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Students who leave for college don’t always leave their pediatricians behind

While leaving for college leads to lots of changes, some things can stay the same, including who students see for medical care. Many Spokane pediatricians offer their patients the opportunity …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Illinois patient’s death may be first in U.S. tied to vaping

Health officials said Friday that an Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, and that they consider it the first death in the United States …


Money crunch after Planned Parenthood quits federal program

SALT LAKE CITY – Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after …


Ask the doctors: Pig ear treats connected to latest salmonella outbreak

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.


Standing up for paddling safety: Life jackets, other precautions are encouraged

Stand-up paddleboards are increasingly popular. While fun, there are risks on the water. After four paddleboard-related drownings in the state this summer, the Washington State Parks Boating Program issued a …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

House Call: Getting kids ready to go back to school

Another school year is upon us, and parents have many things to consider in addition to getting kids’ school supplies assembled. This summer, Washington changed the MMR Vaccine Exemption Law.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:39 p.m.

Dietary supplements: How to avoid fake products

You probably have purchased some type of supplement – maybe vitamins, herbs or probiotics – online or at a store. Maybe the doctor recommended it, or maybe you heard that …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

People’s Pharmacy: FDA acknowledges Zyrtec withdrawal itch

While on vacation, a reader experienced intense itching from Zyrtec withdrawal.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

Can hormone stabilization keep suicidal thoughts at bay for women?

Alyse Ruriani, 24, is living in recovery from the depression and suicidal thoughts that plagued her teenage years. But every month she knows there’s a possibility some symptoms could return …


Ask the doctors: Healthy gut biome could help with insulin resistance

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 3:45 p.m.

Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts

Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis.


Orofino, Cottonwood hospitals to join with nearby Kootenai Health in effort to improve care

Kootenai Health will take ownership of two critical access hospitals in north central Idaho by 2020.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Mystery lung illness linked to vaping. Health officials investigating nearly 100 possible cases.

State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 6:13 p.m.

Washington hospital addresses mold infections in patients

The Seattle Children’s Hospital has avoided federal punishment after fixing the cause of mold infections in its patients. The Seattle Times reported that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services …


FDA approves TB pill that cures more hard-to treat patients

U.S. regulators have approved a new tuberculosis medicine that shortens and improves treatment for the hardest-to-treat cases, a worsening problem in many poor countries.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 8:16 a.m.

Horseback yoga? Neigh-maste – ‘It brings me lots of joy and magic,’ instructor Briana Randall says

Within minutes, Briana Randall was breathing deep into a seated mountain pose while sitting astride her mare, Star. From there she began modifying other yoga poses, developing her new practice …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

People’s Pharmacy: People who have sex more often live longer

An active sex life might improve your longevity. That’s the conclusion of a long-running Israeli study of heart attack survivors. Those who had sex more often had better survival rates …


Is coconut water worth the cost?

Clearly financial health is one of the missed opportunities that we physicians should be aware of nowadays. Thus, if you buy something that might or might not help your health, …


Carolyn Hax: Good friend shows no interest my 6-year-old daughter

Carolyn Hax advice column for Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.


Ask the doctors: Water safety is crucial for kids’ summer education

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.


Shawn Vestal: For the Marlows, ALS has ushered in the hardest time, and the most rewarding

When she hears her father’s voice, Remi Marlow’s bright blue eyes find him across the room and lock on, tracking him with a broad smile. And when Dan Marlow spots …


Judge dismisses yearslong case after state psychiatric hospitals change policies, ‘culture,’ hire more staff

A five-year court battle over how psychiatric hospitals in Washington treat patients who have been ruled not guilty by reason of insanity came to an end Wednesday, when Chief U.S. …


Ask the doctors: Lymphedema common after cancer treatments

Ask the doctors advice column for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.


Facebook is helping connect blood centers and donors

Facebook is teaming up with Vitalant, formerly the Inland Northwest Blood Center, to connect it with potential blood donors in the Northwest. The feature just went live in Washington, Idaho …


Forces of nature: Doctors linking environment, climate change to health issues

A small but growing number of physicians are discussing publicly their concerns about climate change and environmental factors impacting people’s health. They include some physicians in Spokane seeing impacts from …


House Call: Nurturing a growth mindset

We used to think that when a person got to a certain age, the brain settled in and didn’t change much for the rest of a person’s life. Over the …


Health district and charitable groups respond to hepatitis A outbreak

The Spokane Regional Health District is partnering with local community organizations to provide vaccinations against hepatitis A and B in the midst of a state-declared outbreak of hepatitis A last …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

ALS warrior Jenny Hoff dies at 61, after 13 years with disease

Even when ALS made speaking near-impossible, Jenny Hoff had a voice, advocating for a cure and providing guidance and support to fellow ALS sufferers. Making the most of her 13 …


Ask the doctors: Acute flaccid myelitis seen mostly in children

Ask the doctors advice column for Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019.


Ask the doctors: Drug-resistant UTIs are harder to treat

Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.