Health and Fitness


Ask Dr. K: Red or brown urine should be checked by doctor

DEAR DOCTOR K: I sometimes have dark, strong-smelling urine. Should I be concerned?

Ask Dr. K: People with diabetes can lower risk of heart disease

DEAR DOCTOR K: When I was diagnosed with diabetes, my doctor said I am now also at increased risk for heart disease. What’s the connection?

Ask Dr. K: Stop drinking to prevent recurrence of pancreatitis

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor has diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis. Could this be related to my drinking? Can this condition be reversed? DEAR READER: Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas, the large gland that lies behind the stomach. (I’ve put an illustration of the pancreas on my website,

Ask Dr. K: Laparoscopy involves smaller incision, faster recovery

DEAR DOCTOR K: I need to have surgery in my abdominal area. My surgeon said he can do it “laparoscopically.” What does that mean?

Ask Dr. K: Puberty brings physical, emotional changes

DEAR DOCTOR K: What can I expect when my son goes through puberty?

Ask Dr. K: Prevention is key to avoid developing dementia

DEAR DOCTOR K: What is vascular dementia? Can it be prevented? DEAR READER: The term “dementia” describes a serious impairment of mental function. It may include memory loss, confusion, personality changes and the dwindling ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. The second most common is vascular dementia.

Ask Dr. K: Hip flexor strain requires rest, then stretching

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve strained a muscle where my hip meets my pelvis. What can I do to relieve the discomfort?

Ask Dr. K: Typical migraine sufferer doesn’t require brain scan

DEAR DOCTOR K: I regularly get terrible migraine headaches. My doctor has prescribed medication, but I still think I should have a brain scan to make sure there’s nothing more serious going on.

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Sisterhood of the Barrels

The crowd is quiet as T.J. Miles lines up for her sprint into the arena.

Ask Dr. K: Treat peripheral artery disease with lifestyle changes

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have PAD. It sounds like coronary artery disease of the legs. Is the treatment similar too?

Ask Dr. K: Mediterranean diet is the healthy way to go

DEAR DOCTOR K: I want to go on a diet and am trying to decide between low-fat, low-carb and Mediterranean. What do you think?

Ask Dr. K: Drivers with Alzheimer’s should stay off the road

DEAR DOCTOR K: My father has Alzheimer’s disease. Is it unsafe for him to drive?

New bereavement group makes three

Heart of Hospice is starting a second Hood River bereavement group for adults. Grief support groups are often portrayed as being depressing, boring, or too much to bear. In fact, support groups strive to be dynamic, supportive, and informative. Heart of Hospice offers three bereavement groups for adults.

Ask Dr. K: Vaccine reduces shingles risk in adults over 60

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have never had chickenpox. Do I still need to get a shingles vaccine?

Ask Dr. K: Statins have benefits beyond lowering cholesterol

DEAR DOCTOR K: I had bypass surgery last year, and I’ve been on two different statins. But I had severe muscle and joint pain. Do I really need to be on a statin? The side effects are awful for me.


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