Health headlines from the Seattle Times

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Exercise caution when choosing a gym deal
In the new year, people flock to gyms and other workout locations. Here’s some practical advice for picking the right gym or other venue at the right price. (Sun, 2/03)

The People’s Pharmacy
Fecal transplants save lives
People’s Pharmacy Q&A on fecal transplants to cure a C. diff infection, alternatives for joint paint, and Cialis for frequent nighttime urination. (Sun, 2/03)

One healthful thing we love
Stairway Walk Day is coming up next week, Feb. 9. Stair walking is excellent exercise and offers unique views of various neighborhoods in Seattle and surrounding areas. (Sun, 2/03)

Fit For Life
Climbing class offers a rocky high
In Climbing 101, it’s a mix of sweat and adrenaline (Fri, 2/01)

Feds’ rules for school snacks: Candy’s out, trail mix is in
The proposed rules, required under a child-nutrition law passed by Congress in 2010, are part of the government’s effort to combat childhood obesity. (Fri, 2/01)

Obama proposes another contraceptive compromise
The latest proposed change in the contraceptive mandate is the third in the past 15 months, all announced Fridays, as President Obama has struggled to balance women’s rights, health care and religious liberty. (Fri, 2/01)

Study finds suicide rates among vets higher than thought
The Veterans Affairs study indicates that more than two-thirds of the veterans who commit suicide are 50 or older. (Fri, 2/01)

Birth-control issue likely destined for U.S. Supreme Court
A provision in the new health-care law requiring the full coverage of contraception remains a matter of controversy. (Wed, 1/30)

Second measles case has been confirmed
A second case of measles has been confirmed in King County. Anyone with symptoms should contact a health provider immediately. (Wed, 1/30)

Sex to burn calories? Authors expose obesity myths 
Fact or fiction? Sex burns a lot of calories. Snacking or skipping breakfast is bad. School gym classes make a big difference in kids’ weight. (Wed, 1/30)

Rare fatal spinal-cord defects spike in Yakima County
Instances of a rare and fatal birth defect were unusually high in Yakima County last year. (Wed, 1/30)

FDA warns company over unapproved flu remedy 
Federal regulators say a Florida company has been marketing an untested inhaled formula as a flu remedy in violation of drug safety regulations. (Tue, 1/29)

After school shooting, Conn. debates mental health 
Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday began reviewing mental health care following the deadly Newtown school shooting, even though they and the public have little insight into the mental state of the 20-year-old gunman. (Tue, 1/29)

Leafy greens top food poisoning source 
A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables. (Tue, 1/29)

New state insurance rule improves coverage for clinical trials
A new state insurance rule improves coverage for patients taking part in clinical trials. Insurers that once balked at having to pay for the IV hookup for an experimental drug, or the doctor’s visit, now must pay those costs if they would have been covered with standard treatment. (Tue, 1/29)

16 sick in 5 states; linked to ground beef recall 
Federal health officials say at least 16 people in five states have been sickened by salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef.(Mon, 1/28)

Building empathy builds society
Recent events make all of us wonder how people, especially young people, develop legitimate concern for others. Empathy is essential for a healthy society. (Mon, 1/28)