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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 14, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

Running for the challenge: Hundreds turn out for 2018 Spokane Marathon

Hundreds of runner, including Breast Cancer survivor Michelle Wicks, ran across the city in the annual Spokane Marathon.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 7:29 p.m.

Migraines: Bigger headaches for women than men

Migraine can afflict men, women and children. But it is not an equal opportunity disorder. Of those who suffer chronic crippling migraine attacks, the vast majority are women. They are …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 2:16 p.m.

Rare disease that causes limb paralysis in infants hits Washington; no reported cases Spokane

A rare condition that afflicts infants with limb paralysis has appeared in six cases in Washington State recently, but none in Spokane County.


Ask the doctors: Influenza and colds most commonly transferred through saliva

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.


Documentary examines the need for diversity in bone marrow donations

Vanessa Shafer of Liberty Lake had a life-saving medical procedure in July 2017 thanks to a donor who lives nearly 3,000 miles away in Boston. Shafer, 29, received stem cells …


Young yogis: Yoga Calm Class helps kids with exercise, mindfulness

Yoga Calm program for young children, offered at the Browne’s Addition Wellness Center, can help kids with ADHD and other challenges find techniques to calm themselves and focus.


House Call: Dealing with incontinence

No matter what kind of incontinence you experience, it can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and embarrassing. The good news is that many of the underlying conditions that cause incontinence can be …


Finding answers for patients with rarest of rare diseases

The youngster’s mysterious symptoms stumped every expert his parents consulted: No diagnosis explained why he couldn’t sit up on his own, or why he’d frequently choke, or his neurologic and …


Trump signs bills to help patients stop overpaying for drugs

Insurers will no longer be able to bar pharmacists from telling consumers when paying cash would be cheaper than using insurance for their prescriptions, as a result of bills signed …


FDA approves HPV vaccine for people up to 45

The Food and Drug Administration expanded its approval of the HPV vaccine to include men and women between 27 and 45, an effort to protect more people from several types …


Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs.


Ask the doctors: EpiPen shortage has parents scrambling

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.


Jump ahead of this flu season

Get flu shots early – Spokane Regional Health District suggests as soon as possible – well before the influenza season hits hard this winter. Spokane had its first hospital case …


Ask the doctors: RSV can be life-threatening in babies younger than six months

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.


Risk of Ebola’s spread from Congo now ‘very high,’ WHO says

The risk of the deadly Ebola virus spreading from Congo is now “very high” after two confirmed cases were discovered near the Uganda border, the World Health Organization says.


Ask the doctors: Yoga can reduce stress’ effect on the body

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.


Sue Lani Madsen: A teachable moment on teen drinking

It’s been a gut wrenching week for anyone following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and a teachable moment to discuss community norms and parents’ role in underage drinking.


Disabled clients left in lurch after Washington state ends contract with job rehab program

A company called Compass Career Solutions had its contract with the state to provide job training and coaching for clients with disabilities terminated in August, after state officials said workers …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Spokane, other governments continue litigation over chemicals linked to pollution, health risks in Spokane river

After 40 years of research, investigative reporter and publisher Peter Von Stackelberg said he has noticed one constant when it comes to chemical corporations and the government agencies that regulate …


Ask the doctors: Never partake in a ‘food challenge’ without medical supervision

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.


The scale of sickness: Schools, day care services may have different standards for ill kids

When should milder illnesses keep children home? Public schools have general illness guidelines and allow a doctor’s OK for when a child can return to class. But day care operators …


Long-term care program seeking volunteer advocates

SNAP, which runs the Eastern Washington Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, says it needs to bolster the number of volunteers who advocate for seniors in assisted-living care facilities. The program …


House Call: Healthy habits help your family during the school year

With school back in full swing, taking care of you and your family’s health can be more of a challenge.


The new Weight Watchers is all about ‘wellness,’ but critics say it’s ‘diet culture’ in disguise

After more than a half-century, and countless, obsessive calculations on how many points you have to spend on your diet, Weight Watchers officially ceased to exist. On Monday, WW was …


Ask the doctors: Pregnant women shouldn’t smoke cannabis to ease morning sickness

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.


Beer’s bitter delight is tasted in the gut

Hoppy beers are famous as a driver of craft brewing. But the challenging taste of hops goes far beyond the palate. According to a new study from Scripps Research scientists, …


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.