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Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

October 11, 2021, 7:35am Business

WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. Read story

A medical team adjusts tubes and cords after turning a COVID-19 patient onto their stomach to help with breathing, inside the intensive care unit at Central Washington Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. The medical team isn't wearing protective gear because the patent isn't contagious anymore.

‘I have no beds’: Hospitalizations spike in rural Washington amid fifth COVID-19 wave

A medical team adjusts tubes and cords after turning a COVID-19 patient onto their stomach to help with breathing, inside the intensive care unit at Central Washington Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. The medical team isn't wearing protective gear because the patent isn't contagious anymore.

October 11, 2021, 6:05am Health

WENATCHEE — Promptly at 4 p.m., eight hospital workers garbed in gowns, masks and face shields file into a room on the third floor of the intensive care unit. Read story

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

COVID-19 deaths likely to decrease, but stay on guard, Fauci cautions

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

October 10, 2021, 2:57pm Health

COVID-19 deaths are likely to go down this winter, but the U.S. shouldn’t declare victory in the pandemic yet, the country’s top infectious disease expert said on Sunday. Read story

Debra Smith, 57, sits with her medical bills in her living room on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Spring Hill, Tenn. Smith, who has health problems that prevent her from working, has about $10,000 in unpaid medical bills. Patient advocates and some state governments say hospitals must do more to help patients deal with medical bills before the debt winds up in collections.

Advocates, lawmakers push hospitals to help more with bills

Debra Smith, 57, sits with her medical bills in her living room on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Spring Hill, Tenn. Smith, who has health problems that prevent her from working, has about $10,000 in unpaid medical bills. Patient advocates and some state governments say hospitals must do more to help patients deal with medical bills before the debt winds up in collections.

October 10, 2021, 12:45pm Health

Swamped with medical bills? The hospital that treated you may be able to help. Read story

Cash for jabs pays off, study finds

October 10, 2021, 12:30pm Health

STOCKHOLM — A Swedish study found that a modest $24 incentive increased vaccination rates, lending support to measures that aim to get more people to take COVID-19 jabs by handing out cash. Read story

Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, arrives to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

FDA’s internal turmoil could impact boosters, shots for kids

Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, arrives to testify before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.

October 10, 2021, 6:22am Health

WASHINGTON — Signs of internal turmoil at the Food and Drug Administration are raising concerns among former agency officials as widely anticipated deadlines on COVID-19 boosters and vaccines for children near. Read story

Susan Stearns stands near the book bank at Pink Lemonade Project's downtown Vancouver offices. She took over as CEO of the nonprofit as the pandemic hit in March 2020 and has guided an expansion of programs. Participation increased 30 percent during the pandemic.

Pandemic isolated breast cancer patients when they needed connection most

Susan Stearns stands near the book bank at Pink Lemonade Project's downtown Vancouver offices. She took over as CEO of the nonprofit as the pandemic hit in March 2020 and has guided an expansion of programs. Participation increased 30 percent during the pandemic.

October 10, 2021, 6:05am Breast Cancer

Pink-clad runners and walkers are converging on Vancouver’s waterfront this morning. The return of the Girlfriends Run in person after last year’s virtual event is just another example of how breast cancer patients, survivors and supporters have adapted to the dangerous and shifting circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

The Catch-22 dragon boat team, which includes a subdivision of breast cancer survivors, practices in August at Vancouver Lake.

Breast cancer survivors find strength, sisterhood on dragon boat

The Catch-22 dragon boat team, which includes a subdivision of breast cancer survivors, practices in August at Vancouver Lake.

October 10, 2021, 5:50am Breast Cancer

When Tammy Michelson climbed onto a dragon boat for her first-ever race, she knew she was prepared. Read story