Health dispatches

• Prestige Senior Living High Desert has been awarded the 2017 Bronze — Commitment to … Read more

Diet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggests

Over the past decade, Americans have soured on artificial sweeteners. Once heralded as sweet substitutes … Read more

Why does my dentist give me so many X-rays?

Q: My new dentist gave me 22 X-rays yesterday (bitewing and full mouth) plus a … Read more

For heart attack survivors, depression can be deadly

Clyde Boyce has been hospitalized 14 times in the past four years. Boyce, 61, survived … Read more

Experts say movies showing tobacco use should get R ratings

Public health experts have an unusual suggestion for reducing teen smoking: Give just about any … Read more

Study shows risks of BRCA gene mutations

A new study from Australian and U.K. researchers has provided the most accurate estimates of … Read more

Painting as a tool for depression

Bend woman finds relief through art

Bouts of severe depression have plagued Jennifer Bakker since she was 13 years old. The … Read more

Study: Chocolate may reduce risk of irregular heartbeat

Medical researchers have identified a compound that may reduce your risk of a dangerous type … Read more

What causes color blindness?

Q: What causes color blindness? The ability to accurately see colors depends on having three … Read more

The patient wants to leave. The hospital says ‘no way’

Why would an older person essentially discharge himself from a hospital, defying a physician’s recommendation … Read more

Health people on the move

• Matt Hayes, PT, CHT, has joined Rebound Physical Therapy in Bend. He will practice … Read more

Research offers hints that changing your lifestyle might guard against dementia

WASHINGTON — Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. … Read more

Shortage of insect venom worries allergy sufferers

As summer continues, signaling peak time for insect stings, allergists across the U.S. are warning … Read more

Are there long-term risks to egg donors?

When patients consider a medical procedure, they may be told “there are no known long-term … Read more

Rural hospitals face uncertainty from D.C.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kathy Holbrook was at home one night last year when she started … Read more

Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

WASHINGTON — State Rep. Craig Hall of Utah has four redheaded school-age children, lives in … Read more

For exercise, nothing like the great outdoors

Long walks can improve moods and reduce anxiety, but the benefits may be greatest if … Read more

Is alcohol good for you?

An industry-backed study seeks answers

It may be the most palatable advice you will ever get from a doctor: Have … Read more

Study finds no benefit from compression tights for runners

Compression tights or socks do not appear to help runners go faster or farther, according … Read more

How to treat a sunburn

Q: What’s the best way to treat a sunburn? According to the American Academy of … Read more

Health dispatches

• Action Dynamix Massage LLC, a clinical massage therapy business, will relocate to 500 SW … Read more

Study: Overstimulation makes eye contact hard for people with autism

PHILADELPHIA — Avoiding direct eye contact with others is one of the most common characteristics … Read more

Despite lack of evidence, treatment grows in popularity

The Villages Regional Hospital did not sweat its decision to add hyperbaric oxygen therapy in … Read more

What can you blame for your stomach bug?

It happens like a bolt out of the blue. One minute you’re fine, and the … Read more

Pregnant or trying? Don’t let Zika guard down

WASHINGTON — The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer, … Read more

Herd mentality: Goat yoga is gaining popularity

Goofy goat yoga gains rapid popularity

BALTIMORE — A cool breeze rippled through the grass as baby pygmy goats roamed inside … Read more

Oregon nurse practitioners can now perform vasectomies

Unclear what training will be required

Vasectomies are generally safe, but complications happen in an estimated 1 to 2 percent of … Read more

Yoga helps with low back pain

Yoga may be just as effective as physical therapy in helping people with chronic back … Read more

What’s the difference between MDs and DOs?

Q: What’s the difference between a doctor who is an M.D. and one who is … Read more

Sign language let my deaf son bloom

I watched my toddler wade into the Gulf and launch a fistful of pebbles in … Read more

Put your baby in a box? Experts advise caution

Doctors press safety concerns; experts say no requirements established for boxes

Are babies better off if they sleep in a cardboard box? For decades, the government … Read more

Can air-conditioners cause sinus congestion?

Q: Do air-conditioners cause sinus congestion? A: Yes, air-conditioners can make some people’s noses clog … Read more

Survey: Nearly half of teens have had sex by age 19

More than 42 percent of never-married adolescents ages 15-19 say they have had sex at … Read more

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