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Fee slashed for Washington insurers

UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Washington’s health insurance exchange is cutting in half a fee charged to insurers, a move that could knock a few dollars off the cost of individual health premiums.
Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis And The News has what his doctors believe is Ménière’s disease, which has caused hearing loss. The singer canceled the band’s upcoming tour, which included a stop at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, to concentrate on his health. (Ryan Myers/imageSPACE / Tribune News Service)

Huey Lewis’ plight puts a spotlight on hearing loss

Singer Huey Lewis put Ménière’s disease into the spotlight as it impacts hearing loss, when last week he announced the cancellation of his 2018 tour, including a stop at Northern Quest Resort and Casino.

Former Gonzaga and NBA basketball player Rony Turiaf, center, greets students at North Central High School, Friday, April 13, 2018. North Central High students spent the day in activities to build community and make connections among students in response to a handful of suicides at the school. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Preventing teen suicide: How to help

Teens often turn to their peers when thoughts of suicide cross their minds, but everyone has a role to play. Here are some of the warning signs to look out for, and ways you can play a positive role.
Tulips are one of many types of spring-flowering bulbs that provide early-season color. (Susan Mulvihill / The Spokesman-Review)

In the garden: Spring-blooming bulbs brighten up the garden

As spring unfolds in my garden, I’m treated to dozens of delightful surprises in the form of spring-blooming bulbs. These flowers are my reward for making it through what has seemed like the longest winter of my life.
Bottles of alcohol are shown during a tour of a state liquor store June 16, 2016 in Salt Lake City. A large international study released on Thursday, April 12, 2018 says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means many countries alcohol consumption guidelines may be far too loose. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

When to say when: Study says limit alcohol to 1 drink a day

UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Here’s some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose.

House Call: Vitamins, supplements may not be necessary

If you eat a diet full of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as with mostly plant-based protein sources, chances are that you don’t need vitamin supplementation. However, there are instances where a vitamin supplement is likely to be in order along with a healthy diet.
Christa Arguinchona demonstrates some of the personal protective equipment (PPE) that is used in the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s new “special pathogens unit” to treat highly infectious diseases like Ebola. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Mock medical drill Wednesday in Spokane

UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

If you see medical providers in space suits swarming Spokane International Airport on Wednesday, don’t panic. It’s just a drill.