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  • Sales-tax increase could reach ballot

    OLYMPIA – Dozens of health care workers and advocates for the poor Friday urged state lawmakers to push ahead with a proposed $1 billion sales-tax increase over the next three …


  • Health care groups push for sales-tax hike

    Health care groups and advocates for low-income families are hoping lawmakers will ask voters to raise sales taxes.


  • Study links low blood sugar, dementia

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – People with diabetes whose blood sugar plummets so low that they have to go to a hospital are likelier to get dementia later in life, a new …


  • 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, …


  • Prostate treatment study shows improved survival

    An experimental treatment that takes an entirely new approach to fighting prostate cancer extended survival in a late-stage study, its maker announced Tuesday. Seattle-based Dendreon Corp. said that its Provenge …


  • 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 …


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    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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


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    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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


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