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November 29, 2016

SEATTLE — Hayden Werdal can move his right hand and wiggle his left thumb. He can kick his right leg a bit and bend the left one.

But for the 15-year-old Bremerton boy, that's been the extent of his motion for two years, ever since he came down with a mysterious, polio-like illness that left…


Genes aren't only factor in heart risk

November 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS — Clean living can slash your risk for heart disease even if your genes are heavily stacked against you. A large study finds that people with the most inherited risk cut their chances of having a heart attack or other heart problems in half if they didn't smoke, ate well,…


Where Zika struck hardest, Brazil moms say more help needed

November 15, 2016

RECIFE, Brazil — As the sun dyes the early morning sky a reddish hue, Angelica Pereira carries her 1-year-old daughter out of the tiny white house sitting on a dirt road where piles of garbage float in puddles.

The driver sent to fetch her and other mothers with babies disabled by the Zika…


Flesh-eating bacteria claimed vet's limbs, but not her drive

November 08, 2016

DACULA, Ga. — A year ago, Cindy Martinez struggled to walk even a few feet and lift just 5 pounds.

A flesh-eating bacteria had ravaged the 35-year-old Marine veteran's body. She had a grim choice: Amputate both legs, an arm below the elbow, and parts of the fingers on her remaining arm…