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New childhood obesity data shows progress, room for improvement in Spokane and nationwide

With recent national attention on childhood obesity rates, newly released data for Washington show that 7,100 youth ages 10-17 are obese. The state’s rate for this age group is 11%, …


Ask the doctors: Restrict red meat to occasional splurge

Ask the doctors advice column for Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Oregon approves six-month ban on flavored vape products

Oregon regulators enacted a six-month ban Friday on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vape products in stores and online statewide amid an outbreak of illnesses that has sickened …


Ask the doctors: Increasing temperatures extending West Nile virus ‘season’

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.


People’s Pharmacy: Getting off clonazepam can be challenging

Q. I have been taking clonazepam for several years. I would love to get off it. My doctor says to stay on it and that it is safe. Another doctor …


Sinking teeth into dental care: Program brings fight against tooth decay into area schools

Recent grants are backing dental initiatives to reduce rates of tooth decay in Spokane County. Strategies include a school program for teeth cleanings and sealants, partnering with physicians to recognize …


House Call: Steps to defeat stigma of and treat mental health

Today I am going to talk about mental illness. The stigma associated with mental illness can make it difficult to decide to seek help. It can be difficult to tell …


Ask the doctors: Explore tools to manage stress of new job

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.


Ask the doctors: Hand, foot and mouth disease common in kids

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.


For community and reflection: St. John’s Cathedral hosts free yoga

Yoga in the Cathedral is held once a month on a Sunday afternoon in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Spokane’s South Hill. The popular sessions, which began …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Showing gratitude can help others

How often do you thank people for what they do? It’s certainly a habit for most of us when we receive something. Teaching our kids to say “please” and “thank …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Spokane pharmacies divided on carrying Zantac after cancer-causing chemical found in medication

Several large pharmacy chains pulled Zantac after the FDA announced it had found small amounts of a cancer-causing chemical in the heartburn medication, but not all local pharmacies have followed …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Can Washington deliver on drug costs amid impeachment probe?

Threading the needle: Can Washington deliver legislation to curb drug costs amid an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump?


‘We can’t afford to lose this’: Pend Oreille County communities face health care challenges

Newport has a hospital and a new care facility. An hour north, towns struggle to hire a single doctor.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 8 p.m.

Keep calm and vape on: UK embraces e-cigarettes, US cautious

While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit. Health officials in the U.S. have …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 6:54 p.m.

Inslee issues executive order banning flavored vaping products

In a press conference in Seattle on Friday, Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order issuing an emergency ban against flavors for nicotine and cannabis vaping products. The order cannot …


Ask the doctors: No new treatments for polymyalgia rheumatica

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.


North Central High actors help UW-Spokane medical school identify ways to communicate with patients

It can be tricky talking to teens about sensitive topics, yet doctors need to draw answers from them for adolescents’ health issues. Each fall, North Central High School drama students …


Education, early detection key to treating prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer (after lung cancer) in men. Nevertheless, far too many people are unaware of the risk factors, symptoms, screenings and treatment options. Fortunately, education …


Doctors wonder if traditional smoking cessation methods will help people quit vaping

Inspired and scared by the recent spate of hospitalizations and deaths from a mystery respiratory illness linked to vaping, young people can be seen throwing out their e-cigarettes on social …


People’s Pharmacy: Listerine solves itchy scalp challenge

I have had an itchy scalp for months. It was so bad that I often found myself scratching till my scalp bled. I tried every dandruff shampoo and cure I …


Mobile clinic offers free dental care

A mobile dental clinic will offer free services in Spokane to adults who are uninsured or have Apple Health Medicaid insurance. The 39-foot SmileMobile dental clinic will operate Tuesday through …


House Call: Precautions to consider to age gracefully in place

As I wrote in my last column, aging in place comfortably and safely takes a fair amount of preparation before you or a loved one truly needs assistance or modifications …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Spokane autism community responds to comments about teen climate activist

Fox News pundit Michael Knowles characterized teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as a “mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.” But …


Ask the doctors: Gut microbe may have connection to mental health

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.


Ask the doctors: New therapies offer hope to migraine sufferers

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.


Ask the doctors: Close to 200 cases of new lung disease linked to vaping

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Number of abortions in U.S. falls to lowest level since 1973

The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

Beats & Rhythms offers heart disease support for families

Beats & Rhythms in Spokane offers activities, mentors and continuing support to families and their children with congenital heart conditions. Volunteer outreach typically starts with a hospital visit.


Nourishing mind, body, and spirit

A small unassuming building set back from the street in Brown’s Addition houses the Yasodhara Yoga studio, attracting people looking for a spiritual component to their yoga stretches and poses.