Health and Fitness


Study shows vaccination decreases rotavirus rates

A new study by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital researchers shows that a vaccine for rotavirus in infants reduces the rates of infection.

Dental Day Feb. 7

YAKIMA - Yakima Valley Community College’s dental hygiene program is hosting the 22nd annual Free Dental Sealant Day, Saturday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Prestige Care earns honors

A total of 26 Prestige Care & Rehabilitation centers, including the one in Sunnyside, has earned quality accreditation.

Obesity, acid reflux precursors for developing esophageal cancer

Driven by obesity and acid reflux, adenocarcinoma of the esophagus has become the fastest rising cancer in white men in the United States.

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Hospital food drive

The PMH Medical Center staff’s second annual food drive has resulted in a donation of 2,320 food items, plus $4,407 in cash to Prosser’s Jubilee Ministries Food Bank, according to Wanda Roberts, hospital community outreach coordinator.

Ebola preparedness continues in Washington state hospitals

Preparations for identifying, isolating, evaluating and treating patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease in Washington state continues, even though the likelihood of the virus appearing in the state is still considered low.

Tips offered to pregnant women who want to travel

If a woman is experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy it is safe for her to travel, but there are some best practices patients should abide by, says a Baylor College of Medicine obstetrician and gynecologist expert.

State charges Lower Yakima Valley doctor with neglecting patients

The Washington State Department of Health has charged a Yakima County physician, Wallace A. Donaldson, with unprofessional conduct.

Center offers hearing and speech screening for children

YAKIMA – Children who have difficulties with understanding speech with background noise, who are struggling in school or have difficulty hearing on the phone could have something called (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder (C)APD.

Breakfast a key piece of children’s school routine

Children who eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning have an easier time focusing on their schoolwork since they are not distracted by hunger, according to Dr. Teresia O’Connor, pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Air flight service saves lives of critical patients

Most hospitals in the state of Washington are designated as level IV trauma centers, meaning patients needing critical care must be transferred to a higher level care facility.

Don’t overlook importance of eye exams

While children are usually given eye screenings in school, these exams do not compare to a professional medical eye exam, said a Baylor College of Medicine ophthalmologist.

STD testing free each month

YAKIMA – Life Choices Executive Director Joddi-Jay Babcock has announced her agency is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases the first Mondays of each month.

Alleviate sugar sag with a healthier diet

Everyone wants to age gracefully but they may not know that certain foods cause “sugar sag,” which results in wrinkles and loose skin.

Health care providers disciplined

In August 2014 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Lane M. Willis with unprofessional conduct.