Health

Genetic mutation prompts Spokane resident to undergo double mastectomy

Spokane resident Cathy Santangelo would never have guessed she had something in common with Angelina Jolie until Tuesday, when she found out the actress recently underwent a double mastectomy after learning she carries a genetic mutation that dramatically increases her risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Tips to keep your heart going pitter-pat

Nearly a million Americans will have heart attacks this year and nearly half of those are repeat attacks. With February being Heart Health month, here's some tips to get you headed down the right path.

Can a smartphone app help you lose weight?

Losing weight is always the top New Year's Resolution, and remains a top goal throughout the year for many Americans. And now, more than ever, people are turning to free smart phone apps to help them manage their weight.

7 cases of hedgehog-related salmonella in Wash.

The state Department of Health says that of 20 hedgehog-related salmonella cases reported nationally over the past year, seven were in Washington -- and the only fatal case in the country was an elderly man in Spokane County.

Is it already time for flu shots?

One indicator that Fall has arrived is that signs are going up at area drug stores urging people to get a flu shot. But do you really need to get the flu shot? Or can you avoid the hassle?

Doctors in short supply in Gem State

There's a critical shortage of doctors in Idaho, and there's a movement in the works to develop a medical school and attract medical residents, and someday medical students, to the Gem State.

Idaho officials encourage pertussis vaccinations

Health officials in Idaho are encouraging residents to get vaccinated against pertussis -- also called whooping cough -- as neighboring Washington state struggles with its worst outbreak of the disease in decades.