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Ask the doctors: Readers respond

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

Ask the doctors: Study finds tall people more likely to develop blood clots

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Dr. Zorba Paster: E-cigarettes may help quitters

In a study, smokers who used e-cigs during their attempt to quit fared better than those who didn’t.

Mental health first aid: INHS class aims to train community members to recognize symptoms

Mental Health First Aid: The eight-hour course that’s new to Spokane teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to people who show signs of mental illnesses and substance use …

People’s Pharmacy: Will breast cancer drug work if shipped incorrectly?

People’s Pharmacy advice column for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

Government numbers show health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll.

Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, …

Excerpts from ‘A Soldier’s Journey: Last Supper to No Goodbye’

“A Soldier’s Journey: Last Supper to No Goodbye” is a book of poems, journal entries and photographs marking the experiences of Orrin Gorman McClellan, a Whidbey Island native who served …

Ask the doctors: Reader asks whether blood type should dictate diet choices

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

U.S. urged to send Ebola experts in as Congo outbreak worsens

Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists – “some of the world’s most experienced” – to return to northeastern Congo to help fight …

Ask the doctors: Indulge in ‘cheat’ foods, but only in moderation

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

FDA approves ‘precision medicine’ drug for different cancers with same mutation

The medication, called Vitrakvi, is the second treatment to receive FDA clearance based on a common biomarker found in an array of cancers. The drug, also called larotrectinib, was approved …

Many babies don’t sleep through the night, and it’s OK

Parents might expect babies to start sleeping through the night by around 6 months old to a year, based on a common premise to look for that milestone. However, McGill …

People’s Pharmacy: Pharmacy error caused months of misery

People’s Pharmacy column for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

What you should know about the new flu drug

With a single pill, Xofluza can shorten the fevers, chills, sore throat, and other symptoms that make a bout of the flu so miserable.

House Call: Boosting your immune system and staying healthy through the holiday season

Your best defense against cold and flu is a healthy immune system, which can protect you against invading viruses. With that in mind, I wanted to look at how the …

Ask the doctors: Updated blood pressure guidelines leave some seniors perplexed

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

Conductors sue railroad, allege responsibility for illness

Two rail conductors who formerly worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad are suing the train company in Idaho state court, claiming they became ill after being exposed to dangerous …

Ask the doctors: Woman concerned about mistaking anxiety attack for a stroke

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018.

Ask the doctors: Rare disease has left woman bedridden

Ask the doctors for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.

Study: Sucking on your baby’s pacifier may protect them from allergies

New research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting in Seattle suggests there’s a link between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower …

People’s Pharmacy: Will Viagra lead to vision loss?

The People’s Pharmacy advice column for Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018.

Rocking awareness: Spokane couple leads music video project to raise diabetes awareness

A new music video uses “The Price” song of ’80s band Twisted Sister for a diabetes awareness project backed by Mead resident Kris Maynard, a firefighter at Fairchild Air Force …

Teddy bear medicine: Project aims to ease kids’ fear of medical equipment

Medical equipment, shots and being in the hospital can be scary for children. Two students at Eastern Washington University created a kids workshop on Saturday, with activities and art projects, …

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

In Coeur d’Alene, Temple Grandin has message for autistic kids: Do what you’re good at

Temple Grandin sees the autism spectrum in some of the world’s most successful people. “I’ve been to Microsoft, Google, Facebook, NASA – there’s a lot of people with autism there,” …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

As Thanksgiving nears, regulators and food processors grapple with salmonella threat in turkeys

Food-safety investigators are working to pinpoint the source of drug-resistant salmonella found in raw turkey meat as a nationwide outbreak expands just before the largest turkey consumption day of the …

Ask the doctors: Readers offer feedback on weight loss and extra sunlight

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

As cold weather comes, preventative steps can help you avoid winter flakes

Cracks on heels and overall dry skin problems usher in with colder weather, and often, people set themselves up to worsen issues in part because of those tempting long, hot …

Ask the doctors: There is no ‘right’ way to grieve after the death of a spouse

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health.