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Ask Dr. K: Talk to your kids early about cyber-bullying

DEAR DOCTOR K: My daughter will be starting middle school this year. How can I protect her from cyberbullying?

Ask Dr. K: Use precautions when taking acetaminophen

DEAR DOCTOR K: As I’ve entered my 50s, I find myself reaching for Tylenol more often for my aches and pains. Should I be aware of any safety precautions?

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"Mystery pipe" dumps human waste in Mill Creek

Since at least August 2012, a “mystery pipe” has been dumping extremely high levels of human waste into Mill Creek, and officials so far cannot find its source, despite extensive efforts.

Ask Dr. K: Limit time your kids spend playing video games

DEAR DOCTOR K: My son plays a lot of video games. What do I need to know about them? And how can I make sure they don’t become a problem?

Ask Dr. K: Protect your skin to prevent future sun damage

DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm in my 60s and already have a lot of wrinkles. What can a dermatologist do for me that will make a difference but not be hugely expensive?

Ask Dr. K: Our ‘microbiome’ may affect our health

DEAR DOCTOR K: Do the germs that live on or in us affect our health?

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Surgery gives long-term help for obese diabetics

WASHINGTON — New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients’ diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.

Ask Dr. K: ‘Good’ germs can be beneficial to our health

DEAR DOCTOR K: Are all germs dangerous to our health?

Ask Dr. K: Mental exercises may help slow age related memory loss

DEAR DOCTOR K: As I get older, I’ve noticed that I have more trouble remembering certain types of information. But other types of memory are as strong as ever. Is this true, or just wishful thinking on my part?

Ask Dr. K: Studies show that drinking tea is healthy

DEAR DOCTOR K: Is drinking tea good for my health? Which type has the most health benefits?

Ask Dr. K: Daily aspirin offers protection against heart disease

DEAR DOCTOR K: What are the risks of taking a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke?

Ask Dr. K: Lung cancer screening recommended for people at high risk

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a longtime smoker. Do I need to be screened for lung cancer even if I don’t have any symptoms?

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.

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