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Monday, December 10, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.


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.