Health & Fitness


State tightens Medicaid orthodontia spending

Washington state’s policy for providing free braces for kids enrolled in Medicaid is beginning to straighten out, state health officials said last week.

'Text neck' is becoming an 'epidemic' and could wreck your spine

Can't grasp the significance of 60 pounds? Imagine carrying an 8-year-old around your neck several hours per day.

Institute sets sights on mental illness breakthroughs

There is little doctors can do for those suffering serious brain injuries from car crashes, athletics and battle, other than wait and treat the symptoms, but a unique collaboration between those who study mental illness and those who treat the disorders offers hope for new therapies.

Once passé, house calls make a comeback

Boling, an affable geriatrician who drives like Jeff Gordon, has been visiting elderly patients in their homes since 1984. In those early years, as a newly-minted faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, he staffed a clinic in the morning and made house calls in the afternoon.

New hospital gown gives patients less airy, more modest option

A Detroit-based health system has unveiled a new hospital gown that aims to put the wraps on a big source of patients’ grumbles — a lack of rear coverage.

Column - Motivation key to a healthier lifestyle

Beginning to make healthful changes in your life has its challenges. Continuing them several weeks or months into your program can be tough, too.

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Video: Fake month reveals authentic courage

November is “National Diabetes Month.”

Program links Walla Walla doctors, premed students for job shadows

WALLA WALLA — Medical schools in Washington and elsewhere are demanding more and more of incoming applicants.

Washington Healthplanfinder back up after on-and-off service

The Washington Healthplanfinder site was down Sunday night to Monday morning while the Department of Social and Health Services did weekly maintenance to their eligibility service, said Bethany Frey, spokeswoman for the Washington Healthplanfinder. “This was not any type of a glitch or outage,” Frey said.

UW doctor to discuss multiple sclerosis in patient program

WALLA WALLA — Dr. Annette Wundes from the University of Washington Multiple Sclerosis Center will present information on the changing landscape of the disease in a free patient education program.

Local event part of national effort to navigate suicide loss

COLLEGE PLACE — A Survivors of Suicide Loss Day event will be held 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at SonBridge, 1200 S.E. 12th St.

Binky a savior for parents, nightmare for dentist

Few things are cuter than a baby with a “binky.” He is content to slurp quietly, not crying for the moment. A baby with a pacifier can bring easier nights to Mom and Dad. It feels good to give a child something they love, and many kids love their binkies.

Study links ADHD to common chemical

More than 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been given diagnoses of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, a rate markedly higher than a decade ago. Might polluted food and air help explain this surge?

Humorist to bring swab-in-cheek component to Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Renowned humorist David Sedaris’ recent work is “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.”

Cocoa compound can aid the brain

In case anyone needed another reason to love chocolate, a new study suggests a natural compound found in cocoa, tea and some vegetables can reverse age-related memory loss.