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MONDAY, JULY 4, 2016

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016

Distractions may counter nighttime pain

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have chronic pain from arthritis. Lately it’s so bad that I can’t get a good night’s sleep. What can I do? DEAR READER: Chronic pain and insomnia are, unfortunately, a common combination. What’s more, chronic pain puts you in double jeopardy: First the pain robs you of restful sleep, then losing restorative sleep makes you more fatigued, which makes you more sensitive to pain.

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016

House Call: Early diagnosis helps treatment of bipolar disorder 

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive disorder, is an illness that causes extreme mood episodes: manic highs and depressive lows. During manic episodes you feel extremely energetic. Other signs can vary from feeling very happy and productive and needing little sleep to irritability and talking more than usual. When severe you can have difficulty concentrating, act impulsively, and do reckless things.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

Caridad Soto is a 64-year-old native of Cuba who had Hepatitis C for 20 years. She lived with an inflamed liver that gave her stabbing pains and constant discomfort. "And when I ate, it was worse, since everything has to pass through the liver, since it's a filter," she said. She received the Harvoni treatment last year, which cured her disease. "Now I don't feel that pain. Now I don't feel so tired like I felt before -because I didn't feel like doing anything before." (Katherine Jones /

Costly hepatitis C cure strains Idaho’s budget

New hepatitis C treatments could help eradicate the deadly infectious disease and also break the bank. Idaho has been forced to limit which Medicaid patients and prison inmates get drugs that can cure the disease because the state cannot afford to treat everyone.

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

FDA approves stomach-draining obesity treatment 

WASHINGTON – A new weight loss device offers a novel approach to cutting calories: draining them from the stomach before they are fully digested. The AspireAssist system consists of a thin tube implanted in the stomach, connecting to an outside ...

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Ask Doctor K: Advance in vaccines exciting

DEAR DOCTOR K: I heard on television about a possible new vaccine against HIV, Ebola and other terrible viruses. That sounds like very good news, or is it just hype? DEAR READER: You may well have heard about a new approach to creating vaccines. The approach is called “passive immunization with neutralizing antibodies.” It could revolutionize immunization against Ebola and other viruses, including HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) and influenza (flu) viruses.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho,  waves during a photo shoot on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Simpson has lost more than 70 pounds in the past 18 months. Now the ninth-term congressman has started a “Hike with Mike” challenge, encouraging Idahoans to walk 2,963 miles over the next 14 months, which is equal to a trip from Washington, D.C., to Boise. (Tong Wu / Tribune News Service)

Idaho congressman lost 72 pounds walking. Now he wants everyone to do it

WASHINGTON – At 55, Brian Whitlock is like millions of Americans, getting far too little exercise. But he’s ready to do something about it, pledging to walk 2,963 miles in the next 12 to 15 months. “I joke that my wife wants me to get healthy, even if it kills me,” said Whitlock, president of the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise. “It’s something new. I tend to get engrossed in my work, and 12 hours later it’s time to go home and you forget to fit in exercise.”

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Is your hearing at risk? Protect your ears

Hearing loss is a natural part of the aging process. But noise-induced hearing loss is on the rise. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15 percent of adults in the U.S. from 20 to 69 and 5 percent of children older than 6 are affected by noise-induced hearing loss.

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How to prevent blisters

It’s sandal season and running season, which means blisters are back in full force. But there are ways that your feet and your shoes can get along, even if it’s the first day that you’re wearing new footwear, said Marlene ...

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Top 20 reasons some here love hot weather

20. Water recreation. 19. Mental illness. 18. Conducive to frolicsome attire. 17. "I feel the need, the need for chlorine." 16. Have AC and enjoy cranking it up. 15. Reminds ...

Pioneer Fire crosses state Highway 21

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: IDAHO CITY, Idaho (AP) — A southwest Idaho wildfire burning timber in rugged terrain on Thursday crossed a state highway fire officials ...

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I listened to part of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine's speech last night and all of President Barack Obama's. Obama was dealing. He's an amazing orator. But I can't help but ...

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Saving for the future

sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.



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