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Alexis Bogan, whose speech was impaired by a brain tumor, uses an AI powered smartphone app to create a audible drink order at a Starbucks drive-thru on Monday, April 29, 2024, in Lincoln, R.I. The app converts her typed entries into a verbal message created using her original voice.

Illness took away her voice. AI created a replica she carries in her phone

Alexis Bogan, whose speech was impaired by a brain tumor, uses an AI powered smartphone app to create a audible drink order at a Starbucks drive-thru on Monday, April 29, 2024, in Lincoln, R.I. The app converts her typed entries into a verbal message created using her original voice.

May 20, 2024, 6:05am Health

The voice Alexis “Lexi” Bogan had before last summer was exuberant. Read story

A pro-choice demonstrator yells after chaining himself to the temporary security fencing outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2022.

Doctors saw younger men seeking vasectomies after Roe v. Wade was overturned

A pro-choice demonstrator yells after chaining himself to the temporary security fencing outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 6, 2022.

May 19, 2024, 6:05am Health

Kori Thompson had long wrestled with the idea of having a child. Read story

An EA-18G Growler engine&rsquo;s thrust with afterburner propels its takeoff with a loud roar from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during an exercise, Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Navy jet noise could mean long-term health impacts for Washington’s Whidbey Island

An EA-18G Growler engine&rsquo;s thrust with afterburner propels its takeoff with a loud roar from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during an exercise, Thursday, March 10, 2016.

May 19, 2024, 6:03am Health

More than 74,000 people on Whidbey Island could face long-term health impacts from the U.S. Navy jet noise that’s blasted over residents several days a week for over a decade, new research shows. Read story

FILE - Police clear the area following a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Three men from Kansas City, Mo.,, face firearms charges, including gun trafficking, after an investigation into the mass shooting during the Kansas City Chiefs&rsquo; Super Bowl parade and rally, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

Three people shot at Super Bowl parade grapple with bullets left in their bodies

FILE - Police clear the area following a shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs NFL football Super Bowl celebration in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. Three men from Kansas City, Mo.,, face firearms charges, including gun trafficking, after an investigation into the mass shooting during the Kansas City Chiefs&rsquo; Super Bowl parade and rally, federal prosecutors said Wednesday, March 13, 2024.

May 19, 2024, 6:00am Health

James Lemons, 39, wants the bullet removed from his thigh so he can go back to work. Read story

FILE - Thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol in protest after the Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision Friday, June 24, 2022, in Phoenix. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade has legal advocates, prosecutors and residents of red states facing a legal morass created by decades of often conflicting anti-abortion legislation. In Arizona, Republicans are fighting among themselves over whether a 121-year-old anti-abortion law that precedes statehood should be enforced over a 2022 version. (AP Photo/Ross D.

Medical residents are increasingly avoiding states with abortion restrictions

FILE - Thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol in protest after the Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision Friday, June 24, 2022, in Phoenix. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade has legal advocates, prosecutors and residents of red states facing a legal morass created by decades of often conflicting anti-abortion legislation. In Arizona, Republicans are fighting among themselves over whether a 121-year-old anti-abortion law that precedes statehood should be enforced over a 2022 version. (AP Photo/Ross D.

May 18, 2024, 6:00am Health

Isabella Rosario Blum was wrapping up medical school and considering residency programs to become a family practice physician when she got some frank advice: If she wanted to be trained to provide abortions, she shouldn’t stay in Arizona. Read story

Paid sick leave sticks after many pandemic protections vanish

May 18, 2024, 5:59am Health

Bill Thompson’s wife had never seen him smile with confidence. For the first 20 years of their relationship, an infection in his mouth robbed him of teeth, one by one. Read story

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These 3 sweeteners gut-friendly

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May 17, 2024, 5:57am Food

Whether you’re getting older or have a low tolerance for the sweetener, the gastrointestinal tract can be fickle when digesting sugar. Read story

Bat captured in Benton County house tests positive for rabies

May 16, 2024, 8:32pm Health

A bat captured in a Prosser home this week tested positive for rabies, according to the Benton Franklin Health District. Read story

After more than four years of planning and construction, the UW Medicine Center for Behavioral Health and Learning — a teaching hospital that will primarily serve people in need of inpatient psychiatric care — officially opened Wednesday.

New 150-bed UW psychiatric hospital opens to serve hard-to-treat patients

After more than four years of planning and construction, the UW Medicine Center for Behavioral Health and Learning — a teaching hospital that will primarily serve people in need of inpatient psychiatric care — officially opened Wednesday.

May 16, 2024, 7:43am Health

About two dozen health care workers crowded around tables on a recent Thursday to troubleshoot the many ways things could go south in their new workplace. Read story

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