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Mama Bear Moxie: Wait and see, or visit the doc? It’s often a tough call

My youngest sister had her first baby a few weeks ago. It has been a joy to see her growing belly throughout pregnancy and be there when she delivered a …

Front Porch: Searching for what ails medical profession

Two weeks ago I asked a question here: Where have all my doctors gone? And I talked about feeling abandoned at the growing loss of the medical care providers – …

Hurry up and wait: Doctors say insurers increasingly interfere

Doctors are finding that they need more approvals from insurance companies before their patients can get routine care like medical scans or some prescriptions. Insurers say they are reviewing more …

Washington Legislature moves to address ‘surprise billing’ that affects 1 in 5 ER patients

Patients are showing up at emergency clinics with the expectation that their care will be covered by their health plan. But some of the ER doctors aren’t covered by the …

UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019

Editorial: Washington needs doctors; funding delays are senseless

Lawmakers from Spokane and throughout the state should do what they can to support and expand WSU’s new medical school.

A blood clot formed in the exact shape of a man’s lung passage – then he coughed it up

What they found was astonishing. The patient’s blood pooled in his right bronchial tree – part of the network where air travels through the lungs – and solidified “like Jell-O,” …

It’s a Twitter war: Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths

The photos from doctors came quickly and in succession: blood-stained operating rooms, blood-covered scrubs and shoes, bullets piercing body parts and organs.

Against the odds, doctors save 16-year-old bull rider’s life

The young rodeo star, who is the first patient to survive an emergency department thoracotomy at PMC in the 21st century, will live to ride another day.

Cancer docs feel unprepared, but recommend marijuana anyway

Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use.

UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018

Investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

Even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and top politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving, …

Washington nurses, health care workers are dying of opioid overdoses

Tami Cleveland was terrified as she drove to her parents’ house in Veradale on a September evening in 2012. Her stepmother, Beth, who suffered from debilitating migraines, hadn’t answered her …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 1, 2018

Armed with new data, officials target ‘drug-dealing’ doctors

The department is providing a trove of data to the Opioid Fraud and Abuse Detection Unit, which draws together authorities in 12 regions across the country, that shows which doctors …

AMA should stop trying to limit nurse practitioners

The American Medical Association should halt this protectionist effort and partner with nurse practitioners to improve health care quality and access for all.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Trump opioid panel wants drug courts, training for doctors

President Donald Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis is calling for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment.

Dr. McCarthy: Medical school partnership benefits underserved people

In addition to learning from an innovative medical school curriculum, students are actively engaged in learning by serving the disenfranchised throughout Washington state

Froma Harrop: U.S. is proficient in massacre cleanup

A country that refuses to lift a finger to curb gun violence needs a big cleanup crew to deal with it.

WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine welcomes inaugural class

More than a dozen Washington State University deans, faculty and guests helped welcome the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s inaugural class at a ceremony Friday, where the 60 doctors-to-be …

Justice Department charges 400 people for $1.3 billion in health care fraud

More than 400 people across the country have been charged with participating in health care fraud scams totaling about $1.3 billion in false billings, including for the prescription and distribution …

AMA tackles sexual abuse – of doctors, by doctors

The American Medical Association will no longer tolerate sexual misconduct by physicians – at least if their victims are other doctors, and if the abuse occurs at an AMA event.

In defense of fiber

The doctors distill the virtues of a vegta-full diet.

UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts starting in July

First-year doctors will be allowed to work 24-hour shifts in hospitals across the United States starting July 1, when a much-debated cap that limits the physicians to 16 consecutive hours …

87 escape Kenya psych hospital as medics strike nationwide

Kenyan officials say at least 87 patients with mental illnesses have escaped from the country’s only psychiatric hospital after they were left unattended when medical workers at public hospitals went …

First-year doctors would be allowed to work 24-hour shifts under new rules

The organization that oversees the training of young doctors recommended Friday that first-year physicians in hospitals be allowed to work 24-hour shifts – eight hours longer than they are permitted …

Medicare unveils far-reaching overhaul of doctors’ pay

Changing the way it does business, Medicare has unveiled a far-reaching overhaul of how it pays doctors and other clinicians.

Britain’s junior doctors suspend planned 5-day strike

Junior doctors in Britain have suspended plans for a five-day strike that had been set to begin next week.

Hospitals a deadly target in Middle East conflicts

Thousands of attacks in recent years on medical facilities in conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere have killed hundreds in brazen violation of humanitarian norms.

FDA reconsiders training requirements for painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering whether doctors who prescribe painkillers like OxyContin should be required to take safety training courses, according to federal documents released Friday.

Choosing a doctor takes some investigation

At open enrollment time, be sure to ask questions.

Free medical clinic underway at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

Residents of the Inland Northwest are lining up by the hundreds to receive free medical, dental and eye care at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center – and there’s …

Group at Geezer Forum receives advice, pep talk from retired doctor

When it comes to physicians, patients have to remember one thing: Doctors are human, too. That was the advice from retired physician Jim Arthurs during a gathering of the popular …