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Birth defect again found at high rate in south-central Washington

YAKIMA — Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties together logged seven cases of the rare birth defect anencephaly in 2013, the fourth year of unusually high numbers of cases, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.

Prevention best way to deal with mental illness

There are many limitations in finding a cure-all for mental illness. In my eyes, there is only one way to avoid the risk of mental illness among any given population, and that is prevention. Of course this isn’t to say that once a person has mental illness, all hope is lost. There is a road to recovery.

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The need for more medical providers: the ABCs of PAs and NPs

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners can see patients, prescribe medication and treat the majority of complaints or illnesses that people go to their doctor for. In Washington state, they are nearly or entirely independent of licensed physicians.

DNA alternative to Pap smear sparks debate

A high-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing pushback from more than a dozen patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women’s health: the Pap smear.

Bipolar disorder education program scheduled in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — The presentation “Demystifying Bipolar Disorder” will be held May 2 from 2-4:30 p.m. at Walla Walla County Community Services Center, 1520 Kelly Place.

Pro wrestlers stalked by death

In dying unexpectedly April 8 at age 54, the professional wrestler known as the Ultimate Warrior, whose given name was James Hellwig, had this in common with many of his contemporaries: He expired long before his time.

GriefShare grief recovery group video seminar slated

WALLA WALLA — GriefShare, a grief recovery group video seminar, will begin April 29 in the Fireside Room at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 628 Lincoln St.

Study sees drop of common major diabetes complications

NEW YORK — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

Vegetables for breakfast? Go for it

The food group that Americans need to eat more of — moms and health experts often tell us — is vegetables.

New procedure clones stem cells from adults

Scientists have grown stem cells from adults using cloning techniques for the first time — bringing them closer to developing patient-specific lines of cells that can be used to treat a whole host of ailments, from heart disease to blindness.

Airport pet therapy

The Los Angeles International Airport has 30 therapy dogs and is hoping to expand its ...