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  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • The witty physician

    HARTFORD, Conn. – While prepping a patient for surgery on a recent morning at St. Francis Hospital, heart surgeon Joe Dell’Orfano tells a story about a catheter salesman. Along the …


  • Boomers risk health with drinking habits

    The early baby boomers may be known as the generation of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. But it turns out, they’re hitting the bottle pretty hard as they age, …


  • Dr. Gott: Parkinson’s drug can dull the senses of smell, taste

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m a 79-year-old female and have always enjoyed good health. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with early signs of Parkinson’s disease. My handwriting has become …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Cholesterol drugs and Lou Gehrig’s disease

    Q. My husband started on lovastatin for high cholesterol and soon began to notice weakness in his right arm. This weakness progressed, so he saw his doctor, thinking he had …


  • Even adults need up-to-date vaccinations

    Resting now that the kids are back in school? Planning a big trip to Mexico? Starting a new job or going back to school? Before getting too far into your …


  • Study finds one in 10 binge drinkers drives

    ATLANTA – One in 10 binge drinkers got behind the wheel the last time they drank heavily. And half of those drivers left from a bar, restaurant or nightclub after …


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