Q: You often speak of food interactions with the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin), but rarely address the anticoagulant Xarelto. I take Xarelto for atrial fibrillation and would like to know what food interactions I might need to be aware of. A: Your question seems quite simple on the surface, but it turned into a challenging assignment. People with the irregular heart rhythm called AFib are frequently prescribed anticoagulants like warfarin or rivaroxaban (Xarelto) to prevent strokes.
During his college years and into the next decade, Jeremy White of Deer Park traveled the world. Now, he barely ventures farther than Spokane awaiting a phone call, one telling him to go in for a heart transplant. Until that day, he lives with a surgically-implanted left ventricle assist device (LVAD), necessary to pump the blood to his body.
But now there is a glimmer of hope for those of us who crave the snap and fizz of a can of diet soda getting cracked open, content in the knowledge that there is a zero calorie elixir to take the edge off the day.
Treatment for chronic pain may involve medication, physical therapy, surgery, and other therapies. Once everything medically possible has been done, you may be wondering how to live from day to day with pain that never goes away and possibly even flares up and becomes worse intermittently.
So you fell asleep easily enough, but now it’s 3 a.m. Your mind is spinning, and rest is elusive. You’re reliving every foolish or embarrassing thing you did in the past 24 – or 48 or 72 – hours, and that is a lot of material to run through. And you simply can’t stop. Except maybe you could, if only you knew how to be mindful.
The most recent data from the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine publication shows that despite the increase in obesity and the explosion of diabetes in the United States, dementia in Americans has dropped by a whopping 24 percent over the last 12 years.
As the opioid epidemic sweeps through America, scientists are scrambling to understand its addictive power in hopes of developing new treatment methods. In the process, they discovered that zebrafish can become opioid addicts. Researchers at the University of Utah hope their study of the addicted fish could be helpful in creating new treatments for humans.
Even if you don’t have heart or lung disease, you should still be careful on days of poor air quality. Although children, pregnant women, and elderly are also especially vulnerable to the effects of smoke exposure, the following advice applies to all of us.
Click for Babies: Period of PURPLE Crying Caps Campaign is a grassroots U.S. education campaign organized by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. It’s in partnership with hospitals, public health organizations and child abuse prevention groups.
A pilot program for medical transportation recently expanded to Spokane Valley. The Ride to Care program through SNAP was launched in January, then only within the city of Spokane, in conjunction with health care providers, insurance companies and philanthropic organizations.
Dozens of children died last week in a decrepit government hospital in northeastern India, prompting public outcry over whether an oxygen shortage was to blame. Answers remain unclear, but doctors who have spent decades treating sick kids in the area say the incident is a symptom of a greater problem: Chronic mismanagement, corruption and outright negligence are worsening encephalitis outbreaks that sicken thousands of children every year.
The concept of eating a “plant-based” diet is tossed around frequently, but it’s a label that can be confusing. Some people shy away from the notion because they assume that plant-based is code for vegan. On the other hand, it’s easy to think that eating all plants and no animals guarantees that your diet is healthful and nutritious. But does it?
These days in addition to doing a lot of sports physicals for students wishing to join a team at school, I am doing wellness checkups and immunizations. Vaccines are more than just a requirement in the state of Washington for attending school, they are a health and safety essential.