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Study: Cataract pre-op consultations often not needed

Extra preoperative consultations for Medicare patients about to have cataract surgery have increased rapidly, a University of Washington researcher has found, but the referrals, which incur additional charges, are often for healthy patients who don’t need the evaluations.

A primer before diving in to pool for excercising

Water fitness is fluid; it can customize itself to your abilities whether you can swim or not.

Food industry makes deeper calorie cuts than promised

WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s largest food companies have cut daily calorie counts by an average of 78 per person, a new study says, more than four times the amount the industry pledged to slash by next year.

Lifting weights? Lift heavy

I am to the point that when I hear the word “tone” I twitch.

Lung cancer scans urged for some smokers, not all

WASHINGTON — Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation’s top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday — even as they stressed that the tests aren’t for everyone.

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Tablets a hit with kids, yet experts worry (with video)

NEW YORK — Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them.

Study looks at older women’s sedentary habits

Women spent about 66 percent of their waking day in sedentary behavior, about 9.7 hours a day.

Panel offers guidelines for medical 'incidental findings'

The phrase “we’ve found something unexpected” is the kind of broadside a patient or research subject should never have to hear for the first time after the discovery is made.

Holidays a heart breaker - literally

CHICAGO — ‘Tis the season — for heart attacks?

Solutions for achieving your New Year's resolution

Studies have shown that 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, though, only 8 percent of those actually achieve their resolution.

Pilates session for cancer survivors to start at St. Mary

WALLA WALLA — The Hope in Motion Pilates Class for Cancer Survivors will start an eight-week session on Jan. 15, with 4:30-5:30 p.m. classes on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Church hosts support group seminar to address grieving

WALLA WALLA — Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 628 Lincoln St., will host a 13-week video and support seminar featuring experts on grief recovery.

Waitsburg teen organizes diabetes research fundraiser

WAITSBURG — A Waitsburg High School student is using her senior project to take aim at diabetes.

Sedentary habits of older women studied

NEW YORK — Older women spend two-thirds of their day not moving around, generally getting up every half-hour for periods of movement, according to a study designed to help researchers understand patterns of sedentary behavior.

Think again about dementia testing

As you get older, every time you misplace your wallet or can’t remember why you walked into the kitchen, you may wonder: Is this a sign of dementia?