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  • Students may line up at school for swine flu shots

    WASHINGTON — Schoolchildren may be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall — and might even be able to get the shot right at school.


  • Hypertension and kids

    Va’Sean Duvall is a skinny 17-year-old who stays busy with an after-school job, choir rehearsals and school drama productions. On the surface, he doesn’t fit the mold of someone – …


  • What not to eat, drink to avoid belly bloat

    Extra fluid and gas can puff up even the fittest among us. Beyond eating right and exercising, here are some foods and drinks to avoid if you’re trying to deflate …


  • Seeking cures for health care costs

    Until recently, the sagging economy wasn’t a subject Dr. Mary Newman routinely discussed during office visits. But after a steady stream of longtime patients confided that they had been laid …


  • Dr. Gott: Nighttime twitches should be checked out

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Once in a while, my body will “jerk” involuntarily as I fall asleep. What causes this? Does it mean I have a heart condition or other problem? …


  • Cinnamon, ginkgo may improve man’s sex life

    Q. You recently ran a letter from a fellow who was disappointed in the herbal sex pills he bought. I, too, am an older gentleman who has faced challenges in …


  • Home test predicts baby’s gender

    Rebecca Griffin didn’t want to wait 20 weeks for a sonogram to find out whether she was going to have a boy or a girl. And she figured a lot …


  • Study: Parents wrongly believe some medicines safe for babies

    A new study shows parents widely hold the mistaken belief that they should use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines on babies under age 2, despite doctors and federal health officials …


  • Bill gives FDA tobacco oversight

    WASHINGTON – Capping a half-century battle with the tobacco industry, the Senate overwhelmingly approved landmark legislation Thursday that would for the first time give the government far-reaching power to regulate …


  • Flu vaccine arrives ahead of schedule

    BASEL, Switzerland – Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said today it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations. The vaccine was made in …


  • See hematologist about blood disorder

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m a 70-year-old woman. My astute physician’s assistant noticed I had a low red-blood-cell count and referred me to a hematologist. I was subsequently diagnosed with hereditary …


  • Morning sickness medication cleared

    For the first time, a large study shows that pregnant women who suffer morning sickness are not risking harm to their babies if they take a certain anti-nausea drug. The …


  • Protection from sun always tops the list

    The snow has melted off our driveway, the garden is in and I cannot get enough of our Eastern Washington sunshine. Time to be outdoors with family and friends! On …


  • Power of blood

    MIAMI – When Jennifer Garcia scheduled the birth of her daughter at South Miami Hospital, nurses asked her an unusual question: “After your baby is born, are you willing to …


  • State raising rates on health coverage

    OLYMPIA – State health officials said Monday they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of thousands …


  • Can drug cause ruptured tendons?

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently heard a statement on television made by an attorney with regard to Levaquin, causing tendon rupture and asking anyone who suffered with the problem to …


  • Onions have history of easing bite of stings

    Q. You recently wrote about rubbing a cut onion on a bee sting to ease the pain. Swiss farmers have practiced this for centuries. In 1949, when I was stung …


  • Getting to the bottom of toppings

    When President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stepped out recently for a couple of burgers, pundits and other observers had a lot to say about the topping each …


  • Avoid discomfort; use sunscreen

    While the best way to deal with sunburn is not to get one – think sunscreen, limited midday exposure and hats – here’s what to do if you get baked: …


  • Health bulletin board

    New listings ZUMBA Fitness – Six-week sessions start Thursday or June 16, 5:45-6:45 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. Classes feature interval training to tone and sculpt …


  • Experimental obesity surgery leaves no scars

    CHICAGO – Doctors are testing a new kind of obesity surgery without any cuts through the abdomen, snaking a tube as thick as a garden hose down the throat to …


  • Doctors back depression screening for all teens

    Soon after her sister committed suicide, Caroline Downing started doing poorly at school. During math tests she would freeze up, and she found her mind wandering constantly. Officials at St. …


  • Study cites drug’s effects

    An antidepressant that is among the most popular kinds of medicine used for treating autism didn’t work for most kids and caused nightmares and other side effects, new research found. …


  • Pricey sex pills don’t live up to advertising

    Q. My wife and I are active, healthy seniors, but we would like to add zest to our slowed-down and lagging sex lives. Initially, I spoke with our family doctor, …


  • Dr. Gott: Mammogram’s result may require follow-up testing

    Dear Dr. Gott: I recently had a mammogram that, fortunately, was negative; the report, however, revealed I have dense, fibroglandular breasts bilaterally. Can you tell me what this means and …


  • Health bulletin board

    New listings Intro to Yoga – Wednesdays, June 3-24, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Radha Yoga Center, 406 S. Coeur d’Alene St. Cost is $40 for four-week session. Call (509) 838-3575, e-mail …


  • Guidelines address heavier mothers-to-be

    More than 60 percent of U.S. women of childbearing age are overweight or obese – a significant increase from 20 years ago. And recent studies strongly suggest that either too …


  • Dr. Gott: Rare breast cancer deceptive

    Dear Dr. Gott: A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. I have done some initial research online, and www.mayoclinic.com describes it as a “rare but aggressive …


  • Acetaminophen’s liver risks understated, FDA report says

    NEW YORK – A Food and Drug Administration report released Wednesday recommends stronger warnings and dose limits on drugs containing the painkiller acetaminophen, citing an increased risk of liver injury. …


  • Alzheimer’s researchers team up

    TRENTON, N.J. – A research institute devoted to Alzheimer’s and related diseases has teamed up with a major maker of diagnostic tests to speed development of what could be the …


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