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Mike Fagan says he won’t resign health board position

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Wednesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board amid criticism of his statements questioning the safety of vaccines. …


Fagan refuses to resign from health board, council moves to remove him

As Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan declared Tuesday that there was “no way” he would resign from the county health board, other council members began the process to remove him.


Shawn Vestal: Science faces tall order in educating Mike Fagan

Dear Science: Could you send Mike Fagan a memo? Like, a very long memo? One that mentions a bunch of the studies about the repeatedly disproven “link” between autism and …


Councilman Mike Fagan questions need for vaccines

Three days after the Spokane Regional Health District asked every adult and child in the region to get vaccinated against measles, health board member and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan …


Councilman Fagan spreads vaccine conspiracy; blames illegal immigrants

Three days after the Spokane Regional Health District asked every adult and child in the region to get vaccinated against measles, health board member and Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan …


Flu season, only halfway through, claims six lives in Spokane County

This flu season has claimed six people in Spokane County, including Chad Rattray, who was 37, vaccinated against the flu and generally in good health. While tragic, that statistic alone …


Low-interest loans offered to fix failing septic systems

When James Matulis bought his first home on Spokane’s North Side a few years ago, he had no idea of the problem brewing in his backyard. “There weren’t any red-flag …


Health briefs: Campaign spreads word on developmental milestones

A babbling 6-month-old baby should be able to string vowels together. A 3-year-old should be able to hold a simple conversation. Parents and caregivers familiar with the milestones of development …


Health officials say two children sickened by EV D-68

Two children hospitalized last month in Spokane County were sick with a virus that causes a severe respiratory illness.


Sacred Heart patient didn’t meet Ebola criteria

A patient who arrived at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s emergency department Friday night had a fever and flulike symptoms, and was worried she had Ebola. She might have shaken …


Census shows decline in teen pregnancies in Spokane

As teen pregnancies decline nationally, new data suggests the dip may be even steeper in Spokane. While this is encouraging to local school and health officials, there seems to be …


Sexually transmitted disease cases skyrocketing in Spokane, North Idaho

Sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread across Spokane and North Idaho at dangerous levels despite warnings of rampant growth. Spokane health officials announced Thursday gonorrhea is in outbreak status after …


Shawn Vestal: Fighting poverty or fighting the poor?

Twelve years ago, Spokane seemed to be on the cusp of a war on poverty. In April 2002, the health district produced its first comprehensive report on the issue, showing …


Local exhibit sheds light on colorectal cancer

Come walk through a huge inflatable replica of a human colon Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about the risks, symptoms, prevention, early detection and treatment options for colorectal cancer. The …


Workplace wellness practices have never been more relevant

Workplace wellness programs aren’t new. For decades some employers have aimed to prevent disease, promote good health and save money through programs and activities. They’ve offered gym discounts, distributed newsletters, …


Flu patients crowded area hospitals last week

The region’s hospitals barely had enough rooms, drugs and equipment to handle an influx of influenza patients and other people sick with winter illnesses last week. At different points during …


Spokane woman dies from flu

A Spokane County woman in her 40s has died from influenza.


Swine flu arrives early in Inland Northwest

The flu arrived early this year and has sickened people across the Inland Northwest as the nasty strain sometimes called swine flu spreads. About 70 people – most with chronic …


Fresh Sheet: Roast House set to celebrate fourth year

Roast House is celebrating its fourth anniversary on Jan. 6, and everyone’s invited to the party. Festivities run from 4 to 6 p.m. at the boutique coffee roaster. On the …


Cold-weather tips help during frigid temperatures

This weekend’s frigid weather brings a list of warnings and tips for Christmas shoppers, skiers, travelers and sports fans. Temperatures are far below norms. Saturday’s low will flirt with zero, …


First flu case of the season strikes Spokane

The flu has returned to the Inland Northwest.


Getting There: Spokane County commissioners skeptical of new ATV law

All-terrain vehicle enthusiasts are pushing to get more access to local roads, including roads in unincorporated Spokane County. But Spokane County commissioners last week said they are initially reluctant to …


Gonorrhea cases on the rise in Inland Northwest

The gonorrhea warning call can be hard to make and hard to receive. But phone calls to sex partners of people diagnosed with the sexually transmitted infection are part of …


Vestal: County has decision to make on trauma

It’s an awkward name for lousy events: Adverse Childhood Experiences. Abuse. Trauma. Divorce. Neglect. “Adverse Childhood Experiences” is academic and impersonal jargon that describes experiences that are anything but academic …


Shawn Vestal: Pertussis epidemic a reminder that vaccination is crucial

My son got whooping cough last year. He didn’t whoop much. He didn’t miss much school. It wasn’t a big deal.


Health board votes to cut Guilds’ School funding

The Spokane Regional Health District will move forward with a funding cut to the Spokane Guilds’ School and Neuromuscular Center. In a 4-3 vote, the executive committee of the health …


Cuts to Guilds’ School stir criticism

Funding cuts to an organization serving vulnerable children have caused backlash for county health officials as they restructure how to distribute stagnant funding at a time when needs are growing. …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2013, 3:41 p.m.

Health officials report illness on EWU campus

Spokane Regional Health District officials confirm six people at Eastern Washington University developed a stomach illness starting Tuesday.


Taking on trauma

Yellow buses pull up and open their doors, and children push into the school in waves. Five teachers waiting in the foyer greet them as individuals. Each gets eye contact, …


Gardens evicted over water safety

Two community gardens located on Spokane Water Department property will have to move by the end of the year. The Hillyard Garden – also known as the Pump House Garden …