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Food scarcity and insecurity issues continue

CHENEY— With inflation growing and affecting all aspects of everyday life, food insecurity is asserting itself as a prevalent issue in the Cheney community and surrounding areas. The United States Department of Agriculture... — Updated 5/26/2022

 
 By Bo John Brusco    Health

The effects of COVID-19 on the brain

Viruses have a history of effecting the human brain. For example, it’s been long understood that HIV/AIDs can cause “progressive cerebral volume loss,” and measle infections can lead to encephalitis or inflammation of the... — Updated 5/26/2022

 
 By Ian Haupt    Health

Disc golf offers low-impact, full body workout

Now that it's May, with hopefully warmer weather around the corner, it's a great time to get out to local parks. Walking in the woods has shown to benefit physical and mental... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
 By Branden Hansen    Health

How to Prepare for Tick Season in Western Washington

Spring has sprung and with its return, so have ticks. In Northern America, when temperatures begin to warm, ticks begin to stretch their legs around the outdoors. Since ticks can... — Updated 3/31/2022

 

Mask mandate in most setting ends March 11

Washingtonians will see the end of the state masking mandate 10 days earlier than expected, following a dramatic decline in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. “We want to move forward as a state at the appropriate... — Updated 3/23/2022

 
 By Pat Grubb    Health

Border announcement brings an early Christmas present

Following months and months of increasing pressure from federal, state and local politicians as well as business and civic groups, the Biden administration has announced the... — Updated 3/16/2022

 
 By Scott Hunter    Health

Local hospital leader: Bill would force service cuts

A bill in the state Legislature that seeks to force hospitals to abide by set staffing levels — to address burnout and an already serious nursing shortage made worse by the pandemic — would likely force cuts in local service,... — Updated 3/11/2022

 
 By Azeb Tuji    Health

Washington lawmakers seek to professionalize birth-care doulas

Aijanae Young is a birth postpartum doula, a person who delivers non-medical care after birth. She said she didn’t realize the value she brought to her clients until she was the one in need. Young said before her doula arrived,... — Updated 3/11/2022

 
 By Azeb Tuji    Health

Child mental health gets attention in state Legislature

“The devastating consequence of the inability to access outpatient care is that you’re likely to get worse and need emergency department or crisis level care,” said Kashi Arora, from Seattle Children's Hospital. House Bill... — Updated 3/11/2022

 

Statewide COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax

With data indicating a decline in cases and COVID-19 related hospitalizations, the state is entering a period where restrictions can be lifted, Gov. Jay Inslee said. While there is no date to end the universal indoor mask mandate,... — Updated 3/11/2022

 

Bill would post warnings about cold water shock

March 23, 2021 was a sunny day in Lewis County. Zachary Lee Rager, an 18-year-old Centralia teen wanting to take advantage of the pleasant weather, headed to a familiar hang out with some friends, a bridge connecting the banks of... — Updated 3/11/2022

 
 By Juan Morfin    Health

Governor signs bill to delay long-term care implementation

Washington’s highly-touted and highly controversial long-term care program will be delayed by 18 months, as lawmakers work to correct flaws in the program. Gov. Jay Inslee signed bills Jan. 27 to delay the WA Cares payroll tax... — Updated 2/9/2022

 
 By Azeb Tuji    Health

Chemicals in cosmetics targeted in new law

For a large portion of Washingtonians, the use of cosmetic products is a part of their everyday routine, but some of those same household products often contain harmful chemicals that cause a variety of health risks. A bill now... — Updated 2/9/2022

 
 By Azeb Tuji    Health

Bill increases availability of sexual assault nurse examiner training

Harborview medical center is currently the only hospital in Washington State that provides training for nurses to become sexual assault nurse examiners, also known as SANE. A bill in this year’s state Legislature is aimed at... — Updated 2/9/2022

 
 By Brian Soergel    Health

Ferries: Dangerous Legionella bacteria found on some state boats

In addition to increased wait times due to a lack of qualified personnel, Washington State Ferries now has another potential problem on its hands. According to spokesperson Ian... — Updated 11/17/2021

 
 By Scott Hunter    Health

Outdoor concert spreads virus

An outdoor music festival in Grant County spread Covid-19 across the state, perhaps underscoring the new realization that the most common variant of the virus that causes it spreads far more easily, even outdoors. The Watershed... — Updated 8/20/2021

 

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