratory tests found elevated levels of a contaminant linked to cancer. Read story

Virus ignited in U.S. no earlier than mid-January, study says

May 29, 2020, 11:58am Health

The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China, according to the most comprehensive… Read story

New drugs make headway against lung, prostate, colon cancers

May 29, 2020, 8:52am Health

Doctors are reporting success with newer drugs that control certain types of cancer better, reduce the risk it will come back and make treatment simpler and easier to bear. Read story

Half of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in Washington are younger than 40

May 29, 2020, 8:30am Health

SEATTLE — Half of new coronavirus infections in Washington are now occurring in people under the age of 40, a marked shift from earlier in the epidemic when more than two-thirds of those testing positive were in older age groups. Read story

Washington: New COVID-19 farm rules, broad nursing home tests

May 28, 2020, 4:32pm Health

SPOKANE — Employers must provide agricultural workers with face masks, more hand-washing stations and more frequently disinfect work surfaces under new coronavirus rules established Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Read story

Coronavirus outbreak sickens dozens at Townsend Farms

May 28, 2020, 4:19pm Business

PORTLAND -- State officials have confirmed that a fruit company with two Portland area facilities is the site of the large coronavirus outbreak referenced by state health officials Wednesday that infected dozens of workers. It's Townsend Farms' second COVID-19 outbreak since late April, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Read story

Doctors sue to block FDA abortion pill rule during pandemic

May 28, 2020, 8:45am Health

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Requiring patients to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to get an abortion pill is needlessly risking their health during the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of physicians allege in a lawsuit that seeks to suspend the federal rule. Read story

Fourth child in Washington has coronavirus-related illness

May 28, 2020, 8:33am Health

PASCO — A child in the Pasco area has been diagnosed with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, an illness associated with COVID-19, said the Benton Franklin Health District. Read story

Washington officials report a drop in childhood vaccinations

May 27, 2020, 5:15pm Health

SEATTLE — The Washington State Department of Health has observed a significant drop in the number of children being vaccinated over the past two months. Read story

Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

May 26, 2020, 10:28am Health

First came a high fever, drenching sweats and muscle aches. Then, almost a month later, a weird numbness that spread down the right side of her body. Read story