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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: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:30:36 -0700


Confused about protein? Let’s clear up a few myths

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Are we eating too much protein? Not enough? Nutritionist Carrie Dennett wants to clear some things up.

End-of-life advice: Medicare covers the cost of care-planning sessions

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:00:49 -0700

In 2016, the first year health-care providers were allowed to bill for an end-of-life consultation, nearly 575,000 Medicare beneficiaries took part in the conversations, new federal data obtained by Kaiser Health News show.

Will citrus bergamot lower cholesterol? Maybe

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Citrus bergamia, the bergamot orange, acts on the same enzyme as red yeast rice and statins to lower cholesterol, but the results aren’t conclusive. Also: concave fingernails and bad reaction to ACE inhibitor blood pressure medicine.

Cancer drug trials encounter a problem: too few patients

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 15:24:06 -0700

There are too many experimental cancer drugs in too many clinical trials, and not enough patients to test them on.

Cool, marine air is blowing away the B.C. wildfire smoke right now

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:13:47 -0700

Smoke has blanketed the region and much of Washington state for more than a week.

Premiums set to rise amid health-law uncertainty

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:08:53 -0700

The Kaiser Family Foundation has compiled proposed insurance prices for coverage in 21 large U.S. cities next year. Insurers cite the Trump administration’s hostile policy messages as a reason for high prices.

Gene editing spurs hope for transplanting pig organs into humans

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:39:16 -0700

The experiments may make it possible one day to transplant livers, hearts and other organs from pigs into humans, a hope that experts had all but given up.

Deaths after gastric-balloon procedure for obesity investigated by FDA

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:37:18 -0700

In an alert issued Thursday, the FDA said that from 2016 to the present, five “unanticipated deaths” had occurred within a month or less in patients who had liquid-filled gastric balloon systems implanted in their stomachs.

Study finds immunotherapy may prevent Type 1 diabetes

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:21:23 -0700

After a quarter-century of failed efforts to treat diabetes with an immune therapy, the experimental treatment appeared to quell the immune system’s assaults on the body’s insulin-production machinery.

Why you should give potatoes and pasta a break

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:15:00 -0700

Health nuts tend to diss starchy foods like potatoes, pasta and white rice. But they’re not all bad. Nutritionist Carrie Dennett explains the power of these humble foods.

Family sues PSE, saying daughter, 18, was electrocuted while tubing the Puyallup River

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:36:53 -0700

While Madeline "Maddy" Roskie was floating down the river with her boyfriend, her legs went numb, then within seconds she fell unconscious, a lawsuit alleges.

Seattle-area haze from B.C. wildfires isn’t going anywhere yet

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:51:19 -0700

Cooler marine air could push some of the smoke away, but there are no guarantees.

Another migraine? Try a milkshake

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Q: After 50 years of almost daily migraine headaches, I found out by accident that drinking a Starbucks Frappuccino would knock out my pain immediately. Then I got a migraine during a wild thunder and lightning storm on a remote road, without a Starbucks in sight. I went to a McDonald’s instead and had a […]

#BlameCanada for Seattle’s wildfire haze? No, don’t blame Canada, Canadians say

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:10:47 -0700

The smoky haze, from dozen of British Columbia wildfires, has settled upon Washington state for yet another day. But is it Canada's fault?

When will Seattle’s wildfire haze blow away? No one knows, but heat will persist

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:13:34 -0700

British Columbia has seen its worst wildfire season in six decades. And we're seeing the smoky remnants here in Seattle as we enter a fourth day of haze.

10 health tips to stay safe during Seattle’s smoky haze

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 12:58:15 -0700

The haze that's settled upon the Seattle region could last into next week. Here are some tips to keep safe from the unhealthy air.

Remember your future self: How to fight impulse decisions for a healthier you

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:31:27 -0700

Eat that doughnut now, suffer the consequences of a sugar crash later. Impulse decisions can mess with your long-term diet and exercise goals, so it’s important to think about your future self and be mindful.

Scorched? 5 tips to stay cool at night during Seattle’s heat wave

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:09:45 -0700

Since record-keeping began, the Seattle area has seen overnight temps remain above 67 degrees just 13 times. This week it could even be warmer at nighttime. Here's how to stay cool and sleep well.

Seattle could see near triple-digit temps this week — and it’s not expected to cool down much at night

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:13:25 -0700

A heat wave this week could push temperatures to record levels. The National Weather Service is warning people to stay cool and be careful.

Statins causing muscle aches? Spice to the rescue

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The People’s Pharmacy folks suggest curcumin, an important component of the yellow spice turmeric, might help with the statin problem. Also: greasy brew won’t help your toenails, and kiwis might cure canker sores.