Health and Fitness


‘Tis the season for respiratory virus

Beware of RSV, a huge threat to the, babies, toddlers

There may be something in the air this holiday season, and it’s not snow. It’s something much less festive — respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

High blood pressure guidelines changing

More people suddenly have high blood

Check that blood pressure reading again. You may be in more danger that you thought.

Get vaccinated now

Influenza on the rise in Washington

Influenza illnesses are increasing and health officials at the Washington State Department of Health urge Washingtonians to get a flu shot now. Officials also want people to avoid spreading the flu and to know when it’s okay to be cared for at home and when they should get medical care.

Manage pain with technology

Digital apps have long existed to help people lose weight or track exercise, and now, developers are providing new high-tech ways for those living with chronic pain to track key measures of their conditions – providing a solution to one of the biggest challenges patients face.

Stay hydrated to give blood

Planning to give blood at the next American Red Cross Blood drive?

Easy ways to stay healthy through the holidays

Between all those holiday festivities and extra seasonal chores, it can be difficult to always stay on top of your health. Here are some easy ways to prioritize wellness this time of year.

Focus on how you live

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and health officials are reaching out to raise awareness.

Do doctors wash their hands?

When you check into the hospital, are you aware of whether the doctors wash their hands?

Kale with poultry tested for Listeria

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a public health alert for possible Listeria contamination of poultry products produced by Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods of Portland, Ore.

Influenza activity picking up

State health officials are already seeing influenza cases across the state, and they expect the number to rise in the coming weeks. People are urged to get a flu shot now as the best line of defense against flu.

Clearing the path for further physicians

New programs help students change majors to medicine

The need for more doctors is being felt all over the county and helping to clear the path for potential medical persons is the Masters of Arts Medical Sciences program being offered at Heritage University in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest University.

Finding better suicide prevention methods

Although suicide is a difficult topic to discuss, it is an important one because prevention methods need improvement. Baylor College of Medicine’s Dr. John Oldham said.

Key to urinary health starts in the gut

As most women who have suffered urinary health issues know, such conditions can be irritating and uncomfortable.

Helping Harvey victims

Middle School AVID classes are collecting school supplies for Humble Middle School students, which was affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Senior Expo planned

A consumer fair for senior citizens will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Fairbridge Inn, 1501 N. First Street.