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Wednesday, December 12, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Needle in the genetic haystack: New UW website is helping families, scientists

A new University of Washington website aims to combine the massive reach of the Internet with genetic data to help families facing undiagnosed rare diseases find answers.


House call: Navigating the supplements road

Long gone are the days when your nutritional supplement choices were limited to Flintstones for the kids and One-a-Day for yourself. There are multivitamins formulated for men, for women, and …


Mayo expert on pediatric appendicitis treatment

A recent study published in JAMA Surgery suggests when chosen by the family, nonoperative management is an effective treatment strategy for children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis.


Tips to keep your child’s trip to the ER from being too traumatic

A trip to the emergency room is never on the agenda. If you ever find yourself taking your child for emergency medical care, you need to know what to expect …


Insect bites can do much more than bug you

Bug bites are an itchy nuisance, but they are also potentially life threatening – especially for people with damaged immune systems, children and the elderly. This is not just a …


Why do children die? New Idaho team searches for links

BURLEY, Idaho – The death of any child warrants a closer look to search for ways to keep Idaho’s children safer. And there are many, the new Idaho Child Fatality …


Seeking solutions to allergy symptoms

Stuffy nose? Itchy eyes? Mucus going down the back of the throat? If you’re prone to wheezing, perhaps you’re experiencing a wheeze or two? Or three? Or four? Or maybe …


Help your kids get serious about playing healthy

Swimming, lacrosse, hockey, track, rock climbing, karate and volleyball are only a few of the sports your child could participate in this year. Whether your child is involved in an …


Don’t enjoy the sun without the screen

Sunshine is one of the most enjoyable things about this time of year in Spokane. We had a beautiful, sunny day for Bloomsday. I have been out in my garden …


Course of action to stop diabetes

Toni Pille lives on a 40-acre farm in Espanola, north of Medical Lake, where she and her husband raise sheep, cut hay and eat local: potatoes they grow, meat from …


Need for clean diapers goes beyond preventing rash

Durga and Manju Ghalley speak limited English after moving to Spokane from Bhutan two years ago. But it was easy to explain why the couple picked up a dozen free …


House Call: Keys to prenatal infection prevention

In the previous column about taking care of yourself before and during pregnancy, I mentioned avoiding infections. Today’s column will cover details about infections, their potential consequences, and prevention. Influenza …


School districts adjust ‘no-nit’ policies, focus on effective treatments at home

Head lice will find few defenders. The parasites – found on human heads, eyebrows and eyelashes – survive by biting their hosts and feeding on their blood, and just the …


Coeur d’Alene woman’s AirAllé machine offers new approach to attacking lice

Lice happened twice to Brianne Ball’s family, and it was a commitment for everyone involved: her three daughters, her husband, herself. One child would come home infested, and it would …


Child abuse rates climbing in Spokane County

Child abuse rates are on the rise in Spokane County, according to a recent report by the Spokane Regional Health District. “We’re actually statistically significantly higher than what the state …


Another’s drinking can affect you

Dear Annie: I wanted to share a bit of what it’s like to be the family member of a person who drinks too much. I know. I had more than …


Teens are smoking and drinking less, but plenty use pot

One in six Washington youth ages 12 to 17 has seriously considered suicide, and 8 percent of students in eighth and 10th grades have attempted suicide in the past year, …


Abortion parental notification bill gets hearing

OLYMPIA – A hearing on a bill that would require minors to notify their parents before terminating a pregnancy pitted those who argued it was an issue of parental rights …


Senator backs paying foster parents more

BOISE – Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday he said he saw a budget request that …


Expansive report details biases disabled parents face

Millions of Americans with disabilities have gained innumerable rights and opportunities since Congress passed landmark legislation on their behalf in 1990. And yet advocates say barriers and bias still abound …


Refugees’ group harvests fruits and vegetables for needy

In the summer of 2011, two East Central women, both refugees, came up with the idea of harvesting neighborhood fruit that otherwise wouldn’t be used, and donating it to the …


City of Spokane ready to get the lead out

The city of Spokane has more than $3 million in federal money to pay to reduce lead hazards in low-income homes, and it’s ready to start spending. Its Lead Safe …


Pediatricians group backs circumcisions

CHICAGO – The nation’s most influential pediatricians group says the health benefits of circumcision in newborn boys outweigh any risks, adding that insurance companies should pay for it. In its …


Aged dads may pass on more mutations

Men who become fathers later in life pass on more brand-new genetic mutations to their offspring, a study has found – probably contributing to disorders such as autism and schizophrenia …


Bug repellents safe when used properly

DEAR DOCTOR K: Can you recommend an insect repellent that is safe and effective? DEAR READER: The itch from mosquito bites – or the yuck factor of pulling a tick …


Obama to emphasize women’s health, economy in Colo

President Barack Obama plans to emphasize women’s health issues and the economy during his two-day campaign visit to Colorado.


School reverses course on HIV-positive student

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania school for lower income and socially disadvantaged students said Monday it will now treat HIV-positive applicants the same as all others and has offered admission …


Blood bank

Bloodmobile locations Tuesday – Elks Lodge, 202 ½ McKinley Ave., Kellogg, 12:30-5:30 p.m.; Elks Lodge, 419 Cedar St., Wallace, 3:15-6 p.m.; Moses Lake Civic Center, 401 S. Balsam St., 5-7:30 …


Providence, Group Health ally as largest physicians’ group

Group Health Cooperative and Providence Health Care are forming a new company to provide primary medical care in Spokane, creating the area’s largest physician organization, the two providers said Wednesday. …


Doctor K: Food allergies may appear unexpectedly

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently ate shrimp and broke out in hives. This has never happened before. Could I have developed a new food allergy as an adult? DEAR READER: …