Health & Fitness

When antibiotics do more harm than good

Jan 14th, 2020 | By

When a cold, flu or other illness is wearing you down and you want to get better fast, is an antibiotic the answer? Generally not, say most medical experts. “In fact, an antibiotic could do more harm than good,” says Dr. Shane Brooks, a clinical care director for MultiCare Urgent Care. “When you visit a
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Talk to the doc: Making the most out of appointments

Dec 31st, 2019 | By
Talk to the doc: Making the most out of appointments

It used to be that a patient visited their healthcare provider and were told their diagnosis, what course of action was needed, and what prescriptions to take. That’s not happening any longer. Today, patients (or their caregivers) are expected to be active participants in the conversation, notes Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources, which is
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I learned about strokes the hard way

Dec 9th, 2019 | By
I learned about strokes the hard way

(Editor’s note: Steve Kruse, who has written on other subjects previously for Senior Scene, suffered a stroke recently. In this article, he offers his perspective on being a stroke survivor and the risks and warning signs of a stroke.) When I realized I had a stroke, I panicked I might never be able to write
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Warning signs of suicide, and how to help

Nov 27th, 2019 | By

More than 300 million people of all ages worldwide suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, although there are effective treatments for depression, fewer than half of those affected receive such treatments. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. And according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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