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FDA clears first at-home, over-the-counter COVID-19 test

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 16, 2020

WASHINGTON – The first COVID-19 test that can be performed entirely from home was cleared by U.S. regulators on Tuesday, and it can be acquired without a prescription. While availability initially will be limited, the new test and others in development could make virus screenings as accessible as over-the-counter pregnancy tests in the U.S. for the first time.
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Dr. Zorba Paster: Weighted blankets help cure sleep issues

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 16, 2020

I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more fragmented my sleep is. As a kid, that was not the case. I remember sleeping over at my cousin Mark’s house. We’d stay up late watching television while my aunt and uncle were out to dinner and a movie. We always fell asleep in front of the television, black and white, of course.

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Masked confusion: CDC updates face mask policies for universal wear

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 16, 2020

Yes, the messages about face coverings have changed since March – yet those adjustments stem from a better understanding about the coronavirus – and how it spreads, said Dr. Francisco Velázquez, interim health officer for Spokane Regional Health District. He also knows that with those changes, though, there's some confusion about the when's and where's of mask use.
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Water Cooler: How meditation changes the brain

Meditation made its way from spiritual practice to a secular, pop culture-fueled lifestyle trend, but despite all its evolution and appropriation, many psychologists and researchers still think it can have a substantial and beneficial impact on the human brain.
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Back to his roots: Longtime Spokane doctor is planning to return to specialized retirement center care

Longtime Spokane physician Bob Hustrulid, 78, knows it's rare for a doctor's office to be inside a retirement community, but the approach makes sense to him – and he's done it before. In a long career, Hustrulid has worked at Spokane group practices and veteran hospitals. In 1999, though, he opened a solo practice and stayed until 2007 at the Waterford, now Touchmark.
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House Call: 2020 reflections might help us rediscover the meaning of health

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 9, 2020

While we’re eager to leave 2020 behind, our health is one of the things we’ll always carry with us. After months of stress, social isolation, concerning news headlines and drastically adapted ways of living, we all are eager for a fresh start. The new year is naturally a time for reflection, but it also presents an opportunity to reset our habits, intentions and priorities.
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Dad Daze: Nurture by Naps understands that postpartum care is essential

Nothing prepares a mother for departure from the hospital after having her first child. All of the Dr. Spock books and material from other parenting experts slips out of your brain once you're smacked in the face by the welcome fresh air. Good luck after you're no longer tethered to labor and delivery.
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Why health officials are terrified of a pandemic Christmas

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 2, 2020

Americans heard the pleas to stay home. They were told what would happen if they didn’t. Still, millions traveled and gathered during last week’s Thanksgiving holiday, either doubting the warnings or deciding they would take their chances.
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People’s Pharmacy: Do touchless thermometers work?

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 2, 2020

Whenever I go to the doctor’s office, a nurse weighs me, takes my temperature and measures my blood pressure. These days, I really do not like them sticking a thermometer under my tongue even in its little plastic sleeve. How reliable are the touchless devices I have seen on TV news reports? Are they available to consumers
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For good health, don’t take this column for granted

A lot of us have this bad habit called “taking things for granted.” This is not a healthy habit to cultivate. It has unfortunate side effects, such as causing us to sleepwalk through our pathetic little lives without even once stopping to appreciate the people we love, the friends we have made, the gifts we have been given.
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New program is launched for safe medicine disposal

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

The Medication Education & Disposal Project has launched a statewide program to offer free services to dispose of expired, unwanted and unused medicines. MED-Project is the Washington State Department of Health's approved program operator. MED-Project has activated about 150 additional drop-off sites.
News >  Family

House Call: The power of practicing gratitude

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

Something to remember is negativity doesn’t just take the joy out of life, it can take over our lives and even our physical health as stress and anxiety build up like it has this year. It also can leave us drained and wondering how we can celebrate a season of giving when we feel we don’t have anything left to give.