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February 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Even infants can have conversations with mom or dad. Their turn just tends to involve a smile or some gibberish instead of words. That's a key lesson from programs that are coaching parents to talk more with their babies — and recording their attempts.

At issue is how to…


With new school opening, medical education surges in Spokane

February 14, 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. — Medical education is booming in Spokane.

A new medical school by Washington State University — plus a dramatic expansion of a modest medical training program operated by the University of Washington — mean hundreds of future doctors will soon be training in the…


Testing wearable sensors as 'check engine' light for health

January 24, 2017

WASHINGTON — A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease.

Geneticist Michael Snyder never had Lyme's characteristic bulls-eye rash. But a…


Thousands rally to resist GOP health law repeal drive

January 17, 2017

WARREN, Mich. — Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.

Labor…