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Washington health officials warn of increase in fentanyl overdoses

October 21, 2020, 8:35am Health

With just two months left in the year, King County is seeing a record-breaking number of fentanyl overdoses. Read story

U.K. to infect volunteers in vaccine trial

October 20, 2020, 4:07pm Health

Danica Marcos wants to be infected with COVID-19. Read story

Fall surge of COVID-19 here, Washington officials warn

October 21, 2020, 8:26am Health

The number of COVID-19 cases in Western Washington is rising at “an alarming rate” and health officials say we might be joining the rest of the nation in a “fall surge” of the pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health said in a Tuesday news release. Read story

FILE - In this May 6, 2019 photo file photo an injection drug user, deposits used needles into a container at the IDEA exchange, in Miami. National data is incomplete, but available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. Addiction experts blame the pandemic, which has left people stressed and isolated, disrupted treatment and recovery programs, and contributed to an increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply.

U.S. drug overdoses appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

FILE - In this May 6, 2019 photo file photo an injection drug user, deposits used needles into a container at the IDEA exchange, in Miami. National data is incomplete, but available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. Addiction experts blame the pandemic, which has left people stressed and isolated, disrupted treatment and recovery programs, and contributed to an increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply.

October 20, 2020, 11:30am Health

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Read story

AP-NORC/USAFacts poll: U.S. trust in COVID-19 information down

October 20, 2020, 8:28am Health

Americans have lost trust across the board in the people and institutions informing them about the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USAFacts. Read story

Oregon expands face mask requirement

October 20, 2020, 8:21am Health

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority expanded its guidance on face coverings Monday, requiring people to now wear masks “in all private and public workplaces including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms and workspaces, unless someone is alone in an office or in a private workspace,” according to a news release from OHA. Read story

Pediatricians worry as kids lag on vaccines

October 20, 2020, 6:05am Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in children missing months of wellness visits. And that means missing routine vaccinations. Some parents may not be aware that their children are behind on their vaccinations. Mayo Clinic, along with other health care organizations, is working to make parents aware that their children are due vaccinations and deliver those vaccinations that children need. Read story

It’s important to stretch throughout workday

October 20, 2020, 6:04am Health

With some gyms closed and a number of people working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for many people to get in their daily workout. Sedentary behavior, including sitting for long periods of time, can contribute to adverse health effects, including something referred to as “sitting disease.” Read story

Contact tracing slows spread of virus

October 20, 2020, 6:03am Health

Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. In communities using contact tracing, clinics, labs and hospitals send the names of people who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 to their local health department. Read story

The "Umbrella Man" statue in downtown Portland's Pioneer Square wears a face mask in April.

How to cope with pandemic plus seasonal depression

The "Umbrella Man" statue in downtown Portland's Pioneer Square wears a face mask in April.

October 20, 2020, 6:01am Health

The rains have begun in the Northwest, which is great news for wildfires and trees in general. But for some humans, it’s slightly less welcome because it means the return of seasonally recurring depression. Read story