Gaining just 5 extra pounds could raise blood pressure

Sept. 30, 2014—Most people understand that obesity has serious health risks. However, researchers are now suggesting that even a small weight gain can increase blood pressure. New findings Researchers set out to see what effect a small weight gain of about 5 to 11 pounds would have on overall health. They presented their findings at Read more about Gaining just 5 extra pounds could raise blood pressure[…]

Chikungunya—a painful mosquito-borne disease—hits United States

Sept. 27, 2014—It’s arrived: Chikungunya—an often painful and sometimes debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by the chikungunya virus—has surfaced in the United States. While American chikungunya cases have until now occurred only in travelers who acquired it overseas—about 28 a year since 2006—the virus has now spread through mosquitoes in the United States. Historically, chikungunya (pronounced Read more about Chikungunya—a painful mosquito-borne disease—hits United States[…]

Memorial’s Childbirth Education Classes

Having a baby changes everything, and it’s an especially difficult transition for families who are experiencing childbirth for the first time – or for teens who might be preparing for an unplanned pregnancy. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital offers a number of childbirth education classes to help women and their partners adjust during this special time Read more about Memorial’s Childbirth Education Classes[…]

Measles is back in America, but there’s a simple solution | Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

Sept. 25, 2014—The United States is experiencing its biggest surge of measles cases since the disease was declared to be eliminated from the country in 2000, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the majority of those cases are among groups of unvaccinated people. A virus on the go Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 29 Read more about Measles is back in America, but there’s a simple solution | Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital[…]

Stay safe from stomach bugs at the country fair

Make hand hygiene a priority! Do your autumn plans include a trip to a country fair?  Spending a day at the fair is fun, but it’s important to make hand hygiene an important part of your day, especially if you will be coming into contact with certain animals. E. coli O157:H7 infections are associated with Read more about Stay safe from stomach bugs at the country fair[…]

Drugs like Xanax & Valium may increase Alzheimer risk by 51 percent

Sept. 22, 2014—Up to 43 percent of older adults turn to benzodiazepines, including Valium and Xanax, to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. And while the drugs are already known to affect memory and cognition, a new study suggested that benzodiazepines could also raise the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. About the study Researchers analyzed data on Read more about Drugs like Xanax & Valium may increase Alzheimer risk by 51 percent[…]

Dueling diets: Which one takes off the most weight?

Sept. 20, 2014—Atkins. Jenny Craig. Weight Watchers. Zone. When it comes to name-brand diet plans, the question on many people’s minds is, “Which one works best?” A group of researchers decided to find out, and their results were published in September in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The answer? Drum roll, please! The Read more about Dueling diets: Which one takes off the most weight?[…]

Take steps to protect children against illness

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Shannon Dininny, Memorial Communications, (509) 577-5051 Take steps to protect children against illness Sept. 17, 2014 Some Washington children are experiencing symptoms of severe respiratory illness. Health officials are investigating whether these symptoms may be tied to a virus known as Enterovirus D68, or EV-D68. There are Read more about Take steps to protect children against illness[…]