A medical staff member gives a vaccination at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. (Edna Namara, GPJ Uganda)

Anti-vaccine parents in Uganda face jail time under new law

Parents who don’t vaccinate their children could now face six months in jail or a fine under a Ugandan law that went into effect in March.
Aug 23, 2016
Tallat Ghulam Hussain of Redmond discusses her health with doctor Sadia Habib at a health care clinic at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound's mosque. (Photo by John Stang.)

Redmond mosque opens health clinic for patients in need

The new monthly health clinic providing free or subsidized care for patients in need is first of its kind in Washington state to be based in a mosque.
Jul 19, 2016
Namutowe, an herbalist in Lusaka, shows the powdered herbs she uses to treat her clients. She claims the herbs cure HIV and other illnesses.
(Photo by Prudence Phiri for GPJ Zambia)

Hope or hoax? Zambia officials warn of herbalists claiming cures for HIV/AIDS

Patients who abandon antiretroviral drugs for herbal medicines risk death, experts say.
Jul 13, 2016
A health agent uses a new test kit that rapidly diagnoses three different mosquito-borne viruses in Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 18, 2016. (Rodrigo Paiva for Reuters.)

First Zika case identified in King County

A King County resident who had been in Colombia was diagnosed with the Zika infection, the first case in the county.
May 4, 2016
Nurse Geni Sheikh gives a hug to Roda Mahamoud, expecting her first baby, during the Somali CenteringPregnancy program at the Neighborcare Health clinic in Columbia City. (Photo by Bettina Finley for the Seattle Times)

Strong bonds grow at program for pregnant Somali women

The mysterious underwater rhythm of an in-utero heartbeat is the signature sound of prenatal checkups. When I was pregnant, it was a ritual I looked forward to. Now, four months after the birth of my son, I’m hearing that amazing sound again, but in a very different setting. It’s coming from behind a folding screen […]
Apr 29, 2016
Birth control pills and other forms of contraceptive are only available to Washington women with a prescription.

Could Washington follow the world in easing access to birth control pills?

Oregon and California have joined most other countries in allowing women access to birth control pills without a doctor's prescription. Is Washington next?
Feb 11, 2016
Gleyce Kelly embraces her daughter Maria Geovana, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil, January 25, 2016. (Photo by Ueslei Marcelino by Reuters.)

WHO anticipates 4 million Zika infections in Americas

Little is known about Zika, which has mild symptoms for adults, but doctors have found possible links between outbreaks and serious birth defects.
Jan 29, 2016
Activists hold signs as they rally in support of Planned Parenthood on "National Pink Out Day" on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles this week, in the face of conservative calls to pull federal funding for the controversial women's health organization. (Photo from REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni)

Women of Color deserve a voice in the debate over Planned Parenthood

When conservatives and Planned Parenthood face off over abortion rights, you probably won't hear from those with the most at stake: women of color
Oct 1, 2015
discount ORCA card Don't miss the bus just because you can't afford rising fares. (Photo from Seattle Municipal Archives)

Can’t hack fare hikes? Metro now offers a discount ORCA card

Bus fares are going up again March 1st, but low-income riders may qualify for a new discount ORCA card program.
Feb 24, 2015
DoQuyen Huynh, DNP-FNP, (right) ICHS ARNP Residency Program Administrator, conducts a briefing on clinical work assignments and issues with program residents (from left) Jean Baumgardner, Kimberly Lee-Cooper, Megan Wilbert, and the program's deputy administrator, Chris Yee, M.D. (Photo courtesy International Community Health Services)

ICHS nurse practitioner residency program taking applications

International Community Health Services (ICHS) Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is taking applications through April 1.
Jan 26, 2015
Jocelyn (Joys) Morenno leads a Zumba class in Veracruz, Mexico. (Photo from ZumbaMexico)

For travelers, Zumba is a chance to dance with the locals

From Mexico to Moscow, the Latin-music-based fitness program Zumba has danced it's way to a global empire.
Sep 25, 2014
Abraham Tesfasilasie, 21, holds his oil painting entitled, "United", at his apartment in Seattle. Tesfasilasie, along with a friend and fellow artist, is putting on an art show on July 10th to help raise money to perform dental work he needs. The art piece depicts a scene from Asmara, the capitol of Eritrea, where he is from. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

All smiles for Eritrean painter

A pair of young artists who are immigrants from Eritrea are staging a show, “Memories from Back Home” at the Metrocenter YMCA starting July 10.
Jul 4, 2014
A billboard in the posh Gangam district of Seoul, South Korea, advertises eyelid surgery. (Photo by Jason Park)

For Korean Americans, a popular surgery shrouded in shame

Everyone is getting it, but no one wants to talk about it. The controversy over blepharoplasty.
Jun 24, 2014
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Let’s talk about female circumcision

Northwest immigrants and their doctors grapple with female circumcision.
Apr 10, 2014
Harborview STD clinic staffers Susannah Herrman and Sue Szabo discuss the drawbacks of earlier models of the Female Condom. (Photo by Mali Main)

Does the PATH to safer sex run through Seattle?

Condom. Did you just picture an erect penis? Me too. That’s because female condoms aren’t as popular as their male counterparts. Frustrated with the limp response to past designs, Seattle-based global health non-profit PATH has designed a new female condom with input from couples in developing countries. They say they’re determined to raise the female condom’s […]
Dec 19, 2012