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The one piece of Michelle Obama’s legacy that Trump can’t wreck

Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

There is apparently one piece of former first lady Michelle Obama’s legacy that President Donald Trump cannot roll back: The food industry’s sweeping embrace of healthier, more nutritious products. On Thursday, more than a dozen food companies, including candy maker Mars and convenience chain Cumberland Farms, announced new initiatives with Partnership for a Healthier America, a foundation that Obama chairs and helped found.

Dr. Zorba Paster: A potentially simple solution to stopping spread of an STD

Mon., May 15, 2017, 4 p.m.

When was the last time you read Teen Vogue? I doubt if many readers of my column have this magazine on their to-do reading list – unless, of course, you’re looking for a Neiman Marcus top for a tidy sum of $1,150. I don’t know if many kids in my small town read this or buy the stuff it advertises, but when I found it in the waiting room recently, I was intrigued enough to read it. It was more interesting than one of those dry medical journals that usually make up my lunchtime fare.

Couple to wed after losing nearly 600 pounds together

Mon., May 15, 2017, 6 a.m.

In this combination photo of images provided by Ronnie Brower, Brower is seen before and after losing 458 pounds. For four years Brower dieted and worked out three hours a day. His efforts earned him the admiration of a woman who was on her own weight loss journey. The couple lost a combined total of 570 pounds and planned to wed on Saturday. (AP)
Andrea Masella and Ronnie Brower formed a bond around their shared mission to lose weight, and on Saturday were to be married in their hometown of Syracuse, New York, celebrating their new lives and all they’ve lost together, a combined 578 pounds.

House call: Taking care of your ears

Mon., May 8, 2017, midnight

Sometimes illness affects your hearing. That muffled hearing sensation you sometimes get when you have a cold typically resolves itself as you get over the cold. It’s from congestion in the eustachian tubes that move air from behind your nose to the middle ear.

Breast cancer study will assess watchful waiting

UPDATED: Sat., April 29, 2017, 7:05 p.m.

Barbara Nickles, who lives in Selden, New York, had a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition in which cancerous-looking cells are found in the breast duct. “I just wanted it out, and I have no regrets,” she said. (Jackie Molloy / Washington Post)
Each year, 60,000 women are diagnosed in the U.S. with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition in which cancerous-looking cells are found in the breast duct. What exactly is it – a pre-cancer, cancer or more a risk factor? How much treatment is too much? Too little? Which women can safely skip surgery? What about those who want more treatment than their doctors recommend?

Looking for a perfect match: Blood center working to get more people on the bone marrow registry

Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:42 p.m.

Grace Ndayizeye holds a tray of one month’s worth of blood for an exchange transfusion at Inland Northwest Blood Center in Spokane on April 18. Ndayizeye has sickle cell anemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to cure the disease. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
In the United States, sickle cell disease affects 70,000 to 100,000 people. It’s most common among African-Americans and Hispanics, according to the National Heart Blood and Lung Institute, but is also found in other ethnic and racial groups. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant. The only known cure for the disease is a bone marrow transplant. However, finding a marrow match is difficult.

House Call: Taking care of your teeth is important to your health

Mon., April 24, 2017, 4 p.m.

Aside from the obvious social and functional aspects of having an attractive-looking mouth, healthy teeth and gums are linked to better overall health. It’s hard to get good nutrition if you can’t chew those fruits, vegetables, and nuts that I’m always encouraging you to eat. Rotting teeth and gums also increase your body’s general state of inflammation and the risk of heart disease and infections.

New study: Antidepressants not as harmful during pregnancy as previously thought

Mon., April 24, 2017, midnight

Women who take antidepressants early in pregnancy are not at a higher risk of having children who develop autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, contrary to earlier reports, a study published April 18 found. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found only a slight increase in the risk of premature birth for infants of mothers who used antidepressants during the first trimester of their pregnancy. But the researchers found no increase in the risk of autism, ADHD or reduced fetal growth among children exposed to antidepressants during fetal development.

Risk of flu-related death higher for unvaccinated children

Sat., April 22, 2017, 1:31 p.m.

A new study from the CDC showed that being vaccinated reduced the risk of death from flu complications by nearly two-thirds for healthy children. (Dreamstime / TNS)
That’s according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online earlier this month in Pediatrics. The article says this is the first study of its kind showing that flu vaccination significantly reduces a child’s risk of dying from influenza.

Crowned TOPS King, Phil Hayes made good on a promise

UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 9:29 a.m.

Phil Hays applauds the weight loss of a fellow TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) member during a meeting at Turning point Church in Spokane on Thursday, April 6, 2017. He was featured in TOPS News Magazine after losing nearly 70 pounds in 2015. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Losing 67 pounds for Phil Hayes goes beyond a goal reached more than a year ago. Phil Hayes once tipped the scale at 294 pounds when he wore 3X shirts and 46-inch waist for pants, but he made a promise to his wife before she died to stick with a weight loss commitment.

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