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Alzheimer’s, dementia afflict 35 million

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 35 million people around the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, says the most in-depth attempt yet to assess the brain-destroying illness — and it’s an ominous forecast as the population grays.

Obesity especially a struggle for minorities

For a sports fan, this September is a bit like Christmas. The NFL season is starting, and the speed, power and grace of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is on display. At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams tore through the field as usual, before self-destructing. Baseball is heading toward the playoffs; the superhuman Albert Pujols has a shot at the Triple Crown. The majestic Michael Jordan was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, and it won’t be long before Kobe and LeBron are back on the floor.

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Senate panel tightroping through health care plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus heard some encouraging words today from a key centrist Democrat as he opened the second day of a committee meeting to debate and vote on his sweeping health overhaul bill.

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Girl with rare form of diabetes treated with pills

CHICAGO — Three years after she made medical history and was freed from painful insulin injections, 9-year-old Lilly Jaffe is just beginning to understand how much her story changed the course of diabetes research and treatment.

Democrats eye mid-October for health care debate

WASHINGTON — Historic health care legislation could be on the floor of both houses of Congress as early as mid-October as Democrats work to answer President Barack Obama’s call for greater protections for those who have unreliable insurance or no coverage at all.

H1N1 vaccine to arrive soon

EAST WENATCHEE — The first H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine doses are expected to arrive in North Central Washington within two weeks.
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Breast cancer ads take bold new turn

LOS ANGELES — A woman in a skimpy white bikini sashays next to a swimming pool. Onlookers gawk, men’s tongues roll and music blares in the background.

H1N1 flu vaccine expected to be available by mid-month

WENATCHEE — Twelve hundred doses of vaccinations for the swine flu, or H1N1 flu, should be arriving in Wenatchee by early next week and will be distributed to health care providers caring for children.

Staple of Russian strongmen, the kettlebell, gaining in popularity

ST. LOUIS — The regulars at the Monday evening class stood in a circle, feet wide apart, swinging kettlebells from between their legs up to shoulder level. In the blink of an eye, they switched to repeatedly whirling the heavy iron balls around their hips passing them from hand to hand. A half-minute later they were lunging forward on one leg and passing them beneath the knee. On and on it went like this for more than 20 minutes, nonstop and smooth as a high-speed rail system.

Fitness guru shows moms how to lose that baby weight

Before Tracey Mallett wrote “Super Fit Mama,” she felt like a super fat mama. The normally 115-pound fitness guru gained 55 pounds during her first pregnancy. She even delayed releasing a workout DVD because she didn’t feel good about herself. It took a year to lose the weight.

H1N1 vaccine is here, but doses are limited

WENATCHEE — Phones are ringing off the hook at health-care facilities in the Wenatchee area as parents try to get some of the first doses of H1N1 flu vaccine to arrive in the valley for their children, local health-care providers say. The bad news is the facilities expect to run out of vaccine within a few days.

Illness postpones Quincy Valley Wellness Festival

QUINCY — The Quincy Valley Wellness Festival, scheduled for Saturday at Quincy High School, has been indefinitely postponed — because Quincy Valley Medical Center, the event’s organizer, says the town’s residents are too sick. Due to the large number of people in the Quincy Valley who have become ill over the last couple of weeks, the center decided it would not be wise for a large group of people to gather for the festival.

H1N1 vaccine production slows, clinics later

EAST WENATCHEE — The tentative date for large-scale clinics for H1N1 vaccination has been moved back one week because production of the vaccine has slowed, the Chelan-Douglas Health District board learned Monday. The clinics will be held near the end of the second or third weeks in November, said Mary Small, director of community health and preparedness for the district. Small and Bev Neher, nursing director, told the board they did not know why production has slowed, but they suspect it’s also the reason that health care providers in Chelan ...
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Medical marijuana policies leave unanswered questions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new Obama administration policy loosening guidelines on federal prosecution of medical marijuana on Monday signaled to users that they had less to fear from federal agents but still left their suppliers to contend with a tangled mesh of state laws and regulations. The Justice Department told federal prosecutors that targeting people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws was not a good use of their time.

Comatose nurse at center of controversy

LOS ANGELES — An attorney for a nurse assistant who is in a vegetative state says the woman has been unfairly denied care by workers compensation and her health insurer after she was attacked at the Pasadena hospital where she worked. Attorney Russell Glauber says 52-year-old Amelia Mendoza was attacked twice in April by a violent patient at Huntington Hospital, sustaining blows to her face, head and neck. Days later, Mendoza had a hemorrhagic stroke that she hasn’t recovered from.