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

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Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:54:06 -0700

A new survey suggests many pessimistic feelings held by people earlier in life take an optimistic turn as they move toward old age.

Have you made friends with fiber? Why you should

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

And to get you started, try this recipe for Coconutty Banana-Carrot Bran Muffins, full of both fiber and flavor.

Prescription drug costs on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:30:43 -0700

Direct-to-consumer advertising by drug companies is big. And, as nearly everyone who watches TV knows, it’s getting bigger.

South Seattle’s DADS unites men in fatherhood and brotherhood

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Fathers find faith, advice, support and community connections at Divine Alternatives for Dads Services, or DADS.

Pill splitting saves money, but is it a good idea?

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Also in this week’s column: the dangers of amitriptyline and the opioid crisis.

Do you need to give up alcohol to lose weight? Not necessarily

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Despite thousands of studies spanning decades, alcohol remains one of the most controversial and confusing topics for people concerned about controlling their weight.

Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:40:15 -0700

Scientists have been finding evidence that loud noise — from rock concerts, leaf blowers, power tools and the like — damages our hearing in a previously unsuspected way. It can rob our ability to understand conversation in a noisy setting, says a Harvard researcher.

Fact-checking the rhetoric around the GOP health bill

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:04:09 -0700

Many of the criticisms of Obamacare from Trump and his team are cherry-picked or misleading.

Not all ‘processed foods’ are created equal: which ones to avoid

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700

The scale of “processed foods” goes from prewashed salad greens and frozen berries to Twinkies and Cheetos. Here’s how to think beyond “processed” and about nutrition.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, author of ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband,’ dies at 51

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:10:06 -0700

Knowing that her time was limited, Rosenthal used the “Modern Love” column in the New York Times to memorialize her marriage and offer her husband, Jason, an opportunity to find a new love.

Should Seattle tax sugary drinks? Here’s what the health research says — and doesn’t say

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants a tax on sodas and other sugary drinks, in part to reduce consumption and improve health.

Cherry juice can bring sweet relief from gout

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Cherry juice has helped some people with the painful disorder; also, a reader wonders, what is Asafoetida good for? And, probiotics are good for more than your gut.

Water: It’s that important

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Water does more than just quench our thirst. It keeps our body temperature normal. It lubricates and cushions our joints. It protects sensitive tissues like spinal cords and growing babies. And it flushes unwanted waste from our bodies.

Los Angeles keeps building near freeways, even though living there makes people sick

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:49:34 -0800

Air-quality officials have long warned about the health hazards of building homes near freeways, but elected officials and business groups argue that Los Angeles is so thoroughly crisscrossed by the roads that restricting growth near them is impractical.

How to deal with motion sickness

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 11:22:03 -0800

Four strategies for conquering — or at least reducing — the unpleasant malady that can hit you on car, boat or plane trips.

Americans having less sex, new study finds

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 13:39:13 -0800

In the analysis by psychology professor Jean Twenge, people in the United States on average had sex about nine fewer times per year from 2010-14 than they did during the peak period of 1995-99, according to the nation’s leading survey of Americans’ behaviors and attitudes.

Bacon, soda & too few nuts tied to big portion of US deaths

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:04:05 -0800

CHICAGO (AP) — Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Overeating or not eating enough of the 10 foods and nutrients contributes to nearly half of U.S. deaths from these causes, the study suggests. “Good” foods that were under-eaten […]

An organized pantry is magic, and now’s the time to make it happen

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0800

No need for Marie Kondo here, but when it comes to spring-cleaning your kitchen, its pays to be ruthless.

Are you getting too much protein?

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:43:25 -0800

The hype says everyone needs more protein, but that might not be the case.

Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 06:03:05 -0800

Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well. The company said data collected by the millions of Fitbit trackers in use show that people are averaging less than the recommended seven hours of sleep a night, and the Zs people do get aren't necessarily the right kind of sleep.