Health and wellness

Kelly Estes’ daughters Reese, 4 (left), and Ella 10, both needed to have temporary tubes in their ears due to ongoing ear infections. A new app being developed by a University of Washington physician will help parents determine whether their kids have the infections. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

An app to help you know if your child has an ear infection

A doctor and team of UW scientists helped develop the app, expected to be out next year.


How to keep that mellow summer feeling throughout the year

Remember to relax, breathe and live in the present, not the past or future.


New study looks at refined grains — and may cause confusion

Don’t desert your high-fiber choices, because they have proven — and needed — health benefits.


Why you feel groggy after a nap — and 4 ways to snooze like a pro

If you just can’t shake the grogginess, try these tips to help fine-tune your napping skills.

Before Mike died, she had very little experience with loss

When a dear friend lost a long fight with cancer, the author’s eyes were opened to the power of love.

Take time to be well or you’ll have to take time to be sick

You could avoid illness if you eat a healthier diet, get more exercise, stop smoking and sleep more.

The teenage years are tough on parents. Here’s how to cope.

There’s no doubt this will be a challenging time (due to hormones) but you will get your kid back.

How to negotiate a summer at home with your college student

It can be a jarring transition for the both of you, so set ground rules and talk them over together.

This personal trainer is learning to let herself go

After decades of dieting and working out, she’s ready to accept that her body is beautiful.

A pep talk for those of us who hate shopping for swimwear

For one, stop comparing yourself to 95-pound, 6-foot-tall, 19-year-old Sports Illustrated models.

Cancer death rate for blacks dropping faster than for whites

This is because there are now fewer deaths in three major cancers: lung, prostate and colorectal.

What to do when you’re bored? Anything but look at your phone

We value entertainment and busyness (in the form of devices) as an antidote to boredom. Not so good.

The No. 1 recommended diet? That would be Mediterranean

A panel of experts has deemed the Mediterranean diet the heathiest way to eat. Way better than keto.

What is measles and how can you prevent the disease?

It can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine, but it still kills over 100,000 people a year.

Health Q&A: Talk with your doctor about a daily aspirin dose

Taking aspirin each day is often recommended to lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Deaths from falls in seniors are up — are prescriptions to blame?

Researchers want to know if reducing or eliminating benzodiazepines can cut falling in older adults.

Dry January — that’s no booze for a month — can be full of cheers

If you’ve ever thought about giving up alcohol for a period of time, take this into consideration.

Four reasons you should try hara hachi bu in the new year

The Confucian-inspired adage is a reminder to stop eating when your stomach is 80 percent full.

Parenting is stressful; here’s how to be a more relaxed parent

Two full-time working parents have become the norm in America — mostly out of financial necessity.

Engineered painkiller works like an opioid but isn’t addictive

A scientist is testing opioid-like drugs that block the receptors responsible for addiction.