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Amid India oxygen scandal, docs want focus on encephalitis

In this Aug. 13, 2017, file photo, a relative attends to a child receiving treatment at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Acute encephalitis syndrome is a catch-all term to describe patients suffering fever, vomiting, headaches and brain function issues such as confusion, trouble speaking and coma along with seizures. (Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press)
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.

Plant-based diet? Sure, but first understand what it means

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology seems to agree. It found that when it comes to the plants you eat, quality does count – and omnivores have a place at the plant-based table, too. (bopav / Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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?

House Call: Vaccinations are a back-to-school essential

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.

The People’s Pharmacy: Stopping suicidal thoughts with ketamine

Ketamine (Ketalar) is a fascinating drug that has been used since 1962 as a general anesthetic. Over the past several years, researchers have discovered that this medication has profound antidepressant activity that kicks in within hours instead of the usual weeks of standard drugs.

Dr. Zorba Paster: The possible cost of that clean scent

A recent article in the BMJ shows that the chemicals and scents put into a lot of our products might actually be causing increases in allergies, asthma and possibly autoimmune disease. The remarkable increase we’ve seen in these problems in the past few years might be caused by – guess who? – ourselves!

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.

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