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‘Off-label’ drug marketing review weighs free speech, safety

WASHINGTON — Should a pharmaceutical sales rep be allowed to tell a doctor that the epilepsy drug Neurontin could also help treat bipolar disorders or insomnia?

Pasta bombs trigger a self-implosion

Special celebration coming up? Are you thinking, “Oh, I can eat like crap for once. Its not like I am going to undo all my good work with one naughty day.”?

Study: Active mind, body fend off Alzheimer’s

Sleep disturbances such as apnea may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, while moderate exercise in middle age and mentally stimulating games, such as crossword puzzles, may prevent the onset of the dementia-causing disease, according to research presented Monday.

Column: Washington too big for just one medical school

I am new to Eastern Washington, coming here last fall to take the job as medical director at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane. I have held a faculty appointment in the University of Washington School of Medicine for the past 20 years.

State recruits ‘navigators’ to help people enroll in health care plans

PASCO — Washington state’s program to help people sign up for health insurance plans is looking for people interested in learning to be “navigators.”

Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

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.

Opting out of shots a factor in state’s rise in measles

WALLA WALLA — Alarmed that measles cases in Washington state have climbed to 27 so far this year — more than the past five years combined — public health officials in Walla Walla County and elsewhere are raising concerns about people who aren’t vaccinated.

It’s no stretch to prevent sore muscles

If you are like me, there is something about the summer season that really makes you want to get outside.

Express Scripts cuts payments for customized drugs

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed medicines are ineffective or overpriced.

Former military physician Hooper joins Incyte branch

WALLA WALLA — Dr. Stephen Hooper has joined the staff at the local office of Spokane-based Incyte Diagnostics.

What to do when a tooth is knocked loose

It can happen so fast. One second your child is moving the ball down the soccer field; the next, two kids have bumped heads and someone has lost a tooth.

Red Cross to hold blood draw Wednesday at 11 a.m.

WALLA WALLA — The American Red Cross will hold a blood draw 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, at the Eastgate Seventh-day Adventist Church, 380 N. Tausick Way.

Gluten-free movement gives rise to backlash

WASHINGTON — The swelling ranks of Americans adopting gluten-free diets have given rise to another hot trend: people calling the whole thing a bunch of baloney. And then requesting that the baloney be sandwiched between two pieces of white bread. Served with a cookie for dessert.

Study: Aspirin cuts pancreatic cancer risk by half

NEW YORK — Regular aspirin use cut the risk of pancreatic cancer by half, according to a finding that adds one of the most lethal malignancies to the list of diseases the inexpensive pill may help fight.

Water pollution standards tighten, but will water really be cleaner?

Eat only as much fish as the state assumes you do every day, and you’d starve, for sure: It’s a chunk not much bigger than a Starburst candy.