Stories tagged: health
Thu., May 16, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Calcium may not be right for men
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a man in my 60s. I’ve been taking a calcium supplement to protect my bones, but I recently read that men shouldn’t take calcium supplements. Why …
Tue., May 14, 2013, 7:26 a.m.
Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast …
Mon., May 13, 2013, 3:41 a.m.
Huge drug cost disparities seen in health overhaul
Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama’s health care law, industry analysts and advocates warn. Where you live could make a huge difference in what …
Thu., May 9, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Thyroid issue simple to diagnose
DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor thinks I may have hypothyroidism. How will he make the diagnosis? DEAR READER: Hypothyroidism is the medical term for an underactive thyroid. Some conditions are …
UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2013, 9:19 a.m.
Some hospital bills vastly higher for similar care
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is shedding light on the mystery of just how high a hospital bill might go — and whether it’s cheaper to get that care across …
Thu., May 2, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Corneal transplants have high success rate
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m scheduled to have a corneal transplant. What can I expect during this procedure? DEAR READER: The cornea is the clear, round “window” that allows light to …
Thu., April 25, 2013, midnight
Health exchange could be coming for some state workers
OLYMPIA – In a quest to save money, political leaders in Washington state are exploring a proposal that would shift some government workers out of their current health plans and …
Thu., April 25, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Pap test still needed, just not as often
DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a woman in my 30s, and I’ve never had an abnormal Pap test. Do I still need one every year? DEAR READER: The answer used to …
Mon., April 22, 2013, midnight
Don’t allow laziness to reel in your health
One of the most unfortunate side effects of getting older is how quickly so many give up – forever – things that keep us youthful. Recently, I went skiing on …
Thu., April 18, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Several things may cause burning mouth
DEAR DOCTOR K: For months, my mouth has been painfully burning and tingling. What could be causing my symptoms? Are there any treatments for it? DEAR READER: Several conditions can …
Thu., April 11, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Gastroparesis may require dietary changes
DEAR DOCTOR K: A friend has a condition called gastroparesis. Could you explain what it is and how it can be treated? DEAR READER: Gastroparesis is the term used for …
Thu., April 11, 2013, midnight
Fewer small companies offer health insurance
Between 1999 and 2011, health insurance coverage doubled in cost, and a growing share of the nation’s workers no longer could obtain it from their employers. The lack of health …
Thu., April 4, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Symptoms may differ between sexes
DEAR DOCTOR K: It’s obvious that there are some health problems that affect only women, and others that affect only men. But for the health problems that affect both women …
Sat., March 30, 2013, 6:13 a.m.
SAfrican official: Mandela better from pneumonia
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela is breathing “without difficulty” after having a procedure to clear fluid in his lung area that was caused by pneumonia, the spokesman for South Africa’s …
Thu., March 28, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Cure for cold remains elusive
DEAR DOCTOR K: Is there any way to prevent a cold? DEAR READER: The typical cold is a relatively mild misery that goes away without special treatment after about a …
Thu., March 21, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Benefits of daily aspirin outweigh risk
DEAR DOCTOR K: I take a daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack. I just read that aspirin can cause macular degeneration. Should I stop taking it? DEAR READER: No, …
Thu., March 14, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Secondhand smoke bad for adults, kids
DEAR DOCTOR K: My husband smokes. Is secondhand smoke really as dangerous for me as I’ve heard? DEAR READER: More than a thousand studies show beyond the shadow of a …
Sun., March 10, 2013, midnight
Personal and Bloomsday trainer keeps individuals in shape
Some of life’s journeys require more preparation than others. If your destination is Bloomsday’s finish line on May 5, it’s time to start preparing. Just slide into comfortable shoes and …
Thu., March 7, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Check out playground equipment
DEAR DOCTOR K: Two of my child’s friends have hurt themselves playing on the playground recently. What can I do to keep my child safe?
Sun., March 3, 2013, 9:02 a.m.
UK: Queen hospitalized over stomach illness
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was hospitalized Sunday over an apparent stomach infection that has ailed her for days, a rare instance of ill health sidelining the long-reigning …
Thu., Feb. 28, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Strategies to add exercise to your life
DEAR DOCTOR K: I know I should exercise regularly, but I just can’t get motivated. Do you have any suggestions? DEAR READER: Practically everyone has heard that exercise is good …
Mon., Feb. 25, 2013, 3:09 p.m.
Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies
With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most …
Thu., Feb. 21, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Endometriosis may affect your fertility
DEAR DOCTOR K: I have endometriosis. Could this affect my fertility? DEAR READER: Endometriosis can affect fertility – but not in every case.
Fri., Feb. 15, 2013, 6:17 a.m.
Britain finds horsemeat in school meals, hospitals
LONDON (AP) — Tests have found horsemeat in school meals, hospital food and restaurant dishes in Britain, officials said Friday, as the scandal over adulterated meat spread beyond frozen supermarket …
Thu., Feb. 14, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Healthy lunch can help avoid energy dive
DEAR DOCTOR K: Can you give me some tips for eating a healthy but satisfying lunch? DEAR READER: Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but don’t …
Thu., Feb. 7, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Leukemia affects blood cells
DEAR DOCTOR K: My uncle was recently diagnosed with leukemia. I’d like to learn more about it.
Mon., Feb. 4, 2013, midnight
You think you’re healthy? Best intentions can spell bad news
Eating too much sugar certainly isn’t wise for your waistline, but did you know that overindulging in dessert can add years to your face? And even if you do strenuous …
Thu., Jan. 31, 2013, 2:09 p.m.
Spokane man dead in Salmonella outbreak tied to hedgehogs
A Spokane man in his 90s is the first person to die in a national outbreak of Salmonella that’s been traced to contact with hedgehogs, the Spokane Regional Health District …
Thu., Jan. 31, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Surgeons must learn physical, mental skills
DEAR DOCTOR K: You often mention your colleagues at Harvard Medical School. I’m curious, what does it take to become a doctor at Harvard?
Thu., Jan. 24, 2013, midnight
Doctor K: Tips to ease ear pain on airplanes
DEAR DOCTOR K: I fly a lot for work and my ears always hurt during landing. Is there any way to prevent this?