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FILE - A container of Narcan, a brand name version of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, sits on a table following a demonstration at the Health and Human Services Humphrey Building on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Washington. The number of U.S. fatal overdoses fell in 2023 &mdash; for only the second time since the current national epidemic of drug deaths began more than three decades ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the numbers on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Fewer US overdose deaths were reported last year, but experts say it’s too soon to celebrate

FILE - A container of Narcan, a brand name version of the opioid overdose-reversal drug naloxone, sits on a table following a demonstration at the Health and Human Services Humphrey Building on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, in Washington. The number of U.S. fatal overdoses fell in 2023 &mdash; for only the second time since the current national epidemic of drug deaths began more than three decades ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the numbers on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

May 15, 2024, 8:18am Health

The number of U.S. fatal overdoses fell last year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data posted Wednesday. Read story

Bottles of raw milk are displayed for sale at a store in Temecula, Calif., on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Sales of raw milk appear to be on the rise, despite an outbreak of bird flu in U.S. dairy cows. Federal officials warn about the health risks of drinking raw milk at any time, but especially during this novel outbreak.

There’s bird flu in US dairy cows. Raw milk drinkers aren’t deterred

Bottles of raw milk are displayed for sale at a store in Temecula, Calif., on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Sales of raw milk appear to be on the rise, despite an outbreak of bird flu in U.S. dairy cows. Federal officials warn about the health risks of drinking raw milk at any time, but especially during this novel outbreak.

May 14, 2024, 7:47am Health

Sales of raw milk appear to be on the rise, despite years of warnings about the health risks of drinking the unpasteurized products — and an outbreak of bird flu in dairy cows. Read story

9 tips to control emotional eating

May 14, 2024, 5:58am Health

You know losing that extra weight would be good for your health. Your health care team talked with you about how obesity increases your risk of other health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer. They even worked out a healthy eating plan,… Read story

Suzanne Harrison, who runs King&#039;s Crusade in honor of her brother who died of an overdose in 2016 poses for a photograph in Evesham, N.J., Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Harrison says the charity could use funding from national opioid settlements to help people if local governments made it available to groups like hers.

Local governments struggle to distribute their share of billions from opioid settlements

Suzanne Harrison, who runs King&#039;s Crusade in honor of her brother who died of an overdose in 2016 poses for a photograph in Evesham, N.J., Tuesday, April 2, 2024. Harrison says the charity could use funding from national opioid settlements to help people if local governments made it available to groups like hers.

May 12, 2024, 4:26pm Health

Settlement money to help stem the decadeslong opioid addiction and overdose epidemic is rolling out to small towns and big cities across the U.S., but advocates worry that chunks of it may be used in ways that don't make a dent in the crisis. Read story

Some 2,225 hospitals have received the Biden administration&rsquo;s new &ldquo;birthing friendly&rdquo; designation, leading some to question the value of the label.

‘Birthing friendly’ label requires little effort by hospitals

Some 2,225 hospitals have received the Biden administration&rsquo;s new &ldquo;birthing friendly&rdquo; designation, leading some to question the value of the label.

May 12, 2024, 6:07am Health

Six months after the launch of the Biden administration’s “birthing friendly” designation for hospitals, advocates are questioning the next steps for the tool aimed at incentivizing better care for patients. Read story

Mixing up names is much more common than you think

May 11, 2024, 6:05am Health

As a parent, you’ve likely experienced the frustration and embarrassment of calling your child by their sibling’s or your pet’s name. You’re not alone, and you’re not losing your mind. In fact, a recent TikTok video has brought a 2016 Duke University study back into the spotlight, revealing this phenomenon… Read story

FILE - A man crosses a street against the backdrop of One World Trade Center at dusk in New York, on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Countries struggle to draft ‘pandemic treaty’ to avoid mistakes made during COVID

FILE - A man crosses a street against the backdrop of One World Trade Center at dusk in New York, on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

May 10, 2024, 8:19am Health

After the coronavirus pandemic triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns, upended economies and killed millions, leaders at the World Health Organization and worldwide vowed to do better in the future. Years later, countries are still struggling to come up with an agreed-upon plan for how the world might respond to the next global… Read story

WA Cares supporters are sounding the alarm about what will happen to Washington's long-term care program should voters approve Initiative 2124 in November. I-2124 would make paying into WA Cares voluntary.

Why supporters of Washington’s long-term care program are worried

WA Cares supporters are sounding the alarm about what will happen to Washington's long-term care program should voters approve Initiative 2124 in November. I-2124 would make paying into WA Cares voluntary.

May 8, 2024, 5:45pm Election

With a looming ballot initiative threatening to upend the finances of Washington’s long-term care benefit, the state is looking at contingency plans. Read story

FILE - A section of a human brain with Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease is displayed at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2003. A long-feared gene appears to do more than raise people&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s risk of Alzheimer&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s: Inheriting two copies can cause the mind-robbing disease, according to research published in the journal Nature Medicine on Monday, May 6, 2024.

A gene long thought to just raise the risk for Alzheimer’s may cause some cases

FILE - A section of a human brain with Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease is displayed at the Museum of Neuroanatomy at the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, N.Y., Oct. 7, 2003. A long-feared gene appears to do more than raise people&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s risk of Alzheimer&Ccedil;&fnof;&Ugrave;s: Inheriting two copies can cause the mind-robbing disease, according to research published in the journal Nature Medicine on Monday, May 6, 2024.

May 6, 2024, 5:57pm Health

For the first time, researchers have identified a genetic form of late-in-life Alzheimer’s disease — in people who inherit two copies of a worrisome gene. Read story

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, a warning sign stands in a field contaminated with dioxin near Danang airport, during a ceremony marking the start of a project to clean up dioxin left over from the Vietnam War, at a former U.S. military base in Danang, Vietnam. The sign reads; "Dioxin contamination zone - livestock, poultry and fishery operations not permitted." Vietnam and the United States have finished cleaning up dioxin contamination at the airport caused by the transport and storage of the herbicide on and around the area.

Exposed to Agent Orange at U.S. bases, veterans face cancer without VA compensation

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012, file photo, a warning sign stands in a field contaminated with dioxin near Danang airport, during a ceremony marking the start of a project to clean up dioxin left over from the Vietnam War, at a former U.S. military base in Danang, Vietnam. The sign reads; "Dioxin contamination zone - livestock, poultry and fishery operations not permitted." Vietnam and the United States have finished cleaning up dioxin contamination at the airport caused by the transport and storage of the herbicide on and around the area.

May 5, 2024, 6:00am Health

As a young GI at Fort Ord in Monterey County, California, Dean Osborn spent much of his time in the oceanside woodlands, training on soil and guzzling water from streams and aquifers now known to be contaminated with cancer-causing pollutants. Read story