Health & Fitness


Local bounty is a feast for better heart health

Your heart, just like the rest of your body, needs the right types of food and nourishment to stay healthy.

Report: Teen use of morning-after pill climbs

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it’s easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive.

Common weight loss rule doesn’t hold up

There’s a popular rule you’ve probably heard before about losing weight: for every 3,500 calories you shed from your diet, you’ll lose a pound. But just because everyone, including nutritionists with graduate degrees, keep repeating this doesn’t make it true.

Excercise can improve life for those with Alzheimer's

Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide— and even improve life for people with Alzheimer’s.

Column - My detox experiment pays off

A month ago, I set out on a mission: to have more energy, to learn how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my daily diet, to curb my crazy sugar addiction, to manage my stress and anxiety and to feel healthier in general.

Column: Natural remedies often are at one’s fingertips

There is a Native American saying that states: “If something ails you, a natural remedy can be found within a day’s walk of where you are.”

New regulations aim to overhaul nursing home care

After nearly 30 years, the Obama administration wants to modernize the rules nursing homes must follow to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Column - Excessive acidic drinks juice up kids’ dental bills

My grandparents took me to the store once a week after school. There, they purchased the “fixins” for our weekly root beer floats and a few candies from the Brach’s Pick a Mix bins.

Column: Dance your way to wellness

If you’re like me, the thought of bouncing along on a treadmill or struggling through a set of crunches in a public gym can be anxiety inducing. Even the thought of showing up to a group fitness class like step aerobics or Pilates was once pretty intimidating.

Diabetes drug’s happy side effect: Weight loss

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that taking daily shots of liraglutide (marketed as Saxenda) can help overweight or obese patients lose weight — a lot of it.

Hitting the road, with summer safety in mind

With the Fourth of July a day away, summer is in full swing here in Eastern Washington. And for lucky Walla Wallans, it’s a time to kick back and enjoy the open road or the friendly skies.

Why are most Alzheimer’s patients women?

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because they tend to live longer than men.

Major steps urged to avert cardiac arrest deaths

WASHINGTON — Would you know what to do if you see someone collapse, not breathing — a loved one at home, a co-worker at the office, a stranger on the street? Far too many Americans die of cardiac arrest, and now a major new report urges a national campaign to improve survival in part by making sure more bystanders know how to help.

Alzheimer’s class to be given at WWGH

An Alzheimer’s class for family and caregivers of people with dementia, will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. starting July 14 at Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave.

A closer look: The (prescription) drug wars

If you pay for good health insurance, shouldn’t you be able to afford the medicine you need?