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UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 7 a.m.

Spokane’s biggest health concerns similar to World Health Organization’s list for the world, health officer says

When news erupts about global health threats, it might be easy to discount them as distant problems typically found in developing countries. But Spokane health district officer Dr. Bob Lutz …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study in Britain; U.S. experts say more research is needed

Up to now, there have been conflicting studies on whether e-cigs help smokers kick the habit. The British study could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the regulatory …

Arsenic, lead give one more reason for kids to forgo juice

Fruit juice has been falling out of favor for its high sugar content and low nutritional value. Now parents have another reason to pull the plug: heavy metals.

Ask the doctors: Man’s rare infection caused by dog saliva

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m.

Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say.

Teens have become experts on hiding vaping, but health experts are still uncertain of long-term effects

When it comes to vaping, some teens are too smart for their own good. They’ve become experts at hiding their habit, yet are often ignorant about the long-term effects.

Ask the doctors: Readers respond

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019.

Ask the doctors: Study suggests full-fat milk may not be bad for your heart

Ask the doctors advice column for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.

What is the planetary diet? New diet could save Earth, save lives and aid world hunger, study says

Our current food production and consumption habits are doomed to “exacerbate risks to people and planet,” according to a landmark study published in The Lancet recently. But if we make …

House Call: Alcohol consumption remains a problem

The latest information published in the Lancet tells us the evidence of health benefits from moderate drinking is still not concrete. The health benefits that you might get from moderate …

Book: Raising autistic twins brought challenges for Seahawks legend Curt Warner and his wife

Ana and Curt Warner recently published “The Warner Boys: Our Family’s Story of Autism and Hope.”

23 confirmed measles cases in Clark County, 20 not immunized

Health officials now say they have confirmed 23 measles cases in Clark County since the beginning of the year.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 4:33 p.m.

FDA approves consumer cancer test, DNA company 23andMe says

DNA testing company 23andMe said it has the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer consumers a test for a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome.

Idaho teen vaping on the decline but still big nationally

Though education surveys show vaping use is down among Idaho high school students, health officials are concerned about vaping’s rising popularity among teens nationwide.

Sue Lani Madsen: Housing Policy Forums, the end of the beginning

Spokane Councilman Breean Beggs described it as “the end of the beginning.” In opening remarks at the last in a series of four housing policy forums, Beggs pointed to the …

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 7:22 p.m.

Perdue recalls chicken nuggets due to wood contamination

Perdue is recalling more than 68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with wood.

Researchers see possible link between opioids, birth defect

Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.

Ask the doctors: Oral immunotherapy shows promise in treating peanut allergies

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

The power of building bonds while building muscle

The therapists and exercisers I interviewed for this article say that group workouts tend to build stronger bonds than, for example, adjoining cubicles, while enriching men’s lives by introducing them …

People’s Pharmacy: Naltrexone helps overcome compulsion to pull out hair

People’s Pharmacy advice column for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Is alcohol sabotaging your diet?

A new study from Penn Nursing suggests that, if you want to lose weight and keep it off in the new year, you might want to think about cutting back …

World’s first device for premature babies with heart defect gains FDA approval

The device, which is smaller than a pea and made by Abbott Laboratories, can be implanted in babies weighing as little as 2 pounds. It’s designed to treat babies with …

How your at-home DNA test results could solve cold cases

For the past few decades, forensic DNA matching techniques have been used to make direct matches between a sample taken at a crime scene and a suspect who has been …

Pills by post: The pros and cons of mail-order pharmacies

With nearly 3 in 5 American adults taking at least one prescription drug, odds are your health insurer has steered you toward a mail-order pharmacy. And, if they haven’t, they …

Dr. Zorba Paster: Dairy isn’t just not bad, it’s good for you

Not only is dairy not bad for us, but this study shows it’s

Ask the doctors: Runner’s asthma triggered by noticeable exertion

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 9:14 p.m.

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in Washington, 12 other states

A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 …

Ask the doctors: E. coli outbreaks can be caused by contaminated irrigation water

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Flu season appears milder, one year after brutal one

It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.

Ammi Midstokke: What we seek and find in the Great Outdoors

“I’m leaving,” I say. My person is staring at me with a face that looks something like a hybrid of a sad Labrador puppy and a lumberjack who lost his …