Spokane Journal of Business

Special Report

Contractors said mostly optimistic about rebound

Contractors said mostly optimistic about rebound

Many residential and commercial builders here are looking to the new year with greater optimism than they have in years, some industry observers say.Corey Condron, owner of Condron Homes LLC, a longtime Spokane homebuilder, says the company has...

Real estate market staging comeback from big downturn

Real estate market staging comeback from big downturn

The residential real estate market appears to be starting a rebound following six years of sales declines, and commercial real estate also is poised for a comeback in 2013, industry observers say.Ken Lewis, owner of Spokane Valley-based Spokane...

Jobs expected to climb in '13 after rise in hiring this year

Spokane-area economists expect employment growth in 2013, building upon gains during the last half of this year.Grant Forsyth, chief economist at Spokane-based Avista Corp., says he's projecting 1.1 percent job growth in 2013 in Spokane and If 2...

Light at end of the tunnel grows

Like the ever-so-gradual acceleration of a heavily laden train, the Inland Northwest economy finally is expected to begin showing some noteworthy forward momentum next year, albeit at a still subpar pace.Although plenty of uncertainty remains, a...

Human-powered transportation found lacking in U.S.

Many people in the U.S. don't walk, bike, or engage in other forms of active transportation, missing an important opportunity to improve their cardiovascular health, concludes a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.Active to...

AMA says many cities lack options for health care plans

The American Medical Association released last month a new study showing that anticompetitive market power is widespread for each of the three most popular managed care plans in the U.S. The AMA's annual health insurance market analysis for the...

Inland Imaging installs arm-leg MRI at Holy Family

Inland Imaging installs arm-leg MRI at Holy Family

Inland Imaging LLC, of Spokane, has added a magnetic-resonance imaging machine designed specifically for scanning patients' arms and legs. Installed last month at the company's imaging center in Providence Holy Family Hospital, at 5715 N. on the...

Guidelines could reduce unnecessary CT scans

A study conducted at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital has found that better use of commonly accepted diagnostic guidelines for detecting cervical spine injuries could reduce unnecessary computed tomography scans and spare patients from radiation study...

Orthopedic surgeon tests new hip-replacement device

Orthopedic surgeon tests new hip-replacement device

Dr. David Scott, an orthopedic surgeon here, says a new hip-replacement device he's studying is showing promise for preserving more of a patient's femur and reducing the risk of hip-replacement patients developing osteoporosis. Scott, who in and...

Decrease in kidney function, cognitive skills linked in study

Decreased kidney function is associated with decreased cognitive functioning in areas such as global cognitive ability, abstract reasoning, and verbal memory, says a study led by Philadelphia-based Temple University. The university touted this a...

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