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  • Racewalking easier on joints than running

    There’s a running gag in my family that goes like this: We’ll be driving through some neighborhood and come upon one of those women (it’s always a woman) power-walking down …


  • Novel weapon against mosquitoes

    Q. What’s a safe way to kill mosquitoes? We have a cabin on a pond, and the mosquitoes are ferocious. Some always manage to sneak in, and there is nothing …


  • Dr. Gott: Difficulty with balance can have many causes

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m having trouble with my balance. What can you tell me about the cause? DEAR READER: Your brief note is very difficult to answer. You don’t give …


  • Apnea can be a real nightmare

    Sleeping used to be one of my favorite activities – until I got lousy at it. I started having trouble with it last year when I found myself feeling more …


  • Bad test results often fail to reach patients, study finds

    CHICAGO – No news isn’t necessarily good news for patients waiting for the results of medical tests. The first study of its kind finds doctors failed to inform patients of …


  • Health bulletin board

    Today Strength and Step Combo – For ages 16 and older. Seven-week session runs today through Aug. 4, 6:15-7:30 p.m. in the basement of Central Lutheran Church, 512 S. Bernard …


  • Bowel surgery can lead to intestinal problems

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing to find how my friend might be helped. At age 77, she underwent surgery to remove precancerous tissue in the upper intestine. Her father …


  • Teens overdose on jimson weed

    Three Spokane teens have recently overdosed on the seeds of a hallucinogenic plant called jimson weed. Health officials want to warn teenagers and their parents about the possible dangers of …


  • FDA warns against Zicam

    WASHINGTON – Consumers should stop using Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel and related products because they can permanently damage the sense of smell, federal health regulators said Tuesday. The over-the-counter …


  • Students may line up at school for swine flu shots

    WASHINGTON — Schoolchildren may be first in line for swine flu vaccine this fall — and might even be able to get the shot right at school.


  • Hypertension and kids

    Va’Sean Duvall is a skinny 17-year-old who stays busy with an after-school job, choir rehearsals and school drama productions. On the surface, he doesn’t fit the mold of someone – …


  • Seeking cures for health care costs

    Until recently, the sagging economy wasn’t a subject Dr. Mary Newman routinely discussed during office visits. But after a steady stream of longtime patients confided that they had been laid …


  • What not to eat, drink to avoid belly bloat

    Extra fluid and gas can puff up even the fittest among us. Beyond eating right and exercising, here are some foods and drinks to avoid if you’re trying to deflate …


  • Cinnamon, ginkgo may improve man’s sex life

    Q. You recently ran a letter from a fellow who was disappointed in the herbal sex pills he bought. I, too, am an older gentleman who has faced challenges in …


  • Dr. Gott: Nighttime twitches should be checked out

    DEAR DR. GOTT: Once in a while, my body will “jerk” involuntarily as I fall asleep. What causes this? Does it mean I have a heart condition or other problem? …


  • Home test predicts baby’s gender

    Rebecca Griffin didn’t want to wait 20 weeks for a sonogram to find out whether she was going to have a boy or a girl. And she figured a lot …


  • Study: Parents wrongly believe some medicines safe for babies

    A new study shows parents widely hold the mistaken belief that they should use over-the-counter cough and cold medicines on babies under age 2, despite doctors and federal health officials …


  • Bill gives FDA tobacco oversight

    WASHINGTON – Capping a half-century battle with the tobacco industry, the Senate overwhelmingly approved landmark legislation Thursday that would for the first time give the government far-reaching power to regulate …


  • Flu vaccine arrives ahead of schedule

    BASEL, Switzerland – Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said today it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations. The vaccine was made in …


  • See hematologist about blood disorder

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I’m a 70-year-old woman. My astute physician’s assistant noticed I had a low red-blood-cell count and referred me to a hematologist. I was subsequently diagnosed with hereditary …


  • Morning sickness medication cleared

    For the first time, a large study shows that pregnant women who suffer morning sickness are not risking harm to their babies if they take a certain anti-nausea drug. The …


  • Protection from sun always tops the list

    The snow has melted off our driveway, the garden is in and I cannot get enough of our Eastern Washington sunshine. Time to be outdoors with family and friends! On …


  • Power of blood

    MIAMI – When Jennifer Garcia scheduled the birth of her daughter at South Miami Hospital, nurses asked her an unusual question: “After your baby is born, are you willing to …


  • State raising rates on health coverage

    OLYMPIA – State health officials said Monday they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of thousands …


  • Onions have history of easing bite of stings

    Q. You recently wrote about rubbing a cut onion on a bee sting to ease the pain. Swiss farmers have practiced this for centuries. In 1949, when I was stung …


  • Can drug cause ruptured tendons?

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently heard a statement on television made by an attorney with regard to Levaquin, causing tendon rupture and asking anyone who suffered with the problem to …


  • Getting to the bottom of toppings

    When President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stepped out recently for a couple of burgers, pundits and other observers had a lot to say about the topping each …


  • Avoid discomfort; use sunscreen

    While the best way to deal with sunburn is not to get one – think sunscreen, limited midday exposure and hats – here’s what to do if you get baked: …


  • Health bulletin board

    New listings ZUMBA Fitness – Six-week sessions start Thursday or June 16, 5:45-6:45 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway Ave. Classes feature interval training to tone and sculpt …


  • Experimental obesity surgery leaves no scars

    CHICAGO – Doctors are testing a new kind of obesity surgery without any cuts through the abdomen, snaking a tube as thick as a garden hose down the throat to …

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