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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.


Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the WSU Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine’s free health screening and vaccination clinic on Friday.


Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors

Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and …


Ask the doctors: Practicing good hygiene won’t disrupt oral microbiome

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.


Allergy-like symptoms blamed on airborne glass fibers in EWU library

Eastern Washington University has spent nearly $1 million this year to mitigate air contamination in its John F. Kennedy Library.


Trump administration finalizes birth control opt-out policy

A day after Republicans expanded their Senate majority, the Trump administration on Wednesday finalized a policy change that allows some employers with religious or moral objections to opt out of …


House Call: Recognizing and preventing stroke

We now like to refer to strokes as a “brain attack” to stress the importance of immediate treatment. Time is brain.


Astrocytes: Sleeping under the stars takes new meaning

Star-shaped brain cells called astrocytes appear to play an essential role in sleep, a new study at Washington State University Spokane found. Researchers in the Sleep and Performance Research Center …


Ask the doctors: Meningitis vaccine can be a lifesaver

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.


Judge: Police reports at psychiatric hospital are public

A judge has ruled that the names of people in police reports involving alleged crimes are public records even if the people are patients at a Washington state psychiatric hospital.


Abbott wins FDA approval for much-anticipated insulin app

Abbott Laboratories won U.S. approval for its FreeStyle LibreLink diabetes-monitoring app, giving users a way to keep track of their glucose levels from their iPhones.


Ask the doctors: Studies offer insights into how personality traits affect aging

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.


Mega-dosing vitamin D: Doctor-prescribed 50,000 IU vitamin D may be right for some patients

Today, you can grab over-the-counter vitamin D with dosages typically from 600 international units to 2,000 IU. For people with a severe vitamin D deficiency confirmed in tests, some health …


Rob Curley: How one defining moment in Avista CEO Scott Morris’ life helped him work through another – the proposed sale to Hydro One

Scott Morris is the CEO of Avista as it heads directly into one of the biggest and more important moments in the iconic Spokane company’s 128-year history: its pending $5.3 …


A dietitian’s call for trick-or-treat season: Let them eat candy

Halloween should not be about replacing caramels with stickers. Instead, every day should be about parents acting as role models to teach children to develop a healthy relationship with food.


62-year-old Spokane woman swims the English Channel

Robin Davis was about jump into the English Channel and begin the first of six one-hour legs of a relay swim from Dover, England, to France. It was just after …


Three tips to avoid Halloween hand injuries

There are plenty of frights to go around on Halloween, but a hand injury probably isn’t one you’d expect.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Law enforcement sponsors prescription drug ‘Take Back Day’ on Saturday

Local and federal law enforcement agencies are helping sponsor National Prescription Drug “Take Back Day,” which will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


How to pick the right Medicare plan

For those approaching Medicare or already covered by it, now is a critical time of year to review health benefits.


Study: Helping low-income obese patients lose weight

Using a free phone app, low-income obese patients in a Duke University study achieved clinically meaningful weight loss in a year-long focus including regular coaching from primary care providers. Locally, …


Trump administration set to expand religious exemptions to birth control coverage

The Trump administration is expected to soon issue regulations that would expand religious and moral exemptions for covering birth control in employer health insurance plans, a move that critics say …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Examining Alzheimer’s disease

This leads me to the top question of the day – how to prevent this Alzheimer’s disease.


Teens, that iced vanilla latte might taste good. But it could lead to problems, now and later.

All of this caffeine may be amplifying anxiety, compromising tonight’s sleep, tanking tomorrow’s school performance, inhibiting nutrient absorption, dehydrating your cells, and when mixed with alcohol, causing real trouble.


Subtle stimulation: Spokane neurologist offering transcranial magnetic stimulation

Spokane neurologist Dr. David Greeley thinks more people these days are dealing with depression. Recently, he began a new service under the business name Kingfisher TMS offering transcranial magnetic stimulation, …