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House Call: A heartfelt farewell and final advice to take to heart

As my childhood friend Porky Pig says, “That’s all, folks.” I turned 65 this summer and have decided to retire while my wife and I are young and healthy enough to do some of the things that full-time medical practice for the last 40 years has not allowed.

House Call: Deciphering flu facts from fiction

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.

House Call: A friendly reminder about shots and flu season

As Spokane continues to embrace new ways of living, working and socializing, there are seasonal reminders that keep us anchored in familiar things like back to school and, of course, flu season. As we navigate daily life through the lens of recent changes, there’s comfort in knowing some things stay consistent.

House Call: Clearing the air – debunking myths about vaping

Earlier this year, flavored e-cigarette products quietly returned to shelves in stores across Washington, marking the end to a temporary ban on flavored vaping products throughout the state. The ban came on the heels of newly recognized health risks associated with vaping.

It’s always a good time to focus on your health

As a physician, I continue to tell my patients to stay on top of healthy best practices to manage COVID-19. Wash your hands. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet. Wear a mask when you’re in public. Stay home if you’re sick.

House Call: Keep summer fun with an extra dose of prevention

It’s difficult to believe that summer is drawing near. Days are getting longer, afternoons are getting warmer, and spring flowers are making way for summer vegetables. That also means many of us will be spending more time outdoors.

What’s the difference between bacteria and viruses?

I was recently having an appropriately socially distant conversation with my friend Nancy, a bright and educated professional whom I’ve known for years. She was telling me that until a recent conversation with a biologist friend, she hadn’t really understood the difference between bacteria and viruses.

House Call: Keeping children safe and healthy at home

We are all settling into new patterns and habits as we balance having our children at home, keeping our families healthy and working (if we are lucky) while sheltering in place. As a community, we are pulling together. As parents, we are helping our kids by providing structure, stress control and safety behaviors.

House Call: Virtual care helps keep community healthy and safe

In this time of social distancing to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, medical providers and systems are shifting face-to-face medical care to “virtual care” as much as we can to keep our patients and employees as safe as possible.

House Call: Making new habits stick

Most of us who made New Year’s resolutions have probably left them by the wayside by now. You might be wondering why you could not keep up that determination to go to the gym five days a week or read to your kids four days a week – and you are beating yourself up over it.

House Call: Helping children deal with grief

I often feel like children today are faced with grief more often than I ever was as a kid, but maybe I was just lucky or my perception is skewed. Regardless, children experience the loss of people who are important in their lives through accidents, illness, suicide and catastrophic events.

House Call: Communication is key in choosing a doctor

For some of you, a new year might mean choosing a new primary care provider. You might be doing this because you have different insurance, your provider is retiring or no longer in your insurance network or some other reason.