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Q: When my allergies kick up, a nasal spray helps my sneezing and runny nose, but my eyes are still red and itchy. Can an eye drop help me?  Years ago, I bought my dream car, a classic jet-black 1985 Jeep CJ7 hardtop. I can still remember a mid-August Saturday afternoon when my husband...
Q: Should I be taking calcium pills for my bones?  Last fall, my 75-year-old next-door neighbor fell down 3 steps, shattering her left ankle into tiny pieces that were painstakingly put back together during a 5-hour surgery. She has osteoporosis, or thin bones due to years of taking daily...
A year ago this month the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) coordinated a statewide plague response drill to test its network for delivering medicine and supplies to Washington’s 35 health departments and districts. The five-day operation - called T-REX for Transportation Relay...
  A year ago this month the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) coordinated a statewide plague response drill to test its network for delivering medicine and supplies to Washington’s 35 health departments and districts. The five-day operation - called T-REX for Transportation Relay...
When May arrives every year, I think of my mother. Although it’s true that Mother's Day is in mid-May, May is also National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. For the last ten years of her life, my mother suffered greatly from complications of osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition...
The medical name for earwax is cerumen, which comes from the Latin word "cera," which means wax. Instead of wax, cerumen is a sticky liquid secreted by the cells of the skin lining your ear canal that helps protect your eardrum and has an antimicrobial effect. As it moves through your ear canal,...
Sometimes a little humor can alleviate bad situations. This is my attempt at doing so: I have a friend in New York and another in New Orleans and another in Detroit. They all report that muggings are way down as criminals are wary of getting fined for violating social distancing rules. Here is one...
  Zinc is an essential mineral that is essential to many key processes in our body. Zinc helps you synthesize DNA and other essential proteins. It also has a vital role assisting your immune system, in healing wounds, and helping you smell and taste your favorite foods and enjoy the aroma of...
Have you ever gone to bed and, just as you were falling asleep, a task left undone jumped out at you? It was over 20 years ago but I still remember it because of what happened afterwards. I had forgotten to take the last dose of an antibiotic that given to me to prevent infection after an...
On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus officially named COVID-19 a global pandemic, the first since the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. On Friday, March 13, President Donald Trump designated COVID-19 a national emergency and on that same day Washington Governor...

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