STAR treatment: Radiofrequency energy used to kill tumors in vertebrae

Cancer patient Jeff Hinz of Post Falls calls it a nuke, delivered by a new medical device that targets radiofrequency energy to heat and kill tumors in vertebrae, normally a tricky area for such precision. “My understanding is they ablate the tumor, nuke it,” said … Read more

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House Call: When stuttering persists in children, seek help

When a person involuntarily repeats a sound, usually at the beginning of a word, it is called stuttering. Oct. 22 is the International Stuttering Awareness Day. About 5 percent of children will develop a stutter. It may last anywhere from weeks to years, although most children outgrow it. Around 1 percent of adults stutter throughout their lives. Stuttering is often worse with anxiety or in stressful situations. Read more

Researchers seek clues from the cleft

PITTSBURGH – Cleft lips and palates in newborns can frighten parents at first, while at the same time the cause of such dramatic impacts on function and appearance has long mystified doctors and scientists. Those factors led Mary Marazita, who holds a doctoral degree in genetics, to begin researching the genetic causes of clefts in the 1980s. Since then her research team has widened its focus to include many physical and health impacts that blood relatives of people with clefts can experience from shared gene variants. Read more

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New listings Multiple Sclerosis Support Group - Find comfort and strength with your peers as you learn, cope, laugh and celebrate the challenges and successes of living with MS. Family and friends are welcome, too. Beginning this week, the group will meet the third Thursday of each month, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E. Main Ave. Contact Melanie at or (509) 251-8230. Read more

If you’re holding a holiday bazaar, we’d like to hear about it

It’s that time of year again. Holiday craft fair season is just around the corner. We will publish free listings of area craft fairs on Nov. 2. If your group is holding a holiday bazaar and would like to be included in the list, please submit event details to, or by mail to The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210-1098, attention Features – craft fair. Or, you can submit the information online at Just click on “Full Calendar” and “Submit Your Event.” Deadline for submission is Oct. 24. Read more

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine is effective, study shows

Do-it-yourself flu vaccine? It could happen. Military folks who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health workers, a study found. There’s no reason civilians couldn’t do the same, especially for children who might be less scared if vaccine was given by mom or dad, the study leader said. Read more

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New listings “Stay Well this Winter” – Spokane Public Library will host two medical professionals who will educate you on simple strategies for avoiding the winter ills. Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Downtown Library, 906 W. Main Ave. Free. (509) 444-5300. Read more

On Your Health’s Paster comes to Spokane

Public radio’s renowned family doctor, Zorba Paster, visits Spokane on Thursday to talk about living a longer, sweeter life while answering audience questions about their personal health conundrums. But the truth is, the good doc and host of the popular national call-in show “Zorba Paster On Your Health” is eager for a burger and malt from Dick’s Hamburgers – Spokane’s iconic burger joint on Third Avenue. He remembers it from his past visit to Spokane and a visit to Seattle. He thinks he even owns an old blue work shirt from Dick’s Hamburgers. Read more

House Call: Certain diets are just what doctor ordered

Many of my friends are on some type of specialty diet for a specific health condition: glycemic index for diabetes, gluten-free for Celiac disease, dairy-free for lactose intolerance and low-sodium for high blood pressure. Variations of these diets (more than 100 currently listed at WebMD) often crop up in popular media supported by products available on grocery shelves. They seem to be anointed as the latest, greatest thing that may solve all of your health woes. One current popular specialty diet is called gluten-free. If you have Celiac disease or gluten allergies, following this diet will improve your health. Some people believe they are gluten intolerant. This is being studied, but as yet, it’s not a diagnosable condition. Most people can digest gluten just fine, but if you decide to go gluten-free because of a health condition or to ease digestive discomfort, do so carefully so that you still include foods with important nutrients and fiber. Read more

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New listings Holistic Festival - Includes lectures, booths with organic and natural products, remedies, body care and pain relief, books, art, jewelry and quality gifts, as well as practitioners of chiropractic, biofeedback, reflexology, astrology, acupuncture and more. Visit Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., CenterPlace, 2426 N. Discovery Place. $6. (509) 468-9001. Read more