ATTRIBUTES: While Washington may be best known for its apples, the state is also the number one producer of fresh pears in the United States. The Northwest climate is perfect for pears, with about 10 varieties grown in Oregon and Washington orchards.
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From the editor
Had a long wait to get in to see a doctor lately? When I called to get my son into a specialist last February, I was told she was booked until October.
My best friend's doctor just had her undergo a special genetic test. The doctor told her that the test was relatively new but that it was becoming common practice to help avoid side effects and to help make sure that the best medication is prescribed.
Their Own Words
Henry Mroch is a Spokane nephrologist who, for the last two-and-a-half years, has been networking with other Inland Northwest physicians as part of the Washington Alliance of Teaching Physicians to publicize the acute, and growing, need for more doctors in the state. In an August op-ed he co-authored for the Seattle Times, he wrote: "Outside of King County, the physician supply is simply inadequate.
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I recall lining up in the grade school locker room when football season started for the annual scoliosis check, heart exam and visit from Baron Von Turnencough.