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Where are we with female equality? Things parents can do to keep daughters happy, healthy

Since the 1960s, more U.S. women have made successful gains in education, athletics and careers, including science and technology. But debate continues on if we’ve really reached gender equality. That’s just one part of the equation, says Spokane family counselor and author Michael Gurian. He calls for understanding science-backed differences in how boys and girls learn and emote.

Ask Dr. Universe: What makes a pepper hot?

Peppers come in colors like orange, green, yellow, and red, and have different amounts of spiciness. They can be dried into flakes, ground into powder, or made into a fiery hot sauce.

At the Vet’s: Treat with love

Veterinary medicine is expensive, and the doctors must be able to lay out options for clients, give them choices and prices. Dr. Greg Benoit is a small business owner, and he’s got to keep things running and make sure everyone understands that even if something can be done medically, it’s always the owner’s call whether to go ahead. Shaming will not work and is in no one’s best interest.

Is there a boy crisis? Things parents can do to keep their sons happy, healthy

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

The past 50 years have redefined being female in American, but some experts argue that boys in higher numbers have fallen way behind. Generally, more boys get in trouble at school, withdraw, or become depressed – some to the point of violence. Spokane counselor and author Michael Gurian links depression to trauma, toxins and lack of attachment. It also helps to know how most boys are wired.

Mama Bear Moxie: High expectations often lead to disappointment

I tend to have high expectations on most everything in life. I have high expectations of myself, my husband and my kids. I have high expectations on how I think things should work out and how I imagine situations will go. But there is one thing that I have learned about high expectations: You are bound to fail most (if not all) of the time.

Mama Bear Moxie: Every kid is smart in their own way

In our household we have had many conversations about the differences of our kids. We have redefined the term “smart” in our household and have decided that it isn’t just for academics.

Ask Dr. Universe: The history of humans, allergies

On the way to discovering allergies, scientists first had to learn about the immune system, which helps protect the body from invaders, or things like bacteria and viruses. These invaders are called antigens and when they get into your system, your body gets ready to react, releasing something called antibodies to help defend you.

Support group launches for “kinship” caregivers

More than 43,000 people in the state care for a relative’s child younger than 18 – as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and older siblings – some temporarily and others for the long haul. In Spokane, a new support group is forming so kinship caregivers can meet to share ideas and frustrations, with the first session scheduled Nov. 14.

Ask Dr. Universe: A hard whack on the elbow really hits a nerve

When you hit your funny bone, you are actually hitting part of a whitish bundle of fibers called a nerve. Your nerves help send messages from different parts of your body to the brain. Just as bones have different names, so do nerves. The one we feel when we hit our “funny bone” is the “ulnar nerve.”