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Ask the doctors: Energy drink consumption linked to stimulant use

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, June 22, 2019.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

New drug to boost women’s sex drive approved in U.S.

U.S. women will soon have another drug option designed to boost low sex drive: a shot they can give themselves in the thigh or abdomen that raises sexual interest for …


Ask the doctors: Readers respond

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, June 20, 2019.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 5:15 p.m.

U.S. preschoolers less pudgy in latest sign of falling obesity

A new study says preschoolers on U.S. government food aid have grown a little less pudgy. The research published Tuesday offers fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates …


The overlooked crisis of eating disorders among middle-aged women

The truth is that eating disorders in midlife and beyond are all too common among women.


Dr. Zorba Paster: The organ your born with is what you’ve got

A provocative question calls for some simple facts.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 10:02 a.m.

Do you snore? Reasons to see a doctor

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 …


Jessica Biel, facing criticism, explains why she is against California vaccine bill

When Jessica Biel suddenly appeared on Twitter this week with opponents of vaccination legislation at the California Capitol, it ignited a social media storm over whether the actress, wife of …


Cooling chemo-related hair loss with new device at Spokane Cancer Clinic

Summit Cancer Centers in Spokane has started offering patients a new procedure, using a Paxman Scalp Cooling System cap for minimizing hair loss during chemotherapy.


House Call: Keep your brain healthy by making time for wellness

It turns out that most of the things that keep your brain healthy are the same things that keep the rest of your body healthy.


How to protect your mental health from social media: Tips from an expert

So how can people reap the benefits of social media without letting it harm their mental health?


WHO study finds sexually transmitted infections are spread to 1 million every day

More than 1 million people worldwide are infected daily by sexually transmitted infections chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis, according to World Health Organization estimates.


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Health district officials: 3 hepatitis A cases confirmed in Spokane

Spokane Regional Health District officials confirmed three cases of hepatitis A in Spokane County.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Measles confirmed in Latah County; health officials warn of possible exposure at Moscow hospital

Health officials in Idaho on Wednesday confirmed a measles case in Latah County, the first in the state since 2001.


Dr. Zorba Paster: Studies show diet soda may be bad for your health

While the FDA has OK’d certain sweeteners, a new study out of New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine indicates that drinking diet soda every day increases your risk of …


Talking diabetes with a kid’s charm

Two Spokane friends Curtis Jones, 13, and Ella Ludwig, 12, talk about life with Type 1 diabetes. Curtis will be a youth delegate in July talking to U.S. Congress members …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?

The results were from an analysis of hundreds of thousands of insurance claims. Verifying that the drug would actually have that effect in people would require a costly clinical trial …


Ask the doctors: Basal tears crucial to eye health, cause blocked ducts

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, June 4, 2019.


Ask the doctors: Halotherapy should be taken with a grain of salt

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, June 6, 2019.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Two mumps cases confirmed at Eastern Washington University in Cheney

Two students who live off-campus have confirmed cases of the virus, which is making a comeback amid declining vaccination rates. Classes are occurring as scheduled at the school in Cheney, …


Flexing fitness with ClassPass

Changing up exercise routines helps boost fitness while stemming boredom. Now there’s ClassPass, a monthly subscription app recently available in Spokane to book classes at a network of boutique fitness …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Thousands of US kindergartners unvaccinated without waivers

As states debate making it tougher for students to avoid vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons, federal data shows children using such waivers are outnumbered in many states by those …


Ask the doctors: Resistive breath training could lower blood pressure

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, May 28, 2019.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

FDA approves $2M medicine, most expensive ever

U.S. regulators have approved the most expensive medicine ever, a $2.125 million gene therapy meant to cure a disorder that rapidly destroys a baby’s muscle control and kills most within …


Ask the doctors: Electric blankets may be cozy, but they can be dangerous

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, May 23, 2019.


More younger women are having heart attacks. Here are steps to minimize risk.

More younger women are having heart attacks. Here are steps to minimize risk.


Renae Wedlake wanted to provide infusion nursing care on her own terms. With All Heart Infusion, she’s doing it her way.

All Heart Infusion was formed in September 2017, and received nonprofit status June 2018. Currently, Wedlake and her team of three nurses care for 48 patients throughout Eastern Washington and …


House Call: Gender plays role in health concerns for women

Women and men have many health concerns in common, but there are a few that are either exclusively female, typically female or experienced differently by females. Menstruation, endometriosis, giving birth, …


Ask the doctors: Asthma medications may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s

Dear Annie advice column for Saturday, May 18, 2019.


Ask the doctors: Smelling junk food long enough may quash a craving

Miss Manners advice column for Thursday, May 16, 2019.