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Column: Prescribe yourself some physical activity

Searching for the most effective and natural prescription to remedy aliments and lift your spirit? Here’s one you have the power to prescribe — physical activity.

Nutrition panel drops cholesterol warnings

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.

New director heads Family Medical Center

Family Medical Center has hired a new clinic director.

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Thinking hearts? Think women’s, Walla Walla cardiologist advises

Valentine’s Day this weekend will be stuffed full of hearts of every shape, size and texture — edible and otherwise. And women will be on the receiving end of most of the giving.

Specialist doctors head for exit as US shifts payments

he Obama administration’s push to transform the way the U.S. pays for health care is splitting the medical profession, as family doctors embrace changes that oncologists, neurologists and other specialists are concerned will cause turmoil.

Column - Myth No. 1: Happiness based on appearance

In recent columns I’ve explored myths about spot reduction, body weight, the quick fix and strength training realities. For this column, let’s tackle one that in many ways sums it all up — the myth believers rarely say out loud:

Column - Heard the one about flossing in the shower...?

In a recent list of the world’s shortest books, “Dentist’s Humor” made it into the Top 10. Right after “Things I Can’t afford” by Bill Gates and “Speechless” by Oprah Winfrey.

Dozens of foster parents to forgo licenses over forced flu shots

Dozens of Washington state foster parents say they’ll give up their licenses to care for kids from birth to age 2 rather than get flu shots mandated by a new regulation.

Global studies link animal proteins, cancer rates

In the October 2014 issue of the Harvard Health Letter there was an article entitled “Protein check: How much do your really need?”

Column: Quick fixes don’t shake out in exercise reality

In recent columns I have discussed some common myths behind strength training and weight loss perceptions. This week we’ll look at perceptions surrounding quick fixes when it comes to exercising and nourishing our bodies.

American Red Cross blood draws planned in region

Upcoming blood draws in the area:

King County drops EpiPen allergy treatment for cheaper kit with same drug

When a 14-year-old Bellevue boy bit into a pastry last July, accidentally triggering a sudden and severe peanut allergy, a crew from the local fire department was there within minutes.

State ups rate of fish consumption in proposed water quality rule

YAKIMA — New state plans were announced Monday for water quality standards intended to better protect the health of people who eat lots of locally caught fish.