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  • Spokane Valley church serving free lunch to kids, adults this month

    The Spokane Valley Community of Christ Church started a free lunch program Tuesday – and word seems to be spreading. When lay minister Sandy VanDerWalker arrived at the church that …


  • Cultivating crop of young gardeners in Peaceful Valley

    The Earth Turners Community Garden sits on a small plot of park land near the heart of Peaceful Valley. Above it, cars rumble by on the Maple Street Bridge, and …


  • Panel weighs parental rights

    BOISE – When should a parent lose custody of a young child for refusing consent for a medical procedure? How likely must the harm to the child be for that …


  • Cholesterol tests for kids debated

    CHICAGO – Should all U.S. children get tested for high cholesterol? Doctors are still debating that question months after a government-appointed panel recommended widespread screening that would lead to prescribing …


  • CDC: Whooping cough rise alarming

    ATLANTA – The U.S. appears headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades, with the number of cases rising at an epidemic rate that experts …


  • Blood-lead testing crucial for Silver Valley children

    When Shane Stancik grew up near the old Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter complex, it was a magnet for neighborhood kids. He and his friends poked around the rusting equipment …


  • International care has boy on two legs again

    Rahim promptly stood on his new leg Wednesday, then strode confidently into the next room and up a ramp, awaiting final adjustments. More than two years after a land mine …


  • Health district, Big 5 put life jackets on sale

    A life jacket can save a life – but it can be expensive, too. In hopes of getting more families to play safer on the water, a partnership between the …


  • Ronald McDonald House marks 25 years serving sick kids

    On May 18, Kathy LeDuc, of Kalispell, took her daughter, Gabby, 5, to the doctor. “She had a fever and said her tummy hurt,” LeDuc said. “She had a dance …


  • Gig Harbor police, fire to offer ice cream coupons for safe riders

    With school out for the summer, Gig Harbor, Wash., police officers, firefighters and medics are rewarding children 14 and younger for wearing helmets during wheeled activities as part of the …


  • Avoid pesticides; use Cetaphil to treat lice

    Q. Two years ago, my entire family had a severe case of head lice, including my 4-year-old daughter, 6- and 10-year-old sons and my wife. (I was spared.) We settled …


  • Dogs and cats help babies’ health, study finds

    Fido the dog and Ginger the cat need not worry about being replaced by a new baby — in fact, they could be helping parents raise healthier children.


  • Iron overload disease a big challenge

    Coady Coughlin had no energy to care. “I felt tired all the time,” the 20-year-old Normal man recalled of a good portion of his late-teen years. “I couldn’t do anything. …


  • Often overlooked, dentists say mother’s oral health connected to baby’s health

    For many pregnant women, bumping up their flossing routine – much less scheduling their first dental visit in years – may fall last on their to-do lists. But for dentists …


  • Swimming: An individual workout in a team setting

    Witter Pool was awash with swimmers this weekend as hundreds of athletes from around the region gathered to compete in the Summer Solstice Swim Meet. Colorful beach umbrellas and striped …


  • WSU takes steps to combat drug use and sexual abuse

    PULLMAN – Washington State University will do more this fall to ensure that incoming freshmen are better prepared to make healthy choices when it comes to drugs, alcohol and sex. …


  • Biting nuisance

    Spokane’s current scourge, a swollen army of tiny biting insects wielding blades on their mouth parts, spares few. Not preschoolers. Not Chihuahuas. The black flies seem to be especially drawn …


  • Baker hopes his family’s cystic fibrosis story can save lives

    The 14-and-15-year-olds, sitting in Ferris High School gym bleachers, yawned. They popped their knuckles. It was 10 in the morning, and some wore the bored stares of kids trapped indoors …


  • School lunch blogger free to post pics

    LONDON – A 9-year-old blogger won a food fight with authorities in her Scottish town Friday, after an online outcry prompted officials to lift a ban on posting photos of …


  • Idaho nutrition program expands income eligibility

    Idaho’s special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will implement new income guidelines that raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost-of-living increases.


  • In brief: Pertussis shot offered at low cost

    Whooping cough vaccinations are now available at reduced prices at several clinics and pharmacies as health officials continue efforts to stop the spread of the disease. The shots may cost …


  • Free summer meals available for children

    With the end of school, many low-income children may not have an opportunity for a hot lunch or breakfast. School districts in the area will offer breakfast and lunch at …


  • Health benefits helping rekindle interest in organic gardening

    When Laurie Garretson’s son was diagnosed with leukemia nearly 40 years ago, doctors told her that he wouldn’t see his third birthday. As a loving mother, she wasn’t going to …


  • Prenatal genetic test offers more information, raises questions

    The latest advance in prenatal genetic testing purports to offer parents more detailed information than ever about the child they are expecting. But for some, the new answers could lead …


  • Free eye clinic at UGM resumes recycling glasses

    For years, Richard Hathaway avoided eye exams because he didn’t have the money to pay for them. “My glasses were 15 years old,” said Hathaway, who’s homeless and suffers from …


  • Disney to banish junk-food ads from kid shows

    NEW YORK — Disney says its programming will no longer be sponsored by junk food. The Walt Disney Co. said today that it will become the first major media company …


  • State earns bonus for child insurance

    A $17.6 million windfall from the federal government could prevent thousands of children in Washington from losing their health insurance in March if the state decides to spend the money …


  • Kids’ health care in danger

    Proposed cuts at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services would reverse Gov. Chris Gregoire’s stated goal of extending health insurance to all children in Washington by 2010, according …