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TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016

TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016

Ask Doctor K: Do I really need to fast before my cholesterol test?

Dear Doctor K: I heard that fasting will no longer be required before a cholesterol test. Will the results still be as accurate? Dear reader: To answer your question, I need to first describe what a “cholesterol test” is. There are three types of cholesterol that typically are measured: LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, HDL (“good”) cholesterol and total cholesterol (basically, the sum of LDL and HDL). There is a fourth type of fat measured at the same time: triglycerides. Most doctors order all four tests as part of what’s called a “lipid (fat) panel.”

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TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016

Dear Annie: How to reach out to estranged daughter

Dear Annie: My daughter and I have not spoken in over 12 years. I am now getting up in age (I am 82) and don’t know what to do to even say hello to her. She has told me over and over again that she does not love me or want anything to do with me. She is still my daughter, and I do still love her. My grandson got married last year, and I was not allowed to go to the wedding. My grandson and I keep in touch, but I don’t want him to get in the middle of all this, nor do I want my other two children to get involved. My two sons don’t really like their sister and do not see her that often or speak to her. My daughters-in-law have tried to be her friends, but she will not call them, either.

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Eat the rainbow, but don't pass up paler foods – what they lack in pigment they make up for in health benefits. (Jabin Botsford / Jabin Botsford Washington Post)

TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016

Sure, ‘eat the rainbow’ – but don’t pass over these paler foods

How many times have you heard the phrases “eat the rainbow” or “avoid white at night”? Although certain white foods – namely white flour and refined sugar – don’t do our health any favors, and white rice lacks the fiber and many of the nutrients found in brown rice and other whole grains, not all white, beige or otherwise pale foods are devoid of nutrition.

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MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016




MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016

Birth announcements

Providence Sacred Heart Medical CenterBROOKLYN LOUISE VOSE - To Jenica and Jeff Vose of Spokane. She weighed 9 lbs. and was 20 inches long (July 6). AUGUST EUGENE GOLLA - To Jennifer and Seth Golla of Spokane. He weighed 6 ...

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MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016

Hospitals fall short on palliative care

Most hospitals offer palliative-care services that help people with serious illnesses manage their pain and other symptoms and make decisions about their treatment while providing emotional support and assistance in navigating the health care system. But the majority of these programs fail to meet national guidelines for staffing, a recent study found. Research has shown that palliative care can improve the quality of life for people with serious illnesses and complex, long-term needs. In one study, patients with advanced cancer who had discussions with their doctor about their wishes were less likely to die in the intensive care unit, be put on a ventilator or have cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for example.

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A special Medicare provision that allows private health insurance companies to enroll individuals who become eligible for Medicare into their Medicare Advantage coverage is costing surprised patients lots of money, according to news reports. (Fotolia / Tribune News Service)

MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016

It’s a Medicare surprise for senior citizens not paying attention

A special Medicare provision that allows private health insurance companies to enroll individuals who become eligible for Medicare into their Medicare Advantage coverage is costing surprised patients lots of money, according to news reports. The little known rule, called “seamless conversion,” means some health insurance companies are automatically signing members of its non-Medicare insurance plans into their Medicare plans when they reach 65, the age of Medicare eligibility.

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MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016

Older Americans wrestle with ongoing depression

LOS ANGELES – Rini Kramer-Carter has tried everything to pull herself out of her dark emotional hole: individual therapy, support groups, tai chi and numerous antidepressants. The 73-year-old musician rattles off the list: Prozac, Cymbalta, Lexapro.

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