Introduction What is vasomotor rhinitis? Vasomotor rhinitis refers to a condition in which the nose is stuffy or runny for reasons other than allergies or infections. Vasomotor rhinitis affects millions of Americans every year. In many cases, the cause of vasomotor rhinitis is not known, but triggers include emotions, odors, poor air quality, spicy foods, […]

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“House Call” wellness column By Dr. Alisa Hideg, MD, family practice Group Health’s Riverfront Medical Center, Spokane If you have had a runny nose in the middle of summer, you have probably wondered if it is a cold — what we call a viral upper respiratory infection — or seasonal allergies. It’s complicated because allergies […]

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Your Heart Changes to Your Heart With Age Heart Disease Signs of Heart Disease What Can I Do to Prevent Heart Disease? For More Information Elena keeps an eye on her husband Frank to make sure he is taking care of his heart. But she was surprised at a recent medical appointment when Dr. Reyes […]

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During a pelvic exam, a doctor visually and manually assesses a woman’s reproductive organs. You might have a pelvic exam as part of your regular checkup, or your doctor may recommend a pelvic exam if you have symptoms such as unusual vaginal discharge or pelvic pain. A pelvic exam is a relatively short procedure, during […]

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A diabetes meal plan is a guide that tells you how much and what kinds of food you can choose to eat at meals and snack times. A good meal plan should fit in with your schedule and eating habits. Some meal planning tools include the plate method, carb counting, and glycemic index. The right meal […]

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Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2014 are: 96,830 new cases of colon cancer 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer the lifetime risk […]

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Causes & Risk Factors What causes colds and the flu? Viruses cause colds and the flu. More than 200 different viruses can cause colds. Not as many viruses cause the flu. That’s why there’s a shot available for the flu and not for colds. Treatment What can I do to feel better? There’s no cure […]

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Colds and the Flu Overview What is the common cold and the flu? The common cold and the flu are viral infections of the respiratory tract, which includes the throat, nose, airways and lungs. Symptoms How can I tell if I have a cold or the flu? Although the common cold and the flu share […]

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