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Experts: Limit Cancer Drug’s Use

The National Cancer Institute is recommending that doctors limit use of the drug tamoxifen in the treatment of breast cancer to only five years. A study showed there was no …


Greek Premier Begins Dialysis

A week after being hospitalized for pneumonia, Premier Andreas Papandreou experienced breathing difficulties and kidney problems on Monday, his doctors said. A medical bulletin from the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center …


Billy Graham Cancels Australian Visit

Billy Graham will not be visiting Australia and New Zealand next year as planned. Doctors have advised the evangelist to cancel his crusades in February and March.


Teen Athlete Back Pain Merits Attention

Doctors who treat low back injuries in teens in the same way they would treat adults may make the youths’ problems worse, a study warns. Teen and adult back problems …


Reno Says Parkinson’s Disease Won’t Affect Job Attorney General Is Diagnosed With Progressive Neurological Illness

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Losing Weight, Less Salt Lower Blood Pressure But Keeping Pounds Off, Reducing Salt In Foods Essential

Losing 10 pounds and modestly cutting salt intake significantly lowered the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with blood pressure only slightly above normal - a group that …


New Spread Reduces Cholesterol Scientific Margarine Tastes Good, Researchers Claim

Finnish researchers whipped up a batch of margarine that lowers cholesterol levels and even tastes good. The new scientific spread, developed by a team from the University of Helsinki in …


Heart Disease In Women Often Missed

Women survive heart disease just as well as men if they get equivalent treatment, but all too often doctors fail to diagnose heart disease in female patients, researchers reported Tuesday …


Clinics Treat Chemically Linked Illnesses

While multiple chemical sensitivity is disputed, the state of Washington knows exposure to chemicals can lead to illnesses and injuries. State-funded clinics in Seattle, Toppenish and Spokane now treat and …


Poisoned? Chemically Sensitive People Complain Of Violent Reactions To Toxins That Most Of Us Can Tolerate

Susan Banks doesn’t feel comfortable in most surroundings, but she is at ease near her Cannon Hill Addition home. Below: Dawn Brozovsky says she can’t go into about a third …


Allergic Woman Seeks Breathing Room Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Has Made Nomads Of The Couple And Depleted Their Life Savings

Kootenai County zoning law may force Kevin and Sandra Lennon out of the only place she has found habitable. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Kremlin Reports President Is Recovering But Lack Of Details Has Moscow-Watchers Worried About His Health

Kremlin officials sought to reassure the world Friday that President Boris Yeltsin was recovering well from another bout of heart disease even as the Russian leader remained isolated from everyone …


Polio Vaccination Changes Sought

The government Wednesday recommended changing the way children have been vaccinated against polio for more than three decades, urging that the familiar sugar cubes and liquid be combined with two …


Nasal Spray Could Protect Against Colds Method Of Blocking Virus Seems To Work In Chimpanzees

Sorry, the common cold still has no cure. But the next best thing is in the works: a simple nasal spray to protect people from catching the sniffles. If this …


Lakeland’s Bridge Dodges Disaster Discovery Of Old Neck Injury Puts An End To Senior’s Season

Lakeland’s Kevin Bridge is recovering from neck surgery. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Pregnancy May Start Anti-Cancer Gene

Pregnancy kicks an anti-cancer gene into high gear in the breasts of mice, a study says, offering a possible clue to why women run a lower risk of breast cancer …


Msg Ruled Safe For Nearly Everyone

Although many people say they get sick from MSG, the flavor enhancer in Chinese food, the government concluded Thursday that it is safe for almost everyone and causes only mild, …


Smilemobile Puts Dental Care On The Road

Dr. Ed Lamb works on the smile of 6-year-old Manda Ivey in the SmileMobile at the Northeast Community Center. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review


Study: Hiv Virus Survives Medical Disinfectant

A chemical disinfectant used on some medical and dental devices can fail to kill the AIDS virus, posing a potential risk of infecting patients, a study suggests. Researchers found that …


Doctor Recommends Hepatitis-B Shots For Kids

Requiring hepatitis-B shots for schoolchildren would prevent the spread of the liver ailment, a University of Washington professor said. Dr. Ed Marcuse, who also practices at Children’s Hospital, said Monday …


Overdosing On Antacids Can Be Fatal, Doctors Say

Mindlessly downing antacids could put your life at risk from magnesium poisoning. Fourteen deaths, 31 hospitalizations and four cases of disability were linked to magnesium-containing products from 1968 to 1994, …


One-Fourth Of Toddlers Still Lacking Vaccinations

About 25 percent of the nation’s toddlers aren’t protected against measles, mumps, polio and other childhood diseases despite a government push for vaccinations, federal figures show. The number of fully …


Actor Hagman Gets New Liver

Larry Hagman’s damaged, cancerous liver was replaced Wednesday with a transplant during surgery that lasted 17 hours. Ron Wise, a spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, would not immediately disclose Hagman’s …


Study Criticizes Prostate Treatment

Many older men with low-grade prostate cancer may be able to live out the normal remainder of their lives without potentially dibilitating radiation or surgical treatment, researchers said Tuesday. Scientists …


Sponges, Dishrags Called Home For Toxic Germs

Sponges and dishrags could be harmful to your health. Cleaning cloths and sponges collected from household kitchens in five major cities were home to germs that could cause a smorgasbord …


Heartbreak A Sudden Heart Disease Leaves 10-Year-Old Spokane Boy Waiting For A Transplant

Views of a heart patient: Above, Brian Prawdzik lies in bed at the hospital. Inset left, Brian with his Junior Bloomsday T-shirt this year, before the disease became apparent. At …


Smoking Quintuples Heart Attack Risk In 30s, 40s Because Young People Generally Healthier, Effects Show Up Sharply

A major new study shows that smokers in their 30s and 40s are five times as likely to have a heart attack as non-smokers, a finding that could add steam …


Chileans Turn A Blind Eye To Ozone Hole Despite Eye Problems In Humans, Animals, No One Wants To Believe

Los Canelos Ranch is the picture of paradise: Sheep and cattle graze over sunbaked plains as far as the eyes can see. Some say that is precisely the problem - …


Mantle ‘In Big Trouble’ Doctors Say Hall Of Famer’s Cancer Has Spread, Changing His Condition From Stable To Serious

Mickey Mantle’s cancer has spread and his condition deteriorated Wednesday, but he resolved to keep fighting his aggressive disease. CAT scans showed that Mantle’s cancer has advanced beyond his liver …


Chenoweth Plans Surgery This Month

Republican Congressman Helen Chenoweth, who fractured her foot last winter and her arm last month, is scheduled to undergo surgery for an unrelated problem next week. Spokeswoman Khris Bershers declined …