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  • Health care reform hard as costs rise

    WASHINGTON – A new government report on medical costs paints a stark picture for President Barack Obama, who is expected to call for a health care overhaul in a speech …


  • Obesity increases risk of birth defects

    Obesity has become a common complication of pregnancy. About one-third of U.S. women of reproductive age are obese, according to recent data. Obesity during pregnancy raises the risk of numerous …


  • Dr. Gott: Emphysema treatable but not curable

    Dear Dr. Gott: I have emphysema. When I walk a short distance, I am out of breath. I have to stop, sit and wait until I get all my breath …


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    New listings Achieving Pregnancy Harder Than You Thought? – Free presentation. March 3, 6:30 p.m., at Deaconess Health and Education Center, 910 W. Fifth Ave., Room 268. Topics will include: …


  • Many leaning toward less-invasive, single-incision surgeries

    BALTIMORE – After less than 30 minutes of surgery, Dr. Gina Massoglia removed Caren Eckwerth’s gallbladder by squeezing it out through a tiny incision in her belly button. A colleague …


  • Portable media player turned up too loud can damage hearing

    Dear Mr. Dad: Our teenage son has an iPod constantly hanging from his ear and as far as I can tell, he listens to the music much too loud. When …


  • Lab-made protein may be ultimate flu-fighting tool

    Public health officials have long warned that there’s no magic bullet to stop another influenza pandemic such as the one in 1918 that killed an estimated 50 million people. Pandemics …


  • Dr. Gott: Head pain needs diagnosis

    Dear Dr. Gott: I hope you can help me. I am an 80-year-old widow, living alone, not overweight and I am active. I still mow my own lawn and have …


  • SCC dental students offer low-cost care

    Spokane Community College students, enrolled in the expanded function dental assisting program, will be offering low-cost dental services Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 27-Feb. 28, March 6-7, March 13-14, and March …


  • MRSA rates decline steadily in one procedure

    Bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant “Staphylococcus aureus,” or MRSA, have dropped 50 percent in the last decade, at least for one high-risk medical procedure, according to a new study. The …


  • Fetal stem cells triggered boy’s tumors, report says

    WASHINGTON – A family desperate to save a child from a lethal brain disease sought highly experimental injections of fetal stem cells – injections that triggered tumors in the boy’s …


  • Few teens need cholesterol drugs, study finds

    DALLAS – Fewer than 1 percent of American teens are likely to need cholesterol drugs, says a new study that offers some reassuring news on the childhood obesity front. Last …


  • New sweetener at the grocery store

    As snowy white granules rain down on a cup of coffee, words appear across the TV screen: “Sprinkle your coffee with something other than guilt.” Then, the narrator intones: “Try …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Coconut may relieve ulcerative colitis

    Q. Thank you for writing about coconut for treating ulcerative colitis. I was diagnosed with colitis in 1980 and had three feet of my colon removed. My condition was moderate …


  • Dr. Gott: Can B-12 help Bell’s palsy symptoms?

    Dear Dr. Gott: I would like to tell you about my experience with an annoying condition called Bell’s palsy while on a tour in Italy. I had been riding near …


  • Scientists work to genetically tailor chemo

    WASHINGTON – The days of one-size-fits-all cancer treatment are numbered: A rush of new research is pointing the way to tailor chemotherapy and other care to what’s written in your …


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    Today Metabolic Testing for Weight Loss and Performance – Covers how exercise metabolic and resting metabolic testing can vastly improve weight loss, energy and physical performance by providing you with …


  • Study says most preschoolers not active enough

    Preschool-age children seem to be continually on the go. Or maybe not. A study of 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in preschool has found that these children are anything but physically …


  • Federal court rejects autism-vaccine link

    In a major setback for the fight to link autism to vaccines, a special federal court ruled Thursday that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and vaccines that contained a mercury-based preservative were …


  • Cure for the cold stymied by variety of virus strains

    Hunting for the elusive cure for the common cold, scientists have decoded the genomes of all known strains of the human rhinovirus, the main cause of the malady that makes …


  • Menthol rubs should be used with caution

    Dear Dr. Gott: My mother is old school in that I grew up slathered in Vicks and put to bed at the first sign of sniffles or a cough. The …


  • Peanut executive mum before House hearing

    WASHINGTON – As salmonella illness began spreading across the country last fall, the owner of a Georgia peanut company that was causing the outbreak railed against the cost and delays …


  • Cotton candy may assist in human tissue growth

    NEW YORK – Cotton candy has delighted children for a century. Now it may have found a new role: helping scientists grow replacement tissues for people. The flossy stuff may …


  • Kidney donors live normal, healthy lives

    NEW YORK – Donating a kidney doesn’t appear to have any long-term health consequences for the donor, a reassuring study shows. Researchers at the University of Minnesota found those who …


  • Layoffs affect health of remaining workers

    Pfizer. Saks. Microsoft. The layoff announcements just keep coming. And they’re going to keep coming if the U.S. economy continues its alarming and deepening spiral. More than 2.5 million Americans …


  • Beware pitfalls of electronic prescribing

    Q. My son was prescribed amoxicillin for an ear infection. The prescription was sent electronically to the pharmacist. The pharmacy gave us prednisone with the wrong doctor’s name on the …


  • Stretch your fitness dollar

    I haven’t seen it documented yet, but you can be certain that with unemployment rising, incomes stagnant and a brooding sense of uncertainty about what is ahead for the economy, …


  • Neuropsychology aids early diagnosis

    Dear Dr. Gott: I applaud your approach to Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments. Blood work and imaging studies are important in making or ruling out certain diagnoses. I take …


  • Writer uses poetry to help cope with prostate cancer

    When Steve Heaps was diagnosed with prostate cancer 13 months ago, all he could do at first was cry.


  • Liver recipient wants loophole in transplant coverage closed

    OLYMPIA – Fred Watley’s need for a liver is changing state law. A year ago, the Spokane man nearly died while waiting for an insurance-law loophole to expire so he …

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