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Thursday, January 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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House Call: Is it a cold or the flu?

Influenza and common cold symptoms are similar and can be difficult to distinguish from each other. They are both caused by viruses, cause many respiratory symptoms and leave you feeling …


Spokane’s Dr. Bob Riggs to celebrate debut album with Bartlett show

“Cairns,” which was released on streaming platforms in November, features a mix of originals, traditional folk songs and covers.


House Call: Seven things to do for your health in the new year

The prospect of the new year inspires many of us make resolutions about things to start (or stop) during the coming year. I recently had a friend ask me if …


House Call: Thriving with holiday stress

Stress affects everyone differently. You may cry, be short-tempered, say hurtful things, drive aggressively, drink too much alcohol or caffeine, eat too much holiday comfort food, miss deadlines or obligations. …


House Call: Boosting your immune system and staying healthy through the holiday season

Your best defense against cold and flu is a healthy immune system, which can protect you against invading viruses. With that in mind, I wanted to look at how the …


House Call: Examining Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a functional disorder of the gastrointestinal tract, likely involving the nerves and microorganisms of the entire GI tract.


House Call: Dealing with incontinence

No matter what kind of incontinence you experience, it can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarrassing. The good news is that many of the underlying conditions that cause incontinence can be …


House Call: Healthy habits help your family during the school year

With school back in full swing, taking care of you and your family’s health can be more of a challenge.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

House Call: Preparing for cold and flu season

If colds and flu made the rounds at your work or in your home last year, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prepare for …


House Call: Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol

My first piece of advice on this subject is that the conversation about drugs and alcohol is not a one-and-done thing. It should be an ongoing topic that is addressed …


House Call: Making it through allergy season

If you have allergies and made it through another Spokane spring, congratulations! For many of you, allergy symptoms may be over; however, there are plenty of people who have a …


House Call: Be mindful of the heat as summer gets warmer

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke are related to each other but vary in seriousness. All three are typically caused by exercise or other strenuous activity in hot environments.


House Call: Take precautions for summer travel

As the kids wrap up another school year, many of us are planning to travel. Whether you are traveling within the United States or to another country, there are several …


House Call: Use diverse diet for proteins

Proteins do a lot of important things in addition to their structural roles in things like your muscles and bones.


House Call: Eat well and exercise to keep bones strong

Your body works hard doing this into your twenties, when most people typically reach what is called peak bone mass. Your calcium intake and daily exercise is crucial during this …


House Call: Vitamins, supplements may not be necessary

If you eat a diet full of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as with mostly plant-based protein sources, chances are that you don’t need vitamin supplementation. …


House Call: Beware of this common but false theory about sleep

Getting enough sleep is one of those things that most of us find a challenge, especially as our days get longer. But it’s critically important for your health. It’s a …


House Call: Time for spring training

Bloomsday is rapidly approaching, so if you are planning to participate, it’s best to start getting ready now.


House Call: Keeping your blood pressure in check

High blood pressure makes your heart work too hard and contributes to hardening of the arteries. Hardening of the arteries increases blood pressure, further creating a vicious circle.


House Call: Making lifestyle changes is important

If your cholesterol is elevated, you’ve had a heart attack or a stroke, or you have higher than average risk of these due to smoking or family history – it’s …


House call: Adult resilience

House call advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018.


House Call: New technologies simplify diabetes treatment

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects your blood sugar regulation. Diabetics have higher than normal blood sugars and over time high blood sugars damage just about everything in your …


House Call: Keep kids and adults safe with pill precautions

Let’s review the basics. Keep all medications not only out of the reach of children, but out of sight too. Always keep medicines, even OTC ones, in the original bottle …


House Call: Dealing with smoke season

Even if you don’t have heart or lung disease, you should still be careful on days of poor air quality. Although children, pregnant women, and elderly are also especially vulnerable …


House Call: Vaccinations are a back-to-school essential

These days in addition to doing a lot of sports physicals for students wishing to join a team at school, I am doing wellness checkups and immunizations. Vaccines are more …


House Call: Ways to alleviate airborne allergies

Even if you don’t normally suffer from allergies in the springtime or summer, you may have experienced some allergic symptoms this year with the extremely high pollen counts we have …


House Call: Tips for staying safe this summer

After an especially long and snowy winter, most of us here in Spokane are eagerly looking forward to all the outdoor activities summer has to offer. I know I am. …


House call: Taking care of your ears

Sometimes illness affects your hearing. That muffled hearing sensation you sometimes get when you have a cold typically resolves itself as you get over the cold. It’s from congestion in …


House Call: Taking care of your teeth is important to your health

Aside from the obvious social and functional aspects of having an attractive-looking mouth, healthy teeth and gums are linked to better overall health. It’s hard to get good nutrition if …


House Call: With flu and cold season upon us, comfort is the best medicine

As we get into the heart of winter, I am seeing an increasing number of patients with a cold or the flu. They both make you feel pretty miserable and …