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What kids can do during the coronavirus

A friend said she is losing her mind since she’s run out of ideas about how to safely entertain her sequestered children. Every parent can relate since the coronavirus has …


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Plans progress for Selkirk Pharma’s manufacturing facility on the West Plains

Plans are moving forward for Selkirk Pharma’s $30 million manufacturing facility on the West Plains.


Ask the doctors: Not everyone with lung cancer will get a cough

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, March 26, 2020.


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

Conquering cabin fever: Tips include self-reflection, talking and avoiding overeating

A Spokane mental health expert offers strategies for staying resilient as we stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Tips help combat cabin fever, stress-eating and poor health impacts …


Carnival’s CEO says cruise ships aren’t riskier for getting sick; public health experts tell different story

The CEO of the world’s largest cruise company made the case in an interview aired Sunday that ships are not riskier than land-based activities when it comes to getting sick. …


Coronavirus isn’t mutating quickly, suggesting vaccine would offer lasting protection

The coronavirus is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the novel pathogen’s genetic code. That relative stability suggests the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

People’s Pharmacy: Cold sores disappear quickly with antiviral pills

I have had cold sores for years, generally when I’ve been stressed. While working, I had good insurance and I always used prescription Zovirax cream. Now that I’m retired, this …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

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 …


Dear Annie: A ripple effect of smiles

Dear Annie advice column for Tuesday, March 24, 2020.


Ask the doctors: Older adults still need regular exercise

Ask the doctors advice column for Monday, March 23, 2020.


UPDATED: Sun., March 22, 2020

Three younger patients test positive for coronavirus in Kootenai County

The Panhandle Health District reported Sunday an 18-year-old woman and a man and a woman in their 30s tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kootenai County and are isolating …


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

How to protect your children from coronavirus: Experts suggest practicing daily routine reversals

Kids are innately tactile. I know all too well since I’m the father of four children. During a recent trip to Seattle with my son Milo, it appeared that he …


Miss Manners: Birthday party meets charity fundraiser

Miss Manners advice column for Friday, March 20, 2020.


Ask the doctors: Don’t resist resistant starches

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, March 21, 2020.


Ask the doctors: Lower back pain could be helped with Alexander technique

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, March 19, 2020.


UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2020

Despite COVID-19 travel bans, stem cells arrive from Poland in time to treat Spokane leukemia patient

When travel bans apparently stalled medical transport of donor stem cells for her husband, Spokane resident Janet Terpko made calls all weekend to federal and foreign officials. On Monday, Terpko …


Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers

Federal officials say staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities may well have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Chronic Lyme disease isn’t a thing, though consequences of infection can be lifelong

I’m upset. I’m sad to see when it comes to chronic Lyme disease, you support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, big pharma and big insurance.


People’s Pharmacy: Asthma drug left teenager depressed

Reports of a link between montelukast (Singulair) and depression have been surfacing for more than a decade. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration issued a preliminary warning that this …


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

To prevent coronavirus, go beyond hand washing and moisturize, too

Are your hands painfully dry and cracked because you’ve been following the widespread advice to frequently wash them or apply hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of the coronavirus? If …


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

Stuck at home with your kids? Nurse offers advice on keeping kids, parents happy and healthy

For younger kids, turning the mundane but necessary task of cleaning into a game can be a way to keep them interested and also not fearful about their changing daily …


UPDATED: Wed., March 18, 2020

Blood donors are needed urgently in Inland Northwest

The need for regional blood donations is at a critical level, with some blood types down to less than a two-day supply, says Vitalant, formerly Inland Northwest Blood Center. Federal …


UPDATED: Mon., March 16, 2020

Fairchild airman tests positive for COVID-19

An airman at Fairchild Air Force Base has tested positive for COVID-19.


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Yakima Diocese priest among those who’ve tested positive for COVID-19

The Rev. Alejandro “Alex” Trejo, 48, is among the three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Grant County, the diocese said Sunday. Trejo presided over several worship services before testing positive …


The Dirt: Premera Blue Cross, Vera Whole Health break ground on Vivacity Care Center in Spokane Valley

Premera Blue Cross and Vera Whole Health broke ground on a new medical office building last week in Spokane Valley.


Ask the doctors: Readers respond

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, March 14, 2020.


ABLE assists disbabled: New state program helps residents without risking federal benefits

A state program launched in 2018 for people with disabilities and their families to use savings accounts toward living expenses that also won’t risk federal benefits that require asset limits. …


What happens when you mix cannabis and alcohol?

Some research about mixing alcohol and cannabis has been conducted, but a number of those studies have proven inconclusive, sometimes even contradictory.


Cancer Can’t seeks volunteer drivers: They can be the difference between life and death for patients

Every day, there are cancer patients in the Spokane area who need a ride to doctor appointments, radiation treatment or chemotherapy sessions. Cancer Can’t, one of the local organizations dedicated …


Ask the doctors: Using correct terminology decreases confusion

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, March 12, 2020.