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Mantle, 63, Needs Liver Transplant Hard-Living Yankees Baseball Legend In Dallas Hospital; Family At Bedside

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Sneezes, Skeeters Abundant

There’s trouble in the air. Layers of tree and grass pollen are invading Spokane’s atmosphere. Oh, and mosquitoes are worse than usual this spring, too. Allergy clinics and doctors’ offices …


Barkley’s Knee Surgery Successful

Suns forward Charles Barkley underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee at St. Luke’s Medical Center on Thursday and is expected to make a full recovery within six weeks. …


New Device Broadcasts Vital Signs Hewlett-Packard Product Transmits Data To Doctors

Good news for doctors on the golf course, and their patients in the hospital: Hewlett-Packard Co. introduced a palm-size wireless computer Wednesday that receives vital signs like electrocardiograms, heart rates …


Companies Unite To Shop For Managed Care

Ten big corporations are banding together to find the best health maintenance organizations for their employees. The National HMO Purchasing Coalition will choose HMOs for 600,000 workers and dependents in …


Bike Trek Will Benefit Ms Society

The ninth annual Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour kicks off on June 10 in Trout Creek, Mont. On the two-day, 150-mile trek, about 250 cyclists will pedal across Western Montana, North …


Ex-Governor Undergoes Heart Surgery

Three-term Idaho governor Robert E. Smylie was listed in fair condition at a Boise hospital Thursday. St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center spokesman Patrick Thomas confirmed that Smylie, 80, had open …


Pumped Up Shoshone Medical Center Nation’s Smallest Hospital To Have Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Under pressure. Bill Farley talks with his wife, Louise, during her first treatment in Shoshone Medical Center’s hyperbaric chamber Friday. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Study: Ringing Cell Phone Can Make Pacemakers Fail But Danger Only Exists When Phone Kept In Breast Pocket

A ringing cellular phone in a breast pocket may pose a danger to people with cardiac pacemakers, a researcher at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach has found. The …


Death Row Inmate Donates Kidney To Mother

Convicted killer Steven Shelton got a chance Thursday to do something his brother could not: donate a kidney to save their mother’s life. The brothers were both sentenced to die …


Banished Tlingit Teen Has Appendicitis 18-Year-Old Being Treated In Sitka Hospital

Simon Roberts, one of the two Tlingit teenagers banished by his tribe for a robbery in Washington state, has been airlifted from a remote Southeast island and taken to a …


Winnie Mandela Has Kidney Ailment

Winnie Mandela was in serious but stable condition Thursday night, suffering from a kidney ailment, her doctors said. Mrs. Mandela entered Johannesburg’s Linksfield Park Clinic for tests on Tuesday, a …


D’Amato In Hospital With Chest Pains

U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato was hospitalized Tuesday for tests after suffering chest pains. The Long Island Republican was “awake, alert and in good spirits” at St. Francis Hospital, his office …


Take It Easy On Children’s Elbows

A 2-year-old walking hand in hand with his mother stumbles, and she yanks the child’s arm to break the fall. A sitter lifts a soggy toddler out of the bathtub …


Scientists Quickly Trace Disease In Australia To Deadly New Virus Outbreak Killed Horses, Man; Then It Mysteriously Subsided

The cover ov today’s issue of Science shows the new virus. Photo by Associated Press


Russia Orders Aids Testing Of Foreigners New Law Is Criticized As Ineffective, Xenophobic

President Boris N. Yeltsin signed a controversial law Monday requiring AIDS testing of all foreigners living in Russia and ordering the deportation of anyone whose results show they have been …


Fighting Fat Should Be National Priority

The latest obesity research has demonstrated the body’s extraordinary ability to maintain a constant weight by adjusting its metabolic rate. But when physiology encounters a culture that features thousand-calorie fast-food …


Cleft Palates, Lips Linked To Smoking Moms

Before they even know they’re pregnant, women can trigger a gene causing a common birth defect just by smoking, a study found. Children of mothers who smoke were more likely …


It’s Not Just What You Eat, It’s Also When You Eat

A friend called the other day with a seemingly simple question: When’s the best time to eat if you’re going to exercise? Before? Or after? And I supplied the simple …


The Fitness Habit A Commitment To A Moderate Amount Of Exercise Is Something That Will Benefit You For A Lifetime

A committment to exzercixe can lead to a lifetime of better health. File/The Spokesman-Review


No Time To Exercise? Make Time

Who has time to exercise? Not a busy wife and mother of three urchins, ages 5, 3 and 1. Especially not if she’s studying for a master’s degree in nutrition. …


Separating Fact From Fiction Bad Information About Exercise Can Lead People To Give Up On Fitness

Whether you’re running, jogging, walking or barely moving at all, the road to fitness is often a confusing journey. Is it any wonder that, confronted with isokinetics, toning beds and …


Exercise Can Get To The Heart Of The Matter

Are you taking good care of your heart? Consider these facts and statistics about heart disease and physical activity from the American Heart Association: Every 34 seconds, a life is …


Woman Living In Filth Gets A Reprieve But If Cleanup Isn’t Completed, The City Will Demolish The House

A Spokane woman whose house is so filthy it makes garbage workers sick will get more time to clean up the place. Spokane housing officials have tried since 1976 to …


Many Kids Don’t Eat Right Or Brush Teeth

One-quarter of America’s schoolchildren don’t eat fruits or vegetables every day or brush their teeth every night, and half of them think apple juice has more fat than whole milk, …


Head Injuries, Gene Raise Risk Of Alzheimer’s Research Shows How Heredity, Environment Can Work Together

A blow to the head that knocks you out can raise your chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease someday, but only if you carry a particular gene, a study suggests. Elderly …


Jimmy Carter Brokers Sudan Cease-Fire

Former President Jimmy Carter has brokered a two-month cease-fire between Sudan’s Islamic government and rebels locked in one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest wars. The cease-fire, to take effect at …


Hospital Billing Errors Not Rare Most Of Them Appear To Be In The Hospital’s Favor

Boisean Jennie Dirksen could not believe it when she tore open the $12,000 hospital bill from her recent surgery. The bill for Dirksen’s hysterectomy was not right. Dirksen, 59, was …


Method In Spokane Depends On Hospital Many Local Doctors Prefer Angioplasty, But Not All Facilities Set Up For It

How patients are treated for heart attacks in Spokane may depend on where they’re treated. Only Sacred Heart and Deaconess medical centers are equipped for primary angioplasties, and doctors there …


Angioplasty Or Drugs? Cardiologists Debate Merits Of Methods To Treat Heart Attacks

Drugs or balloons? A rancorous debate over how to treat heart attacks, already a plot twist in the hospital drama “ER,” is sharply dividing one of the world’s largest gatherings …