Exchange signs up more than 42,000 in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman March 26, 2015 9:13 p.m.

More than 42,000 Clark County residents have enrolled in health plans through the state-based insurance exchange since the open enrollment period began in October.

Clark the 14th-healthiest county in Washington

By Marissa Harshman March 24, 2015 9:01 p.m.

Clark County ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to community health in Washington.

Health officials warn against kissing chicks, ducklings

By Marissa Harshman March 23, 2015 4:35 p.m.

As soft and cute as little chicks and ducklings are, they shouldn't be cuddled, snuggled or kissed, health officials warn.

Diet soda may lead to more belly fat

By Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

I admit it: I drink a Diet Pepsi just about every day. I love the stuff — with a meal, after a long run or when I'm just really thirsty. I've always justified the habit with the idea that at least I'm not consuming the huge amounts of sugar in a regular Pepsi. There are 69 grams of sugar and 250 calories in a 20-ounce Pepsi, according to the Pepsico website.

Gluten might not be causing you trouble

By Tamar Haspel, Special to The Washington Post March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

It's hard to talk about carbs without talking about wheat, and it's hard to talk about wheat without talking about gluten. Gluten is not a carbohydrate; it's a mix of proteins found in wheat and its close relatives (including spelt, kamut and farro), as well as in barley and rye. It's what gives bread its elasticity, but it also sets off the immune system of people with celiac disease, damaging the small intestine and sometimes producing painful and unpleasant symptoms.

Parents put toddlers at risk with coffee

By Shannon Pettypiece, Bloomberg News March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

NEW YORK — While caffeine and toddlers doesn't sound like a good mix, 15 percent of parents say their 2-year-olds are coffee drinkers, a study found.

Casual joggers outlast ironmen

By Nicole Ostrow, Bloomberg News March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Vigorous running — faster than 7 mph, more than 2.4 hours a week, more than three times a week — could be almost as harmful as sitting around doing nothing, according to a new cardiology study that's likely to stoke the debate over how much exercise is too much.

Study: Frequent saunas boost survival

By LINDSEY TANNER, Associated Press March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

CHICAGO — Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter.

Science ignored, billions spent on supplements

By Jason Millman, The Washington Post March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Dietary supplement fans got a big "buyer beware" warning recently when the New York attorney general's office ordered GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart to pull a number of store-brand products from their shelves, following an investigation that found most didn't contain herbs listed on their labels. In some cases, the attorney general said the supplements didn't even identify dangerous allergens.

Apps join anti-smoking arsenal

By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

You don't need a crystal ball to make this projection about the future: Ditching the cigarettes is — and will likely continue to be — the single most important thing you can do for your health.

Retirees taking control of their health

By Marissa Harshman March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

When Helen Elder retired eight years ago, she and her husband, Jay, decided to make their health their No. 1 priority.

Rivers' bill on medical marijuana draws heat

By Lauren Dake March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Washington's unregulated medical marijuana market has repeatedly been described as the wild, Wild West.

Washington cases of tuberculosis slightly down in 2014

By Associated Press March 22, 2015 2:25 p.m.

OLYMPIA — State health officials say the number of cases of tuberculosis declined slightly in 2014.

Technology giving every child a voice  

By Susan Parrish March 22, 2015 6 a.m.

Standing in his living room, Bryce Smith told his son, Dylan: "Use your words. Tell me what you want."

Hundreds of foster parents defy state rule on flu shots

By Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times March 21, 2015 11:04 p.m.

SEATTLE — More than 400 Washington foster parents say they'll no longer care for babies and toddlers younger than 2 if they have to get flu shots to do it, newly released state figures show.

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