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Mother Teresa ‘Significantly Better’

Mother Teresa sat up briefly to look at get-well cards and breathed without a respirator on Tuesday, her 86th birthday. Her fever was gone and a lung infection was under …


Fda Studies Regulation Of Ephedrine Agency Considers New Rules After Deaths, Adverse Reactions

After hundreds of reports of bad reactions - including 17 deaths - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving toward controlling sales and distribution of herbal products containing ephedrine …


Nervous, Eager Butler Rejoins Dodgers

Brett Butler sat in his hotel room late Monday afternoon, sweating, anxiously looking at the clock. In a couple of hours, Los Angeles Dodgers team buses would be pulling up. …


Breathing Easier Camp Champ Gives Kids With Asthma A Rare Chance To Run And Play Hard

1. Billy Washington of Spokane receives a treatment Sunday at the asthma camp at Camp Lutherhaven on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review 2. Vanessa Hoerner of Spokane, …


Mother Teresa’s Condition Serious

Mother Teresa remained in serious condition on a respirator Sunday as Christian and Hindu priests, Buddhist monks and Muslim clerics alike prayed for the world’s champion of the poor. Dr. …


Prostate Drug Found To Be Almost Worthless Hytrin Beats Proscar In High-Stakes Prostate Drug Comparison

The first head-to-head comparison of the nation’s two most popular medicines for prostate trouble found that one gives significant relief while the other is virtually worthless. The two medicines, Hytrin …


Pope Suffers From Abdominal Illness

Pope John Paul II canceled his celebration of an early morning Mass on Thursday, hours after being hurried to a hospital with an abdominal illness. He did make an appearance …


Many Adolescents Lacking Vaccinations Thousands Of Youths At Risk Of Chickenpox, Measles, Hepatitis

Thousands of American adolescents are at risk of catching chickenpox, measles and other diseases because of a vaccination gap among 10- to 12-year-olds, federal health officials said Thursday in urging …


Estrogen Pills Lower Women’s Risk To Get Alzheimer’s Disease

Women who take estrogen supplements to reduce the symptoms of menopause may gain an added benefit, new research suggests: a lowered risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. In the most convincing …


Surgery Helps Epileptics A Lot - But Not Enough

Surgery to relieve drug-resistant epileptic seizures succeeds 70 percent of the time, but it must stop all seizures to give patients significantly improved job prospects and longevity, a study found. …


A Way To Take Joy Out Of Smoking Doctors Develop One-Two Punch Against Pleasures Of Nicotine

Scientists have developed a one-two chemical punch that might help smokers kick the habit by spoiling the pleasures of cigarettes. The combination consists of a nicotine patch plus another substance …


Ex-Governor Awaits Liver Transplant

Former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, awaiting a liver transplant, will travel to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for a week of medical tests, his spokeswoman said Saturday. Doctors at the …


Epitope Reports Good Third-Quarter Profits

Epitope Inc. reported a third-quarter profit of $3.5 million, a dramatic turnaround from a $4.1 million loss a year earlier, in the wake of federal approval of its breakthrough HIV …


They’ve Got Company Deaconess Camp, Volunteers Help Kids Learn To Live With Diabetes

Staci Bernard watches Brittany Curry, 8, of Spokane, during her swimming test during the first session of Camp Fun in the Sun at Lake Coeur d’Alene. The summer camp is …


Mom-To-Mom Donors Mothers Whose Blood Led To Infants’ Deaths Help Produce Vaccine To Prevent Same Fate For Others

Painful memory, saving act. At the NABI BioMedical Center, Beverly Schorzman of Harrison, Idaho, donates her plasma twice a week. Schorzman is one of four women who donate plasma regularly …


King Hussein Has Abscess Drained

King Hussein is recuperating in a London hospital after surgery to remove an abscess, the monarch’s doctor said Saturday. “The abscess was fully drained and His Majesty is recuperating in …


Overcooking Meats Can Be Just As Harmful As Undercooking Them

It sounds like a flipflop, but it’s not. For years, scientists have been warning us of the dangers of undercooked meat. Now studies suggest that the more we cook meat, …


Warning Heralds Impending Stroke

Dear Readers: This may not be the most interesting column you have ever read, but it could be the most important. I urge you to read it. Dear Ann Landers: …


A Little Exercise Is Better Than None

Burning as few as 150 calories a day by walking the dog, washing the car, puttering in the garden and climbing the stairs can reduce the risk of heart disease, …


Rare Aids Virus Strain Found In L.A. Finding Will Require Changes To Guard U.S. Blood Supply

Scientists have identified a Los Angeles-area woman as the first person in the United States known to carry a rare strain of the AIDS virus, a finding that will force …


Quinn Leaves Hospital

Two-time Academy Award-winner Anthony Quinn, 81, was discharged from a hospital Tuesday morning, two days after he was admitted with chest pains. The hospital released no details.


Just Say Nose Most Wicked Allergy Season In Years Causes Extreme Suffering

Go easy on the wheezing, sneezing people who complain it’s the most miserable allergy season in years. Their doctors agree. “It’s a bad year, no question about that,” said Dr. …


Vitamin C Good For Smokers

Injections of vitamin C given to smokers reverse one of the most harmful cardiovascular effects of smoking, according to a study being published today. However, more research is needed to …


Timing Crucial For New Stroke Drug Fda Approves Clot-Dissolving Activase, But Wrong Use Can Kill

The Food and Drug Administration cleared the way Tuesday for stroke victims to take the first drug that could protect their brains from permanent injury - but only if they …


Hanford Admits Groundwater Threat Radioactive Waste Has Leaked Deep Under Tanks

For the first time, Hanford officials admit that radioactive waste has traveled deep under leaky storage tanks and may have reached the groundwater. “According to new measurements, we’ve determined it’s …


Making Us Gasp Researchers Find Shocking Number Of Cockroaches, Surprising Link To Childhood Asthma

USDA cockroach expert Rick Brenner. Photo by Associated Press


U.N.: Aids Cases Up 25 Percent In 1995

The number of people suffering from AIDS soared by 25 percent in 1995 and now totals 1.3 million, according to a report by the United Nations. In a survey released …


Saudi King Fahd May Go On A Permanent Vacation King Suffers From Dementia Following An Apparent Stroke

Saudi Arabia’s ailing King Fahd. File/Associated Press


Disease Attacks Primitive Tribe

As many as one-fifth of Brazil’s beleaguered Yanomami Indians have a disease which causes severe itching and in the worst cases could cause blindness, a physician said Saturday. Dr. Luiz …


Johnson Expected To Be Out Another 2-3 Weeks; Does Not Have Nerve Damage

Randy Johnson, who has a bulging disc in his back, will be out “another two or three weeks,” Seattle Mariners manager Lou Piniella says. Last year’s A.L. Cy Young Award …