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Sugar tied to fatal heart woes; soda’s a culprit

CHICAGO — Could too much sugar be deadly? The biggest study of its kind suggests the answer is yes, at least when it comes to fatal heart problems.

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FDA nonsmoking ads aim at teens

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is using ads that depict yellow teeth and wrinkled skin to show the nation’s at-risk youth the costs associated with cigarette smoking.

Ask Dr. K: Different pain relievers might be cause of hearing loss

DEAR DOCTOR K: I saw my doctor for some problems with my hearing. Why did she want a detailed list of my medications?

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Putting her heart into health

After a blocked artery led to surgery, Bonnie Sperry learned to embrace heart-healthy practices

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Ask Dr. K: Heart failure often manageable, at times unpredictable

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor says I have heart failure. Are there symptoms I should be looking out for that would indicate my condition is getting worse?

Ask Dr. K: Cardiac rehab involves more than exercise

DEAR DOCTOR K: My father recently had a heart attack. His doctor recommended cardiac rehab, but he refuses to go because he “already has a gym membership.” How important is cardiac rehab?

Tax advocate: Avoid health care tax surprises

WASHINGTON — It’s not too early to start thinking about the tax implications of health care reform.

Ask Dr. K: Febrile seizures in kids usually have no long-term effects

DEAR DOCTOR K: My 9-month-old daughter had a seizure last time she had a high fever. The pediatrician said it could happen again. What do I need to know?

Ask Dr. K: Elevated eye pressure could indicate glaucoma

DEAR DOCTOR K: At my last appointment, my ophthalmologist mentioned something about elevated eye pressure. What could this mean?

Ask Dr. K: Make your deli sandwich a healthy meal

DEAR DOCTOR K: A deli sandwich is my go-to lunch most days of the week. Any suggestions for making my sandwiches healthier?

Foundation seeks philanthropy nominees

The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2014 Tradition of Compassion Philanthropy Awards. Award recipients will be selected in four categories: Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Community Service Organization, Outstanding Philanthropist and Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation.

Ask Dr. K: Exercise is the best feel-good step you can take

DEAR DOCTOR K: When I’m tired, the last thing I want to do is exercise. But my wife says that exercising will actually boost my energy. Is she right?

Flu cases strike the gorge

Cases of influenza have been reported to North Central Public Health District in recent weeks.

Ask Dr. K: Sexually active women must find right birth control pill

DEAR DOCTOR K: I've recently become sexually active and I'm planning to go on the pill. But there are so many different types of birth control pills. Which one is right for me?


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