Stories tagged: health
THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012
Dr. K: Sugarless gum tends to help fight cavities
DEAR DOCTOR K: I always thought chewing gum was bad for my teeth. But then a friend told me it actually helps prevent cavities. Who’s right?
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012
Doctor K: Preventing frequent migraines
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m plagued by frequent migraines. I take medications to treat the migraines once they’ve started, but I’d rather prevent them in the first place. Any suggestions?
SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2012
Failed diets tied to high-fat foods’ effect on brain
SEATTLE – You’ve heard “a minute on the lips, years on the hips,” or some variation. But did it make you put down that frosted butter cookie? No? OK, here’s …
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011
Dr. K: Aspirin offers benefits, risks to heart health
DEAR DOCTOR K: Although some members of my family have heart disease, I haven’t been diagnosed with it. I know people with current cardiovascular problems should take aspirin, but should …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011, 12:54 P.M.
Plump passengers prompt change on Washington ferries
The Washington state ferry service will never say, “Not so fast, fatso,” but it has had to reduce the capacity of the nation’s largest ferry system because passengers have been …
THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011
Dr. K: Risks from getting flu outweigh any risk from vaccine
DEAR DOCTOR K: I am two months pregnant. I can’t decide what to do about getting the flu shot. What are your thoughts?
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011, 10:14 A.M.
Morning-after pill restricted for younger teens
The nation’s health secretary says young teenagers cannot buy the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription — a surprise move overruling her own experts, who were preparing to let …
TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011
Overcome temptations of holiday overeating
Thanksgiving is over and we find ourselves hip deep in the holiday season, full of good cheer and good food – sometimes too full. You may have overindulged at Thanksgiving, …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011, 6:35 P.M.
Subway’s Jared gives the skinny on good health
Jared Fogle, the man who famously lost weight with exercise and Subway sandwiches, spends about 100 days per year traveling to elementary schools around the country to deliver his message …
THURSDAY, NOV. 24, 2011
Doctor K: Catch needed sleep by napping
DEAR DOCTOR. K: As I’ve gotten older I don’t sleep as well as I used to. I’m retired, so I have the time to take an afternoon nap. But I’m …
THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011
Dr. K: Anxiety medication may help relieve excessive sweating
DEAR DOCTOR K: I sweat a lot, particularly on my forehead, when I get nervous. This is especially true when I’m about to meet new people. It’s very embarrassing. Any …
THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011
Dr. K: Coconut oil no substitute for healthier vegetable oils
DEAR DOCTOR K: Until recently, I had never noticed coconut oil in the grocery store. Now it seems I can’t avoid it. Is it true that it’s better for you …
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011
Doctor K: Hair-straightening products require careful use
DEAR DOCTOR K: I had my hair chemically straightened six months ago. I love the way it looks, but I’m worried that hair-straightening products may not be safe. I hear …
TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2011, 8:14 A.M.
Boys should get HPV vaccine too, panel says
A government panel is recommending that young boys also get the controversial HPV shot. That’s the vaccine now given to girls to prevent cervical cancer.
THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011
Doctor K: Expiration dates matter for some medications
DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband refuses to throw out pills that are past their expiration date. I think this is dangerous. I hope you’ll convince him to clean out his …
THURSDAY, OCT. 13, 2011
Ask Dr. K: Tremors aren’t always sign of Parkinson’s
DEAR DOCTOR K: My mother’s hands are shaking more than usual lately. She has made an appointment with her doctor, but in the meantime, can you tell me if shaking …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011
Doctor K: Certain foods, meds can cause flatulence
DEAR DOCTOR K: I pass a lot of gas. It’s bad enough when I’m alone, but it’s absolutely mortifying when I have to pass gas in public. What can I …
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011, 2:14 P.M.
Cantaloupe outbreak could be deadliest in a decade
As many as 14 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, health officials say — a death toll that would make the food outbreak the deadliest …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011
Dr. Gott: Ionic silver water used as antibiotic
DEAR DR. GOTT: I have recently heard several testimonials about ionic silver water used to heal open sores and also having drinking benefits. Can you enlighten me on the use …
THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2011
Nurse program expands to Idaho
A program proven to improve the lives of low-income, first-time mothers and their babies will be offered in Kootenai and Shoshone counties within the coming year, thanks to a cross-state …
THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011
Dr. Gott: Where do our drugs come from?
DEAR DR. GOTT: How can we know the source (country and producing company) of drugs? Ordering drugs through an online company outside the United States, I’ve noted they have come …
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011, 8:35 A.M.
Study: Healthy eating means spending more at store
A healthy diet is expensive and could make it difficult for Americans to meet new U.S. nutritional guidelines, according to a study published today that says the government should do …
THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011
Dr. Gott: Trial switch of meds didn’t stop sweating
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 66-year-old female taking simvastatin, clonazepam, paroxetine, flaxseed capsules, fish oil and cranberry pills. I have had excessive facial sweating for years. I saw a …
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2011
Dr. Gott: Lyme disease testing varies
DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 39-year-old female recently diagnosed with Lyme disease. For the past 3- 1/2 months, I have been experiencing many nervous system symptoms and actually had …
THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
Dr. Gott: Is asparagus really a super cancer-killer?
DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently read an article on the Internet regarding the healing powers of asparagus. It is supposed to really be a super cancer-killer. Have you heard anything …
THURSDAY, JULY 7, 2011
Forecast: Air quality will be moderate
Wednesday’s bright summer skies were hiding an annual Spokane health threat: ozone pollution. The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency issued a forecast for deteriorating air quality as a result of …
FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011, 12:09 P.M.
E. coli sickens Camp Lutherhaven kitchen workers
Five kitchen workers at Camp Lutherhaven have been sickened by E. coli, Idaho Panhandle Health officials confirmed this morning.
THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
Dr. Gott: Keep journal to help ID what triggers nail-biting
DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been a chronic nail-biter since grade school. I have tried the bitter stuff to put on my nails, hypnotism and even fake nails. I would …
THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
Dr. Gott: Laser procedure for bulging discs
DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m a man in my 60s with two bulging cervical discs. I tried physical therapy and a cervical steroid injection with no relief. The pain radiates from …
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
Take a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds. Let it out. Raise your arms to the sky as high as you can. Now bring them down like a …