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Rise of the super head louse

It’s 9 a.m. on a warm Wednesday and at least five families have already crowded into the tiny waiting room of a Mercer Island business aimed at ridding the world of head lice.

Column: Life’s big strides start with small steps

I grew up a little stocky with some muscle, but body fat was not foreign to me.

Facing rising dental costs, seniors head to Mexico

LOS ALGODONES, Mexico — Mark Bolzern traveled 3,700 miles to go to the dentist. The 56-year-old Anchorage, Alaska, native left home this spring, made a pit stop in Las Vegas to pick up a friend, and kept heading south, all the way to Los Algodones, Mexico, a small border town teeming with dental offices.

New program puts focus on end-of-life care

Beginning next year, the federal government will conduct a five-year, 40-state experiment to determine whether there is a better way to help elderly Americans come to grips with terminal illnesses and prepare to die.

Dementia striking earlier, killing more

People are developing dementia a decade before they were 20 years ago, perhaps because of environmental factors such as pollution and the stepped-up use of insecticides, a wide-ranging international study has found.

Family medicine doctor joins Walla Walla General

Dr. Carmen Ehlers has joined Adventist Health Medical Group family medicine practice at Walla Walla General Hospital.

Column: Teeth can be a sensitive subject

I don’t bite into ice cream. I prefer my fruit at room temperature, not chilled. And tap water please, no ice.

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Hollywood takes on troubled minds

The 1941 film “The Wolf Man” presents Larry Talbot’s transformation from man to wolf as a form of schizophrenia. So little was known about mental illnesses then, the explanation may have seemed plausible.

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Algorithm measures US waistline with Twitter feeds

What does Twitter say about your diet? According to an analysis of 50 million tweets, Mississippi loves cake, Virginia can’t get enough bacon, and Colorado likes chocolate bars. And how do we burn off those calories? Judging by those same tweets, Colorado runs a lot, Virginia swims a bit, and Mississippi likes to dance.

Airport pet therapy

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