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TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016

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5 questions to ask before choosing a health plan

It’s open enrollment season, the time of year when we need to sort through confusing options and try to predict how often we’ll get sick next year. Some people, especially those shopping for plans on the Obamacare insurance exchanges are ...

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Jack Toillion, dressed as a scary wolf, receives help with his mask from his sister Sophia , 9, before the 5k Monster Dash in Manito Park, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Over 600 adults and children, many dressed in Halloween costumes, ran the 5K, or one of the shorter kid's fun runs. The race is put on by Active4Youth - whose mission is to combat childhood obesity & juvenile delinquency through after-school sports programs. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

To fight childhood obesity, task force recommends screening all kids starting at age 6

Draft guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urge pediatricians and other clinicians to check the body mass index of children and adolescents to identify patients who would benefit from weight counseling programs. These “comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions” have been shown to help participants change the trajectory of their weight gain, cutting their odds of a lifetime of obesity.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2016

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2016

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Miscarriage is common. So why is it such an isolating experience?

Sure, the range of emotional responses to miscarriage and child loss is vast. But despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are more than 1 million fetal losses (“the intrauterine death of a fetus at any gestational age”) each year, we just don’t have a script for dealing with this kind of bereavement.

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Laser treatment an option for cataract removal

For many, clear vision is not possible without spectacle correction, and proper eyewear is important to enjoy vision to its fullest. While glasses or contacts can help render clear vision, sometimes your eye exam will reveal other conditions that can affect eyesight.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2016

Ask Doctor K: Abnormal blood test not always cause for worry

DEAR DOCTOR K: Last week I received the results of some recent blood work. A few of my values fell just outside the normal range. My doctor says it’s fine, but I’m still worried. Do I need to be? DEAR READER: A printout of lab results typically indicates normal ranges for each blood test next to your personal results. If your personal result is right in the middle of the normal range, you’ll likely feel relief.

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Blood Bank

Bloodmobile locations Tuesday - Spokane Valley Tech, 115 S. University Road, 8-11:15 a.m.; West Valley High School, 8301 E. Buckeye Ave., Spokane Valley, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Bustad Hall, 1845 Grimes Way, Pullman, noon-4:15 p.m.; Priest River Junior High School, 5709 Highway 2, Priest River, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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Fulvia Serra plays with her 1-year-old son,  Sebastiano, at home in Fort Collins, Colo., on Thursday. Serra and her husband, Scott, are raising their son vegan. (Brennan Linsley / Associated Press)

Raising a vegan baby: Parents say abuse cases give a bad rap

PHILADELPHIA – There’s a right way and a wrong way to raise a baby on vegan food. Those who get it wrong, parents say, give the responsible ones a bad name. A Pennsylvania mother claiming to be vegan was charged this month with child endangerment for feeding her baby nothing but small amounts of nuts and berries. In Italy, after a number of vegan babies required hospitalization for malnourishment, a lawmaker this summer proposed a bill that would make it a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.

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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016


Parting Shot — 12.2.16

Tacoma Police Department animal control officer Kate Madden salutes during the procession for Tacoma police Officer Reginald "Jake" Gutierrez on Friday in Tacoma, Wash. Crowds gathered to pay respects to ...

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