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Ask Dr. K: Pain can be relieved without drugs or surgery

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have constant knee and hip pain. How can I relieve my pain without drugs or surgery?

Ask Dr. K: Services are available to care for ailing parents

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a working mother. I also care for my ill and aging father. Are there professionals or services that can help me care for him? DEAR READER: There can be plenty of rewards in caring for an ailing parent. My parents both died suddenly while apparently healthy, so I never faced this situation. But I’ve had many patients and friends who have told me that they got closer to their parents in the process of caring for them.

‘Story walk’ focuses on fun, fitness

The North Central Public Health District and The Dalles Main Street Program invite area families to enjoy “Story Walk.” This fun, free event offers families of young children an opportunity to combine physical activity with literacy.

Ask Dr. K: Choose right kind of fish during pregnancy

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently found out that I’m pregnant. I’d like to continue eating fish, but I understand some fish contain mercury, which could be harmful to my baby. What fish should I avoid?

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Editorial: More solid footing

Mid-Columbia Medical Center has had no shortage of forward-thinking strategies in the past two decades.

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MCMC, OHSU expand plans

Records and care providers are focus of pact

Ask Dr. K: Erectile dysfunction drugs are all about timing

DEAR READER: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem faced, to one degree or another, by many middle-aged and older men. Since sildenafil (Viagra) was launched in 1998, men have been turning to medication to help address this problem.

Ask Dr. K: A little about iodine and your thyroid gland

DEAR DOCTOR K: I cook with kosher salt, which doesn’t contain iodine. Am I getting enough iodine in my diet? Can I get iodine from other foods?

Ask Dr. K: How you can treat and prevent athlete’s foot

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have athlete’s foot. How can I get rid of it? And how can I make sure I don’t get it again?

Ask Dr. K: Different cancers may need different treatments

DEAR DOCTOR K: I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. My doctor says my cancer is slow-growing and that we should just monitor it for now. Why not treat it right away?

Ask Dr. K: Arsenal of remedies can help children with allergies

DEAR DOCTOR K: My 7-year-old daughter suffers from allergies every spring and fall. What can I do?

Ask Dr. K: Optical and computer aids help those with poor vision

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have poor vision that is making it more and more difficult for me to live independently. Are there tools that can help with my day-to-day activities?

Ask Dr. K: Treatments for actinic keratosis rarely leave scars

DEAR DOCTOR K: I saw my doctor about a patch of rough, brown skin that I noticed on my upper arm. He said it is actinic keratosis and needs to be removed. Is it cancer? How will it be removed?

Ask Dr. K: Skin damage caused by sun

DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 40s, the skin on my hands and face has started to change. What happens to our skin as we age?

Ask Dr. K: New treatments hold promise for those with Hepatitis C

DEAR DOCTOR K: My son has a hepatitis C infection, based on a blood test. The doctor says he’s OK now, but could someday become seriously ill. I hear there are new treatments for hepatitis C. Is there reason for optimism?

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