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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

UW, Gonzaga announce plans to expand health sciences with new $60 million building

The University of Washington and Gonzaga University are expanding their health sciences partnership in Spokane after both universities announced they will move several programs to a new $60 million building.


Reaching a deal in national opioids case proving difficult

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma says it wants a nationwide settlement over its role in the opioids crisis, but it’s proving difficult to reach a deal


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Opioid overdose reversal drug made available statewide without a prescription

Naloxone, the drug that can prevent overdose deaths from opioids, will be available to Washingtonians and organizations at pharmacies statewide after the state issued a standing order Wednesday.


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 …


Shortening trainee doctor hours hasn’t harmed patients

A new study finds shortening hours for doctors during residency training hasn’t harmed patients. Researchers wanted to know whether limiting trainee doctors to 80-hour weeks affected the quality of care.


Robotic device winds its own way through beating pig heart

Scientists have come up with a small robotic device that guides itself safely through a beating pig’s heart.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 11:46 a.m.

Telemedicine, walk-in clinics cloud role of family doctor

Some patients are dropping their family doctor as choices like telemedicine, urgent care centers and walk-in clinics grow.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 7:37 p.m.

Hey Alexa, open Providence Health Connect; former Amazon exec gives health provider head start in voice bot technology for Spokane-area patients

Beginning in mid-April, Alexa can schedule your doctor’s appointment. Providence Health Care partnered with Alexa Health and Wellness to offer patients the option of scheduling Express Care visits through the …


Settlement reached in lawsuits over Xarelto blood thinner

An estimated 25,000 lawsuits involving the blood-thinning medication Xarelto have been settled for a total of $775 million, attorneys and the manufacturers said Monday.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Washington bill would allow parents to give students marijuana extract drugs on public school grounds

The bill, which has been introduced twice before in the Washington Legislature, is intended to allow students with a documented condition treated by marijuana to receive the drug on campuses, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Gifts totaling $100,000 to benefit WSU health sciences students in Spokane, Yakima

Washington State University announced Thursday it has received donations totaling $100,000 that will be used to purchase training equipment for health sciences students in Yakima and Spokane.


Pharmacist denies woman miscarriage drug on moral grounds

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy will investigate the complaint of a woman who says a Walgreens pharmacist denied to give her medication necessary to end her pregnancy after her …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 10:02 a.m.

In a first, Spokane was top choice for all incoming UW medical students in Spokane

Spokane has a new milestone to brag about: Medical students are fighting to come here.


Little research available on risks of combining cannabis, prescriptions

Many of us have faced a familiar temptation. Following a spirited night of drinking, we can’t sleep. So we look in the medicine cabinet for something to help us nod …


Sports, selfies and sharks: Just some of the reasons Americans go to the ER

New hospital data reveal the obvious and the absurd reasons Americans go to the emergency room.


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 1:16 p.m.

Investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse

Even as Hollywood moguls, elite journalists and top politicians have been pushed out of their jobs or resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the world of medicine is more forgiving, …


People’s pharmacy: Are mail-order medicines ruined by weather?

The People’s Pharmacy advice column for April 2, 2018.


Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

Take two tablets and a selfie? Your doctor’s orders may one day include a smartphone video to make sure you took your medicine.


Selfie medicine: Phone apps push people to take their pills

Smartphone apps that monitor pill-taking are now available, and researchers are testing how well they work when medication matters. Experts praise the efficiency, but some say the technology raises privacy …


Oregon medical students face tough test: Talking about dying

Oregon Health & Science University officials revamped the medical school curriculum to include new lessons in – and standards for – communication, ethics and professionalism woven through the coursework. The …


Front & Center: Rural doctor Tony Lundberg makes his rounds

Based on 18 years of experience, Dr. Tony Lundberg believes rural physicians “do better medicine than most places.”


Host families give a boost to WSU med students

As part of its effort to be a community medical school, each of the 60 students in WSU’s inaugural class is assigned to a city for clinical rotations: Everett, Vancouver, …


Washington nurses, health care workers are dying of opioid overdoses

Tami Cleveland was terrified as she drove to her parents’ house in Veradale on a September evening in 2012. Her stepmother, Beth, who suffered from debilitating migraines, hadn’t answered her …


People’s pharmacy: Are statins linked to memory problems?

Q. I read somewhere about a statin that is not fat-soluble and doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier. Unfortunately, I forgot the name. I am currently taking simvastatin and have noticed …


In a milestone year, gene therapy finds a place in medicine

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull …


For these UW medical students Gonzaga is home, too

The UW and Gonzaga medical school partnership is teaching students from around the state with a focus on rural health care.


Scientists call on U.S. to allow research on pot meds for pets

People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there’s little data on whether they …


Scene of an anatomy: Lab offers students an inside look at human health

Students at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine were in their third week of what may be, to outsiders, one of the strangest parts of medical school curriculum: dissecting …


100 years ago: Horseradish, borax and boiling water advised for ‘tanned or freckled’ shoulders (and other beauty tips)

The Spokesman-Review’s Sunday magazine was full of health and beauty tips, including this: “If the shoulders have become tanned or freckled, they should be treated twice a day with some …


States expand investigation of opioid makers, distributors

Attorneys general from most states are broadening their investigation into the opioid industry as a nationwide overdose crisis continues to claim thousands of lives.