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Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Boil-water advisories over for some after storm

Health advisories asking residents to boil their drinking water after last week's storm have ended in two of six impacted areas now that power has been restored and lab tests show the water is safe to drink.

Boil-water advisories in Spokane and Pend Oreille counties have ended, specifically:

  • 333 resdients of Chattaroy Valley Mobile Estates in Chattaroy.
  • Sandy Shore and Sandy Meadows water system customers in Pend Oreille County.

The following four water systems in three counties remain on boil-water advisories:

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Working 4 you: Just how good for you is running?

Good news for runners.

A new study shows the benefits of running for your health, but this study says it doesn't matter if you're a 15-minute miler, or an elite marathoner. The benefits are still the same.

According to the study running, even for a few minutes a day, can reduce your risk of death from heart disease compared to those who don't run at all. That study was published this week in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied some 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15 year period. They noted their overall health, if they ran and how long they lived.

Compared to non-runners, investigators found those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes, and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease.

In fact, runners on average lived three years longer compared to those who did not hit the pavement.

When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. And the speed at which runners ran made little difference.

Local agencies partner up for drowning prevention

Local agencies partner up for drowning prevention

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Spokane Regional Health District and the Inland Northwest Drowning Prevention Coalition to stress the importance of life jackets and swimming safety measures.

With the holiday weekend approaching, the agencies are partnering to remind residents that preventing drownings is as simple as putting on a life jacket.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists failure to wear a life jacket as among the top reasons people drown, along with lack of swimming lessons, alcohol consumption and lack of supervision.

Half of drowning victims in Washington state did not intend to be immersed in water. Instead, they were fishing near a river or riding in a boat but slipped and fell in cold or swift water.

The partners are working together to boost safety, even offering 25 percent off coupons for a life jacket from Big 5 Sporting Goods which you can find here.

Department of Health tracked E. coli outbreak through patient survey, lab tests

Department of Health tracked E. coli outbreak through patient survey, lab tests

The Food and Drug Administration is taking over the investigation of a multi-state E. coli outbreak believed to be linked to clover sprouts from north Idaho producer, Evergreen Produce.

The Washington Department of Health said Wednesday, that there has been ten illnesses since May 1, ranging from King to Kootenai Counties. All ten were females between the ages of 20 to 40 years old.

"When it's detected in a laboratory and the health care provider sees it, they have to report it to us," Spokane Regional Health District Epidemiologist Dorothy MaCeachern said.

That's when the investigation begins. Each patient fills out The Department of Health's six-page survey for E. coli. The questions ask what the individual has been doing during the incubation period,which is typically the past 10 days.

"We have a lot of very specific questions about what they've been eating.," MaCeachern said.

Everything from meat to milk, produce to water is questioned. The answer that reoccurred on all ten surveys: clover sprouts. It was at that point the Food Safety Program stepped in.

Washington sees spike in pesticide related illnesses

Washington sees spike in pesticide related illnesses

From the Washington State Department of Health:


There have been 15 potential pesticide drift events resulting in about 60 people getting ill reported to the Washington State Department of Health in the past two months– that’s as many the agency normally sees in a year.

INHS offering free skin cancer screenings

INHS offering free skin cancer screenings

Is that mole something to be concerned about? Still worried about the damage done by that blistering sunburn last year? Inland Northwest Health Services wants you to get screened for skin cancer, and they’re making it easy by offering free screenings.

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

Thousands enrolled for insurance through Washington, Idaho health exchanges

President Obama announced Thursday eight million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, while enrollment numbers in Washington and Idaho have been relatively high so far,

According to Washington's insurance commissioner, 146,000 people signed up for private insurance in the first six months. In Idaho, 44,000 people signed up, making the Gem State second in the nation per capita. So why has it been so successful in our two states? Washington and Idaho created their own state-run exchanges, while many states didn't and rely on the federal government.

Washington and Idaho have their own online marketplaces for families to shop for insurance and, despite some challenges like website issues, they've proven to be effective in enrolling people for health care.

Deanna Davis with Better Health Together said sign-up numbers in eastern Washington were higher than expected.

"We did triple enrollments than what we projected to do in our 14 country region," Davis said.