Women aim for strength, but skinny's still in

By Anna Medaris Miller, Special to The Washington Post October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

When Kristin Rance joined a CrossFit gym in Washington about a year ago, she had one vision: muscle. The 30-year-old mother of two wanted to look in the mirror and see someone "who looks like she works out — without flexing," Rance says.

Pay attention to escalating blood sugars

By Dr. Jane Sadler, The Dallas Morning News October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

I exercise, stay slim and think I am reasonably careful about my diet. Subtract the dark-chocolate habit and minus the Cheetos cravings, I make fairly good choices. So I was shocked to learn that my fasting blood sugars were bordering on high and my numbers were leaning toward becoming prediabetic. How could this be?

Gag! Blink! What's up with all these reflexes?

By Howard J. Bennett, Special to The Washington Post October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

There are lots of things kids don't like about doctor's visits; shots, blood tests and throat swabs top the list. One thing they love is having their knee reflexes checked.

Health risks lie hidden in cleft palate gene

By David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — Cleft lips and palates in newborns can frighten parents at first, while at the same time the cause of such dramatic impacts on function and appearance has long mystified doctors and scientists.

By any name, acid reflux is on the rise

By Mary Carpenter, My Little Bird.com October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Over the past few years, friends have begun suffering from GERD — a nicer-sounding name than the real one, gastro-esophageal reflux disorder, or the more familiar, acid reflux. Also known as heartburn and acid indigestion, GERD can cause burning pain felt internally around the lower chest area, as well as trouble swallowing and a dry cough. One friend with GERD who had the dry cough needed to eat very small meals to avoid nausea; another had to sleep in an almost-upright position and had trouble getting enough rest.

Out of cancer, into the light

By Marissa Harshman October 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Last fall was an exciting time for Kendall Jones.

CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team

By MIKE STOBBE, Associated Press October 19, 2014 2:57 p.m.

ATLANTA — Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker

By JILL CRAIG, Associated Press October 19, 2014 2:49 p.m.

GALVESTON, Texas — A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare.

Workplace lead rules rarely enforced at gun ranges

October 19, 2014 12:05 a.m.

A hidden risk lies within almost all of America’s estimated 10,000 gun ranges: firing lead-based ammunition spreads vapor and dust filled with lead, an insidious toxin.

Obama names Ebola 'czar' as precautions expand

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press October 17, 2014 11:43 a.m.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama turned to a trusted adviser to lead the nation's Ebola response on Friday as efforts to clamp down on any possible route of infection from three Texas cases expanded, reaching a cruise ship at sea and multiple airline flights.

Health information of Vancouver VA patients inadvertently released

By Marissa Harshman October 17, 2014 10:25 a.m.

The Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is offering credit monitoring to 1,740 patients who received care at the Vancouver campus after learning the patients’ protected health information was inadvertently released.

CenteringPregnancy aims to help moms-to-be

By Marissa Harshman October 16, 2014 7:55 p.m.

Clark County women seeking prenatal care now have the opportunity to receive more comprehensive care without increased cost.

Patients learn to take vital signs at home

By TARA BANNOW, Bend Bulletin October 15, 2014 10:09 a.m.

BEND, Ore. — Ken Dalton is first to admit it: He should have warned his friends about the possibility that he could "go off the air" at any moment.

2nd Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

By EMILY SCHMALL and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press October 15, 2014 12:52 p.m.

DALLAS — Fears of the Ebola virus deepened Wednesday with word that a second Dallas nurse caught the disease from a patient and flew across the Midwest aboard an airliner the day before she was diagnosed. President Barack Obama canceled a campaign trip to address the outbreak.

CDC chief knocks its Ebola response

By EMILY SCHMALL and NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press October 14, 2014 9:48 p.m.

FORT WORTH, Texas — The nation's top disease-fighting agency acknowledged Tuesday that federal health experts failed to do all they should have done to prevent Ebola from spreading from a Liberian man who died last week in Texas to the nurse who treated him.

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