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Why health officials are terrified of a pandemic Christmas

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 2, 2020

Americans heard the pleas to stay home. They were told what would happen if they didn’t. Still, millions traveled and gathered during last week’s Thanksgiving holiday, either doubting the warnings or deciding they would take their chances.

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People’s Pharmacy: Do touchless thermometers work?

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 2, 2020

Whenever I go to the doctor’s office, a nurse weighs me, takes my temperature and measures my blood pressure. These days, I really do not like them sticking a thermometer under my tongue even in its little plastic sleeve. How reliable are the touchless devices I have seen on TV news reports? Are they available to consumers
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For good health, don’t take this column for granted

A lot of us have this bad habit called “taking things for granted.” This is not a healthy habit to cultivate. It has unfortunate side effects, such as causing us to sleepwalk through our pathetic little lives without even once stopping to appreciate the people we love, the friends we have made, the gifts we have been given.
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New program is launched for safe medicine disposal

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

The Medication Education & Disposal Project has launched a statewide program to offer free services to dispose of expired, unwanted and unused medicines. MED-Project is the Washington State Department of Health's approved program operator. MED-Project has activated about 150 additional drop-off sites.
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House Call: The power of practicing gratitude

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

Something to remember is negativity doesn’t just take the joy out of life, it can take over our lives and even our physical health as stress and anxiety build up like it has this year. It also can leave us drained and wondering how we can celebrate a season of giving when we feel we don’t have anything left to give.
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People’s Pharmacy: Is acetaminophen or ibuprofen better for fever?

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

Q. My dad was a pharmacist, yet as a kid I don’t recall taking a lot of medicines, like cough syrup. We did use Vicks VapoRub and take vitamin C for colds. I’ve seen debates on giving ibuprofen or Tylenol to reduce fever. Sometimes doctors leave comments on your website advising people to let a fever run its course.
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Washington ranks as fifth-safest state to celebrate Thanksgiving

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 25, 2020

Safety and Thanksgiving features stories have been a staple of holiday coverage in newspapers for many years. That hasn't changed, but what is different are the issues. Pre-coronavirus, it was about safety on the road and air travel. However, folks are discouraged to make the trip home to celebrate Thanksgiving this week due to COVID-19. 
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Health bulletin

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

Free Flu Vaccines for Uninsured Adults – Available through June. Offered at 23 Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies across the state. No proof of residency or immigration status required. Find a list of locations at doh.wa.gov/youandyourfamily/illnessanddisease/flu/nocostvaccines.
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Dad Daze: Therapy can help a confused and troubled teen

I didn't recognize the boy curled up in a ball underneath layers of blankets on this unseasonably warm winter morning. School had started an hour ago, and my son Eddie was tethered to his bed. After unpeeling the covers like the skin of an onion, I recoiled at the sight of my son's beautiful face, which was distorted in agony.
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‘We’re all praying for a miracle’: Five childhood friends are circle of support for Spokane man, 53, battling brain tumors

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 12, 2020

Five Spokane boys bonded over sports at Indian Trail Elementary School. They "adopted" a sixth member by North Central High School years, and they've remained tight-knit since – despite careers, kids and distances. Now, his Class of 1986 friends are the backbone of support for Hans Kaio and his wife, Christine – along with a GoFundMe.
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People’s Pharmacy: Do statins cause leg cramps?

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 11, 2020

I was on rosuvastatin for eight months. During that time, I repeatedly complained to my doctor about severe leg cramps. They finally got so bad that he let me stop the statin. Within two weeks, all muscle cramps were gone. What really amazed me, though, was the other things that also changed: My balance improved; my tinnitus improved; my vertigo disappeared.

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