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Fri., July 21, 2017, 3:59 a.m. | Search

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.

Feeling out of shape and fat? Here’s how to fix that: Start walking.

Diana Nyad, left, and Bonnie Stoll intend to travel by foot across America. (Courtesy of EverWalk / Courtesy of EverWalk)
Diana Nyad – the endurance athlete who, at age 64, swam from Cuba to Florida – has another big dream. It doesn’t involve water, poisonous jellyfish or an exhausting 111-mile journey that took her 53 hours. Instead, it involves millions of feet, which Nyad wants to see stride across every state in America.

House Call: Tips for staying safe this summer

After an especially long and snowy winter, most of us here in Spokane are eagerly looking forward to all the outdoor activities summer has to offer. I know I am. To insure that we have not only a fun-filled season, but also one free of injury, I’d like to go over some tips.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may require surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve that is in the front of your wrist. (Dreamstime / Tribune News Service)
Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome usually starts with splinting, self-care measures and, if needed, a corticosteroid injection. If that provides only temporary relief, then surgery may be recommended.

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