When a lifelong heart condition became worse, Donny Jones, who lives near Seattle, knew by June that he'd be heading to Spokane. Yearly talks with his cardiologist convinced him this city held his best option for robotic mitral valve repair. Jones' recent echocardiogram signaled it was time to see Dr. Branden Reynolds.
Kelly Morse entered her 4-year-old son's pretend doctor's office one day last April and asked him how she was doing. She was taken aback when he examined her with his toy stethoscope and responded, solemnly, "Not well, you've got coronavirus." A few months later, he started to brainstorm how a COVID-19 vaccine might work.
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.
Stress, psychological stress, can be a big determiner of health. Most of you know it. You’ve felt it. You’ve been through stressful times before and wondered how that might affect your life.
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
Self-awareness is an important tool for reflection and personal development that can help us better navigate our lives, set goals, strengthen our interpersonal relationships and improve our overall psychological wellbeing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a year for many firsts, and add to the list a high number of inaugural encounters in cooking a turkey along with other holiday staples. You know – those traditional dishes enjoyed over at the house of family or friends, and perhaps you bring the rolls. Except this year. Many Americans will stay home because of pandemic concerns.
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.
The love you feel for the do-it-yourself project you spent hours toiling on is likely to be deeper than for the comparable product you could have purchased at the store.
Many of us have joked about "Quarantine 15," a phrase for those extra pounds gained during pandemic life spent mostly at home. It's a stress-induced reality for many, say fitness and weight-loss experts, but they offer several ideas to get back on track. For many, it's a fallout from disrupted routines, stress and lack of access to gyms.
Vitamin D – should you take it? Should everyone take it? Should it be seasonal – take it in the winter, don’t take it in the summer? Does it prevent COVID-19? Does it cure COVID-19? Lots of D buzz. There has been lots of interest in the vitamin for year and years. Let’s talk rickets, the hallmark of vitamin D deficiency in children.
Nobody likes to admit when they’re wrong, but why? Everyone has experienced learning something new that contradicts their beliefs. It’s uncomfortable. This uneasy feeling in response to inconsistent beliefs or behaviors is what psychologists call cognitive dissonance.
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.
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.
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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