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  • It's Tougher For Women
  • It's Tougher For Women

    Health statistics show Spokane — like most places — has health inequities holding many back
      We’ve all heard the old adage: The Spokane area is a great place to raise a family. Central to this statement is a belief about our residents’ health as a resource that enables our community to achieve its fullest potential.
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  • Hearts A-Flutter
  • Hearts A-Flutter

    Patients need to be empowered to reduce the risk of stroke caused by atrial fibrillation
      Almost 800,000 Americans — that’s more than the population of San Francisco — suffer a stroke in any given year.
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  • Fresh Legs
  • Fresh Legs

    It's not vain — it's smart to ask your doctor about varicose veins
      Colville resident Alice Borders, 73, has spent most of her life feeling self-conscious about her legs. She’s had varicose veins since her teens and was uncomfortable about their bumpy appearance. Pain, leg cramps and stinging were common.
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  • Western Weenies
  • Western Weenies

    Mike Grim serves West Coast dogs on Freya. Plus, freeloading during the holidays.
      Despite the below-freezing temperatures and setting sun, Mike Grim of WEST COAST WEINER COMPANY remains chipper as he tends to some sizzling onions on his propane-powered flat-top grill. Plumes of steam cascade off the chili he ladles over a Sonnenbergâeuro;™s Italian sausage.
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  • The Sauce Lady
  • The Sauce Lady

    After 30 years of teaching, Tullia Barbanti was ready for a career in her kitchen.
      No chair in sight, Barbanti stands at a card table, covered in a red-and-white-checkered cloth, at the Trading Company Store in Spokane Valley. She stirs Tullia’s Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce in a pot on a hot plate, and serves it over cut-up spaghetti noodles in tiny plastic sample cups when people stop by.
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  • Stressed by Sleeplessness
  • Stressed by Sleeplessness

    Loca sleep experts share strategies for getting some shut-eye
      It’s somewhat paradoxical that just worrying about not getting enough sleep can actually trigger insomnia, but that’s precisely the case. That’s just one reason, though, that 43 percent of people between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep.
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  • Playing at Killing
  • Playing at Killing

    Should kids be playing videogames aimed at adults?
      My 13-year-old son and his friends are expert killers. They each spend up to 10 hours of their spare time every week killing people, zombies and monsters with a variety of weapons in videogames like Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo and Assassin’s Creed.
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  • Breathing Easier
  • Breathing Easier

    Asthma often starts at home, but you can fight back in style
      We instinctively wrinkle our noses at the whiff of exhaust from an idling car. But we may not notice that indoor air — even in a clean home — can be even more polluted than outdoor air.
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  • Happiness in Hard Times
  • Happiness in Hard Times

      If you’re out of work, facing a tough illness or dealing with bad news in your personal life, you’re probably feeling out of control, sad, angry or all of the above. That’s normal. But try not to wallow in self-pity for too long.
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  • Smile Therapy
  • Smile Therapy

    Yes, you can control your own happiness - and get healthier along the way
      Every January, nearly half of all American adults make New Year’s resolutions. The majority are health-related — losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking. And the odds of success are actually better than you might think.
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  • Continue the Investment

    Washington’s tobacco control program is paying big dividends
      What would you do if you were offered $5,000 a year from now for $1,000 invested today? You would probably say yes. A similar offer is being made to the governor and Legislature as they decide whether to continue investing in Washington state’s successful tobacco control program.
  • Jonah Pucci: Ski Patrol Captain, Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Jonah Pucci: Ski Patrol Captain, Schweitzer Mountain Resort

    Saving lives in extreme conditions makes a day at work anything but ordinary
      Think you’ve got a tough job? Jonah Pucci’s winter workdays as one of the two ski patrol captains at Schweitzer Mountain Resort start at 6 am if he’s on avalanche control. Later, his day may be filled with broken arms and legs, head trauma, back injuries and the aftermath of people colliding with the ground, trees and each other.
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  • Alison Scott: Registered Respiratory Therapist with Northwest MedStar
  • Alison Scott: Registered Respiratory Therapist with Northwest MedStar

    Saving lives in extreme conditions makes a day at work anything but ordinary
      In her job as a registered respiratory therapist with Northwest MedStar, Alison Scott took more than 110 flights in two helicopters and a small, fixed wing airplane last year, helping people survive medical emergencies.
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  • Bill Keeley: Emergency Medical Services Officer
  • Bill Keeley: Emergency Medical Services Officer

    Saving lives in extreme conditions makes a day at work anything but ordinary
      Lake and river rescues require Lt. Bill Keeley, 46, to throw himself into miserable situations. When an emergency call sends him rushing to one of the two Kootenai County Fire and Rescue boats, he wears a heavy fire-resistant uniform and life jacket, no matter the weather.
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    • Santé!
      James Beard best of nominee..... Why wouldn't you eat there?

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  • Re: The Food Guru

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