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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 8:34 a.m.

Inland Northwest Behavioral Health hospital opens; will begin receiving patients next month

Spokane’s newest psychiatric hospital was officially unveiled Thursday before a ceremony of about 50 people.


Paying attention to teen depression

The Mayo Clinic, along with American Academy of Pediatrics researchers, suggest teen depression is more common than most people realize. In fact, the pediatrics group this past spring issued new …


Ask the doctors: Study examined how low muscle mass may be predictor of dementia

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.


Ask the doctors: Boys’ intense video game interaction worries grandparents

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.


Teens in Spokane County are vaping more, while smoking and drinking less

Almost one in six teens in Spokane County uses e-cigarettes. At the same time, teen use of alcohol and cigarettes has declined dramatically.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:44 p.m.

New U.S. survey shows some progress against opioid crisis

Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first …


Ask the doctors: Our understanding of how to stop cancer is growing exponentially

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Rates on Washington health plans to increase an average 13.8 percent in 2019

The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Recovering community: Recovery Cafe in Peaceful Valley serves up support and social connections

Since opening February 2017, Recovery Cafe in Peaceful Valley has served up support and social connections for people who are in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. A program of …


Convenience shops go healthy as millennials choose wellness

In convenience stores spawned by the wellness wave, kombucha slushies take the place of corn-syrupy treats infused with red dye, tortilla chips are made of cassava flour instead of corn …


Ask the doctors: More effective than using hand sanitizers

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Sue Lani Madsen: Taking diabetes treatment into his own hands

Two years ago, Kris Maynard had an idea and a patent pending. Two months from now his patented product will be on the market and his dreams are bigger.


New Providence Health intensive-day clinic offers mental health services for patients after leaving hospital

Providence on Thursday unveiled a new clinic to serve patients with mental illness through a new intensive day-treatment program called RISE.


Ask the doctors: Mice experiment furthers understanding of gut-mood connection

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.


Strong as a mother: Following national trend, Spokane women flock to high-intensity gyms

Through the growing popularity of sports like CrossFit, races like Spartan and the popularization of female MMA fighters and fitness gurus on social media, women weightlifting or doing extreme sports …


Diagnosing the diets: Health professionals urge caution when kids and teens want to restrict what they eat

Have kids who want to go vegetarian, vegan, even paleo? There are cautions around youth wanting to restrict food groups, say Spokane health professionals. While vegetarian can be healthy if …


Ask the doctors: Study reveals probiotics may slow osteoporosis

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.


WSU Spokane scientists developing drug to ease tobacco withdrawal

“Tobacco companies will want to bury a drug like this.”


Care on wheels: Mobile health clinic to serve Blessings Under the Bridge patrons

Health care is now available at Blessings Under the Bridge, a weekly event that provides food and basic care items to Spokane’s homeless population.


Ask the doctors: Majority of typhoid cases are contracted while traveling abroad

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.


Mom’s use of opioids in pregnancy may stunt kids’ learning

Learning disabilities and other special education needs are common in children born with opioid-related symptoms from their mother’s drug use while pregnant, according to the first big U.S. study to …


Ask the doctors: Study offers strong argument for benefits of fecal transplants

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.


Mending little bones at Shriners: Pediatric fracture clinic sees increasing number of patients

Mabel Martin kept eyes on her mom’s face. The 4-year-old’s Aug. 21 visit at Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane came less than three weeks after she fell from a …


Ask the doctors: Readers offer feedback about recent columns

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.


Ask the doctors: Teen’s drastic reaction to triclosan study worries parents

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018.


It’s come to this: A checkup with the pediatrician may soon include a prescription for play

The advice, issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, may come as a shock to some parents. After spending years fretting over which toys to buy, which apps to download …


House Call: Talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol

My first piece of advice on this subject is that the conversation about drugs and alcohol is not a one-and-done thing. It should be an ongoing topic that is addressed …


Ask the doctors: ‘Incredibles 2’ strobe light scenes prompt health advisories

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.


Cancer prevention: Upping the HPV vaccine message

Available since 2006, the HPV vaccine is being encouraged more strongly in 2018 by medical experts because of its link to cancer prevention. In July, the American Cancer Society launched …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Wally Lindblad is frustrated with the care he gets in assisted living. So he’s giving $1 million to WSU.

Waldron (Wally) Lindblad has a button strapped around his wrist that he presses when he needs help. Sitting in his recliner in his apartment at an assisted living facility in …