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Scientists seek super-shot for flu 100 years after pandemic

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:01:01 -0800

A century after one of history's most catastrophic disease outbreaks, scientists are rethinking how to guard against another super-flu like the 1918 influenza that killed tens of millions. Researchers hope they're finally closing in on stronger flu shots.

What’s new in food and nutrition for 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0800

From packaging to shopping to the flavors themselves, here’s what to look for in terms of nutrition in 2018.

Passenger with measles flew through Chicago’s O’Hare

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:53:35 -0800

CHICAGO (AP) — State health officials are advising anyone who was at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport last Wednesday and hasn’t been vaccinated for measles to get tested for the highly contagious disease. The Illinois Department of Public Heath recommendation comes after a passenger on a flight who flew in and out of the airport that […]

There’s a cure for toe fungus in your pantry: apple cider vinegar

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ questions. This week: using apple cider vinegar on feet fungus; herbal teas for coughs; the laxative effect of magnesium.

Got the flu? Here’s what to do: stay home and avoid other people

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:00:40 -0800

If you or someone in your household or workplace is ill, there’s a chance it’s the flu. Even though the departments of public health in King and Pierce counties reported that cases of the flu were not above expected predictions or higher than those reported last year, it is flu season after all; and the Washington State […]

More than 400 sickened in norovirus outbreak at Tacoma-area restaurants

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:01:54 -0800

The affected customers experienced one to two days of symptoms, which include vomiting and diarrhea, about 24 to 36 hours after eating at the restaurant, the health department reported.

Hummus and spice are nutritious and nice

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:06:32 -0800

Hummus is gaining in popularity in the U.S., and you’ll find it in many a refrigerator now. It’s nutritious and tasty. But have you hade homemade hummus? It’s worth it.

Combating acid reflux with cough drops

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ questions. This week: relieving indigestion with lozenges; the benefits of berries; grape juice is great, the sugar not so much.

Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

The study of 541 boys and girls in China, ages 9 to 11, was published Dec. 21 in Scientific Reports.

Nursing-home care suffers as companies outsource to related firms, siphoning off profits

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 00:01:00 -0800

In an increasingly common practice, owners of nursing homes contract out a wide variety of functions to other companies they control, obscuring how much money they make as well as providing legal protection against big verdicts over residents’ care.

Fiber is good for you. Now scientists may know why.

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:41:32 -0800

While the benefits of eating fiber are clear, it’s not so clear why fiber is so great. Recent research indicates the fiber we eat feeds billions of bacteria in our guts and keeping them happy means our intestines and immune systems remain in good working order.

‘It’s either fight or die’: How a Seattle woman fended off a machete-wielding man on New Year’s Day

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 06:00:51 -0800

After a long, late shift at a Ballard eatery, Lillian Germond was walking into her apartment building. That's when the man attacked, armed with a long blade. But soon, the attacker became the prey. "He was a coward," Germond's boyfriend said.

A few quick thoughts on that diet you are about to fail

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:18:12 -0800

An essay about diets, body image, and self-love.

A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of 2 superbugs

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:22:39 -0800

Scientists think the microbes’ improved ability to metabolize the sugar meant that they also produced more C. difficile toxins — making the bacteria far more virulent.

Can you disease-proof yourself? Why appearances are deceiving

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:00:00 -0800

Research shows that people who have four key healthy habits have the lowest risk of dying before their time, and that risk is the same regardless of body weight.

Wary of what comes out of taps, startups join quest for untreated water

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 21:54:53 -0800

Startups like Live Water in Oregon and Tourmaline Spring in Maine have emerged in the last few years to deliver untreated water on demand. What adherents share is a wariness of tap water, particularly the fluoride added to it and the lead pipes that some of it passes through.

New drugs knock back cancer but trigger bizarre side effects

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:55:02 -0800

A growing number of patients treated with immunotherapy drugs are warning of complications, because “not all doctors know all the side effects.” One drug gave a patient “almost every ‘itis’ you can get.”

Weight Watchers partners with DJ Khaled to represent the company’s brand

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 13:07:43 -0800

NEW YORK (AP) — Weight Watchers International climbed after it struck a deal with producer and recording artist DJ Khaled, who will represent the brand to millions of followers on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. DJ Khaled, whose Rihanna-featuring “Wild Thoughts” was one of 2017’s biggest hits, “will document his experience and progress on the […]

For some illnesses, home remedies are just what the doctor ordered

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Does your child have an ear infection? A respiratory infection? Here’s what to do.

How good are gummy supplements?

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Joe and Teresa Graedon answer readers’ concerns. This week: assessing the accuracy of gummy-supplement labels; an old-fashioned treatment for hypothyroidism; and being aware of drug interactions.