Dear Doctors: I have been having anxiety, and now my blood pressure is getting high, too. Are they related? I understand that medications might become necessary, but I would prefer to try nonmedical treatments first. Can you recommend supplements that can help to reduce these issues?
Many of us enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail without giving it much thought, but checking in on your alcohol consumption can and should be a routine part of your wellness care. While a drink can be relaxing or celebratory at first, drinking more can result in adverse health effects such as stress, poor sleep and over the long-term, drinking that is not in control.
WASHINGTON – After visiting Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center at the end of May, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Northwest regional director assured staff that the Spokane hospital won’t cut its workforce as a result of a multimillion-dollar budget deficit.
The Spokane Public Schools Board voted Wednesday to join Seattle Public Schools in a lawsuit against several social media companies, alleging they intentionally market to youths, worsening their mental health.
Bird flu has been making headlines over the past month, resulting in millions of bird deaths, driving up poultry and egg prices, and raising public concern over potential human infections. According to the experts, however, bird flu is unlikely to become the next human pandemic. In its current variations, it simply lacks the ability to spread among people the same way that COVID-19 did.
Q. My spouse and daughter are both natural blondes, and their fair skin burns and blisters very easily in the sun. About 15 years ago, they began taking an aspirin if they started to turn pink from being in the sun. They've had no blistering or bad burns since we have used aspirin.We usually take only one aspirin tablet. (My daughter is 30 now; we knew children should not take aspirin.) I have mentioned this approach to people, even nurses, and no one seems to know about it.
Companies involved in making and selling firefighting foam used for decades in Washington hid potential health risks linked to chemicals in the product, contributing to drinking water pollution around the state, according to allegations in a lawsuit Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed this week.
Q. While searching for treatments for shingles, I found your website. One article described the heartburn medicine Tagamet as having a positive impact. You did not mention anything about the correct dose. Can you give us any more information about how much Tagamet to take for shingles?
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington State University athletic director Patrick Chun from a lawsuit brought by ex-WSU football coach Nick Rolovich against his former employer for firing him after his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Recently, a 32-year-old patient of mine told me he had driven to work and fallen asleep behind the wheel at a red light. To his chagrin, he was pulled over by an officer who arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He wasn't.
Nationwide, many hospitals offer a volunteer program called No One Dies Alone, to ensure that a dying patient without any family can have someone to hold their hand and be with them at death. Providence started its NODA program 10 years ago at Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital. MultiCare nurses launched a NODA program in 2021 for volunteers who go to Deaconess Hospital and Valley Hospital. The nurses wanted to bring something positive after seeing multiple COVID deaths.
Recently, my husband and I had a talk with our teen boys about phones. There was too much mindless scrolling going on, and we had an idea. What if, we said, you plug your phones in downstairs, in the basement? And when you need them, you go downstairs, do what you need to do, come back. That includes texting, snapping friends, checking box scores.
A new behavioral health clinic under construction next to the Northeast Community Center will open the door to mental health services, both in the neighborhood and wider Spokane region. MultiCare plans to open the facility this fall, after receiving support from donors and backing from the city of Spokane, Spokane County and other groups.
For a new parent, losing a child in their sleep is an absolute nightmare. Not knowing why adds to the anguish. Thousands of parents in the United States experience this feeling each year after losing a child to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. SIDS is the “sudden unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant under 1 year of age that remains unexplained,” and the mysterious syndrome is ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation to permanently classify fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids among the most dangerous drugs, as Republicans and several Northwest Democrats approved a bill backed by President Joe Biden.