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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.

‘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.