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  • State of the County
  • State of the County

    A new report from the Spokane Regional Health District shows where local health is improving and where there's work left to be done
  • Going Dutch
  • Going Dutch

    With its enviable waistlines (and lifespans) Holland's two-wheel culture is something America should emulate.
      With its enviable waistlines (and lifespans) Holland's two-wheel culture is something America should emulate.
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  • Fall of the Frontier Doc
  • Fall of the Frontier Doc

    Finding a doctor in small-town Idaho is getting harder and harder.
      Finding a doctor in small-town Idaho is getting harder and harder.
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  • The Unequal City
  • The Unequal City

    A new report outlines how schooling, skin color, income and neighborhood affect your health.
      A new report outlines how schooling, skin color, income and neighborhood affect Spokane County residents' health.
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  • Young, Troubled Minds
  • Young, Troubled Minds

    In Idaho, mental illness increasingly dominates juvenile detention centers.
      Jackie Curl remembers grabbing the knife. He was 8 eight years old, and his babysitter had made him go to bed. He didn’t want to. He says he remembers kicking down the door, running to the kitchen, snatching up a big kitchen knife and chasing his babysitter and friends with it.
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  • A $93,000 Miracle?
  • A $93,000 Miracle?

    A new cancer drug has some wondering about the best use of their dollars.
      All that will cost is $93,000. The drug, now available through a Spokane medical group, has stirred controversy over how health care dollars are spent. Itâeuro;™s also sparked hope about opening the door to future cancer treatments that use its unique formula.
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  • Connecting the Dots
  • Connecting the Dots

    My first week on Ritalin
      Day 1, Dose 1: I told myself the first thing I needed to do today was take the little freckled seafoam pill as soon as I got to work. I set an alarm for myself. When I got to my desk, I set the pill
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  • Shorting Out
  • Shorting Out

    Why prescription drugs are getting harder to find, despite an act by the president.
      In Newport, itâeuro;™s methotrexate, used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. In Coeur dâeuro;™Alene, itâeuro;™s vitamin K, which stops people who take blood thinners from bleeding to death during surgery. And in Spokane, itâeuro;™s cytarabine, which fights cancerous blood cells..
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  • Cop Out
  • Cop Out

    Karl Thompson resigns, and a Sandpoint thief pleads guilty
      Thompson submitted his resignation in a two-sentence letter to City Administrator Ted Danek last Friday. He was escorted out of the Public Safety Building later that same day. Thompson, who makes about $73,000 a year, was paid through Thursday and will keep his health benefits through the month, according to city spokeswoman Marlene Feist.
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  • Innoculation Consternation
  • Innoculation Consternation

    With candidates casting aspersions on the HPV vaccine, Idaho hopes to turn around the lowest vaccination rate in the nation.
      “I think that anybody who speaks to the public about vaccinations without having all the facts [poses] a significant barrier to people who are otherwise uncertain about what to do about vaccinations,” says Terrence Neff, a Coeur d’Alene-based pediatrician.
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  • Reform is Here
  • Reform is Here

    How Washington's health care system is already changing in the wake of federal reform.
      It has now been nearly18 months since the passage of federal health care reform. Yet a Kaiser Family Foundation poll earlier this year showed that 22 percent of Americans thought — wrongly &mdas
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  • Vaccine Haters
  • Vaccine Haters

    More people opt out of vaccination in Washington than in any other state - the numbers are even higher in Spokane.
      Sara Griffith saw children die of measles when she served in the Peace Corps in West Africa. “It’s horrendous,” says Griffith, now a school nurse in Spokane. But in America, it’
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  • Bad Connections
  • Bad Connections

    A British medical hoax linking autism and vaccines stirs debate in the Inland Northwest.
      People used to believe ice cream contributed to children developing polio. It sounds ridiculous now, but years ago it made a kind of quirky sense: Polio outbreaks were most common in the summer. Since summer was when the ice cream truck came rolling around, parents desperate to prevent their children from getting polio would ban ice cream.
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  • Medicine by Committee
  • Medicine by Committee

    Washington state’s method for deciding which medical procedures to cover comes under fire.
      Some patients have found spinal-cord stimulators (implanted devices that deliver slight electrical shocks) are able to mask their pain with tingling. It’s expensive and doesn’t work for everybody, but, Watanabe says, it can dramatically improve quality of life for some.
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  • Finding Wills to Live
  • Finding Wills to Live

    Spokane hopes to train a fleet of citizen-experts to combat its suicide problem.
      But Spokane County, where Quinnett lives, has a worse-than-average suicide problem. In four years in Spokane, 366 people have killed themselves. That’s nearly two a week. The rate in Spokane is nearly a quarter higher than the state average — which in turn is higher than the national average.
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  • Smokeless Fire
  • Smokeless Fire

    Kids can't smoke regular cigarettes because they’re harmful. But what about ones that purport to be healthy?
      The entire store — sleek and black, with an iPhone-like aesthetic — is devoted to one product: the electronic cigarette, a batterypowered device that vaporizes a nicotine liquid that’s purportedly free of harmful carcinogens. Resembling cylindrical whistles, these cigarettes are double the size of a normal, non-electronic, tobacco cigarette.
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