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September 17, 2018

A substance-abuse expert discusses why vaping is safer than smoking but still dangerous for teens.

The medication ivermectin is FDA-approved to treat parasitic infections and some skin conditions, but not COVID-19. Some are seeking out a highly concentrated and potentially dangerous animal form, which has triggered a rise in poison control calls during the pandemic.
September 13, 2021

Some Americans are turning to a medication approved to treat parasitic infections and skin conditions as an answer against COVID-19, despite the lack of data supporting ivermectin's use against the novel coronavirus. That’s why the U.S.

An image of fentanyl capsules, as provided by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
August 31, 2021

As International Overdose Awareness Day dawns on Aug. 31, Washington state's largest county has set a new record for fentanyl-related deaths in one year.

Doctors say booster shots will likely be needed to combat a natural, slight slide in antibody protection.
August 6, 2021

Booster COVID-19 vaccinations are a trending topic heading into the weekend, with the delta variant driving up new positive cases and hospital visits.

Gun violence is rising in 2021.
July 30, 2021

If it feels like you’re hearing about a new shooting investigation every time you turn on the news, there’s some unfortunate proof behind the phenomenon.

Recommendations to once again wear masks in some indoor settings are becoming more numerous, with the highly transmissible delta variant serving as motivation.
July 27, 2021

With area public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention again urging people to wear masks in public indoor spaces, the assistant director of UW Medicine C

Masks can help: doctor say NIOSH-approved N95 respirators can provide protection against wildfire smoke, if worn correctly.
July 14, 2021

With several large wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest and Washington under both a drought emergency proclamation and a state of emergency due to high risk of more fires, we should all be prepared on how to deal with wildfire smoke.

July 11, 2021

Temporarily setting aside an intellectual property pact to speed global COVID-19 vaccinations is the right thing to do, two bioethicists write.

July 14, 2021

Globally and domestically, passports would likely amplify existing gaps, paper says, arguing instead for a broader ‘flexible pass.’

April 5, 2021

For some people, offers of gifts and cash will be ‘undue inducements’ that challenge their personal autonomy, the author writes.

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