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FDA reconsiders heart safety of common pain pills

FDA reconsiders heart safety of common pain pills
Federal health experts are taking a second look this week at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other everyday aches and pains.

Wash. health exchange will have to slim down in 2015

Wash. health exchange will have to slim down in 2015
Olympia, Wash.
Next year, Washington's health insurance marketplace will have to be run on less than a third of the money officials now have at their disposal.

Calif. company recalls 8.7 million pounds of meat

A Northern California company is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because it processed diseased and unhealthy animals without a full federal inspection, federal officials said Saturday.

'Just amazing': Artificial hand that feels what you touch

'Just amazing': Artificial hand that feels what you touch
This March 2013 handout photo provided by Science Translational Medicine shows amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen holding an orange while wearing sensory feedback enabled prosthesis.
It's not quite the bionics of science fiction, but European researchers have created a robotic hand that gave an amputee a sense of touch he hadn't felt in a decade.

Bill to guarantee paid sick leave passes state House

Bill to guarantee paid sick leave passes state House
Photo courtesy of Flickr user William Brawley.
A bill that would guarantee paid sick time away from work for some employees in Washington state passed the House Wednesday.

Want to get the flu? Volunteers sneeze for science

Want to get the flu? Volunteers sneeze for science
In this Jan. 14, 2014 photo, Dr. Matthew Memoli, an infectious disease specialist, handles doses of live flu virus before administering it to a research participant, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses.

Insurance through work? Health law affects you too

Insurance through work? Health law affects you too
David Borris, owner of Hel's Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, Ill., says the health law doesn’t affect his hiring.
The health care overhaul's reach stretches far beyond the millions of uninsured Americans it is expected to help. It also could touch everything from the drug choices to doctor bills of people who have insurance through work.

Doctor says Seahawks fandom as addictive as drugs

Doctor says Seahawks fandom as addictive as drugs »Play Video
The 12th Man battled the cold, rain and wind, but were loud when needed and helped the Seattle Seahawks to a 23-15 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks and 12th man will host the NFC Championship on Sunday January 19th. January 11th 2013. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)

When the Seahawks kick-off against the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, many of the 12th Man will transform themselves into rabid football fans complete with jerseys, hats, costumes and face paint.

CDC: Lung cancer rates drop, especially among men

CDC: Lung cancer rates drop, especially among men
Dr. Steven Birnbaum scans a patient for lung cancer at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, N.H.
Health officials are reporting a drop in the rate of new lung cancer cases.