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Last Build Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:32:20 -0800

 



When stents don’t work for blocked arteries, targeted radiation may help

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:32:20 -0800

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After balloon angioplasty to clear dangerous blockages in a coronary artery didn’t work on a patient, doctors in Philadelphia tried a different tack: a targeted dose of radiation inside the artery to inhibit the regrowth of cells. So far, it seems to have worked.



What to do when NSAIDs boost blood pressure

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs do raise blood pressure for some patients, the People’s Pharmacy notes. In some situations, other anti-inflammatory options might be worth trying. Also, readers share their success with probiotics and withTamiflu.



This year, resolve to conquer negativity

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

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Constant negativity can get in the way of happiness, add to stress and ultimately damage our health. Here’s how to disrupt negative cycles this year.



Culturally sensitive doulas can offer vital lifeline to new moms

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:00:47 -0800

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Statistics suggest doulas can help lessen preterm labors and C-sections. Among those offering doula services to low-income families in the Puget Sound region is Open Arms Perinatal Services, with a focus on families of color and immigrant communities.



3 little-known risk periods for eating disorders

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

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Eating disorders are often considered to be a young woman’s disease, but there are other times when the risk increases.



It’s all good: Any exercise cuts risk of dying from heart disease, study finds

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:15:14 -0800

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People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests.



Vietnam War’s ‘Napalm Girl’ gets pain relief from laser treatment

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 16:30:06 -0800

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Phan Thi Kim Phuc, now 53, said she had resigned herself to live with the scars and pain her whole life, until she saw a TV program about Dr. Jill Waibel’s laser treatments. Waibel, who runs Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, offered to treat Phan Thi for free.



Indian herb may help ‘wired but tired’ get to sleep

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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The Indian plant Ashwagandha is said to have an anti-anxiety effect that might help insomnia sufferers whose brains seem reluctant to settle down at night, Joe and Teresa Graedon say.



Loneliness can be deadly: the importance of friendships for elders

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

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As people get older, the way they approach friendships may evolve. But meaningful ones are as important as ever.



How sick is too sick to go to work?

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0800

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It can be tough to stay home when people have limited sick days, but it's still the right thing to do.



When it comes to nutrition, let overall health be your guide

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:22:03 -0800

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When an eating plan encourages eating more of some foods and less of others, it’s easy to go too far. You might decide that if more is good then all is better, or that if less is better then none is best. That’s generally not true.



Here’s how you can keep your New Year’s resolutions

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

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Keeping New Year’s resolutions is ultimately an internal struggle for us all. But there are things you can do to address that struggle and succeed.



One tool to use: The five stages of permanent change

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 08:00:00 -0800

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A landmark research study identifies distinct stages in the process of changing one’s life. Here they are, with a bit of explanation from a Seattle expert.



The throwaway scope: A way to ditch superbugs?

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:36:16 -0800

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Overall, as many as 350 patients at 41 medical facilities worldwide were exposed to or infected by contaminated gastrointestinal scopes from 2010 to 2015, according to the FDA.



In search of a natural method to treat psoriasis

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800

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People’s Pharmacy also answers reader queries on neuropathy and hibiscus tea.



How to make New Year’s resolutions stick

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800

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Let this be the year your resolutions are actually accomplished.



Did Debbie Reynolds die of a broken heart?

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:42:08 -0800

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By all accounts, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were very close in recent years, and death from a broken heart is a well-established occurrence, both in medical literature and throughout the folklore of the earliest human communities.



Cells dripped into brain help Seattle man fight deadly cancer

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:47:34 -0800

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Richard Grady had “a remarkable response” that opens the door to wider testing, said Dr. Behnam Badie, neurosurgery chief at California’s City of Hope, where the 50-year-old Seattle man was treated.



The dark side of detox diets

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:19:04 -0800

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After holiday bingeing, it’s common to go on a detox diet. Nutritional experts recommend you carefully consider the possible downsides before you get started.



Alleged scheme to fix generic-drug prices started as dinners and ‘Girls Nights Out’

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 18:13:40 -0800

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While wining and dining, drug-company employees conspired to keep prices high, according to a complaint filed by attorneys general of 20 states, including Washington.