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St. Aloysius Church on the campus of Gonzaga University is blanketed in smoke from area wildfires, Saturday, July 10, 2021.

Smoke season is coming to Washington. Here’s how to prepare.

St. Aloysius Church on the campus of Gonzaga University is blanketed in smoke from area wildfires, Saturday, July 10, 2021.

July 12, 2021, 11:47am Health

Jul. 12—The smoke is coming. Between extreme heat and drought across the entire Western U.S. and an early wildfire season, climatologists are alarmed about what's ahead. Read story

FILE - In this May 11, 2021 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fauci said Sunday, July 11 "it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely" that Americans will need a third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, but it was too soon for the government to recommend that now. Fauci, who is President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration did the right thing last week by pushing back against drugmaker Pfizer's assertion about a booster within 12 months.

Pfizer to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster with U.S. officials

FILE - In this May 11, 2021 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Fauci said Sunday, July 11 "it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely" that Americans will need a third booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, but it was too soon for the government to recommend that now. Fauci, who is President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration did the right thing last week by pushing back against drugmaker Pfizer's assertion about a booster within 12 months.

July 12, 2021, 8:43am Health

WASHINGTON — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that booster shots will be… Read story

FILE - In this June 24, 2021, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks during a ceremony to sign a bill preventing people from suing businesses over COVID-19 on Thursday, at Cafe Strudel in West Columbia, S.C.  McMaster is one of several Republican state leaders opposing federal efforts to go door-to-door to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

White House calling out critics of door-to-door vaccine push

FILE - In this June 24, 2021, file photo, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks during a ceremony to sign a bill preventing people from suing businesses over COVID-19 on Thursday, at Cafe Strudel in West Columbia, S.C.  McMaster is one of several Republican state leaders opposing federal efforts to go door-to-door to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

July 12, 2021, 8:28am Health

WASHINGTON — “A disservice to the country.” “Inaccurate disinformation.” “Literally killing people.” Read story

Abraham Dairi spends time with his dogs Ziggy, 3, and Bowie, 4, at his home in Seattle's Montlake neighborhood on July 1, 2021. After the death of his wife, Holly Deierling, in September of 2020, Dairi pushed state lawmakers to provide more resources to people in crisis, including through a bill that will set up a new suicide prevention hotline. (Matt M.

Washington’s new suicide prevention hotline aims to divert callers from police

Abraham Dairi spends time with his dogs Ziggy, 3, and Bowie, 4, at his home in Seattle's Montlake neighborhood on July 1, 2021. After the death of his wife, Holly Deierling, in September of 2020, Dairi pushed state lawmakers to provide more resources to people in crisis, including through a bill that will set up a new suicide prevention hotline. (Matt M.

July 12, 2021, 6:00am Health

Abraham Dairi wished he had somewhere to turn besides the police last year when his wife, Holly, was suffering a mental health crisis. Read story

RN Corey Price prepares a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for administration on April 13 at the Federal Emergency Management Agency???s Greyound Spoke vaccination site at the Larry Sanders Sports Complex in Tampa.

As COVID vaccinations slow, parts of the U.S. remain far behind 70% goal

RN Corey Price prepares a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for administration on April 13 at the Federal Emergency Management Agency???s Greyound Spoke vaccination site at the Larry Sanders Sports Complex in Tampa.

July 11, 2021, 10:07am Health

July Fourth was not the celebration President Joe Biden had hoped for, as far as protecting more Americans with a coronavirus vaccine. The nation fell just short of the White House’s goal to give at least a first dose to 70% of adults by Independence Day. By that day, 67%… Read story

Andrew Goldstein, 38, in his lab at UCLA on Monday, June 28, 2021 in Westwood, California. Goldstein is a biology professor and is participating in a study that could lead the FDA to reassess its restrictions on gay men donating blood.

Giving blood has been off-limits for many gay men. A new study could help change that

Andrew Goldstein, 38, in his lab at UCLA on Monday, June 28, 2021 in Westwood, California. Goldstein is a biology professor and is participating in a study that could lead the FDA to reassess its restrictions on gay men donating blood.

July 11, 2021, 10:07am Health

LOS ANGELES — The needle went in easily. Andrew Goldstein sat and waited as his blood, precious and disputed, flowed into the vials. Read story

‘Every day is a struggle’: Coeur d’Alene family struggles with loss after teenage son falls victim to surge in fentanyl overdoses

July 11, 2021, 6:02am Health

SPOKANE — Jennifer and Frank Stabile were loving and involved parents to their 15-year-old son Michael, so much so that when he began struggling toward the end of middle school, he came to them. Read story

As the temperatures climb into the 90s, "Indigo," age 24, takes a drink of water while beating the heat in the cooling center located at the Looff Carousel, Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash.

Research aims to examine ‘compounding’ health effects of climate change

As the temperatures climb into the 90s, "Indigo," age 24, takes a drink of water while beating the heat in the cooling center located at the Looff Carousel, Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Riverfront Park in Spokane, Wash.

July 11, 2021, 6:00am Health

SPOKANE — Summers in the Inland Northwest are getting hotter, drier and likely more dangerous for public health. Read story

In this July 7, 2021, photo Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during an interview at his campaign office in Atlanta.  Kemp's office says it was surprised to hear federal officials were reevaluating its plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The director of Kemp's Office of Health Strategy and Coordination said in a recent letter that the move by the Biden administration suggests it wants to revisit the plan's approval, which he said is not allowed.

Georgia pushes back on Biden’s reevaluation of health plan

In this July 7, 2021, photo Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during an interview at his campaign office in Atlanta.  Kemp's office says it was surprised to hear federal officials were reevaluating its plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The director of Kemp's Office of Health Strategy and Coordination said in a recent letter that the move by the Biden administration suggests it wants to revisit the plan's approval, which he said is not allowed.

July 10, 2021, 3:04pm Health Wire

The Biden administration's decision to reevaluate Georgia's plan to overhaul how state residents buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came as a “surprise” and suggests it wants to revisit the plan's approval, which is not allowed, Gov. Brian Kemp's office said. Read story

FILE - This image provided by Biogen on Monday, June 7, 2021 shows a vial and packaging for the drug Aduhelm. On Friday, July 9, 2021, the acting head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for a government investigation into highly unusual contacts between some of her agency's drug reviewers and the maker of the controversial new Alzheimer's drug.

FDA head calls for inquiry into Alzheimer’s drug review

FILE - This image provided by Biogen on Monday, June 7, 2021 shows a vial and packaging for the drug Aduhelm. On Friday, July 9, 2021, the acting head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called for a government investigation into highly unusual contacts between some of her agency's drug reviewers and the maker of the controversial new Alzheimer's drug.

July 9, 2021, 4:43pm Health

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of the Food and Drug Administration on Friday called for a government investigation into highly unusual contacts between her agency's drug reviewers and the maker of a controversial new Alzheimer's drug. Read story