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Got allergies? Seattle discovery could improve treatment … and possibly lead to cure

Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 5 p.m.

Erik Wambre, center, molecular biologist and head of the Wambre Lab at the Benaroya Research Institute, with colleagues in his lab last week in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (Kjell Redal / Photos by Kjell Redal/Seattle Times)
Led by researchers at Virginia Mason’s Benaroya Research Institute, the Seattle team is the first to find a way to distinguish the “bad” immune-system cells that trigger allergies from “good” immune cells that fight infection. They also showed that effective allergy therapy banishes the bad cells from the body.

The People’s Pharmacy: Stopping suicidal thoughts with ketamine

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 5 p.m.

Ketamine (Ketalar) is a fascinating drug that has been used since 1962 as a general anesthetic. Over the past several years, researchers have discovered that this medication has profound antidepressant activity that kicks in within hours instead of the usual weeks of standard drugs.

Dr. Zorba Paster: The possible cost of that clean scent

Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

A recent article in the BMJ shows that the chemicals and scents put into a lot of our products might actually be causing increases in allergies, asthma and possibly autoimmune disease. The remarkable increase we’ve seen in these problems in the past few years might be caused by – guess who? – ourselves!

House Call: The bounty of summer in the Northwest

Mon., July 24, 2017, noon

Warm weather for hiking and camping, light late into the evening that allows for more time outdoors after work for exercising or entertainment, and a region that produces a buffet of some of the finest produce in the world.

Low-carb vs. low-fat: New research says it doesn’t really matter

Mon., July 24, 2017

300 dpi 4 col x 9.25 in / 196x235 mm / 667x799 pixels Amy Raudenbush color illustration of low-carb foods that are literally addictive, a dieter's worst enemy. Garden of Eden imagery. Philadelphia Daily News 2004

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When it comes to weight loss, the past several years of research show that low-carb diets may have a slight short-term edge on average over low-fat diets, but that neither can claim true superiority, especially given that about 95 percent of dieters end up regaining.

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