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Wading into waterborne illness: Spokane County pools have a clean record

That water you’re diving into might not be as clean as you think. A federal report found nearly 500 waterborne illness outbreaks from 2000 through 2014 traced to treated recreational …


Ask the doctors: Study’s participants lost weight without counting calories

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, July 24, 2018.


Ask the doctors: MCI a condition of decline in functions like memory and language

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, July 21, 2018.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

Grant supports unmet dental services

A $125,000 grant will mean nearly $1 million in comprehensive dental care to Washington state residents in need, boosting services provided by volunteer dentists and labs.


Ask the doctors: Consult with your doctor before deciding on elective surgery

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, July 19, 2018.


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Conflicting signals: WSU sleep researchers find clues to how night work changes metabolism

Spokane sleep research has found clues to how night work disturbs the body’s metabolism and increases risk of obesity, diabetes and health disorders.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Crawling kids stirring up dust is a good thing

Crawling kids on floors stir up all sorts of dust and dirt. Whether it’s carpeted, wood or just plain dirt as they crawl, they eat and inhale yukky stuff. Is …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

Study: Blowhole spray can provide fast data on whale health

Scientists no longer have to collect poop to get key data on the health of endangered right whales. A new study indicates that under the right conditions, scientist can get …


Ask the doctors: Cannabinoids have become subject of extensive scientific inquiry

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, July 17, 2018.


An ‘inside’ look at food: Industrial-scale production in Washington’s prison system

Since 2003, food production within Washington’s Department of Corrections has shifted towards larger, industrial-scale operations. But while the move has generated cost savings, some inmates and their advocates also see …


Ammi Midstokke: Mountain medicine for the soul

They say that we cannot rush our healing, but I am pretty sure “they” just don’t hike enough.


Ask the doctors: Chronic wasting disease on the rise among deer in the U.S.

Ask the doctors advice column on Thursday, July 12, 2018.


Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer’s and other …


House Call: Making it through allergy season

If you have allergies and made it through another Spokane spring, congratulations! For many of you, allergy symptoms may be over; however, there are plenty of people who have a …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

China lets Nobel widow leave for Berlin after house arrest

China on Tuesday allowed Liu Xia to fly to Berlin, ending an eight-year house arrest that drew international criticism and made the soft-spoken, chain-smoking 57-year-old poet with a shaven head …


Ask the doctors: Studies suggest knee ligament damage may lead to osteoarthritis

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, July 7, 2018.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Report: Washington ranks near the top in terms of child health

Washington fares better than most U.S. states in taking care of its kids, especially when it comes to health, according to a new report by Kids Count.


Ask the doctors: Study indicates sense of smell may be tied to cognitive function

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, July 5, 2018.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 3:42 p.m.

Spokane depression rate higher than state, national averages

Spokane has a higher rate of depression than both Washington and the U.S., according to a study published this month from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


Ask the doctors: Study shows that wounds sustained in daytime heal faster

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, July 3, 2018.


Vestal: We need to quit football, cold turkey – but we can’t

If America had some good friends right now – the kind who will tell you hard truths – those friends would be sitting the country down and saying it’s time …


Washington companies develop new technologies to make football safer

Increased awareness about sports-related brain trauma has brought a wave of new wearable technology designed to make athletes safer.


Ask the doctors: Cognitive dysfunction a concern for elderly post-op patients

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, June 28, 2018.


With cravings, indulge instead in mindfulness

Two recent studies have tackled this question and highlighted promising, but different, strategies on cutting cravings.


Unlocking puzzles in pediatric diabetes

As more kids get diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, new research led by a Seattle professor has found yet another concern. Medications are less effective on youth than their adult …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Increasing number of young athletes, like Tyler Hilinski, suffering from CTE

Tyler Hilinski was far from alone. As researchers have moved beyond the NFL to look at the brains of high school and college athletes, they’re increasingly finding signs of traumatic …


For HIV-positive community, CDC ruling means a new step in regaining lives

Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledged what years of research has shown: HIV-positive people in treatment who have an undetectable amount of the virus in their …


Ask the doctors: Kilauea eruption producing heavy sulfur dioxide emissions

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, June 23, 2018.


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 12:59 p.m.

Simplify screening: With some planning, travelers with health equipment can ease TSA check

Getting through Transportation Security Administration airport screening can be stressful enough, but add in a medical condition like a colostomy bag or artificial joints, and you might go through even …


Ask the doctors: Go online to learn about water quality in your community

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, June 21, 2018.