Health & Fitness


Talk on knee, hip pain and surgery planned at hospital

WALLA WALLA — A talk called “Living Without Joint Pain” will be presented by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott Hudson at 6 p.m. July 31 at Walla Walla General Hospital, 1025 S. Second Ave.

Depression seminar to be held at community services building

WALLA WALLA — A seminar about living with depression and bipolar disorders will be held 2-4:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

Lovebirds with different sleep patterns? Learn to compromise

Mismatched sleep schedules can be a legitimate deal breaker for some couples.

The owl-lark mismatch doesn’t get much attention in romantic comedies and online dating profiles, but maybe it should.

Cinnamon oil a natural E. coli killer

The oil could be used in meat packaging to prevent the spread of the pathogen E. coli.

Studies see new risks for cholesterol drug niacin

A host of negative side effects have been linked to pharmaceutical versions of niacin.

New details from two studies reveal more side effects from niacin, a drug that hundreds of thousands of Americans take for cholesterol problems and general heart health.

Check your doctor's vitals before they check yours

WASHINGTON — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that.

In spite of warnings, skin cancer rates continue to rise

Oh, long, sunny summer days. So bright and inviting and treasured by schoolchildren.

Antibiotics may be behind obesity epidemic

It’s astonishing to think about, but when my grandfather was born, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in our country.

Too much exercise can lead to illness

Desk jobs have a large correlation with maladies such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and certain kinds of cancer.

New study: Students like healthier school meals

Perhaps those healthier school meals — often the butt of jokes and constant criticism — are finding acceptance among children after all.

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

WASHINGTON — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.

Melanoma diagnosed decades later often linked to childhood sun damage

Oh, long, sunny summer days. So bright and inviting and treasured by schoolchildren.

Hot spells drive ticks to lay low for survival

PULLMAN — Thanks to the recent heat wave in the Northwest, millions of ticks have gone listless to stay alive.

‘Spoonful’ doses can lead to medicine errors

CHICAGO (AP) — The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes.

US Alzheimer’s rate in decline

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries — good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.