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Study: Music makes kids smarter

LOS ANGELES — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

Appliances have warranties, why not surgeries?

SEATTLE — From crockpots to sports coupes, consumers expect warranties on the products they buy.

Creatine supplements require thought before use

If you are looking to begin an exercise program, a gym can seem a bit overwhelming. From the equipment to the people and the vast array of methods to get fit, it can all be a daunting atmosphere.

Little improvement shown in obesity rate

WASHINGTON — While childhood obesity rates in the U.S. appear to be stabilizing, the rate among adults remains stubbornly high, reaching new peaks in several states over the past year.

Healthplanfinder drops some for non-payment, adds others

According to figures released today by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, 24,072 people have been dropped from coverage through the Healthplanfinder insurance exchange since those plans took effect in January 2014. Of that number, 8,310 were disenrolled because of non-payment of premiums, 7,735 voluntarily ended their coverage, and 8,027 were determined to no longer be eligible for a qualified health plan. Most of those determined to be no longer eligible were qualified instead for Medicare.

Eat up! These bottom fish make a dramatic recovery on West Coast

The nation’s most influential sustainable-seafood group believes a host of once-troubled West Coast bottom fish are now recovering so well that consumers should seek them out at restaurants and markets.

Prescription for schools: Later start times

CHICAGO — Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens.

Do you even lift? Weight training lifts body

Whether you are looking to become more physically active, participate in athletics or have a physically demanding workplace, you need to ask yourself — do I lift?

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Extreme walking commuter puts feet first in Seattle

Luke Baylor walks more than 50 miles every week.

Researchers find blood test that may indicate suicide risk

A simple blood test could determine a person’s risk of suicide and provide a future tool of prevention to lower suicide rates.

Study finds huge differences in costs of simple tests

Imagine walking into a hospital and being charged more than $10,000 for a blood test to check your cholesterol level. And going to another hospital in the same state and being charged $10 for the exact same blood test. That’s what a team led by a University of California San Francisco researcher found when it looked at the prices California hospitals charge for 10 common blood tests.

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Red Badge Project writes new story for veteran recovery

WALLA WALLA — When Tom Skerritt decided to take his show on the road, Walla Walla was the natural choice.

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Ex-Walla Walla educator gains national attention for fitness fight

SPOKANE — Irene Gonzales did her milestone 50th birthday so big she landed on NBC’s “Today” show Aug. 8 to share her infectious enthusiasm with the entire country.

Schizophrenia program targets youths before psychotic episodes

EUGENE, Ore. — The first time Jeremy Clark met his 18-year-old client, the teenager was sitting in his vice principal’s office, the drawstrings of his black hoodie pulled tight.

Exercise can help beat back diagnosis bully

Demons are real. I’m not talking about the “hide-under-your-bed, scary-movie, chase-you-in-your-dreams demons.” I’m talking about demons that have real names, like cancer, multiple sclerosis, ALS, dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, Parkinson’s and others.