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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017


TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2017

Tasting garlic through feet offers insight into Vicks for cough

Q. I saw your article about putting Vicks VapoRub on the soles of the feet to stop a nighttime cough. Then I was listening to NPR’s “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” radio show. It is often a fun source for the latest wacky science studies. This week’s show included a story about tasting garlic ... with your feet! Scientists associated with the American Chemical Society performed a cool experiment. They reported that if you put a freshly cut clove of garlic in a plastic bag, rub it on the sole of your foot and then tie the plastic bag around your foot, you will taste and smell garlic after about an hour.

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017, 9 A.M.

Dr. Zorba Paster: Shining a light on mental illness

Dear Doc: Thank you so much for your article in the paper on being proactive about discussing depression with your doctor. What a critical point. I also have been writing about this for years in whatever local publication will have me. I am very passionate on this topic. I suffered from depression, and I suffered from the inability to act on my depression. My family suffered, too. Good job. Keep up the good work. – J.P.

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MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017

Home remedies: dealing with dry skin

Dry skin is often a temporary or seasonal problem – one that you experience only in winter or summer, for example – but the problem may remain a lifelong concern. Although your skin is often driest on your hands, arms, ...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016, NOON

House Call: Sensible New Year’s resolutions

Let’s talk about some health-related resolutions and strategies for keeping them. Common health resolutions are to exercise regularly and lose weight. These are admirable, definitely good for you, and I’d encourage them. But I have some other ideas for you to consider.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

Tips on making a family first-aid kit

Dear Doctor: Our young son fell off his skateboard recently, and the items my wife and I needed to tend to his cuts and scrapes were scattered throughout the house. Now we want to assemble a home first-aid kit. What should it contain? Dear Reader: Great idea! A well-stocked first-aid kit is an important safety feature for every home. And while first-aid kits are available for purchase, you can easily put one together yourself.

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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

British boy marvels at Kansas City’s kindness as he battles bone cancer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nine-year-old Alexander Goodwin, a nature lover from England, considers the bone cancer inside him a parasite. He’s the unwilling host who can’t shake the organism by himself. After finishing chemotherapy this week at Children’s Mercy Hospital, he headed to the University of Kansas Hospital on Thursday to learn how doctors, and perhaps surgeons, here in America plan to attack it.

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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

Social isolation may worsen breast cancer prospects

Patients with early breast cancer who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying from their disease, a new study suggests. Women with fewer social ties – to friends, family, community and religious groups, as well as spouses or romantic partners – were 43 percent more likely to see their breast cancer return, 64 percent more likely to die from breast cancer and 69 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to a study recently published in the journal Cancer.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016

Scott Tobin, 27, who plays basketball on a Special Olympics team in Cheney, works out at the small fitness center at his apartment complex Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Tobin has taken it upon himself to learn about fitness and nutrition to keep himself healthy and lose weight. He plans to help teach others about nutrition and fitness. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2016

Special Olympics racing to better health

A high percentage of people with intellectual disabilities are obese, based on national body mass index data. Special Olympics Washington, the state-level organization, began a focus this year to increase community wellness approaches and reduce obesity rates among its athletes.

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016

Lightbar patrons are bathed in a reddish glow from special lights in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Designed to mimic sunlight, light boxes are now being featured at a this bar and a cafe in Seattle to help those with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, an energy-sapping depression that occurs at the same time each year and affects an estimated 3 percent to 5 percent of Americans. Lightbar has walls leading to the high, barrel-vault ceiling that are bathed in ever-changing colors, such as a deep blue that mimics the sky just before sunrise and a red that evokes a winter sunset. (Don Ryan / AP)

MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016, 10 A.M.

SAD light can be solution for darker days

I’ve had SAD since I was a child. I’m not one to suffer from depression – my SAD is not the depression side but more SAD lite. I find that my get-up-and-go just got up and went. But decades ago I found a treatment, a non-drug therapy, that seems to work for me and it’s a SAD light.

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