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House Call: The bounty of summer in the Northwest

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

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

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.

Science Says: Not all cancers need treatment right away

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.

Panel calls on FDA to review safety of opioid painkillers

A government report released Thursday, July 6, 2017, finds opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years overall, but rising in more than 1 in 5 U.S. counties. (Associated Press)
An expert panel of scientists says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should review the safety and effectiveness of all opioids, and consider the real-world impacts the powerful painkillers have, not only on patients, but also on families, crime and the demand for heroin.

House Call: Keep moving to ease arthritis

Arthritis is a pain, literally, and even though people experience improvement in their symptoms as the weather warms up, it’s still a good idea to keep up with taking care of your arthritis. The most important and best thing you can do for arthritis is to keep moving. Staying fit and maintaining a healthy weight strengthens your muscles, tendons and ligaments, which takes pressure off of your joints.

House Call: Ways to alleviate airborne allergies

Even if you don’t normally suffer from allergies in the springtime or summer, you may have experienced some allergic symptoms this year with the extremely high pollen counts we have been having.

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Parting Shot — 7.24.17

President Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Glen Jean, W.Va., Monday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Targeting the idiot market

Part of the Spokane movie-going experience, at least in the theaters I visit, involves sitting through commercials before the film. One, from the very people who bring us these sponsored ...