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  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2009

    Health bulletin board

    Today “Tools for Spiritual Growth” – Six-week series of independent presentations will explore the elements of meditation found in the Christian and Buddhist traditions. Each evening will contain presentation, practice, …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2009

    Makers of E-cigarettes promise a healthier way to smoke

    Tonya Moraffah takes a deep drag on her cigarette, feels the soothing surge of nicotine and explains what extinguished her 30-year, pack-a-day smoking habit. Every evening, she plugs her battery-operated …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2009

    Dr. Gott: Second opinion today’s norm

    DEAR DR. GOTT: What education does a primary doctor have and what does he or she have for an education to be certified? Today, if I want to know anything …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 24, 2009

    Trial vaccine helps prevent HIV infection

    For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2009

    Heart attacks fall after smoking bans

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Public smoking bans do more than just clear the air in offices, bars and restaurants – they lead to quick and dramatic declines in heart attacks. …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

    Experts offer advice for keeping germs at bay during cold-and-flu season

    Mary Selecky, head of Washington’s Department of Health, was one of seven children. She learned early to cover her coughs and sneezes with her hands, so she wouldn’t spread germs …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

    Flu message seeks catchy video

    The YouTube video starts with a tightly cropped shot of a white lab coat embroidered with the name “John D. Clarke, M.D.” The camera zooms out and Clarke, wearing aviator …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

    Dr. Gott: Like cold, HPV has no cure

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV) more than 30 years ago. The gynecologist who treated me then did not tell me I was contagious. I thought he …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

    Editorial: State should encourage vaccination awareness

    With concern being raised across Washington about the availability of vaccine against the H1N1 virus, it’s hard to understand the stubborn lack of enthusiasm in this state for other vaccines …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

    Arthritis relief comes at high price

    Rheumatoid arthritis is a devastating disease. Besides crippling joints, it can leave the victim exhausted and in excruciating pain. During the past several decades, drug companies have offered patients a …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2009

    Wait, see approach to prostate cancer

    For men over age 65, doing nothing to treat localized, nonaggressive prostate cancer may be the best policy, according to major new research. Survival rates have improved to 94 percent …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2009

    State lags in most teen immunizations

    The Washington state Department of Health on Thursday released survey numbers regarding teen immunization rates. This is the first time state-by-state data has been available from the National Immunization Survey, …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2009

    Dr. Gott: Cutting sugar helped woman with Meniere’s

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I wanted to respond to your article on Meniere’s disease that appeared in my local paper. My daughter has (or had) the drop attacks. She went through …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2009, 7:39 A.M.

    Senate’s 10-year health fix would cost US $856B

    Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday released the much-awaited Finance Committee version of an American health-system remake — a landmark $856 billion, 10-year measure that starts a rough ride through Congress …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2009

    House Call: Find balance with Vitamin D

    When my husband and I moved to Washington, we looked forward to wilderness, skiing, hiking and a great outdoor lifestyle. We did not realize that this new lifestyle – including …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2009

    Programs help people break Internet addictions

    FALL CITY, Wash. – Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game “World of Warcraft.” As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa. Alexander, …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2009

    Dr. Gott: Psoriasis proves difficult to treat

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I have had psoriasis for many years. When it first started, my husband (a pathologist and a university professor of pathology) diagnosed it and told me to …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2009

    Traffic noise may raise blood pressure

    The rumbling of cars, trucks and trains isn’t just annoying; it can raise your blood pressure. A study in the journal Environmental Health found that people exposed to high levels …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    Nontraditional therapy for strokes producing remarkable results

    When Frank McKinney began therapy at Dr. Lumy Sawaki’s lab, his right arm was bent permanently to his chest and his fingers stayed perpetually clenched. Although McKinney had worked hard …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    Bedbugs biting again

    From Conan O’Brien on Monday’s “Tonight Show”: “Former President Clinton recently had to clear out of his office for a few days because it’s infested with bedbugs. Experts are calling …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    Dr. Gott: Patients must ask doctor to get answers

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 78-year-old female. A couple of years ago, my family doctor sent me to an oncologist. He said my bone marrow is producing too many …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    People’s Pharmacy: Propofol doesn’t deserve bad rap

    Before Michael Jackson’s tragic death, most people had never heard of the drug propofol (Diprivan). It’s not the kind of medication that anyone would ever seek out on the street. …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    Video games help many escape depression, other mental disorders

    Gail Nichols has suffered from depression for years. When the 49-year-old St. Marys, Kan., resident can’t sleep, she falls back on a form of entertainment that is gaining increasing credibility …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    In care of new family, teen also gets new heart

    SEATTLE – If it hadn’t been for Cindy Locke and her family, Mykal Cochran might be dead. Instead, the 17-year-old foster child who “doesn’t have a mean bone in his …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

    Health bulletin board

    Today Radha Yoga Center Classes – New session of classes begins today. Held at Radha Yoga Center, 406 S. Coeur d’Alene St. Call (509) 838-3575 or e-mail radhayoga@comcast.net for more …


  • MONDAY, SEPT. 7, 2009

    Studies link 3 more genes to Alzheimer’s disease risk

    Two European research teams have identified three genes that affect a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. The new genes appear …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 6, 2009

    The vitals on swine flu

    On June 11, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, aka swine flu. …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2009

    Officials report increase in SIDS

    A spike in the number of sudden infant deaths – 13 in the past 18 months – has prompted health officials to warn parents of dangers posed to babies by …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 3, 2009

    Dr. Gott: Patient’s health history offers important clues

    DEAR DR. GOTT: My significant other’s health problems began six months ago with severe shortness of breath and an upset stomach occurring as soon as he ate anything. This progressed …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2009

    Tweets mark surgery progress

    DES MOINES, Iowa – From anesthesia to the recovery room, 70-year-old Monna Cleary’s children followed her surgery – 140 characters or less at a time. Twitter is opening doors to …


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