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  • Arthroscopy makes surgery quicker, easier

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a lifelong runner with severe knee pain. Can you tell me about knee arthroscopy? How do I know if I’m a good candidate for it? DEAR …


  • The 411 on 85210

    It’s no secret that eating healthy food and working up a regular sweat prevent obesity – or that preventing obesity can help prevent chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and …


  • Ten picks worth celebrating

    Ten years ago, I penned the very first “Gear Junkie” column, covering a small camp stove from MSR. Fast forward a decade and you can guess I have tested my …


  • BMI represents piece of your health puzzle

    At the center of a recently released study is an abbreviation that has been around since the 1800s, but many people have no idea what it means, or whether it …


  • Medicine ball gives a full-body workout

    It’s small but packs a big punch. A medicine ball is a weighted ball used to whip your body into shape, without taking up much space. It’s similar to standard …


  • Knee replacements soar among older Americans

    CHICAGO — Just like age-defying baby boomers, older folks have seen a surge in knee replacement surgeries, driven partly by a desire to stay active and by joint-damaging obesity.


  • L’Arche residents ride through life together

    Jennifer Bermingham blossoms when she gets on a bicycle. The developmentally disabled 39-year-old hadn’t ridden one for years because of physical limitations but was able to enjoy riding once again …


  • Cycling fun exercise, commute

    I initially became a serious cyclist out of the need to commute. We lived far from my university and I quickly learned that I could get to school on my …


  • Young, old, fast and slow turn out for fifth SpokeFest

    They pedaled bicycles and tricycles. They rode tandem. They pulled baby trailers or had toddlers riding in a back seat. Just about every mode of pedal transportation was in evidence …


  • At Fitness Fanatics, DeRuwe follows trends, learns from mistakes

    Robin DeRuwe grew up near Kahlotus, Wash., population 193. She played B basketball in winter, but farm chores prevented her from turning out for track.


  • Energy drinks face N.Y. probe

    ALBANY, N.Y. – High-octane energy drinks including 5-Hour Energy and Monster that promise healthy bursts of energy are getting pulled over in New York. New York state Attorney General Eric …


  • Fab Abs? FTC says not. Marketers paying up to $25M

    Companies marketing the Ab Circle Pro exercise device have agreed to pay as much as $25 million in refunds to customers to settle federal regulators’ charges of deceptive advertising.


  • Mouth guard could carry BPA risks

    Q. Can a dental night guard contain BPA? Instead of getting a new dental night guard after three months or so, I continue to use it until it doesn’t work. …


  • Charities, cyclists reap benefits of sponsored biking events

    Inland Northwest cyclists are on roll with an expanding calendar of catered events that start in winter, freewheel through spring and shift to high gear heading into fall. Fourteen area …


  • Inland NW fall bike tours

    SEPTEMBER Great NW Fall Tour ( gnwft.homestead.com), Sept. 2: Ride routes of 15, 30, 50 or 85 miles beginning at the Newport City Park. Benefits Newport/Priest River Rotary Club. $25 …


  • CdA triathlon puts children in the race

    Life jackets are allowed at the triathlon planned Sept. 8 in Coeur d’Alene, as are training wheels. You can even bring your mom or dad onto the course with you. …


  • Skechers suit settlement gets tentative approval

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A federal judge on Monday has tentatively approved a $40 million settlement between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought the company’s toning shoes. A class-action lawsuit …


  • Sta nd-up routine

    CHICAGO – “The learning curve is three minutes.” That was my dread-locked instructor Michael Westenberger, who goes by “Westy,” as he watched me awkwardly wobble from my knees to my …


  • 4 members of Team St. Luke’s headed to London Games

    The heat radiated from the track at West Valley High School one afternoon last week. Austin Pruitt, 17, zipped down the track, sunlight glinting off the wheels of his racing …


  • Time to fit in a workout

    It’s barely 7 a.m. and rain is pounding the gym’s metal roof. Lynn Hocking, mother of three and full-time student, is dropping to the floor for pushups and jumping up …


  • Sauna safe for most healthy folks

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I love saunas, but my wife worries they’re dangerous. Is she right? DEAR READER: Many cultures use heat for relaxation and therapy. One of the oldest – …


  • Moving better, from head to toes

    A workshop that starts Thursday aims to help people’s bodies move better – starting with their brains. The Alexander technique operates on the principle that people develop physical habits that …


  • Man runs 100 miles for cancer research

    Tired, sweaty and with aching feet, Tom Callas, a five-year cancer survivor and a detective with the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, finished his 100-mile run from Yakima to Morton, Wash., …


  • Senior fitness program expands eligible participant demographic

    Local seniors will have an opportunity to stay fit and have fun this summer through the Institute for Extended Learning Seniors Program. The program, now called ACT 2, has been …


  • Former Cougar Gleason tackles ALS head-on

    About a year ago, Steve Gleason paid a call on his old position coach at Bill Doba’s retirement man cave on the shores of Birch Lake in Michigan. There were …


  • Doctors urged to screen for obesity

    WASHINGTON – Chances are you know your blood pressure. What about your BMI? Body mass index signals if you’re overweight, obese or just right considering your height. Some doctors have …


  • CrossFit challenges fitness buffs to extreme workouts

    The CrossFit gym in Spokane Valley is hard to find, but it’s no place to hide. Tucked in the back of a strip mall on East Sprague, it looks more …


  • CrossFit phenomenon pushes athletes to push themselves

    The CrossFit gym in Spokane Valley is hard to find, but it’s no place to hide. Tucked in the back of a strip mall on East Sprague, it looks more …


  • 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 …


  • Heart disease deaths down

    Deaths from heart disease in Spokane County have continued to plummet in the past 10 years. Cancer is now the leading killer, according to statistics collected by the Spokane Regional …

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