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Ask the doctors: Frequently eating fast food is unhealthy

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, March 23, 2019.


Local health officials emphasize risk of chickenpox after Kentucky governor shares story of intentionally infecting his children

Kim Thorburn, former health officer and Spokane Regional Health District director, said she was saddened but not surprised to hear Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announce he took his nine children …


Ask the doctors: Injuries on the rise as electric scooters become popular

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, March 21, 2019.


Valley Hospital celebrates 50 years of community care

The name and affiliation might have changed over the years, but MultiCare Valley Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary this year as a community hospital focused on serving the residents in …


Shooting for that shingles shot

People who are 50 and older can ask their health care providers or pharmacies about the newer shingles vaccine Shingrix, despite lingering supply delays. If you’ve had chicken pox, you …


People’s Pharmacy: Getting off Effexor proves challenging

People’s Pharmacy advice column for Thursday, March 21, 2019.


First drug specifically for postpartum depression is approved

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first drug specifically for postpartum depression – a debilitating condition that affects hundreds of thousands of women a year in the …


Ask the doctors: Increasing exercise – even in small ways – is necessary

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, March 19, 2019.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Healthy outlook for Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie, Josh Perkins

Killian Tillie’s health has been a key factor throughout Gonzaga’s 2019 season. Josh Perkins’ shoulder was a major question for months leading up to the season. Both should be ready …


Ask the doctors: To help blood pressure, eat more potassium and less sodium

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, March 16, 2019.


People’s Pharmacy: PPI for GERD makes kidney disease worse

People’s Pharmacy advice column for Thursday, March 14, 2019.


Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk

A man with celiac disease felt sicker after starting a new drug, but it wasn’t a typical side effect. It turns out the pills were mixed with gluten the patient …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 11:24 a.m.

Fitting in mom fitness: Angela Rypien brings her athletic zeal to her new business, Fit4Mom

Daughter of Mark Rypien, Angela Rypien, has started a new Fit4Mom venture


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

U.S. health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettes

U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores and …


Ask the doctors: Extreme allergic reaction not common, but still a concern

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, March 12, 2019.


Icing an athletic injury? That might only make things worse.

Icing, it turns out, is like flossing: an ingrained practice that seems practical but is not strongly supported by clinical evidence.


Ask the doctors: Study links fried foods to overall mortality

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, March 7, 2019.


Long overlooked by science, pregnancy is finally getting attention it deserves

For two years, a group of world-class scientists pitched their idea for a hot new biotech company to investors: a start-up focused on a promising therapy for preeclampsia, a serious …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Mediterranean diet still the way to go

Statisticians looking at the data, revisiting it again, found that 14 percent of the people involved in the study were not randomized properly. Remember, in a randomized study


Taking back the drugs: Providence adds kiosks to collect, dispose of unused medications

Providence Health’s new medication take-back kiosks include one in Sacred Heart Medical Center’s main lobby near the pharmacy and another within Holy Family Hospital’s north entrance. It also installed ones …


Mind-altering, ketamine-like drug OK’d for severe depression

A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for …


Teen testifies to Senate why he defied his mom to get vaccinated

An Ohio teen defied his mother’s anti-vaccine beliefs and started getting his shots when he turned 18 – and told Congress on Tuesday that it’s crucial to counter fraudulent claims …


Ask the doctors: Parents concerned that teen son may be using marijuana

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, March 5, 2019.


Satori shops expanding medical education, outreach

Not too long ago, David LaMoureaux felt he had lost his faith in Washington’s medical marijuana system.


Tobacco use among U.S. youths increasing because of e-cigarettes

The rate of teens smoking cigarettes has dropped for the past decade. However, according to the CDC, tobacco use among U.S. youth is rising.


Ask the doctors: Mother-in-law’s memory lapses worry family

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.


Just a little nudge: Neurological service dog helps Spokane Alzheimer’s patient stay on track and in the moment

A Spokane woman with mild Alzheimer’s disease and her husband recently returned home from Tennesee with a trained neurological service dog, a labradoodle that will nudge her if she shows …


Ask the doctors: Study reveals appendix may play role in developing Parkinson’s

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2019.


WSU researchers set sights on wheat variety to combat celiac disease

A genetically modified variety of wheat with built-in enzymes to break down gluten have been produced in laboratories. Now, the researchers are hoping to refine the idea in an effort …


House Call: Eating disorders can affect anyone

The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorders. In anorexia nervosa, the individual perceives him or herself as overweight when they are underweight and severely …