Suicide rates rise in Washington state

Three people take their own lives in Washington each day on average, and suicide remains among the top causes of death in this state.

Non-athletes should be physically active

Not every child is immediately drawn to athletics, but all children and teens should learn the importance of physical activity as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Hospital welcomes new doctor

Sunnyside Community Hospital last week announced the arrival of Dr. Miguel A. Brizuela to its Lower Valley OB/GYN clinic at 803 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside.

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Prestige Care in Grandview shutters its doors due to rising health care costs

GRANDVIEW – “The decision to close Prestige Care & Rehabilitation – Grandview was incredibly difficult,” said officials with Prestige Care, Inc.

Sunnyside hospital acquires Yakima hearing, speech center

Sunnyside Community Hospital is acquiring the Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center in Yakima.

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Dragons, castles…and reflexology?

Mystical, magical, enchanting…Wales.

When preparing for back-to-school, don’t forget the after-school snacks

Making sure a child is eating healthy at breakfast and lunch time is an important part of the back-to-school routine, but experts at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital say that thinking about healthy after-school snacks is also important to consider.

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Local community rallies to help orphans around the world

When Dr. Ruth Wise planned a visit to her home country of Bolivia, she expressed a desire to help children in La Paz – to Dr. Gregory Norell, the dentist who hired her when she moved to Sunnyside more than a decade ago.

Rabid bats a risk in Washington during the summer months

Rabid bats have been found throughout Washington state and continue to pose a risk to people and pets, especially during the summer when bats are more active.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital earns 2014 Circle of Life Award

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the country to have been named a 2014 Circle of Life Award winner for its comprehensive programs to improve the care of patients near the end of life or with life-limiting conditions.

Health officials say smoking increases risk of dementia

Smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, according to information published earlier this month by the World Health Organization in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Measles cases up drastically from last year

Washington state has had more measles cases so far this year than in the past five years combined.

More mental health screenings, treatment resources for people with diabetes proposed

In a viewpoint published online earlier this month, on July 10, in “Journal of the American Medical Association,” mental health and diabetes experts and advocates describe a critical need for more mental health screenings and treatment resources for people with diabetes.

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Focus of fair to educate people on kidney health

While kidneys were the focus of the “Healthy Habits, Happy Kidneys” health and wellness fair at DaVita Mt. Adams Kidney Center in Sunnyside this past Saturday, attendees were able to learn about a lot of different options for health care in the Lower Valley.

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Yakima Valley Farm Workers clinics recognized nationally

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and its employees work to provide the most efficient and cost effective health care for all 131,000 patients they see in Oregon and Washington while maintaining outstanding quality, according to officials.