Flu season in state not over, most deadly in years

While the deadliest flu season in Washington state in at least five years is winding down, more cases and deaths are likely, state health officials say.

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SPD alarmed at rise in heroin overdoses reminds public about ‘Good Samaritan Law’

Alarmed by the number of heroin overdoses they're seeing, Seattle police are reminding the public about a Washington state law designed to curb overdose deaths. Detective Drew Fowler said Monday on the police website that the so-called "Good Samaritan Law" offers legal protection against drug-possession charges to those who call 911 to report an overdose....

AP EXPLAINS: Supreme Court case against Obama’s health law

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in...

3 Austrians get bionic hands after amputation

LONDON (AP) — Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs. The three men are the first to undergo what doctors refer to as "bionic reconstruction," which includes voluntary amputation, transplantation of nerves and muscles and learning to use...

Payment error pops up in many Healthplanfinder accounts

About 13,000 people with accounts in the Washington Healthplanfinder insurance exchange were sent emails Monday that indicated a payment of their monthly health insurance premium had been made automatically. There was one problem. In many cases, many of them saw three times the correct amount deducted from their bank accounts. To make matters worse, some consumers...

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

SEATTLE (AP) — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a more appealing way to help prevent the disease beyond taking daily pills and using condoms, although...