Consumer spending on health care jumps as ACA takes hold

By Jeanna Smialek, Bloomberg News April 17, 2014 11:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn’t afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

YMCA grand reopening features Healthy Kids Day

By The Columbian April 17, 2014 10 a.m.

Kids can exercise minds and bodies and everyone can check out the remodeled Clark County Family YMCA on April 26.

Worship in Pink hosts informational sessions

April 15, 2014 4:13 p.m.

Worship in Pink is inviting congregation representatives to attend a free informational session about the health program.

Extension offers diabetes prevention program

April 15, 2014 3:57 p.m.

The Washington State University Clark County Extension is offering a 16-week diabetes prevention program.

Free training to help chefs cut the salt

By The Columbian April 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Clark County Public Health is hosting a free culinary training for local chefs who want to enhance flavor and reduce sodium.

Math used to counteract jet lag

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help.

Those with asthma should take precautions when exercising

By Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Spring has sprung, and in addition to welcoming the beauty and warmth of the season, many folks welcome — though maybe not with eager anticipation — seasonal allergies.

10 tips for surviving a severe allergy season

By Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

My colleague Brady Dennis reported recently that the arrival of warmer weather will soon unleash a pollen tsunami in parts of the country where the winter has been especially long and cold. Here are some survival tips from Clifford W. Bassett, an allergy specialist and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.

Treatment repairs aortic aneurysm

By Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

PITTSBURGH — On-again, off-again stomach pain had bothered home remodeler Jerome Holiday for more than a year, but in January, it worsened to the point of slowing him down. “If I was up on a ladder, I would have to come down,” the 59-year-old Pittsburgh resident said. “If I was doing something strenuous, I would have to stop.”

Woman has run marathons in all 50 states, sets new goals

By Stephanie Earls, The Gazette April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — When Dagmar Knudsen says she has to run, she means it literally.She runs before work, after work and to work if the weather permits. After a long flight, the itch to move is so powerful she’s been known to dump her luggage in a taxi and head off on foot to her hotel. She’s run a marathon in every state and is working her way through the continents, plus the North Pole. If there were a marathon on the moon, she’d be game.

Technology giving deaf-blind online access

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

SANDS POINT, N.Y. — Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for online shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending emails to friends and family.

Arthritis not stopping 20-year-old nursing student

By Marissa Harshman April 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Twenty-year-old Kelly Slauson doesn't know life without rheumatoid arthritis.

Couple on the road for clean water in Haiti

By Tom Vogt April 10, 2014 7:57 p.m.

In their mission to bring clean water to Haiti, Chris and Leslie Rolling rely on modern tools, but they also encounter technology the Romans would have recognized, like concrete, tile and donkeys .

Foster Farms salmonella outbreak continuing

By Associated Press April 10, 2014 11:25 a.m.

LIVINGSTON, Calif. — A salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken isn't over and has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico, federal health officials said.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in January that the outbreak, which has been going on since March 2013, appeared to be over. But the agency said there was an uptick in illnesses in February.

Vancouver boy's window fall turned into children's safety book

By Marissa Harshman April 9, 2014 1:14 p.m.

If the Keen Cunninghams had a yard made out of peanut butter, 3-year-old Thomas would have gotten sticky and gooey when he fell out of the family's second story window. But that's not real.

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