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In California, chefs fight for bare-hand food contact

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the happy hour crowd poured in on a recent weeknight, the kitchen and bar staff at Hock Farm restaurant scrambled to meet the incoming orders.

Ask Dr. K: Review your lens options for cataract surgery

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m having cataract surgery in a few weeks. There are so many options for replacement lenses. Which one should I choose?

Gov. John Kitzhaber seeks Cover Oregon shake-up

SALEM — Oregon’s Gov. John Kitzhaber asked for a shake-up of Cover Oregon’s top leadership Thursday after an independent investigation found that state managers had repeatedly failed to heed reports about problems that prevented the online health insurance exchange from launching on time.

Ask Dr. K: New blood pressure guidelines come with controversy

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m 68 years old and I take blood-pressure lowering medication. What do the new blood pressure guidelines mean for people of my age?

Ask Dr. K: There are various causes for changes in urination

DEAR DOCTOR K: I am a 52-year-old man. When I finish urinating, I drip much more then I used to. And I have a stinging sensation in my urethra. What could cause this?

Ask Dr. K: Some helpful steps for family and friends of addicts

DEAR DOCTOR K: My brother is addicted to alcohol. How can I help him overcome his addiction?

Study: Vaccine cuts pneumonia in elderly

TRENTON, N.J. — Pfizer Inc. said Wednesday that its blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia, blood and other infections met its goal of preventing illness in vulnerable elderly patients in a huge study required by U.S. regulators.

FDA approves electric headband

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.

Ask Dr. K: Several ways to treat vaginal dryness

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve been bothered by vaginal dryness. Sex is painful. My doctor believes it’s vaginal atrophy due to menopause. Can you tell me more about this condition? How is it treated?

Ask Dr. K: Exercise releases chemicals to improve heart health

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard it many times: Regular exercise helps prevent cardiovascular disease. But how does it do that?

Ask Dr. K: March 12, 2014

DEAR DOCTOR K: Two friends recently had stents put in. What exactly is a stent? How does it work?

Ask Dr. K: How diabetes types differ

DEAR READER: Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are different diseases, but they share many things in common. Both types of diabetes are marked by elevated levels of blood glucose, or sugar. Type 2 diabetes, though, is much more common than Type 1 diabetes.

Ask Dr. K: Treating Addison’s disease requires lifelong hormone pills

DEAR DOCTOR K: I watched a documentary about President Kennedy around the 50th anniversary of his death last year. The program mentioned that he had something called Addison’s disease. What is that?

Grants aim at health gains

Funding will help coordinate Medicaid care

Ask Dr. K: Treating sleep apnea can also lower blood pressure

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a snorer. I read recently that treating snoring can affect blood pressure. Can you explain the connection?

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