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  • Researchers defend merits of animal testing in new campaign

    ‘Ever had leprosy? Thanks to animal research, you won’t.” That message, emblazoned on 15 billboards around the Twin Cities, strikes at the heart of a largely hidden but heated health …


  • Art therapy helps Alzheimer’s patients

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Archie flips through the pages of a National Geographic magazine, looking for photos that remind him of favorite faraway places. “Did you travel much when you …


  • Plan now for Great American Smokeout

    If you are a smoker, when was the last time you said, “I need to quit”? The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout is Nov. 19, and the best …


  • More studies needed on possible fibromyalgia drug

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing to you because of your willingness to share information on remedies that have been reported successful by your readers. The recent article on the …


  • Vaporub soothes swollen breast

    Q. As a registered nurse, I am often skeptical of herbs and home remedies. When I had a baby, I wanted to breast-feed, but I had a lot of problems …


  • AIDS is top killer of women, WHO says

    GENEVA – In its first study of women’s health around the globe, the World Health Organization said Monday that the AIDS virus is the leading cause of death and disease …


  • Health bulletin board

    Today Breastfeeding Basics – Class covers positions, solving problems and returning to work or school; 6-8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Cost is $25, includes …


  • Hawthorn berries helped relieve RLS

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Your recent article on hawthorn berries and restless legs syndrome has changed my life. I use only alternative remedies and vitamin supplements, but I was so tortured …


  • Obesity increases H1N1 flu risks

    Obesity appears to be a risk factor on a par with pregnancy for developing complications from an infection with pandemic H1N1 influenza, according to the most comprehensive look yet at …


  • H1N1 clinics put on hold

    Health officials are postponing H1N1 vaccinations across the Inland Northwest, as shipments of the vaccine fall further and further behind. On Tuesday, the Spokane Regional Health District postponed three clinics …


  • Cinnamon toothpaste linked to sore mouth

    Q. The inside of my mouth became very sensitive to salt, acid and anything spicy. When my wife looked, she said it looked like thrush. I went to my dentist …


  • Trick to Halloween is brushing

    Halloween is Saturday and that means candy, candy, candy. I have fond memories of chocolate, caramel apples, popcorn balls and candy corn. As an adult I indulge in a few …


  • Commentary: Food labels make misleading health claims

    Sugary cereals with refined grains are labeled a “Smart Choice” or a way to “support your child’s immunity.” Corn oil and chips boast they are good for your heart.


  • Eight ways to cope with cancer diagnosis

    I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and I want to pursue a holistic approach. What can I do to increase my chances of a successful cure? Here are …


  • Cancer patient takes control of her body through exercise

    DETROIT – Cancer first robbed Nancy DeWolf of one of her breasts. Then it took something even more precious – her confidence and sense of control over her body. DeWolf …


  • Health Bulletin Board

    Today Sibling Preparation – Prepares children ages 2-6 for their role as a big brother or sister. One parent must accompany child; 6-7 p.m. at Providence Holy Family Hospital, 5633 …


  • Celebrities push unproven remedies, chagrin professionals

    Suzanne Somers is at it again. Less than a year after the former sitcom actress frustrated mainstream doctors (and cheered some fans) by touting bioidentical hormones on “The Oprah Winfrey …


  • Swine flu-fighting scams lurk on Internet, FDA warns

    Air “sterilizers.” A photon machine. Supplement pills to boost the immune system. Protective shampoos and face masks. Even fake Tamiflu. These and other products making bogus claims to prevent or …


  • Mirror miracles

    Lipstick, moisturizer and a wig can’t cure cancer. But beauty – and beauty products – can help heal wounded self-esteem, which often takes a big hit as patients undergo cancer …


  • Vicks rub subdues persistent cough

    Q. I am a research scientist, so I like evidence. My husband is an architect who is a critical thinker and not about to fall prey to nonsense. He came …


  • Cut the cheese? Now that stinks

    I’ve been thinking a lot about cheese lately. More accurately, I always think a lot about cheese. Cheese is my chocolate, the food I crave most, the one that always …


  • Hepatitis C requires liver specialist

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Everywhere I have looked, all I can find about hepatitis C is that it is fatal. I have not seen anything in your column about this condition …


  • Having an MRI? Don’t expect pain

    A trip to the doctor is a big enough hassle without having to deal with a fear of the unknown. Having a procedure for the first time can fill a …


  • Health bulletin board

    New listings Pre-Diabetes – Two-part series is Thursday and Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, 12606 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley. Cost is $30, preregistration is …


  • Smoking bans cut all heart attacks

    Bans on smoking in public and in workplaces can sharply reduce the number of heart attacks among both smokers and nonsmokers, according to a report issued Thursday by the Institute …


  • Nation in brief: Tylenol may affect kids’ shots

    Giving babies Tylenol to prevent fever when they get childhood vaccinations may backfire and make the shots a little less effective, surprising new research suggests. It is the first major …


  • Dr. Gott: Using antibacterial soap could cause split fingers

    DEAR DR. GOTT: A while back, you had an article about a woman’s fingers splitting open. My mother, sister and I had the same problem. My mother went to several …


  • Soy sauce soothes pain of wasp sting

    Q. I was adjusting my sprinkler timer and did not realize my arm was bumping against a wasp nest. That’s how I got stung on the elbow by four or …


  • Temperature taking can be easy, accurate and painless

    Beyond specifically following the instructions on your thermometer, here is advice from doctors on getting accurate readings on possible fever: Use a digital thermometer. Medical associations no longer recommend glass …


  • With fatigue, watch for red flags

    A friend was recently diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. Her only symptom was fatigue for more than six months when she decided to see her doctor. Another friend was …


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