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‘Like I’m trapped’: Africans in China lockdown see no escape

While richer countries prepare to evacuate some citizens from China’s locked-down city of Wuhan, a grassroots effort has begun among hundreds of African students who see little chance of a …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020

Deaths rise to 132 in China outbreak as foreigners leave

Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus that has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000 on the …


Ask the doctors: It’s vital to limit screen time for kids

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Coronavirus causes fear, but flu likely poses greater health risk in the U.S.

The 2019 novel coronavirus has landed in Washington, but experts say it may pose a less significant health threat than the flu for people in the United States.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 26, 2020

California patient is fourth U.S. case of new virus from China

Health officials in Los Angeles County have confirmed a fourth U.S. case of the new pneumonia-like virus from China.


Ask the doctors: Hearing aid can reduce risk of cognitive decline

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.


Ask the doctors: Cold, flu both viruses and can’t be treated with antibiotics

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.


People’s Pharmacy: EpiPens left out in cold might not work

In early 2015, the Veterans Affairs hospital sent my EpiPens via the U.S. Postal Service. They landed in my mailbox on a day that was 34 degrees. I was not …


Spinning their business: Cycling gym expands to second location after just six months

A dark room, black lights, blaring music and the whir of spinning wheels all add to the atmosphere of fun and focus at a Spin City cycling class. In recent …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

Healthy biological clock helps protect heart, WSU study finds

A Spokane-based study found that a healthy body’s biological clock plays a role in protecting the heart against the toxicity of radiation treatment in mice.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Healthy biological clock keeps whole body ticking

A healthy biological clock is important as a mechanism that affects the body’s processes and regulates up to 50% of genes, so keeping it in tune affects health, whether you’re …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

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 …


Average normal body temperature isn’t 98.6 anymore, and it’s getting lower, research shows

For centuries, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit was said to be the average, normal body temperature. It’s not. More recently, researchers have known normal body temperature is actually lower than 98.6 and …


Ask the doctors: Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated by lifestyle changes

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.


Washington Senate considers longer care for new moms

New moms in Washington would be able to have state-funded coverage for up to one year after giving birth, under two bills being considered by the Senate.


Ask the doctors: New research indicates paleo diet isn’t good for your health

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.


1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest and most stubborn diseases


Ask the doctors: Popcorn lung, cobalt lung linked to vaping

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.


Swipe away germs: Keep your phone’s screen clean to stop spread of illnesses

We have our hands all over our smartphones. This time of year especially, it’s good practice to wash hands often with soap and wipe down those phones. Avoid spreading germs …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Study links poor social relationships to bone loss

When I wrote my first book – “The Longevity Code: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer, Sweeter Life” – I postulated there are five spheres that influence our lives: physical, …


People’s Pharmacy: Surprising snoring benefit from purified fish oil

Q. Although it’s not a recognized benefit of Vascepa, I found that 2 grams/day (half the usual dose) reduced inflammation. The effect was noticeable enough that my wife reported that …


Ask the doctors: Readers respond

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.


Health officials: At least 2 Idaho kids have died from flu

Idaho state health officials say at least two children have died of influenza-related causes recently and a third child’s death is under investigation because it appears to be flu-related.


After Jillian Michaels asked why people are ‘celebrating’ Lizzo’s body, critics slam her as ‘fatphobic’

Fitness expert and personal trainer Jillian Michaels has a message for fans of Lizzo, a singer whose chart-topping anthems preach self-love: celebrate her music, not her body.


Ask the doctors: Cycling offers many benefits with low impact

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Jan. 8, 2020.


Evolving concussion care: Two new centers in Spokane offer neurological approach

Empire Concussion and Trauma Recovery recently opened at two clinic sites in Spokane, said Maile Mohsenian, an occupational therapist who also operates Empire Pediatric Therapy. Mohsenian said the clinic has …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

People’s Pharmacy: Antidepressant has ruined woman’s sex life

I’ve been on fluoxetine for two years to treat depression. Now my sex drive is completely gone. I tried lowering my dose, but due to confusion, I had to return …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

House Call: Important – it’s not too late to get your flu shot

Although I recommend getting vaccinated against the flu in October or November, it is not too late to get protection against influenza by getting a flu shot now. You might …


Ask the doctors: Bone density test helpful in diagnosing osteoporosis

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.


Ask the doctors: Cheers to sleep and time when you’re hung over

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.