More and more women are struggling to sleep; here are four ways to drift off to better health
Awakening at 3:30 am is never a welcome event.
How an ovarian disorder may affect fertility and more
When 15-year-old Willow passed out on the bathroom floor, her mother rushed her to the emergency room. Acutely aware that Willow had been experiencing extremely heavy periods, she advised the ER staff.
A permanent solution to having to "put on your face" every day
"Because I don't like looking like a hairless Chihuahua!" Tina Nadain exclaims when asked why she decided to have permanent makeup applied to her very pale eyebrows.
Food: Minding the GAP — Good Agricultural Practices
When the person who grows, picks and packs your food is the smiling farmer on the other end of a handshake at the weekly market, it's easy to feel sheltered from food recalls and nationwide outbreaks of listeria or salmonella. After all, that's what so many people love about small farms and local food: It's personal, with a side order of trustworthiness.
Fermenting preserves the harvest and promotes wellness
Fermentation is nothing new; it's been employed in food and beverage production for centuries — used to make bread and cheese, preserve fruits and vegetables, and craft wine and beer, it's an art form dating back 9,000 years. What is new, though, is the focus on fermentation for its health benefits, especially aiding in digestion.
Research is confirming Michael Gurian's views on education
For decades, Michael Gurian — local author, counselor and consultant — has pushed a radical idea: Boys and girls are different. Not only that, but he argues that many of these differences are inherent, part of biology and neurology, not just upbringing and the surrounding culture.
Charity Corner: An annual highlight of the Halloween season
Described by organizers as "a prom night for grown-ups," the mission of the Pumpkin Ball fundraiser gala goes much deeper. Heading into its 13th evening this year, the event has become an annual season highlight for attendees, who get dressed up in tuxes and sparkly gowns to enjoy a festive atmosphere of food, auctions and fun, all to support local kids.
Technology: Real-time reporting on your health and fitness, 24-7
Eye-popping and potentially lifesaving wearable fitness and health monitoring devices are storming into gyms, hospitals, swimming pools, physical therapy clinics, living rooms, even boxing rings. We're talking contact lenses, shirts, strap-on monitors, tights, shorts, glasses, necklaces, bras and more that will provide real-time feedback and an array of data to help your body become all it can be.
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Surgery is a challenge, so prepare yourself
If April Box hadn't insisted on asking questions, she might never have walked again. Box has a congenital disorder that affected her ability to walk, even as a kid.
A group of health care providers in Spokane hopes therapies outside the American norm can enter the mainstream
Growing up in northeast India, Renu Sinha recalls her family using therapies from Western and Eastern traditions to stay healthy. They would meditate and practice yoga, and she recalls getting ayurvedic treatment, an ancient Indian healing system.
Parenting: Academic success begins outside the classroom
Ready for school? As the summer winds down, colorful supplies and new clothes may dominate kids' thoughts as they prepare to embark on the school year.
The Empowered Patient: How to make sure your hospital bill is fair and accurate — and avoid overpaying
George Stumph is one of the lucky ones. After surgical procedures to his hip and shoulder last year, he didn't have to worry about checking the hospital bills.
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Charity Corner: A tasty way to protect the Spokane River
The health of a community is expressly tied to the health of its environment, which makes protecting our regional treasure — the Spokane River — an important priority. For its milestone 10th year, the Spokane Riverkeeper benefit "Dirty Martinis for Clean Water" again seeks to raise funds for projects that keep the river's waters running clear and clean, including efforts to educate all ages on its major ecological role in the region.
Healthy Planet: Stories from a superstar plant collector
Inland Northwest yards and gardens are enjoying a well-deserved rest until spring, but plant lovers can already start planning next year's bounty and beauty. Each year, Spokane's Master Gardener Program clinics help local residents choose and care for plants, all the while promoting sustainable soil and water practices, and working to minimize the use of pesticides.
Editor's Note: Ensuring the best surgery outcome possible
A friend recently told me, "There are no minor surgeries." She's actually a surgeon, so I took her seriously.
Ask Dr. Matt: Timing is everything when fighting lice
Lice are a great scourge of modern society. I know of no upside to lice, other than they are a great vehicle for humility.
Pill Box: Dealing with sticker shock of a needed medication
My child has allergic reactions to nuts, and if that happens I have to treat him with an EpiPen.
Superfood: Seasonal treat high vitamins and antioxidants
ATTRIBUTES: Native to North America and harvested in September and October, cranberries contain high levels of vitamins C and E, an abundant dose of potent antioxidants and plenty of fiber. SUPER POWERS: Research on cranberries has found benefits, including slowing tumor growth in prostate, liver, breast, ovarian and colon cancer.
Editor's Note: Untangling the snarl of modern health care
In this issue, you'll find the first installment of an ongoing series we're calling "The Empowered Patient." Often we hear the term "health care consumer."
Just for Kids: Getting every kid off to a great school-year start
Back-to-school supplies can create a hefty bill for parents, especially for families with multiple children heading back to the classroom. That's why area organizations step up each year to make sure every kid can start the year with fresh supplies.
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