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Treva Lind

Treva Lind

Treva Lind joined The Spokesman-Review in 2016, after 12 years working as a correspondent. She is a reporter for Features covering aging and family issues.
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SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2019

FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2019



Mushrooming CBD industry has hemp explosion behind it

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

CBD ads pop up everywhere these days on social media, radio and street signs. They hawk pain relief and other remedies from cannabidiol, known as CBD, a cannabis extract that doesn’t cause a high.

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2019

News >  Family

Planning family or medical leave next year? Here’s a short primer

Planning to start a family next year or a stint as caregiver for an aging parent? New family and medical leave benefits for workers in Washington state start in 2020, but premiums are coming out of paychecks now to help pay for the statewide program. Here are a few highlights.

FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2018

News >  Family

What are your eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions?

A recent U.N. panel’s report estimates we have about 12 years to get global carbon emissions under control. Its call for “rapid and far-reaching” change seems overwhelming. Here are some realistic ideas for families, maybe marked as your eco-friendly 2019 resolutions.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2018

FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2018

News >  Family

Family’s miracle: Winning No. 1 prize at Christmas Tree Elegance

Vladislav and Svetlana Khashchuk won the Tree No. 1 package with $4,500 cash at Christmas Tree Elegance, just a month after launching a GoFundMe to help pay for diabetes treatments for two of their four children. Two sons have Type 1 diabetes, including their youngest child recently diagnosed, and the parents hope to pay for new stem cell treatments after learning about some positive results.

SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2018

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2018


A silent calling: Raised by deaf parents, medical student seeks to serve the underserved

Luke Johnson’s childhood was atypically quiet. His parents were deaf, and he only spoke in American Sign Language at home. He didn’t start to hear English consistently until preschool, and he needed academic help to catch up. Today, he’s one of 60 medical students who started fall 2017 in the University of Washington School of Medicine’s program in Spokane. His background fueled dreams of being a doctor who serves others who struggle or have limited access to health care.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2018

News >  Family

Feeling alone? That can make social interactions go poorly

We all experience times of temporary loneliness – often during the holidays or after major life change like divorce – but a new study suggests it’s best to avoid forcing connections right away when you’re feeling negative. Gonzaga University psychology assistant professor Sarah Arpin collaborated on new research that examined the social consequences of temporary loneliness.


FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2018

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2018


Many babies don’t sleep through the night, and it’s OK

Parents might expect babies to start sleeping through the night by around 6 months old to a year, based on a common premise to look for that milestone. However, McGill University researchers in a study found that more than half of babies typically don’t have solid slumber, and it’s OK as far as infant development.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21, 2018


Rocking awareness: Spokane couple leads music video project to raise diabetes awareness

A new music video uses “The Price” song of ’80s band Twisted Sister for a diabetes awareness project backed by Mead resident Kris Maynard, a firefighter at Fairchild Air Force Base. He appears in the video for a cameo as does others – kids and adults – all who live with diabetes. Maynard has Type 1. He and his wife Paula spent about $12,000 to make the video for its release Nov. 1.

FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2018

News >  Family

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.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2018


As cold weather comes, preventative steps can help you avoid winter flakes

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Cracks on heels and overall dry skin problems usher in with colder weather, and often, people set themselves up to worsen issues in part because of those tempting long, hot showers that strip natural oils. You can take preventative steps to avoid dry skin problems, from use of an indoor humidifier and body moisturizers to wearing gloves.

FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2018

News >  Family

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.



Astrocytes: Sleeping under the stars takes new meaning

Star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes appear to play an essential role in sleep, a new study at Washington State University Spokane found. Researchers in the Sleep and Performance Research Center published a study showing that astrocytes communicate to neurons to regulate sleep time in fruit flies and suggests it may do the same in mammals, including humans.

FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2018

THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018


Mega-dosing vitamin D: Doctor-prescribed 50,000 IU vitamin D may be right for some patients

Today, you can grab over-the-counter vitamin D with dosages typically from 600 international units to 2,000 IU. For people with a severe vitamin D deficiency confirmed in tests, some health care providers are prescribing a mega-dose: 50,000 IU vitamin D taken once a week for six to eight weeks. Medical groups say it’s typically safe, under physician supervision, to get levels back to a normal.

FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2018

News >  Family

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.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2018

News >  Health

Study: Helping low-income obese patients lose weight

Using a free phone app, low-income obese patients in a Duke University study achieved clinically meaningful weight loss in a year-long focus including regular coaching from primary care providers. Locally, CHAS in Spokane and Heritage Health in Coeur d’Alene have started low-cost patient programs for weight loss, with ongoing dietician counseling and access to exercise facilities.

FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2018

News >  Family

Arc-sponsored conference focuses on looming issues for the disabled

A Thursday public forum will address the challenges facing people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, along with break-out work sessions on community solutions. Titled “A Courageous Conversation,” the session includes a talk by Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc, a national organization with over 600 chapters that serves people with disabilities.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2018