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Ask Dr. K: Vaccine can reduce severity even after you’ve had shingles

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve already had shingles. Do I still need to get a shingles vaccine?

Ask Dr. K: Too much weight gain in pregnancy is bad

DEAR DOCTOR K: I am pregnant, and my doctor says that I’m gaining too much weight. I trust the doctor, but I’ve heard that it’s normal to gain weight during pregnancy. How much weight should a woman gain?

Ask Dr. K: Be careful — you could eat more than you should

DEAR DOCTOR K: Does eating several smaller meals throughout the day rather than three larger meals help with weight loss?

Ask Dr. K: Dehydration is often the culprit causing brittle nails

DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve gotten older, my fingernails have become very brittle. They chip, break and split easily. I’ve also noticed ridges. What can I do?

Greatest Need grants available to non-profits

The Area of Greatest Need Grant is available to non-profit programs and initiatives that improve health in the communities of Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Klickitat, Wheeler and Gilliam Counties.

Donate blood in September

PORTLAND — Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month.

Ask Dr. K: Antidepressants and weight

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor thinks I could benefit from an antidepressant. But I’ve heard that antidepressants cause weight gain and I’m already overweight. Do any antidepressants cause less weight gain than others?

Ask Dr. K: Study on TV’s health effects not conclusive

DEAR DOCTOR K: Is watching TV worse for your health than any other activities that keep you from being active?

Gorge health workers certified

Peña joins cadre for health outreach

Ask Dr. K: An alternative treatment for hot flashes

DEAR DOCTOR K: I have terrible hot flashes. My doctor no longer recommends hormone replacement therapy because he says it has heart risks. Is there anything else I can take?

Ask Dr. K: Good news in advances in immunotherapy

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’ve heard the term “immunotherapy” used by people who are discussing treatments for cancer and arthritis. What is immunotherapy?

Ask Dr. K: Cause of anovulation should be determined

DEAR DOCTOR K: I've always had infrequent periods, but I never thought much of it. My doctor recently used the word "anovulatory" to explain why I've had trouble getting pregnant. What does this mean? Could the two be connected?

Ask Dr. K: Stick with ‘good’ carbs as part of a healthy diet

DEAR DOCTOR K: In your column you often distinguish between “good” and “bad” carbohydrates. What makes a carb good or bad?

Ask Dr. K: Age-related changes can affect the GI tract

DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 70s, I’ve noticed that my eating and bowel habits have changed. Is this normal?

Ask Dr. K: Is there a link between obesity and lack of sleep?

DEAR DOCTOR K: I recently saw a headline that said children who sleep less weigh more. Is that true? How much sleep should my preschooler and first-grader get each night?

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