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  • House call: Home remedies help most sinus infections

    How do you tell if you might have a sinus infection that needs treatment or a cold or the flu that you can just ride out? Cold and flu symptoms …


  • House Call: Hand-washing important step in disease prevention

    It has taken nearly 200 years for hand-washing to be universally recognized as an excellent and simple way to dramatically curb the spread of disease. It is a great way …


  • House Call: Condition common in babies can have underlying cause

    You may recall from my column on sickle cell disease that it is normal for your red blood cells to live 90 to 120 days and then die. As your …


  • Finding ‘new normal’ relies on resilience

    This month marks four years since my cancer diagnosis and three years since I completed the chemotherapy, bilateral mastectomy and radiation that made up my treatment. My body and my …


  • Advancements help cystic fibrosis sufferers

    When I was growing up in the 1970s, a boy I knew had cystic fibrosis. He had frequent infections, often took medications, and nobody expected him to grow up to …


  • Find motivator for healthy lifestyle moves

    June holds a lot of meaning for me. It is our daughter’s birth month, our wedding anniversary, and June 1, National Cancer Survivor’s Day, reminds me how blessed I am …


  • Signs of preeclampsia should raise red flags

    Pregnancy causes many changes in women’s bodies. These changes are usually entirely normal, but some can cause life-threatening complications. One of these potentially dangerous conditions is a blood pressure problem …


  • House Call: Often painful, endometriosis affects millions

    A dear friend of mine had horribly painful periods and trouble with infertility for several years. She was eventually diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition that affects more than 5 million …


  • House Call: As you age, medications bring more risks

    Remember the first time you found a gray hair? Or noticed fine lines around your eyes? You may be less aware of internal changes happening as you age because you …


  • House Call: Keys to prenatal infection prevention

    In the previous column about taking care of yourself before and during pregnancy, I mentioned avoiding infections. Today’s column will cover details about infections, their potential consequences, and prevention. Influenza …


  • Dr. Alisa Hideg: Thyroid can wreak havoc

    Your thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped lump on the front of your windpipe, just below where you can feel your Adam’s apple. It produces hormones affecting your entire body. …


  • House Call: Keys to healthy holiday travels

    As you head over the river and through the woods, whether by plane, train or automobile, staying healthy during holiday travel can be a challenge. Encounters with sick people during …


  • ‘Disease of kings’ has become common in U.S.

    Some years ago my grandmother called me complaining of a swollen toe so painful that it woke her up and hurt for the sheets to touch it. Because she was …


  • House Call: Fungal infections stubborn, treatable

    A fungal infection can range from mild to severe, and can be life threatening, requiring hospitalization and possibly many months of one or more antifungal medications to eliminate the infection. …


  • House Call: Don’t treat urinary problems lightly

    Have you ever felt like you need to urinate even though you just went? What about feeling like you have to go, but nothing happens when you get to the …


  • Benefits of exercise improve with age

    I love watching our daughter run and play. A desire to run, do cartwheels, splash in the pool and be active comes naturally to most children, but as time passes …


  • Take this moment to learn about HIV

    Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV. As scary as that sounds, the good news is that the rate of new infections is no longer …


  • If you suspect meningitis, you should seek medical help

    Wednesday is World Meningitis Day, dedicated to raising awareness about this disease. Worldwide, more than 1.7 million people suffer from meningitis, a sometimes treatable and often preventable disease. Meningitis refers …


  • Support loved ones with struggles

    We recently visited a friend whose wife died from cancer this year. He lives in Kodiak, Alaska, where we lived before moving to Spokane. He shared with us all that …


  • On alert for caregiver burnout

    Being a caregiver is a wonderful, daunting and exhausting job. It can be especially overwhelming if you have many other responsibilities. When I was involved in the care of my …


  • The role of drug resistance

    Drug resistance is a term you have likely heard. It may make you think of bacterial infections that no longer respond to antibiotics. You would be correct; however, many other …


  • Obvious link to lung cancer is smoking, and you can fix that

    A close friend recently died from lung cancer, which causes more deaths than any other cancer in the United States (around 29 percent). Lung cancer is very preventable. Around 87 …


  • Strong bones are vital as we age

    This year I had my first bone density test, a simple scan (like an X-ray) done on the hips and spine to predict how dense, or strong, bones throughout the …


  • Dealing with a depressed teen

    When my husband and I raised my two teenage cousins, we learned how moody, irritable and distracted teens can be. We also found that although they were often difficult to …


  • Cycling fun exercise, commute

    I initially became a serious cyclist out of the need to commute. We lived far from my university and I quickly learned that I could get to school on my …


  • Cook with healthy oils, but use sparingly

    I often go to the farmers market in the summer, look at all of the beautiful vegetables, and wonder “How will I cook that?” I want to share with you …


  • Medical uncertainties can be trying

    Sometimes you go to see a health care provider for a problem and the diagnosis or treatment is not straightforward. You may be asked to have blood drawn or to …


  • When it comes to anemia, causes, symptoms are vast, varied

    Anemia is a common condition and you may have heard of pregnant women, children or the elderly being anemic. When I was undergoing chemotherapy, I became anemic, too. This means …


  • A chance to embrace a new look at life, cancer

    On June 28 I will be done with cancer treatment. I will finish my last dose of Herceptin, the chemotherapy agent I have been taking all year. It reduces the …


  • Rules for summer still apply: Slip, slop, slap

    How great does it feel to get a little sun on your skin? A good sunny day makes me want to put on some shorts and go out in the …

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