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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, left, participates in a roundtable discussion about mental health with Family Solutions Executive Director Lisa Carpenter on Wednesday morning.

Murray leads Senate Democrats calling for equal rights to VA benefits for same-sex couples

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, left, participates in a roundtable discussion about mental health with Family Solutions Executive Director Lisa Carpenter on Wednesday morning.

July 14, 2022, 7:45am Health

A group of 41 Democratic senators, led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, sent a letter Wednesday calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure same-sex spouses have access to the same benefits as other couples. Read story

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Larch Corrections Center

July 14, 2022, 5:59am Clark County Health

The Washington Department of Corrections reported 20 active COVID-19 cases among incarcerated individuals over the last 14 days at Larch Corrections Center, according to a Wednesday bulletin. Read story

Eric Erickson of CDM Caregiving Services, left, shakes hands with community leader Pat Jollota, second from left, after receiving the Pat Jollota Leadership Award during the 2022 Senior Hero Awards at Pearson Air Museum on Wednesday afternoon. Erickson was recognized for his more than 20 years of service with CDM Caregiving Services. "I used to work as a work study student at Western Washington University, and my boss there made me love serving seniors," Erickson said. "If you know a young person just getting into this line of service, make them love it.

Caregivers, organizations honored at Senior Hero Awards

Eric Erickson of CDM Caregiving Services, left, shakes hands with community leader Pat Jollota, second from left, after receiving the Pat Jollota Leadership Award during the 2022 Senior Hero Awards at Pearson Air Museum on Wednesday afternoon. Erickson was recognized for his more than 20 years of service with CDM Caregiving Services. "I used to work as a work study student at Western Washington University, and my boss there made me love serving seniors," Erickson said. "If you know a young person just getting into this line of service, make them love it.

July 13, 2022, 7:38pm Business

When Christina Keys first attended the Senior Hero Awards in 2018, she had a revelation. Hearing stories about caregivers going above and beyond for Clark County’s seniors moved her to action. Read story

FILE - This March 7, 2017 file photo shows a 35-mg liquid dose of methadone at a clinic in Rossville, Ga. As the coronavirus pandemic shut down the nation in March of 2020, the U.S. government told methadone clinics they could allow stable patients with opioid addiction to take their medicine at home unsupervised. Released on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, a study on fatal overdoses from January 2019 to August 2021 suggests that easing access to methadone was safe. It did not lead to more deaths involving the treatment drug. (AP Photo/Kevin D.

Relaxed methadone rules appear safe, researchers find

FILE - This March 7, 2017 file photo shows a 35-mg liquid dose of methadone at a clinic in Rossville, Ga. As the coronavirus pandemic shut down the nation in March of 2020, the U.S. government told methadone clinics they could allow stable patients with opioid addiction to take their medicine at home unsupervised. Released on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, a study on fatal overdoses from January 2019 to August 2021 suggests that easing access to methadone was safe. It did not lead to more deaths involving the treatment drug. (AP Photo/Kevin D.

July 13, 2022, 9:36am Health

As the coronavirus pandemic shut down the nation in March of 2020, the U.S. government told methadone clinics they could allow stable patients with opioid addiction to take their medicine at home unsupervised. Read story

FILE  This Oct. 12, 2009 photo shows a petri dish with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSRA) cultures at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, England. The U.S. toll of drug-resistant "superbug" infections worsened during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials said Tuesday, July 12, 2022. After years of decline, the nation in 2020 saw a 15% increase in hospital infections and deaths attributed to some of the most worrisome bacterial infections out there, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Superbug infections, deaths rose at beginning of pandemic

FILE  This Oct. 12, 2009 photo shows a petri dish with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MSRA) cultures at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, England. The U.S. toll of drug-resistant "superbug" infections worsened during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials said Tuesday, July 12, 2022. After years of decline, the nation in 2020 saw a 15% increase in hospital infections and deaths attributed to some of the most worrisome bacterial infections out there, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

July 13, 2022, 8:11am Health

The toll of drug-resistant “superbug” infections worsened during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. Read story

In this photo provided by NYU Langone Health, surgeons prepare a genetically modified pig heart for transplant into a recently deceased donor at NYU Langone Health on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in New York. Experiments are raising new hope that pigs might one day help fill a shortage of donated organs -- at least, for people who need a new heart or kidney.

Pig organ transplants inch closer with testing in the dead

In this photo provided by NYU Langone Health, surgeons prepare a genetically modified pig heart for transplant into a recently deceased donor at NYU Langone Health on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in New York. Experiments are raising new hope that pigs might one day help fill a shortage of donated organs -- at least, for people who need a new heart or kidney.

July 12, 2022, 8:56am Health

New York researchers transplanted pig hearts into two brain-dead people over the last month, the latest in a string of developments in the long quest to one day save human lives with animal organs. Read story

FILE - Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update on the ongoing Federal response to COVID-19, June 16, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Biden administration is calling on many Americans to exercise renewed caution about COVID-19, emphasizing the importance of getting booster shots for those who are eligible, and saying they should consider wearing masks indoors as two new highly-transmissible variants are spreading rapidly across the country.

White House urges caution on COVID variants, pushes boosters

FILE - Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update on the ongoing Federal response to COVID-19, June 16, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Biden administration is calling on many Americans to exercise renewed caution about COVID-19, emphasizing the importance of getting booster shots for those who are eligible, and saying they should consider wearing masks indoors as two new highly-transmissible variants are spreading rapidly across the country.

July 12, 2022, 8:30am Health

The Biden administration is calling on people to exercise renewed caution about COVID-19, emphasizing the importance of getting booster shots for those who are eligible and wearing masks indoors as two new highly transmissible variants are spreading rapidly across the country. Read story

Labcorp is the first national laboratory to offer a test for monkeypox.

UW virologists track spread of monkeypox as more Washington counties see infections

Labcorp is the first national laboratory to offer a test for monkeypox.

July 12, 2022, 7:35am Health

As new monkeypox infections continue to pop up in Washington, some state virologists are beginning to turn their attention toward tracking the virus’s spread. Read story