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Ask the doctors: Cyclospora outbreak traced to veggie trays

Ask the doctor advice column for Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.

With air quality hovering at the unhealthy range, Spokane weighs its exercise options

The question hung as heavily as the air over Spokane on Thursday: Should I run outside or stay indoors?

Ask the doctors: Mom insists daughter try to control her ‘hanger’

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

How to choose the best sunscreen for your skin – and the Earth, too

Some dermatologists and consumers have preferred sunscreen without those ingredients anyway, using protection with physical blockers such as zinc and titanium oxide for sensitive skin or other reasons. There is …

Ask the doctors: Sleep aids are meant only for short-time use

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

Shawn Vestal: Health care – and health care rhetoric – will be at the center of congressional race

It’s clear we’ll be hearing a lot about health care in the weeks to come. It’s also clear that the talk about health care – the framing, the spinning, the …

Ask the doctors: Weightlifting can boost mood and build self-confidence

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Shriners Hospitals for Children reduces Spokane staff, focuses on growing outpatient load

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Spokane is reducing its staff by about 10 percent as it converts to a “micro hospital” with more focus on outpatient care.

Ask the doctors: Seat the bridge table is offered, then yanked away

Miss Manners advice column for Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.

House Call: Having difficult conversations with your teens. Part one – sex

He or she has probably learned about the mechanics of sex in a health class in school, but as we all know, there is so much more surrounding sex and …

Pushing your body: High-intensity workouts offer a metabolic boost

Studies indicate interval high-then-low exercise can help boost metabolism. The body can burn more calories after a workout, and it’s good for fitness conditioning. At gyms, you might find the …

Ask the doctors: Recent study suggests dark chocolate can improve mood and memory

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

Fairfield’s Willean Lindstrom turns 105 years old

Willean Lindstrom, a 105-year-old resident of Fairfield, has lived in Spokane County her entire life.

Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus has killed at least nine people in Congo’s latest outbreak in North Kivu province, the country’s health ministry said Tuesday, while the World Health Organization said …

Ask the doctors: Cannabinoids’ effect on glucose control still not yet understood

Ask the doctors column for Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.

Measles infects more than 1,000 in Brazil; 5 reported deaths

Brazil’s Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have been infected and five have died in a measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela.

Parkinson’s Happy Dance: Summer class aims to help patients work on mobility

A summer class called Happy Dance & More is helping people with Parkinson’s disease to exercise and work on mobility. The session has 15 dancers, including patients as well as …

Ask the doctors: Rates of colorectal cancer rising among younger Americans

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 3:22 p.m.

Dr. Zorba Paster: The changing science on fractures

Take your calcium. Take your vitamin D. Take your fish oil. Take, take, take. It will keep you healthy. We doctors say this all the time with just a whiff …

Ask the doctors: Physiological effects of running can slow aspects of aging

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, July 28, 2018.

‘Home Runs for Hope’: Spokane Indians honor family of baby born eight weeks early

Two baseball teams and a stadium full of fans celebrated as five-month old Harper Marie Hepner, who entered the world eight weeks premature at 2 lbs, 7 ozs, crossed home …

UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Spokane’s water system free from lead pipes, removal complete

The city of Spokane recently completed a program to remove all lead lines in its water system.

Ask the doctors: Diet, exercise and flexibility training can alleviate OA pain

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Spokane Public Library secures grant for Kindles for Kids at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital

Kids and technology go hand-in-hand, and thanks to a grant obtained by Spokane Public Library, children in the Andrew Rypien School Program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, have their hands …

UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease

Hopes are rising again for a drug to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease after decades of failures. An experimental therapy slowed mental decline by 30 percent in patients who …

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.