Woman’s road to health inspires others

Irene Gonzales did her milestone 50th birthday so big she landed on NBC’s “Today” show Aug. 8 to share her infectious enthusiasm with the entire country. Like many baby boomers looking to do something extraordinary to mark the big 5-0, Gonzales, the principal at Spokane’s … Read more

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New owners of Oz Fitness gyms in Spokane plan upgrades

Two Washington state business owners who’ve run training gyms in the Seattle area have purchased four Oz Fitness locations in Spokane and plan to spend more than $1 million to upgrade the facilities. Jeff Carlson and Chip Schwerzel are taking over local Oz Fitness stores previously operated by owner Ian Riley. The four gyms are in downtown, north Spokane, the South Hill and Spokane Valley. Not part of the deal is the Airway Heights Oz Fitness franchise. They plan to rename the business MuV Fitness. Read more

Health officials investigate severe respiratory illness in Spokane child

Health officials in Spokane County are investigating a child with a severe respiratory illness. Read more

Four Oz Fitness locations sold

Two Washington state business owners who have operated gyms in the Seattle area have purchased four Oz Fitness locations in Spokane and plan to spend more than $1 million to upgrade the facilities and training equipment. Read more

Health Bulletin Board

New listings Spokane Heart and Stroke Walk & 5K Run – Raising money for research and prevention and treatment programs. Walkers of all ages are welcome at the Heart and Stroke Walk at Riverfront Park. Survivors may do the Miracle Mile Loop and children are invited to participate in the Kid’s Fast Dash with Mascots. Saturday, 9 a.m.: opening ceremonies; 9:55: children’s dash; 10 a.m.: run/walk. Run starts by the Clocktower, Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. Registration is by donation, visit SpokaneHeartWalk.org or call (509) 536-1500. Read more

Alisa Hideg: Breastfeeding is good for mother and child

During medical school, several women in my class had children. When they returned to work, they continued to breastfeed their babies, which meant that they were often pumping breast milk between seeing patients. At home they were able to nurse their infant and when away, their spouse or baby’s caregiver fed the baby the pumped milk. It was a lot of effort, but these physicians knew it was worth it. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a minimum of one year of breastfeeding because breast milk provides many advantages for babies. Adequate fluid, excellent nutrition, and protection against illnesses and infections are all found in breast milk. It lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and decreases the risk of developing allergies, asthma and type 1 diabetes. Read more

In brief: Free vaccinations for kids

A clinic this weekend in Spokane offers free vaccinations for children ages 2 to 18. It will offer all vaccinations recommended by health officials. Flu vaccines, including in nasal-mist form, will be available. Read more

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New listings National Discover Your Optimal Health Day - Includes a 3K walk for kids. Registration fee is a single-serving food item or a cash donation for the Food for Thought backpack program. Items needed are Top Ramen, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, tuna, breakfast bars and protein bars. Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Rocky Hill Park, corner of Mission Ave. and Winrock St., Liberty Lake. Registration requested by today at (509) 294-8500 or teambeenthere@gmail.com. Read more

Senegal Ebola case ‘a top priority emergency’

DAKAR, Senegal — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said today, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. Read more

Readiness for school not always about age

It is nearly time for another school year. Registration, buying school supplies, getting a physical, updating vaccines and picking out school clothes are all a part of the ritual of going to school. Many of you may be asking yourself if your youngster is ready for kindergarten. Readiness for kindergarten is about more than your child’s age. At his kindergarten physical, which you should schedule before school starts, your child’s health care provider also will be considering social, emotional, language and physical milestones. Read more

Using two vaccines may help eradicate polio

WASHINGTON – New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s more remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. “It could play a major role in completing the job of polio eradication once and for all,” said Dr. Hamid Jafari, WHO’s director of polio operations, who led the study published Thursday in the journal Science. Read more

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Upcoming Alzheimer’s Association Town Hall Meetings – The Alzheimer’s Association Inland Northwest Chapter will hold two meetings to educate and solicit input on public policy priorities. today, 6:30 p.m., Gonzaga University School of Law, 721 N. Cincinnati St.; Wednesday, 7 p.m., Health Resource Center at Kootenai Health, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d’Alene. For more information, call (509) 473-3390 or email jloiacono@alz.org. Read more

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Upcoming Hip and Knee Pain Causes and Treatments – Informational seminars presented by the Joint Restoration Centers at Deaconess and Valley hospitals. Wednesday, 6-7 p.m., The Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada St.; Sept. 17, Oct. 16, Nov. 12, or Dec. 11, 6 p.m., Valley Health & Education Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave.; Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, or Dec. 17, 6 p.m., Deaconess Health & Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave, second floor. Free. Make reservations at (509) 473-5755. Read more

In brief: Medicaid expansion would cover 100,000

BOISE – More than 100,000 uninsured Idahoans would qualify for health coverage and state and local taxpayers would save $44 million in 2016 under a plan for accepting expanded federal Medicaid funds approved by a working group appointed by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday. The group’s proposal, approved on a 10-3 vote, is just a recommendation to Otter, who will decide what to propose to state lawmakers in January. Three GOP lawmakers who served on the work group cast the dissenting votes. Read more

Medical Lake events offer free bone density test

Do you have osteoporosis? Are you at risk? Find out this weekend by getting a free bone-density test at the Stride for Strong Bones 5k fun run/walk or at the WunderWoman Triathlon, both in Medical Lake. Some 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass. Adults stop gaining bone mass at age 30; without exercise and proper diet, osteoporosis is a risk. Read more

Sitting more dangerous than smoking, doctor says

There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking. What to do about it? “Get Up!” is the title of Levine’s new book, a jovial tale of how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us and what can be done to stop the threat. Read more

Health bulletin board

New listings Meditation Techniques - Lama Chamtrul Rinpoche will present “Meditation Techniques to Alleviate Disturbing Emotions” on Friday, 6 p.m., Spokane Buddhist Church, 927 S. Perry St. “Transforming Suffering” will be presented Saturday, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., 2902 N. East Oval St. Donations are accepted for both events. (509) 263-4394. Read more

Kootenai Health joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Kootenai Health has become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which gives the Coeur d’Alene-based hospital access to doctors and other services from the renowned health care provider. Read more