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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, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700


Lowering cholesterol by eating fat

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Q. I enjoyed your article about saturated fats. My husband and I have been eating saturated fat and avoiding all the “white stuff” like flour and sugar. We have been separating “fuels” by having protein and fats or lean protein with healthy carbs at our meals. I have lost 30 pounds. My cholesterol went from […]

New study shows prolonged sitting highest risk for early death

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

In a new study, scientists found strong statistical correlations between sitting and mortality. The men and women who sat for the most hours every day had the highest risk for early death, especially if this sitting often continued for longer than 30 minutes at a stretch.

Pale is the new tan, dermatologist tells patients

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

A Florida dermatologist doesn’t mince words when it comes to skin cancer: Protect yourself from the sun or else.

Shedding new light on hospice care: no need to wait for the ‘brink of death’

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Although hospices now serve more than 1.4 million people a year, this specialized type of care, meant for people with six months or less to live, continues to evoke resistance, fear and misunderstanding.

Woman runs up 1,000 days in a row of running

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:38:44 -0700

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman is running up a running streak, having just completed her 1,000th day straight of running. Nashua resident Beth Whipple was surprised by her friends on the occasion Wednesday. WMUR-TV reports ( ) the woman has been running every single day since the day after Christmas 2014. She’s […]

Why it’s worth embracing ancient wheat

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:15:40 -0700

Emmer and einkorn are higher in fiber and protein than standard modern wheat and richer in many antioxidant nutrients.

Ice cravings could be a sign of celiac disease

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Q. My wife developed an intense ice craving. She crunched ice relentlessly at home and even when we ate out. As it turned out, she was seriously anemic and osteoporotic as well. After almost four years of iron pills and blood infusions, a biopsy of her small intestines revealed celiac disease. This was in the […]

Depressed? Genetics affect how drugs work

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Thanks to the relatively new field of pharmacogenomics doctors can potentially bypass some of the “trial and error” phase traditionally inherent in prescribing antidepressant medication.

Life after the storm: advice from kids who survived Katrina

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Therapists and social scientists have been trying to characterize the effects of all variety of traumas on children for more than a century. They have found no equations, no way to predict who will be laid low, who will adjust or who will become stronger.

University of Oregon student’s wrongful-death trial begins

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:28:59 -0700

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer representing the mother of a University of Oregon student who died during a meningococcal outbreak told jurors at a civil trial that the emergency room doctor who examined the young woman was too hasty in his decision to send her home to rest. The doctor at the hospital near […]

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 01:05:38 -0700

A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may reflect other miscarriage risks for the women, and not the flu shots.

Does trendy turmeric live up to the hype?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Linked to a long list of health benefits, turmeric has gained a following lately. What can turmeric do and how can you use it?

How to avoid blood clots on a flight to Europe

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Graedons also hear from a health provider about how to manage weaning patients off antidepressants.

Breathe easy: Cool air and rain moving into Puget Sound, haze moving out

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:29:47 -0700

The predicted high for Friday of 71 degrees is expected to be the last of 71 consecutive days with a high temperature at or above 70 degrees, the National Weather Service says.

Here are the largest wildfires in Washington state, Oregon

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:15:01 -0700

Continued dry weather and wind are contributing to the growth of wildfires in Washington and Oregon, which have threatened homes, prompted evacuations, closed some popular ski resorts and hiking trains and caused the governor of Washington to declare a state of emergency. Ash from the fires has even fallen on the Seattle area. Close to […]

French fashion giants ban ultra-skinny models

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 04:51:10 -0700

PARIS — Two of the world’s biggest luxury-goods conglomerates will stop working with unhealthily thin fashion models, as part of a joint charter signed Wednesday that aims to protect their health. The pact adopted by French corporations LVMH and Kering, which own brands like Dior, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, incorporates — and goes beyond — […]

‘What the Health?’ documentary takes pro-vegan agenda too far

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

While “What the Health?” gets some things right about plant-based diets, local dietitians were “shocked” by some of its overstatements and nebulous health claims.

How to combat flaky skin and beard

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Q. I get bad beard flakes. I also get flaky dry skin and redness on my temples, the bridge of my nose and my forehead. I use Cetaphil cleanser but would love to get rid of the flakes. A. What you are describing sounds suspiciously like seborrheic dermatitis. Your dermatologist can determine if that is […]

New app ships birth control to women, no doctor’s visit required

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:23:04 -0700

Nurx also automatically refills the prescription every three months.

The nutritional upside of being a foodie

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

An annual food-and-health survey says foodies shop with an eye to both taste and nutrition, prioritizing foods that are free from artificial ingredients, high in healthy components, and minimally processed.