Spokane inpatient teen treatment center is now serving only girls with addictions

By Jody Lawrence-Turner, The Spokesman-Review February 27, 2015 9:51 p.m.

SPOKANE — Girls ages 12 to 17 are more likely than boys to become addicted to prescription drugs.

Walk MS fundraiser set for May

February 27, 2015 1:48 p.m.

More than 5,500 people are expected to rally in nine communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington this spring for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual Walk MS fundraising event.

E-cigarette bills gain Clark County's support

By Marissa Harshman February 25, 2015 6:36 p.m.

The Clark County Board of Health is supporting two statewide measures to limit electronic cigarette sales to and use by, minors and will next month consider an ordinance to further restrict the use of vapor devices locally.

A new approach to peanut allergies

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, Associated Press February 24, 2015 6 a.m.

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.

Gift of Lift announces latest bra drive

February 23, 2015 4:54 p.m.

The Gift of Lift announced its latest bra drive will benefit three area programs and one international nonprofit.

Kickball good for body, mind

By Corbie Hill, The News & Observer February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. — They told me I would be sore the next day, but I didn't completely believe them. It's just kickball, right?

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss

By Marissa Harshman February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Nearly half of American adults — roughly 64 million people — have some form of periodontal disease.

Experts: To lose weight, focus on fiber

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

If you're trying to lose weight, you could count calories, keep track of precisely how much salt and sugar you eat, and make sure you hit certain targets for protein, carbohydrates, cholesterol and the various types of fat. Or you could set all of that aside and concentrate on just one thing: Eating at least 30 grams of fiber each day.

Why you crave Twinkies after smoking marijuana

By Brady Dennis, The Washington Post February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Researchers from Yale University believe they have deciphered the neurological mechanism that causes the "munchies," that inexplicable urge to eat that has led generations of marijuana users to consume untold numbers of nachos, Twinkies and Doritos.

Study: E-cigarettes may be gateway drug

By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Do e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right.

Author: Live like a rock star, thrive

By William Hageman, Chicago Tribune February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

You may not sing like Aerosmith's Steven Tyler or play the guitar like Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction. But you can have something in common with a lot of rock musicians: a healthy lifestyle.

Menopause lasts longer than believed

By Nicole Ostrow, Bloomberg News February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Women going through menopause may have hot flashes and night sweats that last for more than seven years, according to new research that debunks long-held theories that symptoms are mostly short-lived.

On front lines of mental health crisis

By Scott Hewitt February 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Peggy McCarthy believes in healing of all sorts — from highly scientific Western medicine to the ancient Asian body — and spirit-stretching of yoga and meditation.

Veterans slow to choose VA's new private-care program

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press February 21, 2015 9:17 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Far fewer veterans than expected are using a new program aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the waits that have plagued Department of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.

Anti-abortion advocate Dr. John Willke dies at 89 in Ohio

By LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press February 21, 2015 2:35 p.m.

CINCINNATI — Dr. John Willke, an obstetrician who helped shape the modern anti-abortion movement with ideas including a belief that a woman can resist conception from a sexual assault, has died, his daughter said Saturday. He was 89.

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