Public health

Support groups grapple with social distance and isolation
Support groups grapple with social distance and isolation
As mental health services and addiction recovery groups move online, a resilient community adapts to COVID-19.
Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Misrepresenting traditional knowledge during COVID-19 is dangerous
Indigenous scholars say claims of herbal cures amounts to malpractice.
Crowded cities and lonely country: See your county’s hospital bed capacity
Crowded cities and lonely country: See your county’s hospital bed capacity
In the West, nearly 100,000 people over 65 years old live in counties without a hospital bed.
How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
How the U.S. was caught ill-prepared for coronavirus
While experts say the president’s response has contributed to the crisis, the public health care system suffers from decades of underfunding.
From sniffles to coronavirus: A Colorado woman’s experience
From sniffles to coronavirus: A Colorado woman’s experience
After returning from vacation, a nurse practitioner was sick for weeks before finding out her true diagnosis.
Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you
Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you
How have your local governments and communities been impacted by the coronavirus?
Inside a Seattle lab working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine
Inside a Seattle lab working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine
‘We’ve put a lot of projects on hold so that we can focus on this.’
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
‘In the end, among the most lasting symptoms of COVID-19 will be the layers of inequity it exposed in our society.’
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Psychedelics on a trip to Western ballots
Decriminalization campaigns follow a Denver ballot initiative to regulate shrooms that passed last year.
Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights
Indigenous women face extra barriers when it comes to reproductive rights
Across Indian Country, advocates claim Indian Health Service is failing Indigenous women.
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Three years of rollbacks have taken a toll, without delivering real benefits.
Utah’s condoms; border blown; Cluck the cat
Utah’s condoms; border blown; Cluck the cat
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
The expensive treatments for troubled teens have been around for years — but researchers still aren’t sure whether wilderness makes a difference.
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Trump administration manipulated wildfire science to promote logging
Emails show Interior appointees crafted a narrative that blamed forest protection efforts for wildfires.
A novel idea for mental health care in rural Washington
A novel idea for mental health care in rural Washington
In Dayton, population 2,500, behavioral health care is woven directly into primary care appointments.
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
“When you turn coal units off you see deaths go down.”
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
Smog and smoke: The West’s air is the dirtiest it’s been since 2009
A growing economy, looser regulations and uptick in fires are all factors.
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
Can a campaign for nature and community rights stop aerial spraying in Oregon?
The push for more local control upends the typical pattern of Westerners fighting against regulation.
Diseases are spreading with climate change. Panic doesn’t have to.
Diseases are spreading with climate change. Panic doesn’t have to.
As illnesses like Valley fever emerge in new areas, health officials keep residents informed instead of in fear.
Antibiotic resistance is spreading among marine mammals
Antibiotic resistance is spreading among marine mammals
A new study of seals and porpoises in the Salish Sea shows how antibiotic-resistant bacteria proliferate in coastal waterways.
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, investigators try to heal
In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting, investigators try to heal
At the coroner’s office, mental health issues arise in the wake of tragedy.
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
National politics put California’s air quality in the crosshairs
On the ground, one teen deploys pollution monitors to make his community safer.
An uptick in street prostitution challenges Seattle’s progressive policies
An uptick in street prostitution challenges Seattle’s progressive policies
Community outcry and overwhelmed services lead to police arresting more sex workers than buyers.
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