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Medical scare changes woman’s life

Mother of two has made exercise a priority

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Family fights bad heart history

Diet, exercise play key role in battle

Ask Dr. K: Addiction risk from painkillers is usually low

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has prescribed prescription painkillers — opioids — for my severe back pain. They relieve my pain, but how can I reduce my risk of becoming hooked? DEAR READER: Simply being aware of the risk of addiction is a good first step in ensuring that you do not become addicted to prescription painkillers. I’ll explain a little bit about painkillers. Then I’ll describe some steps you can take to prevent addiction.

Health worker training course available free

The Nuestra Comunidad Sana, a program of The Next Door, is bringing Community Health Worker (CHW) training to the gorge region. Participants who complete the rigorous 90 hour course requirements are eligible for certification as CHWs in Oregon.

Portland agency to serve Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties

A Portland based in-home care company has added a branch in Hood River, and will be serving The Dalles, Hood River and surrounding areas. Helping Hands Home Care NW president Toby Forsberg said in a press release, “In a growth industry with the demand we have seen throughout our service territory, it made sense to add a branch in the communities of Hood River and The Dalles.

Letter to the editor: Don’t let fear rule

To the editor: After reading the letters to the editor regarding the tie plant, it becomes quite obvious that “fear” rules the thinking (It’s the What Ifs). It’s not “rocket science” to correct the problem!

Letter to the editor: Stay healthy

To the editor: Each year 1 of every 3 women die from heart disease or stroke compared to 1 in 30 from breast cancer.

Psychological first aid training available

The Wasco County Medical Reserve Corps is hosting a Psychological First Aid Training in The Dalles on Friday, Jan, 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue.

Health district split proceeding

Kathy Schwartz, a former director of the then-Wasco-Sherman Health Department, has volunteered to help Wasco County as it prepares to leave the regional public health district. Schwartz, an RN with a master’s degree in public health administration, joined the department in 1991 and was its director from 1999 to 2007. She still works in health care locally.

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Rethinking obesity

Childhood obesity local “epidemic,” state taskforce seeks cause, cure

Ask Dr. K: Asthma plan will help during an emergency

DEAR DOCTOR K: My son was recently diagnosed with asthma. His doctor wants to put together an asthma “action plan.” What is that? DEAR READER: Asthma is a complicated and serious disease. It can behave differently from hour to hour and from day to day. A person with asthma needs a plan for what to do at each stage of the disease. I’ll describe the elements of the plan in a minute, but first a little background on asthma itself.

Ask Dr. K: The newer hearing aids are often invisible

DEAR DOCTOR K: After years of living with hearing loss, I am soon going to get my first hearing aid. Anything I should know ahead of time to be prepared? DEAR READER: The first thing many new users of hearing aids notice is that sounds seem strange. Think of how different your own voice sounds when you listen to a tape recording of yourself. You may also be more aware than ever before of your footsteps, your car’s motor, the sounds you make as you chew your food, and just about any other environmental noise. Many hearing aids can be adjusted to lower the volume of unwanted noise. But more important, with time, your brain will get better at tuning it out.

Ask Dr. K: Handling grief differs from person to person

DEAR DOCTOR K: My spouse passed away last year, and I am still grieving. Is this normal? DEAR READER: By coincidence, I’m writing this reply to your question on the 51st anniversary of my father’s death. He died very young. This is a sad day — at least for me, this grief never fully ends.

Dr. K: Maintain healthy eating habits during menopause

DEAR DOCTOR K: Does menopause cause weight gain? DEAR READER: In the United States, women typically go through menopause between 47 and 59 years of age. And the average woman gains about one pound per year around the time of menopause. Not surprisingly, we tend to assume that menopause causes weight gain. Research suggests that there is no direct link between menopause and weight gain. But menopause may play an indirect role.

Ask Dr. K: Second pneumonia vaccine is recommended

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m 70 years old. I already had a pneumonia vaccine, back when I was 65. At my checkup last week, my doctor said I need to get another one. Why? DEAR READER: I always like to hear that adults are staying up to date with their vaccinations, as you did when you received a dose of the PPSV23 (Pneumovax) vaccine at age 65. Pneumovax helps protect against pneumonia caused by one common type of bacteria, called pneumococcus.