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Ask Dr. K: Advanced cholesterol testing useful for some

DEAR DOCTOR K: Should I request “advanced” cholesterol testing at my next checkup?

Innovators battle obesity with science

Oregon ranks 28th in the nation in overall obesity rates with 27.3% of its adult population classified as obese.

Whooping cough diagnosed in North Central

North Central Public Health District has been notified of two school-age residents from separate communities in the district with lab-confirmed pertussis (also known as whooping cough) over the past couple of weeks.

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?

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