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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.

Drug restores memories in brain-damaged mice

Mon., July 17, 2017, noon

Sculpture of the chemical structure of ISRIB, an experimental treatment for traumatic brain injury. (HANDOUT / Courtesy of Peter Walter)
For the first time, scientists have reversed memory and learning deficits in mice following traumatic brain injuries. This new research could someday lead to treatments for head trauma and debilitating cognitive diseases.

Dr. Zorba Paster: 900 steps magic number for keeping elderly healthy

Mon., July 17, 2017

What’s the minimal number of steps you need to do each day to survive? I’m not recommending you couch potatoes shoot for the lowest number, but it’s a useful yardstick when it comes to the elderly who are sick and who are in or just out of the hospital.

Science Says: Not all cancers need treatment right away

Mon., July 17, 2017

A surgeon performs a robotic prostatectomy on a patient in Chicago. According to a report released on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, long-term results comparing different approaches for men with cancers confined to the prostate show that after 20 years, death rates were similar for those who had immediate surgery as for those initially assigned to monitoring. (M. Spencer Green / File/Associated Press)
The biopsy shows cancer, so you have to act fast, right? Not necessarily, if it’s a prostate tumor. Men increasingly have choices if their cancer is found at an early stage, as most cases in the U.S. are. They can treat it right away or monitor with periodic tests and treat later if it worsens or causes symptoms.

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