Health & Fitness


Sense of smell fades with age

While our taste buds are one of the few things that hold up fairly well as we age, our sense of smell is what contributes most of what we think of as flavor — herbs and spices, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coffee, wine. And that sense falls apart.

Science: Sorry, you can’t expect me to tell the truth when I’m too tired

Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered “yes,” but new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation is dependent, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or “larks,” are more likely to act dishonestly in the late evening hours. Night-owls, on the other hand, exhibit a tendency toward ethical lapses early in the morning.

‘Love Your Belly’ belly dancing course commences Wednesday

Love Your Belly, an eight-week course in belly dance aimed at strengthening and developing core muscles, will start 7 p.m. Wednesday at 23½ Spokane St.

Team registration on now for Alzheimer’s fundraising walk

WALLA WALLA — Team registration is available now for the Walk To End Alzheimer’s fundraiser to be held 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Fort Walla Walla Park in Walla Walla.

Oncologist, neurologist to open practices at Providence

WALLA WALLA — Two specialists are opening practices at Providence Medical Group in August.

Fitness tracking technology has ups and downs

I have a new friend. ‘Buddy’ has been with me every day for about a month.

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.