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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Gifts totaling $100,000 to benefit WSU health sciences students in Spokane, Yakima

Washington State University announced Thursday it has received donations totaling $100,000 that will be used to purchase training equipment for health sciences students in Yakima and Spokane.


Pharmacist denies woman miscarriage drug on moral grounds

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy will investigate the complaint of a woman who says a Walgreens pharmacist denied to give her medication necessary to end her pregnancy after her …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

In a first, Spokane was top choice for all incoming UW medical students in Spokane

Spokane has a new milestone to brag about: Medical students are fighting to come here.


Little research available on risks of combining cannabis, prescriptions

Many of us have faced a familiar temptation. Following a spirited night of drinking, we can’t sleep. So we look in the medicine cabinet for something to help us nod …


Sports, selfies and sharks: Just some of the reasons Americans go to the ER

New hospital data reveal the obvious and the absurd reasons Americans go to the emergency room.


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

Investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

Even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and top politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving, …


People’s pharmacy: Are mail-order medicines ruined by weather?

The People’s Pharmacy advice column for April 2, 2018.


Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor’s orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine.


Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy …


Oregon medical students face tough test: Talking about dying

Oregon Health & Science University officials revamped the medical school curriculum to include new lessons in – and standards for – communication, ethics and professionalism woven through the coursework. The …


Front & Center: Rural doctor Tony Lundberg makes his rounds

Based on 18 years of experience, Dr. Tony Lundberg believes rural physicians “do better medicine than most places.”


Host families give a boost to WSU med students

As part of its effort to be a community medical school, each of the 60 students in WSU’s inaugural class is assigned to a city for clinical rotations: Everett, Vancouver, …


Washington nurses, health care workers are dying of opioid overdoses

Tami Cleveland was terrified as she drove to her parents’ house in Veradale on a September evening in 2012. Her stepmother, Beth, who suffered from debilitating migraines, hadn’t answered her …


People’s pharmacy: Are statins linked to memory problems?

Q. I read somewhere about a statin that is not fat-soluble and doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier. Unfortunately, I forgot the name. I am currently taking simvastatin and have noticed …


In a milestone year, gene therapy finds a place in medicine

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull …


For these UW medical students Gonzaga is home, too

The UW and Gonzaga medical school partnership is teaching students from around the state with a focus on rural health care.


Scientists call on U.S. to allow research on pot meds for pets

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they …


Scene of an anatomy: Lab offers students an inside look at human health

Students at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine were in their third week of what may be, to outsiders, one of the strangest parts of medical school curriculum: dissecting …


100 years ago: Horseradish, borax and boiling water advised for ‘tanned or freckled’ shoulders (and other beauty tips)

The Spokesman-Review’s Sunday magazine was full of health and beauty tips, including this: “If the shoulders have become tanned or freckled, they should be treated twice a day with some …


States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors

Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.


100 years ago in Spokane: Wife disputes doctor’s claim that he gave man prescriptions for liquor to ease broken leg pain

Two stories in The Spokesman-Review illustrated the difficulty of enforcing the state’s prohibition laws. In the first story, Spokane County Sheriff George Reid said that he found evidence that one …


Testing probe to help cancer surgeons know they got it all

Patients emerging from cancer surgery want to know, “Did you get it all?” Now scientists are developing a pen-like probe to help surgeons better tell when it’s safe to stop …


Lasker Awards honor Planned Parenthood and research on preventing and fighting cancer

Planned Parenthood, the embattled nonprofit health provider that specializes in reproductive health, has won the 2017 Lasker Award for public service.


United States gives Ethiopia $91 million in drought aid for food and medicine

The United States will provide an additional $91 million in humanitarian aid for Ethiopia to cope with a third straight year of drought, the top U.S. official in charge of …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

U.S. clears breakthrough gene therapy for childhood leukemia

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first treatment that genetically engineers patients’ own blood cells to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. The move opens a new era in …


First gene therapy – ’a true living drug’ – on the cusp of FDA approval

When doctors saw the report on Bill Ludwig’s bone-marrow biopsy, they thought it was a mistake and ordered the test repeated. But the results came back the same: His lethal …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 6:01 p.m.

Providence Health planning layoffs; Spokane impact unclear

Providence Health & Services plans layoffs after posting an operating loss.


Trump presses Congress on health care bill: Get it done

President Donald Trump pressed Congress on Monday to get health care done before leaving for its long August recess, even as Republican senators say the GOP effort so far to …


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 8:12 a.m.

Coffee drinkers live longer, have lower risk of disease, studies find

Coffee drinkers live longer, according to two large-scale studies released Monday that add to extensive research indicating coffee consumption is associated with better health.


GOP leader says he’ll rework health bill, but offers Plan B

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to produce a fresh bill in about a week scuttling and replacing much of President Barack Obama’s health care law. But he’s …