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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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  • 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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  • 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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