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  • Osteoporosis treatment speeds healing, study finds

    A drug used to treat severe osteoporosis promotes healing of hard-to-mend fractures in the elderly and others, reducing pain and time spent in nursing, researchers said Tuesday. In preliminary studies, …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Listerine makes bare feet bearable

    Q. Thanks for a tip you offered. A woman recommended a combination of Listerine and diluted vinegar for toenail fungus. She mentioned it also made her feet soft. I don’t …


  • Discovery could extend fertility

    WASHINGTON – Scientists have produced strong new evidence challenging one of the most fundamental assumptions in biology: that female mammals, including women, are born with all the eggs they will …


  • Dementia patient given wrong medication

    Dear Dr. Gott: I am writing to thank you for writing the article about Seroquel being risky for elderly patients. My wife is 82 years old and has had dementia …


  • On top of autism

    Dillon Monday can do things with PowerPoint that would dazzle its creators at Microsoft – things that breathe unfamiliar life into the usually sterile presentation software. For instance: If your …


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    New listings Diabetes Caregiver Basics – Free class covers the basics of better diabetes care for patients through discussion and case studies, designed for persons working in adult family homes …


  • Childhood eczema represents a growing problem

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Michelle Stevens first noticed the red, blotchy patches on her toddler’s feet after he started walking. Every time Noah walked in their grassy backyard, the blotches appeared. …


  • The return of the house call

    When George Taler meets with a patient, he does all the usual things: He measures blood pressure, listens to the heart and lungs, takes a look in the mouth and …


  • Bad habits take hit

    It took a moment to make the connection, but Jake Sawyers said the recession has been good for him, or at least for his health. “I smoke when I drink, …


  • Wash those lice right out of your hair

    Q. We are lice-free at last with Listerine, alcohol, vinegar and Denorex! We sprayed four heads every night with Listerine before bed, then combed and combed every inch with a …


  • Vitamin D debate continues

    Vitamin D – the so-called sunshine vitamin – is the wonder nutrient of the moment. While the vitamin is best known for helping build strong bones and absorb calcium, a …


  • Bulletin board

    Today What’s Robotic Surgery? – Free presentation on robotic and traditional surgery and the advantages of robotic procedures; 6:30-8:30 p.m. in North Idaho College’s Meyer Health and Sciences Building, Room …


  • Spice brands latest salmonella-related recalls

    Public health officials are widening a recall of spices produced by a California company associated with a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 42 people in four states, including Washington. Union …


  • Sex-drive disparity strains relationship

    Q. I have a problem, and I don’t know where to turn. My partner and I don’t have sex very often anymore. We have been together for more than five …


  • Jail treats addicts with acupuncture

    BALTIMORE – Beyond the iron gate, the fence and the razor wire, 10 inmates in maroon uniforms sit in stillness, listening to the serene sounds of sitar music. Eyes closed, …


  • Canadian filmmaker to offer novel perspective

    BRUSSELS – A one-eyed documentary filmmaker is preparing to work with a video camera concealed inside a prosthetic eye, hoping to secretly record people for a project commenting on the …


  • Take steps to better eating

    Changing your diet habits isn’t easy, but here are some tips from Sharon Salsman, a dietitian with Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, on taking the first steps: Adopt an …


  • Multidrug heart pill shows promise in study

    Take a little aspirin, add one part low-dose cholesterol medicine and three parts low-dose blood pressure medicine. Put it in a single pill and give to everybody over the age …


  • Dr. Gott: Recurring trigger finger proves difficult to treat

    Dear Dr. Gott: I get trigger finger. This is the third one I have gotten in the past two years. A cortisone shot does nothing, and surgery is the only …


  • On pins and needles: Millions choose acupuncture for relief

    Kaiya Larson pressed a small, thin needle against the patient’s skin. A licensed acupuncture practitioner, Larson focused intently as she felt for the right spot, then – ping! – she …


  • Bulletin board

    Today Breastfeeding Basics – Covers breastfeeding positions, solving common problems, and returning to work or school; 6-8 p.m., at Saint Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, 711 S. Cowley St. Cost is $25, …


  • Teen fake-bakers beware: states looking at restrictions

    Miss Florida Teen USA Kayla Collier was 15 when she first visited a tanning salon, so the stage lights at a local pageant wouldn’t make her fair skin look ghostly …


  • Kidney stones in kids on the rise

    CHICAGO – Doctors are puzzling over what seems to be an increase in the number of children with kidney stones, a condition some blame on kids’ love of cheeseburgers, fries …


  • CDC says pets, toys can be hazard to health

    WASHINGTON – Federal government researchers Thursday filled in a blank spot on the map of life’s hazards: the part occupied by Spot, Fifi, the leathery chewing pretzel and the water …


  • Study finds circumcision cuts men’s risk of 2 STDs

    LOS ANGELES – Circumcision not only protects against HIV in heterosexual men, but it also helps prevent two other sexually transmitted infections, a large new study found. Circumcised males reduced …


  • Red meat can lead to early death, study finds

    WASHINGTON – Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to a large federal study that offers powerful new evidence that a diet that regularly includes steaks, burgers …


  • Tech-savvy can work out on the cheap

    Don’t worry if you are too frugal to spend 10 bucks on a fitness DVD. You don’t have to. Here are some tech-savvy ways that you can get a fun …


  • Ski officials say actress’ death could spur helmet use

    Every time a celebrity is fatally injured in a skiing accident, more people start wearing helmets on the slopes, say industry officials who expect the head injury sustained by Natasha …


  • Joint health may hinge on lifestyle

    Arthritis affects almost 80 percent of Americans. And those affected are getting younger, according to Dr. Barry Waldman of OrthoMaryland and director of the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement …


  • People’s Pharmacy: Will supplement offer escape from pain?

    Q. I have been on so many cholesterol-lowering drugs I have nearly lost count. Crestor, Lipitor, Zetia and Zocor all give me terrible pains in my shoulders, back and arms. …

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