Health and Fitness


State charges Lower Yakima Valley doctor with neglecting patients

The Washington State Department of Health has charged a Yakima County physician, Wallace A. Donaldson, with unprofessional conduct.

Center offers hearing and speech screening for children

YAKIMA – Children who have difficulties with understanding speech with background noise, who are struggling in school or have difficulty hearing on the phone could have something called (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder (C)APD.

Breakfast a key piece of children’s school routine

Children who eat a nutritious breakfast in the morning have an easier time focusing on their schoolwork since they are not distracted by hunger, according to Dr. Teresia O’Connor, pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Air flight service saves lives of critical patients

Most hospitals in the state of Washington are designated as level IV trauma centers, meaning patients needing critical care must be transferred to a higher level care facility.

Don’t overlook importance of eye exams

While children are usually given eye screenings in school, these exams do not compare to a professional medical eye exam, said a Baylor College of Medicine ophthalmologist.

STD testing free each month

YAKIMA – Life Choices Executive Director Joddi-Jay Babcock has announced her agency is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases the first Mondays of each month.

Alleviate sugar sag with a healthier diet

Everyone wants to age gracefully but they may not know that certain foods cause “sugar sag,” which results in wrinkles and loose skin.

Health care providers disciplined

In August 2014 the Nursing Commission charged licensed practical nurse Lane M. Willis with unprofessional conduct.

Health plans enrollment started up last Saturday

Washington Healthplan-finder, the online health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act in Washington state, launched its second open enrollment period for Qualified Health Plans this past Saturday.

State announces health coverage renewal options

Starting Saturday, Nov. 15, Washington Healthplanfinder customers who signed up for a Qualified Health Plan last year will be eligible to renew their health coverage for 2015 plans.

Sunnyside Community Hospital to open new medical plaza in Prosser

PROSSER – Sunnyside Community Hospital plans to open a new medical plaza in Prosser this winter.

Alzheimer’s caregivers focus of Nov. 4 conference in Yakima

YAKIMA – Are you or is someone you know caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia?

Cancer fundraiser underway in Sunnyside

Carol Carrillo and her local non-profit group Life Saver’s are busy again this month raising funds to help local cancer patients travel back and forth to their much-needed chemotherapy treatments.

Don’t stress over tests at school

Lots of children experience anxiety over tests, but they – and their parents – can deal with it through the right attitude and taking care of their physical health, said a Baylor College of Medicine psychiatry professor.

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Silver Spotlight on longtime Grandview resident

A well-known face at the Grandview Senior Center is the latest recipient of a prestigious statewide honor.