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Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra listens during a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Department of Treasury on Dec. 14, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

The White House wants to remove medical debt from credit scores. Here’s why that’s a big deal

Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra listens during a meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Department of Treasury on Dec. 14, 2023, in Washington, D.C.

June 22, 2024, 5:37am Business

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a rule that would remove medical bills from credit reports, a ban that would prevent lenders from considering those debts when making decisions about whether to issue loans. Read story

This image provided by NJOY in 2024 shows packaging for the company's menthol-flavored electronic cigarette product. On Friday, June 21, 2024, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, the government’s strongest indication yet that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. The FDA said it authorized four menthol e-cigarettes from NJOY, the vaping brand recently acquired by tobacco giant Altria, which also makes Marlboro cigarettes.

FDA OKs first menthol e-cigarettes, citing potential to help adult smokers

This image provided by NJOY in 2024 shows packaging for the company's menthol-flavored electronic cigarette product. On Friday, June 21, 2024, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, the government’s strongest indication yet that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. The FDA said it authorized four menthol e-cigarettes from NJOY, the vaping brand recently acquired by tobacco giant Altria, which also makes Marlboro cigarettes.

June 21, 2024, 11:51am Health

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first menthol-flavored electronic cigarettes for adult smokers, acknowledging that vaping flavors can reduce the harms of traditional tobacco smoking. Read story

Apple Health Expansion opens for WA adults without legal status

June 21, 2024, 7:30am Health

Registration began Thursday for Apple Health’s new program that provides health care coverage to Washington adults without legal status. Read story

WHO and Eli Lilly caution patients against falling for fake versions of popular weight-loss drugs

June 20, 2024, 12:53pm Business

The World Health Organization and drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co. are warning people to be wary of fake versions of popular weight-loss and diabetes medicines. Read story

FILE - Packets of buprenorphine, a drug used to control heroin and opioid cravings, are shown in Greenfield, Mass., July 23, 2018. As the Oregon Legislature considers overhauling the state's pioneering drug decriminalization law, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for more funding for medications used to treat opioid addiction in jails.

Washington sees steep rise, then slow down in prescriptions to treat opioid addiction

FILE - Packets of buprenorphine, a drug used to control heroin and opioid cravings, are shown in Greenfield, Mass., July 23, 2018. As the Oregon Legislature considers overhauling the state's pioneering drug decriminalization law, a bipartisan group of lawmakers are pushing for more funding for medications used to treat opioid addiction in jails.

June 20, 2024, 8:34am Health

Washington’s medical professionals nearly tripled the state’s prescribing rate of buprenorphine, an opioid addiction treatment medication, after federal regulations were loosened — but the COVID-19 pandemic undercut those gains. Read story

Colombian family’s genes offer new clue to delaying onset of Alzheimer’s

June 19, 2024, 5:19pm Health

Scientists studying a family plagued by early-in-life Alzheimer’s found some carry a genetic oddity that delays their initial symptoms by five years. Read story

Nurses protest outside Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Milwaukie, Oreg., during the second day of a planned three-day strike involving ore than 3,000 nurses at six Providence Health hospitals.

Nurses in Oregon take to the picket lines to demand better staffing, higher pay

Nurses protest outside Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Milwaukie, Oreg., during the second day of a planned three-day strike involving ore than 3,000 nurses at six Providence Health hospitals.

June 19, 2024, 3:16pm Health

More than 3,000 nurses at six Oregon hospitals spent a second day on the picket lines Wednesday carrying signs that say, “Patients over profits” and “We're out to ensure it's safe in there,” as they continued to demand fair wages and better staffing levels. Read story

Victoria Cornejo Barrera, former head custodian for a high school in Columbia, South Carolina holds her four-month-old daughter Fernanda Cabrera at her home in Columbia, S.C., Monday, June 10, 2024. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act entitled her to the types accommodations she had been seeking when she was pregnant.

This law is a lifeline for pregnant workers even as an abortion dispute complicates its enforcement

Victoria Cornejo Barrera, former head custodian for a high school in Columbia, South Carolina holds her four-month-old daughter Fernanda Cabrera at her home in Columbia, S.C., Monday, June 10, 2024. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act entitled her to the types accommodations she had been seeking when she was pregnant.

June 18, 2024, 9:41am Business

Victoria Cornejo Barrera thought the legal helpline for workers sounded too good to be true and wondered if it was a scam. Read story