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  • MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016, 7 P.M.

    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.


  • MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, 4 P.M.

    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 …


  • MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2016, NOON

    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.


  • MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2015

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2015

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 4, 2015

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2014

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 2014

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

    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, …


  • THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2013

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

    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 …


  • MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2012

    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 …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2012

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012, 10:23 A.M.

    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.


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

    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. …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

    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: …


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