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UN health chief: Zika virus is ‘spreading explosively’

The fast spread of the Zika virus in the Americas has prompted the World Health Organization to discuss whether the outbreak constitutes a global health emergency, WHO chief Margaret Chan …


Choosing a doctor takes some investigation

At open enrollment time, be sure to ask questions.


Consumer Confidential: How a $500 copay turned into a $3,900 bill

Price gouging in the specialty drug market underlines the craziness of the U.S. health care system, which encourages people to take personal responsibility for their well-being but denies them the …


House Call: Umbilical cord blood may be worth banking

Stem cells are amazing. They have the ability to become any other cell. Adults have a few of these cells, but newborns have many. These stem cells can be harvested …


Inmate who died in Spokane County Jail didn’t get care, family says

The family of a woman who died in the Spokane County Jail earlier this week said Tammy Heinen did not receive the medical care she needed before her arrest Sunday …


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Jail grapples with inmate deaths, staff shortage

The Spokane County Jail is having difficulty hiring and retaining medical staff, while a spate of recent inmate deaths appear to be caused by health issues. County commissioners, who oversee …


Spokane County settles over jail medication dispute

The failure to disclose a one-page memo governing how outside medicine may be received at Spokane County Jail has put taxpayers on the hook for nearly $28,000 in penalties. Bigger …


Good doctor worth more than bad test

Earlier this year I talked about the dangers of overtesting. Still, once you find things, you are usually bound to follow it up. Finding an incidental tiny spot on a …


Only one local source for ‘off-label’ treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy began as a treatment for deep-sea divers suffering from “the bends,” expanded in use for wound care and a few other conditions and gained notoriety as one …


Valley Hospital to lock out strikers for two days

Valley Hospital announced a two-day lockout of striking nurses and technical workers Wednesday following the launch of an unprecedented one-day strike at Spokane hospitals owned by Community Health Systems Inc. …


Jail policy on prescription meds can leave care gaps

Spokane County spent about $60,000 a month last year doling out prescription medicine to inmates at Geiger Corrections Center and the Spokane County Jail. Ninety percent of the prescriptions were …


Parents concerned about candylike pill packaging

It’s a lesson parents often tell their children: Medicine is not candy. That’s why Nicole Ingram was so surprised when her daughter came home from a day at a Coeur …


Doctor K: Don’t flush drugs down the drain

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard that when people don’t properly dispose of their medications, they make their way into the drinking water. Should I be worried? DEAR READER: The water …


China to reinvestigate human flesh capsule claims

BEIJING — China will reinvestigate allegations that Chinese-made drug capsules containing powdered remains of dead babies are being smuggled into South Korea, state media reported today.


Hospital’s refocus a lucky break for boy

Brenden Essig remembers hearing “Watch out!” before everything went dark. A minute or so later the 13-year-old attempted to shake off the BMX bike crash, a wicked collision of body …


Doctors in Spain perform double-leg transplant

A young man who underwent the world’s first double leg transplant might be able to walk with the aid of crutches in six or seven months if his rehabilitation goes …


16 heart patients get new lease on life

KIGALI, Rwanda – Felicite Mukarubuga’s hands trembled as she took the pen and consent forms. The 22-year-old Rwandan woman listened while Dr. Hal Goldberg of Spokane Cardiology thoroughly explained a …


Case against dermatologist dropped

State health officials have withdrawn drug charges against Spokane dermatologist Dr. William P. Werschler. The move effectively clears Werschler of wrongdoing. “The evidence just wasn’t there” said Bill Etter, the …


Sacred Heart’s CEO blasts Rockwood

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s chief executive charged Rockwood Clinic’s leaders with bad-faith dealings and ethical lapses the day after Rockwood stunned Spokane’s medical community by announcing it would align …


Stem cell scientists creating human sperm

LONDON – British scientists claimed Wednesday to have created human sperm from embryonic stem cells for the first time, an accomplishment they say may someday help infertile men father children. …


New guidelines expand stem cell use

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of embryonic stem cell lines, whose use in the United States had effectively been curtailed by the Bush administration, can be used to study disorders and develop …


FDA warns against Zicam

WASHINGTON – Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said Tuesday. The over-the-counter …


Multidrug heart pill shows promise in study

Take a little aspirin, add one part low-dose cholesterol medicine and three parts low-dose blood pressure medicine. Put it in a single pill and give to everybody over the age …


Scientists: Flu strain resistant to drug

CHICAGO – As flu season hits high gear, doctors and public health professionals say treating cases is more complicated than ever because this year’s most common strain has developed resistance …


FDA approves new gout drug

WASHINGTON – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new treatment for gout in more than 40 years, a company said Saturday. Takeda Inc. said Uloric, a once-daily …


U.S. approves first study to test safety of stem cell treatment

NEW YORK – A U.S. biotech company says it plans to start this summer the world’s first study of a treatment based on human embryonic stem cells – a long-awaited …


Where are all the miracle medicines?

Drug companies justify the high cost of prescription medicines to help pay for breakthroughs of the future. One company even advertises: “Today’s medicines finance tomorrow’s miracles.” The implication is that …


Brain ‘pacemaker’ may help Parkinson’s patients

CHICAGO – Parkinson’s sufferers who had electrodes implanted in their brains improved substantially more than those who took only medicine, according to the biggest test yet of deep brain stimulation. …


Family doctors vanishing

BOISE – Many classmates of Dr. Chip Roser ended their medical training ready to practice a specialty. They morphed into neurologists, cardiologists, pathologists, dermatologists or other “gists.” Despite advice to …


Living with challenges of MS

Val Vissia has always been plagued by poor vision. “I need to put my glasses on to find my contacts,” she said. But after she turned 40, her vision problems …