SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2019
With a range of styles and different types of RV, consumers have plenty of choices. Should you go with a tiny pop-up, or stretch a bit for a fifth-wheel? Will a truck camper or toy hauler be better? Each RV type has their pros and cons.
FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2019
As a child, Wendi Eva loved organizing. As a busy Spokane Valley mom, she struggled having time for that until finding inspiration again in
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2019
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
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
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
Retirement community Touchmark on the South Hill has developed a 10-week course to improve people’s balance, called Aspire to Better Balance.
FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2018
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
Parents immersed in the season’s activities often wonder how they also can instill lessons of generosity and thankfulness for their children – that Christmas spirit of giving. Here are some ideas.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2018
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
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.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2018
Mental Health First Aid: The eight-hour course that’s new to Spokane teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to people who show signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The class covers topics such as anxiety disorders, depression, trauma response and acute psychosis.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2018
SNAP Essential Home Repair, a program for low-income homeowners provides minor, but essential repairs for low-income homeowners in the Spokane area. Last year, SNAP provided more than 900 home repairs and accessibility projects such as wheelchair ramps. Additional funding is available for projects through year-end 2018.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2018
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
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.
Medical equipment, shots and being in the hospital can be scary for children. Two students at Eastern Washington University created a kids workshop on Saturday, with activities and art projects, aimed at making children feel less frightened around health care.
FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2018
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
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
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.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2018
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
Parent-teacher group leaders say they’re embracing unusual strategies to help pay for school extracurricular events or materials, because traditional approaches such as direct sales have gone flat.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018
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
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
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
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
Spokane neurologist Dr. David Greeley thinks more people these days are dealing with depression. Recently, he began a new service under the business name Kingfisher TMS offering transcranial magnetic stimulation, a noninvasive procedure using magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.