Health & Fitness


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.

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Gates Foundation battling big new threat in malaria fight

YANGON, Myanmar — One of the world’s most challenging and deadly races is under way in the forests of this turbulent country.

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Experts: Legal marijuana presents trouble for teens

DAYTON — As Washington and Colorado approach their two-year anniversaries of having legalized recreational marijuana, the long-term social effects of the new laws remain unclear.

UW study: Shooting victims more likely to die by gun in future

People hospitalized with a firearm injury are 30 times more likely to return to the hospital with another firearm injury than people hospitalized for other reasons. And they’re 11 times more likely to die from gun violence within the next five years, according to a study commissioned by the Seattle City Council.

How strong is that drink? Calculator helps figure

WASHINGTON — How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.

Group recommends against regular pelvic exams for healthy women

WASHINGTON — No more dreaded pelvic exam? New guidelines say most healthy women can skip the yearly ritual.

Scientists turn cells from gut into insulin producers

Scientists have converted human gut cells into insulin producers by turning off a single gene in an experiment that suggests a novel way forward in treating diabetes.

Fruits and veggies help prevent strokes

In recent years a number of studies have shown that eating diets high in fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce your chances of having a stroke.

Infrequent hospice inspections can lead to lapses in care for terminally ill

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Inspectors showed up at a hospice here in March 2012, and then issued what amounted to a 161-page catalog of end-of-life neglect.

Cows' long-running monopoly on milk skittering to an end

Just a few years ago, the term “milk” was synonymous with the stuff that came from cows.

Core strength is about so much more than abs

Most people associate a strong core with showing off those six-pack abs, but core strength encompasses so much more than the superficial abdominal muscles.

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Tri-Cities pet store owner puts pet food nutrition to the test

A Richland pet store owner has caught the attention of national media with her plan to eat nothing but pet food for 30 days.

Report: Heavy drinking causes one in 10 adult early deaths

It’s no secret that America’s favorite legal drug has vast impacts on public health. But just how closely binge drinking and overconsumption of alcohol are linked to deaths may come as a surprise.