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Read consumer news and advice about health and wellness, including diet and nutrition, fitness, alternative medicine, and medical innovation.

Last Build Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0800


Woebot, the robot therapist, will see you now

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0800

Mobile talk-therapy and life-coaching apps are proliferating as traditional therapy remains difficult to obtain

Will fish-oil supplements help with dry eye?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Research studies looking into the benefits of omega-3 fatty-acid supplements have found fewer dry-eye symptoms in people who take the supplement.

Better brain health, a sip at a time

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Q: My husband and I are in our early 60s and lead an active lifestyle, working in town and living on a homestead with livestock. My husband spent 25 years in the military and also was a competitive runner, so he has flat feet and hip pain. Both of us worry about our cardio and […]

Insurer UnitedHealth to buy Everett Clinic operator for $4.9 billion as lines blur in health care

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:46:41 -0800

UnitedHealth will acquire DaVita’s physician group for about $4.9 billion in cash. DaVita Medical Group operates nearly 300 clinics across a half-dozen states — including the Everett Clinic, which provides care to patients in Snohomish and King counties.

Viagra goes generic: Pfizer to launch own little white pill

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:36:18 -0800

Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence pill gets its first generic competition next week.

Menstrual cup is a real game-changer for that time of the month

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:56:13 -0800

The DivaCup is a flexible, silicone cup that folds into a u-shape and then rounds back out when placed in the vagina. “It’s essentially a bendy shot glass.”

Sleep tight: Are you ignoring one of the pillars of good health?

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:15:00 -0800

Skimp on sleep, and your body will make you regret it. Here are tips for a healthful sleep cycle.

Aetna bid pushes CVS deeper into consumers’ lives

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:44:11 -0800

Q&A: The $69 billion acquisition may hinge on the Trump administration’s approach to antitrust enforcement.

It’s never too early to start lowering your risk for dementia

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Research suggests that the value of cognitively stimulating activities builds up over a lifetime.

Drugs to battle heartburn linked to depression

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ questions. This week: the side effects of taking proton-pump inhibitors such as Prilosec; information about the injectable cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha; preservative-free eyedrops.

Australia’s flu season has U.S. health officials bracing for a bad winter, and wanting a new vaccine

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:43:35 -0800

In the land down under, where the 2017 flu season is now a wrap, public health officials reported record-high rates of flu, as well as above-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths.

Fight off colds and flu by keeping your gut healthy

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0800

Sure, you can wash your hands and get a flu shot, but your diet can play a big role in preventing colds and the flu this winter.

What you need to know about diabetes

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Type 2 diabetes can often be prevented if it’s caught before it becomes full-blown diabetes. A key element in prevention is watching watch you eat.

Drugs for pain and depression added up to a dangerous cocktail

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ questions. This week: mixing pain relievers with antidepressants; how to get the most out of vitamin D; allergy relief.

Interested in acupuncture? A look at Seattle-area options

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The Puget Sound Consumers’ Checkbook undercover shoppers called a sample of area acupuncturists for their fees for private treatment of arthritic knee pain and were quoted prices ranging from $35 to $275 for an initial private session.

How to navigate the holiday food gantlet

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

This season, it’s possible to have your health and eat pie, too. Follow these nutritionists’ tips.

13 tips for avoiding Thanksgiving stress

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:42 -0800

Dr. Nancy Goldov, a Seattle psychologist, has a few tips about how to avoid too much stress this holiday week.

Nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:28:33 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors. That’s less than commonly cited estimates from more than 35 years ago, a result of new research methods and changes in American society. Smoking rates have […]

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:52:15 -0800

CHICAGO (AP) — Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in U.S. girls, a 15-year study of emergency room visits found. It’s unclear why, but some mental health experts think cyberbullying, substance abuse and economic stress from the recent recession might be contributing. The rising rates “should be of […]

Snohomish County activates emergency response to opioid crisis

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:11:11 -0800

The county's designation of the opioid crisis means efforts to stop it will be more coordinated. Deputies and social workers will share data and information to see what's working.