Health and Fitness


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.

Childhood obesity growing

The growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States has health experts worried about children’s well-being.

Caregiver’s needs theme of town hall

A town hall to discuss the challenges of supporting people with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them is planned for Nov. 14 at the Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave.

Who will be the next generation of healers?

56 percent of current medical class is female

A new overview of the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine charter class shows it is comprised of a strong percentage of women, low socio-economic status and first-generation students.

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Family doctor, P.A. join local clinic

A Lower Yakima Valley native and a new family physician are now a part of the staff at Swofford and Halma Clinics, 2303 Reith Way.

Why do some old people get cranky?

I hear you already. All old people aren’t cranky. I have a friend who is 96 years old and is the delight of all who know her. She is independent. She works in her garden every summer.

Put best foot forward

Students aren’t the only ones heading back to school, and according to a podiatrist at Baylor College of Medicine, teachers should be sure to include comfortable shoes on their shopping lists.