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High temps across Spokane leaves vulnerable prone to heat-related illnesses

With temperatures expected to remain in the mid to upper 90s this week, local and state health officials are recommending people to stay in an air conditioned area during peak …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

New rules allow individuals to change sex designation on birth certificates

The Washington state Department of Health on Thursday announced a new rule that allows individuals to change their sex designation on their birth certificate.


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 7:33 p.m.

All charges dismissed against woman accused of helping daughter overdose on drugs

A woman charged with controlled substance homicide and promoting a suicide attempt in connection to her adult daughter’s death has had all charges against her dropped.


Rosalia nurse’s license suspended after deaths

State health officials suspended a Rosalia nurse practitioner’s license after three of her patients died from taking prescribed painkillers. In some cases, the prescriptions written by Susan Bowen-Small exceeded 15 …


Deaths linked to prescription drugs plunge in Spokane County

The number of prescription drug overdose deaths in Spokane County has plummeted over the past three years. The number of such deaths in the county has dropped 40 percent, comparing …


Woman’s brain tissue to be tested for disease

Disease investigators have sent a brain tissue sample of a deceased 32-year-old Spokane woman to a national research lab to be tested for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, an incurable condition that has …


Doctor receives payment, apology from Health Department

A Spokane dermatologist has wrung a $600,000 apology from state health officials who went public with outrageous charges of drug abuse and medical fraud based on a bogus tip from …


Region tops state averages for opting out of vaccinations

North Idaho and Eastern Washington share a grim distinction: Both have far higher rates of parents choosing not to immunize their children against childhood disease than either Idaho or Washington …


Free medical services soar at region’s hospitals

Spokane hospitals have given away $53.3 million worth of medical care to the poor during the first nine months of this year as job losses and wage and benefit cuts …


Washington state to investigate unsafe folk remedies

The Washington State Department of Health will use a $97,000 federal grant to investigate the use of potentially deadly folk remedies.


Sacred Heart, state agree to scaled-down expansion

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center may add 75 new patient beds after reaching a proposed settlement with state health officials.