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Q: My husband takes 1000mg of Vitamin C when he feels a cold coming on. Does it really help? Yes. Vitamin C does not prevent the common cold but can decrease the symptoms and shorten its duration. Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C was identified as a vitamin in 1928. Although this discovery earned the...
A cup of coffee gives me a pleasant lift in the afternoon, but if my husband drinks it after 1 p.m., he can’t sleep at night. While he can enjoy a couple of beers with no trouble, if I have more than one, I’m looking for the nearest flat surface for a nap. One of my co-workers at the 200-bed...

Courtesy Okanogan PUD An open padmount transformer and “hot stick” were on display at last year’s Okanogan County Fair.
Editor’s note: Following is the second of four weekly columns by Okanogan PUD Public Relations Coordinator Sheila Corson in observance of Electricity Safety Month featuring tips about powerline safety, padmount transformers, outages and meters. This information can also be round on the PUD Facebook...
Keith is an active 88-year-old former college basketball player and retired physical education teacher. "When I started getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom, my urologist started me on this medicine." He showed me a sample bottle of Vesicare® (Solifenacin), a drug marketed for...
Keith is an active 88-year-old former college basketball player and retired physical education teacher. "When I started getting up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom, my urologist started me on this medicine." He showed me a sample bottle of Vesicare® (Solifenacin), a drug marketed for...
Q: My doctor wants me to start taking a particular medication once a week to strengthen my bones. How long do I have to take it? May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes your bones to become thinner and more likely to break. If you have...
Over 50% of elderly Americans may be deficient in vitamin D. You are more likely to be low in vitamin D if you are older, are obese, have dark skin, are homebound, or live in an institution like a nursing home. We call vitamin D the “Sunshine Vitamin” because our skin generates vitamin D from the...
Q: Should I be taking calcium pills for my bones? 65-year-old Janet has fallen several times in the past 5 years. Unfortunately, each of those falls caused broken bones. She has broken both her right and left thigh and left wrist, each requiring surgery to put them back together.  Janet has...
Q: What is the best way to get rid of my annoying dandruff?  One of the most common skin conditions globally, nearly one-half of adults will experience the frustration and embarrassment of dandruff.  Dandruff happens when the skin cells on the skin of your scalp build up into thickened...
When my daughter Maureen was a toddler, we would visit my mother-in-law’s house. Having over a dozen grandchildren under the age of 8, she kept a giant toy box in the corner of her living room. It contained building blocks, crayons and coloring books, and empty prescription bottles with child-...

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