Health & Fitness


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Strong may be the new skinny for many women

Forget craving runway models’ stick-thin figures: Women now want Michelle Obama’s arms, Jillian Michaels’ abs and Lolo Jones’ legs. But women’s health experts worry the trend isn’t as positive as it seems because the focus is still on women’s appearance, not achievements.

Scientists create breakthrough recipe to grow insulin-secreting cells

WASHINGTON — Scientists announced a breakthrough that could one day free millions of diabetes sufferers from a lifetime of insulin injections.

States gear up for next ACA enrollment

LOS ANGELES — As states gear up for the second enrollment season of the Affordable Care Act next month, they have their sights set on people like Miles Alva.

Tricks to avoiding Halloween cavities

Halloween is almost here and my kids are looking forward to trick-or-treating. I am looking forward to the miniature Snickers bars they will bring home!

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Flavors fuel food industry but remain a mystery

NEW YORK — They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.

Sleep-tracking apps: Do they work?

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably within arm’s reach of your phone every waking hour. But can your phone also help you get a good night’s sleep?

Feds crack down on hawkers of caffeine-infused underwear

PORTLAND — If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked — but at least you can get your money back.

Diabetes informational group to resume meetings Monday

WALLA WALLA ­— A free diabetes information group will resume meeting the first and third Mondays of each month at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, at Coldwell Banker First Realtors, 218 W. Main St.

St. Mary cancer center to offer class to help smokers quit

WALLA WALLA — Registration is underway for a free smoking cessation class 5-6 p.m. Oct. 20-22 at Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, 401 W. Poplar St.

Early push to single sport has dark side

More than 35 million children ages 5-18 participate in organized sports in the United States. With so many youths competing, it should be of major concern that sports-related injuries have increased five- to sevenfold over the past 15 years. Anterior cruciate ligament tears in knees alone make up about 200,000 injuries a year.

Gym dos and don'ts: Avoid these pet peeves to make the gym better for everyone

Spend enough time at the gym and you’re bound to develop some pet peeves. It’s a communal space, shared by people with idiosyncrasies that can drive others up a wall — humming while running, staring while lifting or loud-talking while doing anything.

Texas Ebola monitoring now beyond initial contacts

DALLAS — About 80 people are now being monitored for symptoms of Ebola in Texas, a Dallas County Health and Human Services spokeswoman said Thursday.

Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls

CHICAGO — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants -- long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends.

Walla Walla General Hospital sponsors ‘Townathlon’ obstacle course race

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla General Hospital will sponsor what it calls a Townathlon, an Oct. 5 obstacle course to be run through Walla Walla Community College, Rooks Park and the Bennington Lake recreational area.

Report: Some medical tests put patients at risk

SEATTLE — Unnecessary care is expensive, time-consuming, wasteful and, in some cases, harmful, but it’s being doled out to patients all over Washington state.