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Warning signs are flashing ahead of COVID-19’s second U.S. winter

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2020

Public health officials in the U.S. could take heart at the end of the summer. Even as the new coronavirus continued to spread, fewer people were winding up in the hospital because of COVID-19, and fewer were dying. Now, as the seasons turn, there are signs suggesting there will be more deaths and serious illness ahead.

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People’s Pharmacy: Heart rhythm drug ‘poisoned’ lungs

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2020

My healthy husband went for a physical because he was going to retire. They found he had an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation and put him on amiodarone. Within a few months, he could not function and went in for a cardioversion. They said he was not getting enough oxygen.
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Water Cooler: Personality theories — Where do you fall?

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 27, 2020

Who are you? Really? There are thousands of quizzes online that will tell you what type of wine, sandwich, Hogwarts house, chair or color you are. Two personality theories that have gained a big following, especially in the internet age, are the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. You may be big into horoscopes and secretly assess your relatives and friends thinking to yourself, “Oh that is such a Capricorn thing to say.”
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MultiCare hosts flu shot clinics with extended hours

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

Starting Oct. 3, MultiCare Rockwood Clinic says it will offer seasonal flu shot clinics on Saturdays for its established patients. In addition to flu shots offered during regular facility hours, the designated flu shot clinics for its current patients will be at four locations.
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House Call: Deciphering flu facts from fiction

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 24, 2020

It seems like talk about vaccines is everywhere these days – and rightly so, as immunizations save lives. It’s estimated that during the 2018-2019 flu season, flu shots helped prevent more than 4 million flu cases and 58,000 hospital visits.
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People’s Pharmacy: Diuretics lower chance of kidney stones

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 23, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience. Urologist Fredric Coe agrees that thiazide diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone or indapamide can reduce the chance of kidney stones. Researchers have found that low-dose thiazides work as well as high doses to prevent development of kidney stones
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Water Cooler: Understanding brain waves

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 20, 2020

You may have heard brainwaves referred to in a casual, colloquial sense. For instance, when two people have the same idea we often refer to it as being on the same brainwave or wavelength. These expressions didn’t come from just anywhere – our brains buzz with electrical activity at all times of the day. Whether you are asleep, working on a project, exercising or daydreaming, our neurons are constantly firing and sending signals to each other. Eventually, these neurons form networks of cells to synchronize the sending of signals, resulting in a patterned rhythm of communication. These patterns are what we commonly refer to as brainwaves.
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Health district, community set plans for flu shots

The Spokane Regional Health District plans to schedule drive-thru flu vaccine clinics soon after receiving its childhood flu doses from the state Department of Health, said SRHD spokeswoman Kelli Hawkins. The DOH also is supplying the agency with adult flu doses, so SRHD will be able to provide the flu vaccine to adults who are uninsured or under-insured.
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Smoke gets in your eyes: Tips to ease irritation

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 16, 2020

Calls to Spokane optometrists began pouring in last weekend along with the smoke as patients sought remedies to relieve eye irritation caused by the worsening irritant in the air. Those patients' questions continued this week at Spokane Eye Clinic, said Dr. Alan Johnson, an optometrist for more than 23 years at the practice.
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Dr. Zorba Paster: Masks work – let’s make wearing them the norm

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 16, 2020

So let me paint a picture. You’re thinking of going to your favorite barber or beauty salon, and you’re worried about COVID-19. You’re right to be worried, but you’re fretting over how your hair looks. The cut has grown out, the color is fading to gray. It’s just not the same “you” that you know is you.
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Dr. Zorba Paster: As scientists learn more, doctors’ orders change

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 2, 2020

Let’s talk aspirin – daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks. But before we discuss this, let’s note the Webster Dictionary definition of scientific investigation: “The process that is used by scientists for testing ideas and theories by using experiments and careful observation.”

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