EPHRATA — When a suspected case of mumps was reported and later confirmed in a migrant farmworker community near Mattawa in mid-April, employees with the Grant County Health District sprang into action.

Dear Mayo Clinic: I was just diagnosed with a cataract, but it's not bothering me at all. Is it a good idea to have cataract surgery now, or can I wait? What is the recovery from this surgery like?

Sales of purported brain-health supplements such as fish oil and jellyfish are expected to reach $5.8 billion by 2023, but in a report released recently, an AARP panel of brain experts called them a huge waste of money for healthy seniors seeking to avoid or reverse dementia.

Ready or not, ticks are out. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness, but it’s not the only concern, says Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a parasitic diseases expert at Mayo Clinic.

SPOKANE — Spring flowers can get a bad rap when it comes to the season of itchy, watery eyes and exacerbated asthma, but biologists from Eastern Washington University and Washington State University say it’s mostly wind pollinators to blame for allergy season. Unfortunately, wind pollinators…

Drinking water contaminated with even moderate levels of arsenic may lead to harmful thickening of the heart’s main chamber walls, a new U.S. study suggests.

It’s a typical Thursday at Cascade Medical, and Nursing Director DeAnna Griggs is charging ahead, cradling a folder and her coffee mug, to her next appointment —an infection control meeting about a new partnership with University of Washington.

LONDON — Blood pressure and stroke risk rise steadily the more alcohol people drink, and previous claims that one or two drinks a day might protect against stroke are not true, according to the results of a major genetic study.

That nifty new health app you downloaded to your phone to keep track of your meds might be sharing your information with a host of unrelated companies, some of which have nothing to do with healthcare, a new study finds.

More young men and women are binge-drinking into their mid- and late-20s today than a generation ago, increasing their risk of accidental injuries, deaths and a variety of chronic illnesses, researchers say.

The steady stream of holiday cookies and treats may have slowed, but for millions of Americans, the appetite for high-fat, sodium-laden sweets continues. Making the switch from highly processed junk food to healthier whole foods can be challenging. Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered die…

A new study from Penn Nursing suggests that, if you want to lose weight and keep it off in the new year, you might want to think about cutting back on drinking.

Middle-aged men who eat lots of fruits and vegetables may be lowering their odds of cognitive problems as they get on in years, compared to peers who don't consume these foods very often, a U.S. study suggests.

At a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, the American health care system is highly dependent on professionals born in other countries, an analysis of U.S. census data shows.

LONDON — The spread of polio must still be classified as a public health emergency because, while progress has been made towards wiping out the disease, that progress is fragile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Next time you stagger into the 24-hour diner in the wee hours of the morning and order the biscuits and gravy breakfast, consider this new research finding: At roughly that hour, the most basic operations of the human body throttle back their caloric needs by about 10 percent compared to the…