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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: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:09:02 -0700


Having a panic attack? 10 quick tips to lessen your anxiety

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:37:44 -0700

Not all of these tips will work for everyone, but if just one of them can help you avoid a panic attack, it’s worth keeping in your bag of tricks.

Has your diet become your religion? How to find balance in your food choices

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:20:26 -0700

Pick pretty much any religion or fad diet and you’ll find certain elements in common. Strict guidelines. The promise of personal transformation. But rigidity in your diet is not always the best option.

EmCare ‘ambushing’ patients with surprise ER bills, study says

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:32:28 -0700

A study released Monday found that the rate of out-of-network doctor’s bills for customers of one large insurer jumped when EmCare, one of the nation’s largest emergency-rooms physician-staffing companies, entered a hospital.

Why watermelon is good for you

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0700

It’s low in calories, contains healthy doses of vitamins A and C and far less potassium than honeydew and cantaloupe.

Coconut oil: It’s really not that good for you

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:46:01 -0700

Coconut oil's growing reputation as a health food is unearned and undeserved, writes nutritionist Carrie Dennett.

Doomed GOP plan leaves health-care industry in legislative limbo

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 13:12:53 -0700

Few health insurers, hospitals or doctors seem to know how to approach the next chapter in American health care now that Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act have all but collapsed.

Wasabi crisis averted with vinegar

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Other home-y remedies: coconut for GI inflammation, turmeric mixed with almond milk.

How to get over heartbreak (hint: quit talking about your ex)

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Studies have found, for example, that keeping a journal can make you even more miserable, as can mentioning your ex all the time.

How to make strawberry freezer jam and blueberry-balsamic shrub

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:35:57 -0700

Berries are a fabulous source of antioxidants and anthocyanins; eat lots while they’re ripe in the Northwest, and save some for later, too.

Communion bread must contain some gluten, Vatican says

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:49:55 -0700

Altar breads made with rice, potato, tapioca or other flours in place of wheat won’t cut it under the new rule from Rome: The host must “contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the confection of bread.”

Instead of counting sheep, try Sea-Bands for sleeplessness

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Sea-Bands may do more than alleviate seasickness; Cetaphil will suffocate those pesky lice; spearmint and lavender help creaky joints.

What to blame for your stomach bug? Not always the last thing you ate

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 08:00:00 -0700

While it’s hard to know for sure, there are clues that might help you determine the source of your illness and reduce your risk in the future.

WeConnect’s app helps addicts navigate the journey to recovery

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Daniela Luzi Tudor knows what it’s like to try ending a drug and alcohol dependency on one’s own. So she launched a company that helps recovering addicts track their activities and easily reach out to sponsors or friends when they need help.

Kefir: even better than yogurt for gut health?

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s another way to ferment milk, using a kefir culture, known as kefir grains. Nutritionist Carrie Dennett explores a couple different ways to make it and shares her tips.

Popular stomach acid blockers linked to higher death rates

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:41:24 -0700

The drugs are sold under brand names such as Prilosec, Nexium, Protonix and Zegerid, along with generic versions such as omeprazole, lansoprazole and pantoprazole.

Reader recommends magic mushrooms to prevent cluster headaches

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Joe and Teresa Graedon caution that the FDA considers psilocybin a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has no currently accepted medical use. Meanwhile, other readers have questions about thyroid and diabetes meds.

Mind meets body: When anxiety masks a medical problem

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:04:00 -0700

Psychiatric Times published a “partial listing” of 47 medical illnesses, ranging from cardiac arrhythmias to pancreatic cancer, that may first present as anxiety.

Boost your brain health with the MIND diet

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

What happens when the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet meet? The MIND diet, a combination worth considering to help you stay mentally sharp as you get older.

Red yeast rice sends cholesterol plunging

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Q. Ten years ago, I had a heart attack. I was sent home from the hospital with eight different prescription medications. Within two months, I felt like a 90-year-old arthritic, although I was only 55 at the time. I told my doctor about the effects of the medications. He took me off one med each […]

Is coffee your friend or foe? Genetics makes a difference

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:30:00 -0700

More than half of American adults drink coffee daily. But how does that caffeine affect us, biologically? It depends on genetics.