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Sept. 13, 2019, 5 p.m.
September is family preparedness month, when residents are urged to take steps such as storage of necessary items in the event of severe storms and disaster events. From stocking a disaster kit to developing a family emergency plan, here are some tips for Inland Northwest residents.
Sept. 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
Seconds into a conversation, Toni Lodge taps into humor. She’s a natural storyteller, too. But other clues about Lodge soon surface, such as her tenacity and passion for community when talking about the past 30 years of her work in Spokane.
Sept. 6, 2019, 4 p.m.
Cycling safety is something parents can model and teach kids starting at around age 5, said Bill Bender, SpokeFest president and recently retired neurologist. The group promotes cycling and safety year-round, offering activities beyond its annual Spokane ride this Sunday.
Sept. 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Billions are spent each year on vitamins in the U.S., but a massive new analysis again questions the benefit of most supplements to improve heart health or lengthen life. Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say most supplements don’t cause harm but that a vast majority don’t bring health gains.
Aug. 31, 2019, 1 a.m.
A north Spokane family has taken on do-it-yourself projects one at a time, working together toward what they visualize as a dream home. Even the kids help out a bit.
Aug. 22, 2019, 5 a.m.
Spokane is among four sites in Washington that will expand medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction under a new two-year, $8 million project.
Aug. 21, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Stand-up paddleboards are increasingly popular. While fun, there are risks on the water. After four paddleboard-related drownings in the state this summer, the Washington State Parks Boating Program issued a statement urging people to wear a life jacket, carry a whistle and use a board leash.
Aug. 16, 2019, 10 p.m.
When domestic violence brought chaos, Deborah Grenehalghe turned her hands toward soil to find moments of peace. She wants to help other battered women experience quiet healing around growing plants with Spokane Women’s Farms, which coordinates garden spaces and supplies.
Aug. 9, 2019, 5 p.m.
People might set financial goals, maybe also work goals. But should you set personal goals toward having fun, following passions, getting in an adventure? Spokane resident Danielle Beaudine, 39, is among people who have written a personal goal-setting list of 40 to-do’s before she turns 40.
Aug. 7, 2019, 5 p.m.
A small but growing number of physicians are discussing publicly their concerns about climate change and environmental factors impacting people’s health. They include some physicians in Spokane seeing impacts from a growing number of regional wildfires and hazardous air quality.
Aug. 2, 2019, 5 p.m.
For many residents, dogs and cats are part of the family. People have more choices to protect or enhance pets’ lives. CBD pet products are on the rise. Regional fire departments routinely carry pet oxygen masks. Dog owners also can buy restraints for vehicles or booties to protect pads.
July 31, 2019, 6 p.m.
While it’s not so smart to rely on Dr. Google, a growing number of tools via your smarthphone is helping to track, manage and detect health issues.
July 31, 2019, 6 p.m.
Spokane’s Mary Ann Wilson, founder of the “Sit and Be Fit” public television show, has received recognition as a 2019 recipient of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition Community Leadership Award.
July 26, 2019, 5 p.m.
A Spokane group of food truck owners is serving up summer meals for 58 homeless Spokane Valley teens who were given a punch card to get five free hot meals a week. Among the youth, 45 of them received STA bus passes to go where the vendors are serving at public events.
July 24, 2019, 5 p.m.
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.
‘I can conquer anything’: Spokane’s Amy Biviano prepares for double marathon as she battles epilepsyJuly 24, 2019, midnight
Spokane resident Amy Biviano, diagnosed 26 years ago with epilepsy, plans to do a double marathon – 52.4 miles – to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation as part of the San Francisco Marathon on July 28. Eight days after the grueling run, she’ll check into UCSF for the first round of brain surgery.
July 17, 2019, 3:01 p.m.
Dialogue has increased around the term fourth trimester regarding a new mom’s health needs after a birth and how the baby is adjusting. There have been recent books and publicity around Meghan Markle urging moms to see a provider earlier and seek support. Local providers say some barriers remain.
July 10, 2019, 3:54 p.m.
The top concussion risk in soccer is from players colliding as they jump up to head a ball, say experts in a program to teach safer youth soccer heading techniques
July 5, 2019, 5 p.m.
JoEllen Prickett has a distinction of first baby born in February 1969 at Spokane Valley General Hospital – soon after the facility opened. Christopher and Cheryl Custer were the first twins born there. This Wednesday, MultiCare is holding a 50th anniversary baby reunion.
July 3, 2019, 5 p.m.
While you’re celebrating with fireworks, camping and park concerts, be aware it’s also a time when illness-causing bacteria can sneak into this season’s food to spoil all the fun. The USDA and regional health district offer tips for safe outdoor cooking and picnics.
June 28, 2019, 5 p.m.
As a trend, Spokane-area libraries are offering sessions of escape rooms as a youth summer activity. Filled with education and puzzle-solving, the sessions are a way to celebrate the game’s growing popularity nationwide. Several businesses also offer escape rooms with elaborate settings.
June 26, 2019, 5 p.m.
Since 2018, a Spokane biomedical research company has waded into multiple clinical trials to find treatments to slow or more effectively fight neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. With more than 100 participants so far, the studies are at Inland Northwest Research, owned by neurologist Dr. Jason Aldred, and also looking at Huntington’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
June 21, 2019, 3:38 p.m.
More parents and educators are heralding the benefits of summer boredom, at least partly this season, to build kids’ creativity, curiosity and other skills. While activities are good, they advocate for some childhood lazy summer hours for downtime.
June 19, 2019, 4:56 p.m.
Snoring should get checked if it gets louder and has symptoms such as gasps for air or interrupted breathing. Health experts are less concerned about what’s called primary snoring as a more rhythmic, regular sound, but there are tips to lessen loud Zs.