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Risk of flu-related death higher for unvaccinated children

Sat., April 22, 2017, 1:31 p.m.

A new study from the CDC showed that being vaccinated reduced the risk of death from flu complications by nearly two-thirds for healthy children. (Dreamstime / TNS)
That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online earlier this month in Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of its kind showing that flu vaccination significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from influenza.

Crowned TOPS King, Phil Hayes made good on a promise

Mon., April 17, 2017, 5 p.m.

Phil Hays applauds the weight loss of a fellow TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) member during a meeting at Turning point Church in Spokane on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was featured in TOPS News Magazine after losing nearly 70 pounds in 2015. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Losing 67 pounds for Phil Hayes goes beyond a goal reached more than a year ago. Phil Hayes once tipped the scale at 294 pounds when he wore 3X shirts and 46-inch waist for pants, but he made a promise to his wife before she died to stick with a weight loss commitment.

Raw thighs, tummy trouble and other running struggles they don’t tell you about

Mon., April 17, 2017, 7 a.m.

Runners cool off at the top of Doomsday Hill during Bloomsday 2016 on May 1. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Most endurance runners are well acquainted with the idea of a gradual ramp-up of speed and distance over several months. But how about all the other stuff that isn’t necessarily in a training guide? Is that big breakfast going to cause trouble at mile 8? What if you hit the wall when you’re 10 miles in, with no transportation other than your legs? And let’s not even talk about chafing. Actually, let’s.

Risk of a rare but deadly mouse-borne virus increases in the spring

Fri., April 14, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Deer mice, found almost everywhere in North America, are carriers of hantavirus, which causes a rare but potentially fatal syndrome. (James Gathany - Centers for Dise / James Gathany / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
The severe respiratory illness is known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, or HPS. In the United States, most of these cases are spread by deer mice, which live in woodland areas and deserts and are found throughout North America. People get the disease by breathing in hantavirus when dust from dried rodent urine, saliva and droppings is stirred up in the air, which can happen in houses, garages and cabins, especially while cleaning. People can also get it by touching mouse urine, droppings or nesting materials that contain the virus, and then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth.

Six foods to eat for a mood boost

Mon., April 10, 2017, 11:10 p.m.

If you’ve ever found bliss in a bite of chocolate or smiled when someone offered you a french fry, then you know food can make you happy. But while it’s true that your favorite treat may give you a brief emotional lift, sustained mood-boosting brain power can only come from a consistent supply of nutritious foods. Recognizing the difference between a quick jolt of cookie-fueled joy and the positive effects of long-term nutrition for brain health is important. Researchers are taking a closer look at how food can impact your mood and future cognitive function, and they are finding that what you eat does make a difference.

Despite the anti-carb diet fads, whole grains are still good for you

Mon., April 3, 2017, 7 p.m.

 (Philip Brooker / TNS)
It hasn’t been a great decade for fans of grain consumption – not even whole grains. Popular diet books like “The Paleo Diet,” “The Wheat Belly Diet” and many others have argued for limited grain consumption. Meanwhile, apparent scientific softening on the fat-is-bad-for-you dictum has increased interest in healthy fat consumption. That, too, has put grains, which are mainly composed of carbohydrates, on trial.

Alzheimer’s patients needed for clinical trial

Mon., April 3, 2017, midnight

Spokane patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease can enter a second-phase clinical trial using a new drug treatment showing potential to slow progression of early-stages, said Neurim Pharmaceuticals.

Health leaders in Washington state seek improvements in existing health care law

Sun., April 2, 2017, 3:27 p.m.

Nurse Walter Davis checks on a patient in the emergency room at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday, March 12, 2003, in Seattle. Healthcare professionals in Washington are looking for ways to change existing laws now that Republicans have abandoned plans for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. (ELAINE THOMPSON / AP)
Now that Congress has set aside – at least for the moment – Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the American Health Care Act, local and state health care leaders hope legislators will look at ways to improve the existing law so it can better serve patients and providers.

Zika vaccine test moves to next stage with more than 2,000 volunteers in U.S., abroad

UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitos collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women. (LM Otero / AP)
An experimental Zika vaccine has moved successfully into broader testing, with the first volunteer receiving a test dose in Houston earlier this week. Testing will also begin in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and by June, researchers hope to enroll more than 2,000 volunteers in those cities and other regions in the Americas to determine whether the vaccine is effective in preventing infection, a top U.S. researcher said Friday.

US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine

Fri., March 31, 2017, 1:43 p.m.

In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitos collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women. (LM Otero / AP)
U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women.

Want a productive work day? Watch what you eat

Mon., March 27, 2017, 7 p.m.

 (Kathy Hagedorn / Tribune News Service)
When you spend several hours a day at work, it pays to make those hours healthy ones for both body and mind. Making some simple, smart choices throughout your workday can help boost your creativity and productivity while reducing fatigue and minimizing stress.

House Call: Understanding cause of headaches can help with treatment

UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 6:41 p.m.

Rick Nease color illustration of person with agonizing headache holding on to her cracking skull. (Rick Nease / MCT)
I divide headaches into the broad groups called primary and secondary. A primary headache is caused by an underlying problem in the pain systems in the brain while secondary headaches are caused by an underlying problem that may need to be treated to treat the headache.

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