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Afraid of getting sick? Six things you can do at home

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

It’s no fun to live with someone who is sick. You feel sorry for them and care for them the best you can, but in no way do you want what they have. Here are some simple things you can do to try to prevent the spread of germs.
Biologist Rebecca Gillespie pulls boxes of flu virus strains from a freezer at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Md. A major push is under way in labs around the country to create a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination in favor of one shot every five or 10 years or maybe, eventually, a childhood immunization that could last for life.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Labs around the country are hunting for a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination in favor of one every five years or 10 years, or maybe, eventually, a childhood immunization that could last for life.

Researchers are making progress on a male birth control pill. (Dreamstime/TNS / Tribune News Service)

Potential male birth control pill has deadly origins

The natural product is called ouabain and it’s found in two plants native to Africa – the acokanthera schimperi, or “arrow poison tree,” and the strophanthus gratus, more commonly known as climbing oleander. Ouabain is a toxic substance that can cause damage to the heart tissue and lead to death, but when used in much smaller doses, it’s actually found in drugs prescribed by doctors to help control blood pressure and treat heart attack patients.
A new study by the University of Virginia has found a correlation between childhood conflict, and the poor handling of it, to later health problems. (Chris Ware / Tribune News Service)

Schoolyard conflicts may be linked to serious health problems later in life, research shows

The study found that a protein in the bloodstream that has been associated with development of cancerous tumors, osteoporosis, arthritis and other problems associated with aging, was present at high levels in the bloodstreams of 28-year-olds who experienced chronic social conflict beginning as early as age 13, but not among those who handled conflict well.

Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep interruptions.
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks Nov. 28, 2017, at a news conference in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

State Attorney General: OxyContin maker Purdue pushed prescriptions

Vancouver nurse practitioner Kelly Bell prescribed more than $1.5 million worth of OxyContin in a six-month span in 2008 – months before federal agents raided the Payette Clinic, according to court documents filed Friday. The scope of Bell’s prescribing and her interactions with OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma were included in an unredacted complaint against Purdue filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Sue Lani Madsen, an architect and rancher, will write opinion for the Spokesman-Review on an occasional basis. Photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Sue Lani Madsen: Security and freedom

There is common ground on health care – the system isn’t working. Everyone has favorite anecdotes about what’s working the worst, either before or after the Affordable Care Act or both. Lots of both.

Utah police training to spot mental health crises

PROVO, Utah – Orem police Detective Jeremy Jamison is learning to sift crimes from crises. In recent months, he has carved a role as a mental health officer building relationships with people experiencing issues that can be addressed with medication, therapy, housing or other resources, The Daily Herald in Provo reported Tuesday.
The DASH diet, once again, received top billing on the US News World Report list of best diets to promote weight loss and long-term health. (Dreamstime / Tribune News Service)

Quinn on Nutrition: DASH into the New Year

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet for the past seven years has gotten top billing on the US News & World Report list of best diets to promote weight loss and long-term health.