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Flu season just around corner

No crystal ball, fortune cookie or scientific formula can truly predict what a yearly flu season will look like — witness the problematic flu vaccine of 2014 that proved mostly ineffective for last year’s prevalent strain of influenza.

Strokes: 2 million reasons why every minute counts

Nearly 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year. And in Washington state, stroke is the sixth-leading cause of death. Three major risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.

Researchers rate chain restaurants on antibiotic use

For all the worry over the growing threat of superbugs resistant to drugs and the role of antibiotic use in animals, there's surprisingly little information about what goes into our food when we eat out.

Be wary of surprise hospital bills: stay in network

Many people with health insurance know a good way to avoid surprise medical bills is to go to a doctor or hospital in their plan’s provider network. Those doctors and hospitals have contracted with the health plan to provide health services at a negotiated rate, which is typically lower than out-of-network providers.

Study: Sleep at least 6 hours to avoid colds

Even though just about everyone knows the importance of a good night’s sleep, many people pride themselves on being able to get by on just a few hours of shut-eye.

Health fair coming to downtown Walla Walla on Sept. 13.

St. Patrick Catholic Church and Providence St. Mary Medical Center will host a health fair on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sixth Avenue between Alder and Poplar streets.

Five doctors join Walla Walla Valley hospitals

The Walla Walla Valley has five new physicians, area hospitals recently announced.

Watch out for these warning signs of school bullying

For many children, the start of a new school year can be very stressful, especially if they’ve been victims of bullying in the past.

Report: Kids should get booze warning early

Having the “booze talk” with kids before they take their first sip of alcohol is crucial, according to new American Academy of Pediatrics report.

Airport pet therapy

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