Health & Fitness

Health Front: Native Diet or Pre-Captain Cook Diet

The young officer James Cook first encountered scurvy at sea in July of 1756, when the ship he was joining, the H.M.S. Eagle, put ashore 130 sick men. Even that ship’s surgeon died from scurvy, a disease that caused bleeding gums, skin sores, weaknesses and pains in the joints and muscles. Read More →

Health Front: Big Audits May Stop Excessive Back Surgeries

Low back pain is a common disorder that will affect at least 80% of people at some time in their lives. Causes stem from a wide variety of conditions that include dysfunctional vertebral joint movement, unrepaired back sprains, and compression and degeneration of the vertebral discs. The over dependence on spinal surgery now appears to be a national scandal, notes some spine research journals. The seriousness of excessive surgeries and the loss of money have initiated the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to investigate the spinal care industry. Read More →

Health Front: Bold Healthcare Agenda May Attract Antagonist

Of all the political parties in California, the most prominent and influential to the body politic is the Democratic Party. The other minority parties often present themselves as opposed to many of the political positions taken up by the Democratic Party, including health care policy. When the California Democratic Party concluded its convention last week, they managed to take some controversial positions that may be debated upon during this election year. Read More →

Health Front: Bold Healthcare Agenda May Attract Antagonist

Of all the political parties in California, the most prominent and influential to the body politic is the Democratic Party. The other minority parties often present themselves as opposed to many of the political positions taken up by the Democratic Party, including health care policy. When the California Democratic Party concluded its convention last week, they managed to take some controversial positions that may be debated upon during this election year. Read More →

Sleep Apnea Linked to Diabetes

Do you ever wake up feeling exhausted instead of rested? Sure, this happens to all of us now and then, but if this is happening to you on a regular basis, it might be affecting many aspects of your health beyond just feeling sleepy during the day. Some people have a condition called “obstructive sleep apnea” (OSA for short) that is one form of sleep-disordered breathing that can result in feeling this way. This comes about when a person is periodically blocking-off their breath during the night. Apnea is just the medical term for blocking-off or temporarily stopping your breathing. People with obstructive sleep apnea often snore, although not everyone who snores has OSA. Read More →

Health Front: Home Birthing Rises, Male Fertility Decreases

• The percentage of women choosing to give birth at home or in a birthing center rather than a hospital has grown by 56 percent in less than a decade. Although not the norm, out-of-hospital births accounted for 1.36 percent of all U.S. births in 2012, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC). The new numbers reflect the growing popularity of home births aided by midwives. The reason why more young women are interested in midwifery assisted birth is because some women worry about losing their autonomy and having a doctor calling all the shots during delivery. Read More →

Community Focus on School Meal Program

Parents and school district staff are looking at more ways to deliver healthy and nutritious food to students in the Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District (KTJUSD). Read More →

Health Front: ADD Linked to Tylenol Use During Pregnancy

Pregnant women who take Tylenol (acetaminophen) might be more likely to have a child with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new long term study suggests. Acetaminophen is the most commonly used over-the-drug medication for pregnant women who have headaches or experience fever or pain. Children whose mothers took Tylenol while pregnant had up to a 40 percent risk of being diagnosed with ADHD, according to research involving 64,000 European mothers and children, that was published last week in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics. Read More →