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Prescribing drugs is good. So is deprescribing.

In 2017, I will try to tip the balance: I will not only try to write fewer prescriptions, I will also try to get more of my patients off their …


Dr. Zorba Paster: How to make food labels better

I like reading food labels. It’s not just because I’m a geek, a moniker I gladly accept, but because I want to eat right – more protein, less carbs, fewer …


Rejoice, weekend warriors: A few days of camping tunes up your circadian clock

Perhaps Huffington should become a camping advocate, too. As the weekend warrior knows, falling asleep may come a little easier when it happens beneath the stars. A new report from …


Decline in sugary drink consumption stalls, CDC finds

For years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines urged Americans to drink less sugary beverages. And for years, many Americans listened. But after a decade of falling consumption, rates have stalled at …


House Call: Over- or underactive thyroid can lead to trouble

Your thyroid is one of many glands that make up your endocrine system. Endocrine glands secrete hormones that regulate the daily activities your cells and organs perform to keep your …


1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several …


Why the ‘gluten-free movement’ is less of a fad than we thought

There’s growing evidence that severe gluten sensitivities exist outside the realm of celiac disease. And researchers simply don’t know how many of the people following a gluten-free diet may actually …


5 nutrition tips to maximize your workouts

Did you know when and what you eat can have an impact on your workout? Eating and exercise are connected.


PG-13 movies showcase the most – and the most unrealistic – gun violence, study shows

The last three years’ worth of Hollywood blockbusters represent an escalation of gun violence depicted in film, and have exposed more families and younger teens to mayhem devoid of consequence, …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Knee surgery not always what’s best

A few weeks ago, a typical 55-year-old “weekend warrior” came into my office complaining that his knee didn’t feel right. It was clicking. It just wasn’t as secure as it …


What’s the best fitness routine for you? Consider your personality

As 2017 rolls in and resolutions are being hammered out, fitness and health usually take center stage.


Brain changes seen in pregnancy, may help preparing for baby

When researchers compared brain scans of women before and after pregnancy, they spotted some differences in 11 locations. They also found hints that the alterations help women prepare for motherhood.


Special Olympics racing to better health

A high percentage of people with intellectual disabilities are obese, based on national body mass index data. Special Olympics Washington, the state-level organization, began a focus this year to increase …


SAD light can be solution for darker days

I’ve had SAD since I was a child. I’m not one to suffer from depression – my SAD is not the depression side but more SAD lite. I find that …


Why hospital patients go to nursing homes with poor ratings

The selection of a nursing home can be critical: 39 percent of facilities have been cited by health inspectors over the past three years for harming a patient or operating …


Slowing down hospital discharge requires fast action

Every older adult admitted to a hospital as an inpatient has the right to challenge a discharge if he or she feels unprepared to leave. But few people understand the …


U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year – a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the …


Step counts could be worth cash

Like many people recently, I have bought a Fitbit and am now motivated to reach 10,000 steps a day (which, ahem, is not the same as saying I will always …


A power of attorney for health care document can help ease end of life

Simply telling the doctor to stop does not absolve them of their responsibility to treat the patient. And some juries may just find that not doing everything possible to prolong …


How much digital media is OK for kids? Seattle experts help issue new guidelines

New guidelines released Friday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and co-authored by two Seattle experts, suggest that media use is nearly inevitable, but it’s up to parents to closely …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Friendly competition and feedback encourage exercise

A new study published in the American Journal of Health showed how exercise is a team sport. I’m not talking about exercising as a team but teaming up with others …


A black doctor wanted to save a man’s life. First she had to convince the flight attendant she was an ‘actual physician.’

When Tamika Cross heard a woman screaming for help for her husband who fell ill on a Delta flight last weekend, she sprang to action. The young black doctor, on …


She needed treatment to save her life. Instead, she chose to live it.

After being diagnosed with cancer, 91-year-old Norma Bauerschmidt decided to travel with her son, Tim Bauerschmidt, and her daughter-in-law, Ramie Liddle (and their dog), crisscrossing the country in an RV. …


WSU study shows lack of plus-size activewear often discourages women from exercising

A recent study from Washington State University found a lack of fashion options has plus-size women feeling frustrated and might be hindering activity. The study, recently published in the journal …


Dr. Riggs: Choose carbs carefully for better health

Carbs are important sources of energy, and you need the glucose from the digestion of carbs for your brain to function; however, when you eat a lot of carbs your …


Dr. Zorba Paster: Work conditions may affect your memory and brain function later

New research shows that your work conditions and environment can affect your memory and function later in life.


She tried to save her sister’s life. But there was no happy ending.

Marrow: A Love Story” is Elizabeth Lesser’s account of how she was given the great “gift” of being a perfect match for the bone marrow transplant that, once the cancer …


Spokane 12-year-old learning how to live with Crohn’s disease

Nolan Stewart is an Honored Hero this weekend for the Eastern Washington Take Steps Walk, which raises money to fight Crohn’s disease and colitis.


New study finds that medical marijuana may be helping to curb the opioid epidemic

After states pass laws permitting medical marijuana, drivers in those states become less likely to test positive for opioids after fatal car accidents, a new study from Columbia University’s Mailman …


Harvard professor: ‘It is natural and normal to be physically lazy’

Even those with the best of intentions often struggle to motivate themselves to work out. There’s almost always a powerful temptation to do something, or anything, else. This can feel …