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Health Health exchange website hits snag on first day Health exchange website hits snag on first day
The website for Washington state's new health exchange got off to a rough start, with reports of people being unable to get into the site or complete their application leading officials to take the site offline shortly after it went live.
Health State attorney general joins fight for regulation of e-cigarettes State attorney general joins fight for regulation of e-cigarettes
Forty attorneys general, including Washington state's, sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday urging the agency to meet its own deadline and regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.
Health More Americans exercising while they work More Americans exercising while they work(Photo Gallery)
A growing number of Americans are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the workday at treadmill desks, standup desks or other moving workstations. Others are forgoing chairs in favor of giant exercise balls to stay fit.
Health Bill Gates among those awarded Lasker medical prizes Bill Gates among those awarded Lasker medical prizes
Two scientists who illuminated how brain cells communicate, three researchers who developed implants that let deaf people hear and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have won prestigious Lasker Awards for medical research and contributions to public health.
Health Sleep texting: A nightmare for some smart phone users Sleep texting: A nightmare for some smart phone users
One night, a man sent a former flame flirtatious text messages while his girlfriend was sleeping next to him. The next evening, he posted cruel comments about his significant other on Facebook.
Health Study: Children's use of e-cigarettes increasing Study: Children's use of e-cigarettes increasing
Children — like adults — are increasingly trying electronic cigarettes, according to the first large national study to gauge use by middle and high school students.
Health State Panel OKs 7 insurers for exchange
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board met in a special session Wednesday afternoon to vote on the certification of health plans for the state's new online health insurance marketplace in 2014.

In less than an hour, the board voted unanimously to approve the health plans of seven insurers: Premera Blue Cross, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington, BridgeSpan, Group Health Cooperative, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest and two Medicaid insurers, Community Health Plan of Washington and Molina Healthcare of Washington.
Health Whooping cough cases decrease in WA but not gone Whooping cough cases decrease in WA but not gone
As Oregon and national health officials raise the alarm about whooping cough in the Pacific Northwest, Washington health officials report the illness is declining.
Health J&J tries new cap to curb fatal Tylenol overdoses J&J tries new cap to curb fatal Tylenol overdoses
Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever.