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  • THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

    Retailers aim to offer more medical clinics

    LOS ANGELES – If you thought it was hard getting a doctor’s appointment now, just wait until 30 million more Americans join the line. By 2020, the U.S. faces an …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

    Judge allows abortion ban

    PHOENIX – Arizona’s ban on abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy is poised to take effect this week as scheduled after a federal judge ruled Monday that the new …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

    Hot water helps drown out itch caused by poison ivy

    Q. I had poison ivy all over my leg, and nothing I tried for it seemed to help much. It may sound crazy, but I noticed that when I got …


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

    State cuts food aid stipend

    The state of Washington slashed a food assistance program that benefits thousands of legal immigrants this month. The benefit level was cut in half beginning July 1. The state Department …


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012

    Water safety enforcement push follows slew of local drownings

    A rash of local drownings in recent weeks has led to a new emphasis on water safety in the Spokane area. A one-day enforcement push Saturday, plus special deals on …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

    AIDS fight gets $150 million boost

    WASHINGTON – Science now has the tools to slash the spread of HIV even without a vaccine – and the U.S. is donating an extra $150 million to help poor …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012, 1:45 P.M.

    1 in 13 pregnant women say they drink alcohol

    As many as 1 in 13 pregnant women drink alcohol, despite repeated warnings from health care professionals that imbibing can cause problems for their unborn child.


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012, 1:25 A.M.

    FDA bans BPA in baby bottles, cups

    The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it is banning the use of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups, a move critics said did not go far enough and …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012, 4:28 P.M.

    Health care options for young, healthy and broke

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re young, healthy and flat broke — and now the government says they have to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of medical insurance. What should tapped-out twentysomethings …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

    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 …


  • MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

    Gates Foundation targets birth control

    SEATTLE – When Bill and Melinda Gates were casting around for a cause in the 1990s, the topic that first snagged their interest was birth control. Expanding the use of …


  • FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012

    Obama focuses on health care law

    MAUMEE, Ohio – A week after the Supreme Court upheld most of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement, the politics of health care held center stage in the presidential …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012, 8:09 A.M.

    Regardless of court decision, health care, costs will change

    No matter what the U.S. Supreme Court decides Thursday, President Barack Obama’s health care plan already is creating changes that will permanently alter how health care is delivered.


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

    Fighting mosquitoes with Listerine

    Q. To keep your picnic area free of insects, put Listerine in a spray bottle and spray the table and chairs where you are enjoying the outside. You will be …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

    New bill would expand access to fertility services for veterans

    A bill introduced last week into Congress by Sen. Patty Murray would give veterans and their spouses access to in vitro fertilization services through the Department of Veterans Affairs for …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012, 4:43 A.M.

    California voters narrowly reject new tobacco tax

    A closely-watched effort to impose a new tax on tobacco to pay for cancer research in the nation’s most populous state has failed by less than a percentage point after …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012, 1:38 P.M.

    Clinton: family planning key to sustainability

    Hillary Rodham Clinton took a stand for women’s reproductive rights during the Rio+20 United Nations conference on Friday, saying “women must be empowered to make decisions on whether and when …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012, 2:19 P.M.

    Regence BlueShield seeks insurance rate increase

    Just over a week after the state insurance commissioner said that Regence BlueShield was sitting on record surpluses, the insurance company wants to increase average premiums by nearly 15 percent …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012, 12:57 P.M.

    Easing of pot laws poses challenge for parents

    Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he’s got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012, 1:58 P.M.

    Swim lesson registration starts Friday at Valley pools

    Registration for the first swim lessons at Spokane Valley pools begins at 5 p.m. Friday.


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012, 9:23 A.M.

    WHO’s cancer agency: Diesel fumes cause cancer

    Diesel fumes cause cancer, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency declared Tuesday, a ruling it said could make exhaust as important a public health threat as secondhand smoke.


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012, 11:33 A.M.

    Couples trying to conceive advised to get healthy, learn to relax

    When couples decide to conceive, health is often a big concern, though not one most young couples think they need to worry about.


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

    Some insurers to keep health law’s provisions

    Some of the nation’s biggest health insurers will keep some popular parts of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul even if the law fails to survive Supreme Court scrutiny. UnitedHealthcare, …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

    Valley Hospital enjoys financial success while expanding

    As health care careens between pending reforms and soaring costs, Valley Hospital has quietly succeeded. It is the smallest of the city’s four main hospitals, an outpost that has often …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

    Health insurers see record surpluses

    SEATTLE – Two of the largest nonprofit health insurers in Washington are sitting on record surpluses at a time when policyholders are paying more for their insurance premiums, the state’s …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

    Researcher: Exposure to toxins can alter DNA

    PULLMAN – Women with ovarian disease may have inherited it from great grandmothers who were exposed to toxic chemicals decades ago, according to a study by Washington State University researchers. …


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