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Ask the doctors: Minimize infection risk by not ingesting raw oysters

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:59 p.m.

Growing from grief: Cleveland family raises money for CuddleCot, a device to help families with stillbirth grief

All childbirth is painful, but the physical pain is often overtaken by the sheer joy of welcoming a child into the world. Sadly, for the 24,000 families in the U.S. …


Ask the doctors: Study shows influenza linked to increased heart attack risk

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


Go Red luncheon set for next week

Spokane’s Go Red for Women Luncheon is scheduled Wednesday at the Spokane Convention Center.


House Call: Sharing love through organ donation

Surgeons can use far more than just your liver and kidneys these days.


Does that medicine work for women? Why signing up for a medical study could be your next feminist move

Women’s participation in medical research studies continues to lag, creating a scientific data gap that has an impact on development of new medicines and treatment protocols, as well as accurate …


Ask the doctors: The best way to treat a toddler with the common cold

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.


People’s Pharmacy: Doctor objects to baking soda for indigestion

People’s Pharmacy advice column for Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


Not a morning person? These genes may be to blame

In a new study of 450,000 people, researchers identified 351 genetic variants that were associated with chronotype – the scientific term for when a person prefers to sleep and wake.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Depression 101: Dallas schoolkids learn about mental health

Dozens of Dallas-area schools are among a growing number around the world that are teaching children how to spot the signs of depression in themselves and others. Government statistics show …


Tests suggest scientists achieved 1st ‘in body’ gene editing

Scientists think they have achieved the first gene editing inside the body, altering DNA in adults to try to treat a disease, although it’s too soon to know if this …


Trail Blazin’ puts consumer health first

Last fall, Uncle Ike’s, a Seattle cannabis retailer, began random third-party testing of all of its products for pesticides or other contaminants.


Ask the doctors: Study reveals how sugars wipe out important bacteria in gut

Ask the doctors advice column for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.


Officials confirm 3 more measles cases in Multnomah County

Oregon health officials say three more measles cases have been confirmed in Multnomah County, which is home to Portland.


U.S. attorney in Philadelphia sues over safe injection site

The top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia has filed suit to stop a nonprofit from opening a first-in-the-nation supervised drug injection site to address the city’s opioid problem.


The magic number: The notion of 10,000 steps to fitness is pure marketing, but it’s also a worthy goal

So your fitness tracker calls for 10,000 steps a day. Is that a random number? Turns out that measure can be traced to a decade’s old Japanese marketing campaign. But …


Anti-cancer gene might actually fuel a tumor’s growth, study finds

A cancer-fighting gene known as the “guardian of the genome” actually promotes certain tumors, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on hunger strike over quality of breakfast food

A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.


Utah man helps other amputees learn basic life skills

Samoana “Sam” Matagi, 42, is known on YouTube as the “No-Handed Bandit,” a moniker he bestowed on himself. Since he lost his hands in an accident, he has made dozens …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Latest crack in fight against vaccinations has officials and schools scrambling

They call them nonmedical exemptions, and the resurgent measles virus loves them.


Ask the doctors: Adequate amount of vitamin D is essential to good health

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults have heart or blood vessel disease

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

North Dakota sends specialized team to help with measles breakout in Pacific Northwest

North Dakota is sending an emergency response team to assist in efforts to control an escalating measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.


Eating right before bed will not make you gain weight, study suggests

Researchers from the Graduate School of Health Sciences at Okayama University in Japan recently conducted a study, published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, to explore whether leaving a two-hour …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Science changing on aspirin

Time to toss the aspirin for primary prevention of heart disease and strokes. Medical science is messy. But with more studies and more research, we eventually will get it right.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 7 a.m.

Spokane’s biggest health concerns similar to World Health Organization’s list for the world, health officer says

When news erupts about global health threats, it might be easy to discount them as distant problems typically found in developing countries. But Spokane health district officer Dr. Bob Lutz …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 7:45 p.m.

E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study in Britain; U.S. experts say more research is needed

Up to now, there have been conflicting studies on whether e-cigs help smokers kick the habit. The British study could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the regulatory …


Arsenic, lead give one more reason for kids to forgo juice

Fruit juice has been falling out of favor for its high sugar content and low nutritional value. Now parents have another reason to pull the plug: heavy metals.


Ask the doctors: Man’s rare infection caused by dog saliva

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m.

Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say.