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Audio New study suggests metabolic measures better than BMI for overall health assessment

May 6, 2016 • By Tom Nordlie

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYou might be familiar with the term Body Mass Index, or BMI. It’s a number that represents the amount of tissue in a person’s body, relative to their height. A BMI score is often treated as a benchmark indicator of someone’s overall health. Is that fair? Arguably, no. Critics […]

Audio Aspirin a day might slow staph infection deaths

May 5, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadA staph infection is no joke. Even for an otherwise healthy person, this condition can be fatal. The infection occurs when Staphylococcus aureus (“staf-uh-luh-kok-uhs awr-ee-uhs”) bacteria that commonly live on the skin get into the body. Once there, the bacteria frequently settle in the bloodstream, bones, organs or joints, […]

Audio Personal care products could alter body’s ‘microbiome’

May 4, 2016 • By Shayna Brouker

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSomething smells fishy in your underarm, and it’s not your sweat. Your antiperspirant may not only be killing sweat and odor, but the bacteria that cause it, according to a recent study by the National Institutes of Health. While that may be great for your significant other or officemates, […]

Audio Legal documents outlining end-of-life care

May 3, 2016 • By Staff Writer

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadEnd-of-life care decisions are not easy. They get even harder when you have to make decisions for a loved one who did not express his or her wishes in advance. Some people become too sick to tell family members how much treatment they want, while others leave no instructions […]

Audio National political leaders have shorter life expectancy

May 2, 2016 • By Laura Mize

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadRunning for office can be hazardous to your health. Excitement, power, stress and some very big decisions await the winners of the 2016 elections. And, as a recently published study shows, so does a shorter life expectancy. An analysis published in the medical journal BMJ found that presidents and […]

Audio Childhood asthma linked to pre-birth acetaminophen exposure

May 2, 2016 • By Rebecca Burton

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIf you’ve ever had a fever, headache or back pain, you’ve probably taken acetaminophen. The widely used pain reliever and fever reducer is helpful for shaking off a pounding headache. But pregnant women, take note: A recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that taking acetaminophen […]

Audio Cats on diets: fearing the pushback

May 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAlthough many cat parents know that fat felines have a higher likelihood of developing health problems, some won’t start their chubby charges on a weight-loss program. The reason may surprise you. Their reluctance boils down to a fear of getting the cold shoulder. They worry that if they put […]

Audio Watch your hairy mouth

May 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadYour dog may not give you the hairy eyeball, but have you ever gotten the hairy mouth? If so, your dog’s teeth could be at risk. What we’re talking about here is a dog’s own hair that can get wedged under the gums during self-grooming. Especially with short-haired breeds, […]

Audio A visual payback

May 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt’s that time of year again — when veterinary ophthalmologists give back by offering free eye exams to service animals. For over nine years, the National Service Animal Eye Exam event has provided eye screenings to eligible service animals in the following categories: guide, hearing assistance, drug detection, police/military, […]

Audio Smoothing rough edges during the golden years

May 1, 2016 • By Connie Orcutt

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIt can be tough watching your pooch age, especially if the process includes changes in personality. In some cases, dogs who’ve been easy-going since birth become hostile almost overnight. And as stressful as it is for you, it’s just as bewildering to your dog. Big mood swings often have […]

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