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Is diet soda really that bad for you? Maybe not

But now there is a glimmer of hope for those of us who crave the snap and fizz of a can of diet soda getting cracked open, content in the …


People’s Pharmacy: Unbearable itching after stopping Xyzal antihistamine

Q: I tried to stop Xyzal after taking it for 10 years for allergies. Every time I stopped, I’d itch like crazy and break out in hives. I thought I …


Spokane pilots among angels who fly medical transports

Angel Flight West is a nonprofit offering free medical transports in small aircraft for people in hardship situations, often rural residents needing treatments far from home. The trips are flown …


House Call: With flu and cold season upon us, comfort is the best medicine

As we get into the heart of winter, I am seeing an increasing number of patients with a cold or the flu. They both make you feel pretty miserable and …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Shining a light on mental illness

Dear Doc: Thank you so much for your article in the paper on being proactive about discussing depression with your doctor. What a critical point. I also have been writing …


Miracle fruit comes to the rescue; thousands of cancer patients taste food again

MIAMI – Her water tasted like rusty pennies; the pepperoni pizza like metallic cardboard. The more chemotherapy sessions Monica Faison-Finch got, the faster her taste buds gave out. Over time …


Home remedies: dealing with dry skin

Although your skin is often driest on your hands, arms, lower legs and sides of your abdomen, the locations where these dry patches form can vary


House Call: Sensible New Year’s resolutions

Let’s talk about some health-related resolutions and strategies for keeping them. Common health resolutions are to exercise regularly and lose weight. These are admirable, definitely good for you, and I’d …


Social isolation may worsen breast cancer prospects

Patients with early breast cancer who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying from their disease, a new study suggests. Women with fewer social ties – to friends, …


British boy marvels at Kansas City’s kindness as he battles bone cancer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nine-year-old Alexander Goodwin, a nature lover from England, considers the bone cancer inside him a parasite. He’s the unwilling host who can’t shake the organism by …


Hearing loss and how hearing aids may help

Why do hearing aids work for some people but not others?


House call: Protein from a variety of source is the key to good nutrition

Proteins are chains of amino acids and are integral parts of all the tissues in our bodies such as muscle, skin, and connective tissues. Enzymes, which manage our biology within …


People’s Pharmacy: Can you trust Canadian online pharmacies?

People’s Pharmacy column for Dec. 12, 2016.


Zorba Paster: Intriguing research regarding CoQ10

Some have claimed Coenzyme Q10 is the fountain of youth. But just as Ponce de Leon discovered that idea to be bogus, such claims regarding CoQ10 are bogus, too.


Laser treatment an option for cataract removal

For many, clear vision is not possible without spectacle correction, and proper eyewear is important to enjoy vision to its fullest. While glasses or contacts can help render clear vision, …


Home remedies: Taking care of airplane ear

The medical name for airplane ear is ear barotrauma or barotitis media. It’s when air pressure in your middle ear and air pressure in the environment are out of balance. …


House call: Why being called fat can be a good thing

I guess you can call me a fat head. Then again so are you. Our brains are about 60 percent fat. I wrote recently about the importance of including healthy …


Flu vaccination is nothing to sneeze at

We are lucky in the United States, the flu is – for the vast majority of people – a survivable illness. But that does not mean that it is just …


Review: ‘Patient H.M.’ unearths lobotomy doctor’s secrets

In a book that will rank with Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” in the realm of outstanding medical ethics narratives, Luke Dittrich uncovers the story of his …


He gave her a ring and she gave him a kidney. Now they start a new life together

Brett Epps, 28, and Alix Cirigliano, 27, had been dating only one month when Epps was rushed to the emergency room in 2014, unknowingly in the midst of severe kidney …


House Call: When on medications, pay attention to food and drink

Whether you are taking a medication long-term or short-term, be sure to ask your health care provider or pharmacist if there are any food/drug or drug/nutrient interactions that you should …


Seattle VA hospital’s healing garden is a refuge from ravages of war, illness

With his mother in mind, landscape architecture professor Daniel Winterbottom and a group of his University of Washington students transformed a space of concrete and crushed rock at the Veterans …


Idaho congressman lost 72 pounds walking. Now he wants everyone to do it

WASHINGTON – At 55, Brian Whitlock is like millions of Americans, getting far too little exercise. But he’s ready to do something about it, pledging to walk 2,963 miles in …


House Call: Testing the best route to catch colon cancer early

If you were born in the mid- to late-1960s, you have turned 50 recently or will be doing so soon. Turning 50 is more than just the time when you …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Low fat? Low carb? The trick, as always, is moderation

If you like carbs, go for carbs – just limit them. If you like fat, go for fat – but limit it. And overall, you still have to limit what …


Skin cancer survivor urges others to protect the skin they’re in

At age 81, Gerald Ray has a mission – to let as many people as possible know about the dangers of skin cancer.


Zorba Paster: Smile, and you just might be healthier

Facial interactions matter a lot. Just like we have speech therapy and physical therapy, we might in the near future have smiling therapy.


Cannabis for back pain puts him in a pickle

Dear Dr. Zorba: I enjoy your radio show. I’m a 56-year motorcycle guy. I had an accident when I was much much younger, and the result has been years of …


Reduce triggers and use meds to control asthma

There are a variety of ways to control asthma symptoms for the one in 13 Americans who have the disease.


New program helps get emergency dental care to low-income adults

The DENT program helps low-income adults see dentists for emergency treatment. Meagan Daniels, a Spokane Falls Community College student, credits the program for saving a broken tooth that became infected.