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Oregon approves six-month ban on flavored vape products

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban Friday on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products in stores and online statewide amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened nearly 1,300 people nationwide and killed 26, including two people in Oregon.

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Keep calm and vape on: UK embraces e-cigarettes, US cautious

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 8 p.m.

While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit. Health officials in the U.S. have been trying to reverse a surge in teenagers using e-cigarettes. Now, they are telling people to consider quitting vaping because of a recent outbreak of serious lung illnesses. One British scientist called it “complete madness.”
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Mobile clinic offers free dental care

A mobile dental clinic will offer free services in Spokane to adults who are uninsured or have Apple Health Medicaid insurance. The 39-foot SmileMobile dental clinic will operate Tuesday through Oct. 5 and outside the Spokane Regional Health District, 1101 W. College Ave.
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Spokane autism community responds to comments about teen climate activist

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Fox News pundit Michael Knowles characterized teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.” But Jim Matthews, SOAR Behavior Services executive director, said Thunberg’s own description of her neurodiversity – a superpower – is much more accurate.
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Nourishing mind, body, and spirit

A small unassuming building set back from the street in Brown’s Addition houses the Yasodhara Yoga studio, attracting people looking for a spiritual component to their yoga stretches and poses.
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Illinois patient’s death may be first in U.S. tied to vaping

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Health officials said Friday that an Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, and that they consider it the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative that has become popular with teens and young adults.
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Washington hospital addresses mold infections in patients

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 6:13 p.m.

The Seattle Children’s Hospital has avoided federal punishment after fixing the cause of mold infections in its patients. The Seattle Times reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it will not terminate its program agreement after the hospital upgraded its air-filtration system attributed to mold infections in patients earlier this year. Health officials say 14 operating rooms were closed after Aspergillus mold sickened more than five patients.
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Gym bag magic: How to pack for going from workout to work

What are essentials to pack in a gym bag if you’re going from an early morning workout, then directly to work, or maybe to a lunchtime workout? Fitness fans pack smart the night before and keep a small bag of travel toiletries. Baby wipes and dry shampoos are popular, too.