Is Your Teen Sad or Depressed?

sad-teen-on-bench-customMost teenagers experience the occasional bad mood or behavioral changes. They are faced with many pressures in their lives, including puberty, school work and activities, conflicts with friends and trying to figure out where and how they fit in.

While moodiness is normal adolescent behavior, teenage depression is very different and can cause overwhelming feelings of anger, sadness and despair.

“Depression can present in a myriad of ways in teenagers,” Dr. Ron Spiegel, ...

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Is it a Cold or Strep Throat?

We all know the dry, scratchy feeling of a sore throat at the onset of a cold. Other symptoms that follow may include a runny nose, congestion and cough. While unpleasant, these symptoms generally go away in a few days without treatment.

A more serious cause of a sore throat is Strep throat, which is an infection caused by the bacteria group A Streptococcus. With Strep, the throat pain is much more severe and persists.

Strep throat is a very common illness ...

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Get a Shot; Not the Flu

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness, and at times may lead to death. The best way to prevent influenza is to be vaccinated each year.

The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months receive the flu vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

“Everyone is at risk for contracting influenza,” Johnson said. “The best way to protect yourself ...

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Effective Treatment for Pain or Injury without Surgery

Living in the Valley offers a variety of activities, from hiking to skiing, biking and sports. If you enjoy these activities, there is a chance you may suffer from an injury or pain. Sports medicine doctors are specially trained in treating injuries to the muscles, bones or ligaments caused by sports, activities or exercise. They can also manage arthritis.

Dr. David Kim is a Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine specialist at Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Clinic.

Kim received his medical degree from ...

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Colon Cancer Prevention: What You Should Know

Colon cancer affects more than 130,000 Americans each year and is the 3rd most common cancer in men and women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If detected early, it is also one of the most treatable cancers.

Symptoms of colon cancer include abdominal pain that does not go away, blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits and unexplained weight loss.

The most effective way to prevent and avoid colon cancer is by having regular screening tests, ...

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Could your Child have Attention Deficit Disorder?

Christine will never forget the day her daughter’s teacher called about her child’s behavior in class.

“Ava’s teacher told me she was failing 4th grade because she was unable to stay on task long enough to complete her work,” Christine said. “She was constantly fidgeting, boring holes in erasers and making paper airplanes instead of doing her work like the other students.”

Ava was also being teased by her peers about her inability to focus.

“I was heartbroken for my daughter and knew ...

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