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Two rare but ‘devastating’ conditions added to newborn screening list

Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz said both enzyme deficiency-related conditions are rare, but an early diagnosis can greatly affect a patient’s trajectory.

UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Tuna recalled after salmonella outbreak that sickened one in Spokane County

A Spokane County resident was one of four people in Washington reportedly sickened by salmonella linked to tuna, according to the Washington state Department of Health.

Pullman School District monitoring state’s measles outbreak

Local school officials say Pullman students are at low risk of contracting measles despite an outbreak of the virus in a southwestern Washington county that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to …

UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018

State rules Spokane County medical examiners followed ‘standard of care’ in 14 disputed autopsies

In findings released Tuesday, the Washington Department of Health has ruled that two Spokane County medical examiners “followed the standard of care” in 14 autopsies it was asked to review …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Washington birth certificates could list sex as M, F or X

The Department of Health considers allowing listing a person’s sex as something other than male or female on a Washington birth certificate

UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

Daughter seeks to reopen investigation into death of battered Spokane Valley mother

The daughter of a Spokane Valley woman believes the cause of her mother’s 2016 death is a clear as the plastic used to wrap her battered body before it was …

UPDATED: Tue., May 30, 2017

MultiCare’s entry into Spokane medical scene gets support from local leaders

Spokane’s business and civic leaders are backing MultiCare Health System’s $425 million purchase of Deaconess and Valley hospitals and Rockwood Clinic.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017

Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000

The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.

Spokane County child being investigated for rare disease with polio-like symptoms

Health officials are investigating whether a Spokane County child has acute flaccid myelitis, a mysterious disease that leads to polio-like symptoms.

Pullman dentist’s license suspended after fraud conviction

A Pullman dentist’s license was suspended by the Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission in April after he was convicted of fraud in Idaho last year.

Spokane schools testing water for lead

Spokane Public Schools is testing the water in all of its buildings in the wake of high lead levels discovered at several Tacoma schools, as the state looks at ways …

Three bid to build new psychiatric hospital in Spokane County

Three entities are competing to build a new psychiatric hospital in Spokane County that will help address a statewide shortage of inpatient mental health services. Providence Health Care submitted an …

Spokane schools, like most, opt out of survey questions about sex

Spokane schools are shying away from asking teens the tough questions about sex. They are not alone; two-thirds of schools in Washington opted out of a survey that asks if …

Region taking steps to boost vaccination

Measles outbreaks during the past year have rekindled the national and Northwest debate regarding vaccines in an area with historically higher-than-average numbers of people who don’t have their children immunized …

Teens are smoking and drinking less, but plenty use pot

One in six Washington youth ages 12 to 17 has seriously considered suicide, and 8 percent of students in eighth and 10th grades have attempted suicide in the past year, …

Survey: Alcohol, tobacco use down among Washington teens

One in six Washington youth ages 12 to 17 has seriously considered suicide, and 8 percent of students in eighth and 10th grades have attempted suicide in the past year, …

Hearings planned on methadone clinic in Spokane Valley

A California company is planning to open a private-pay methadone clinic in Spokane Valley as the waiting list to enroll in the county’s only other such drug addiction program lengthens. …

Hospitals spar anew over beds, facilities

Deaconess Medical Center is continuing its efforts to derail expansion plans of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, this time telling state hospital regulators that even a scaled-back expansion is unnecessary. …

Sacred Heart likely to expand

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center may add 75 patient beds after reaching a proposed settlement with state health officials. Such an expansion would make Sacred Heart a 719-bed hospital, but …

Chiropractor gives up license in deal

A Spokane Valley chiropractor has agreed to a 10-year license suspension to settle allegations of double-billing, having sex with a patient and smoking marijuana. Travis Broughton denied the allegations made …