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Washington health exchange 81,000 short of enrollment goal

Washington health exchange 81,000 short of enrollment goal
FILE -- Brad Finnegan demonstrates the Washington Healthplanfinder website.

The Washington health exchange is 81,000 short of its goal for signing people up for insurance this year.

Parents: Skip the energy drinks for your kids

Parents: Skip the energy drinks for your kids

Feeling a bit down? Follow your nose!

Feeling a bit down? Follow your nose!

If you are looking for a mental pick-me-up, give aromatherapy a try

Blood pressure too high? Grab some yogurt!

 Blood pressure too high? Grab some yogurt!

To give your heart a treat - try yogurt

An aspirin a day may NOT be what you need

An aspirin a day may NOT be what you need

Check with your doctor before popping aspirin for heart health

For academic success, feed the brain! But steer clear of fast food.

For academic success, feed the brain! But steer clear of fast food.
A customer looks over the menu at a McDonald's drive-thru in Williamsville, N.Y.

For academic success, feed the brain! But steer clear of fast food.

Umbrella; Check. Raincoat; Check. Sunscreen; Check. Wait, what?

Umbrella; Check. Raincoat; Check. Sunscreen; Check. Wait, what?

Don't let the clouds fool you! You still need sunscreen on overcast or even rainy days.

Hug it out for your health!

Hug it out for your health!
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll hugs DeShawn Shead after overtime of the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 28-22 to advance to Super Bowl XLIX. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

 Feeling down? Blood pressure up? Hug it out!

It can be a tough one to detect: Problems with the thyroid

It can be a tough one to detect: Problems with the thyroid

 Feeling really fatigued? Cold all the time? Unexplained weight gain? Could be your thyroid! 

Bring the HEAT for your health

Bring the HEAT for your health
Image by Flickr user Global Crop Diversity Trust.

Chili peppers add spice to your life, but can also help your health.

Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective

Flu vaccine not working well; only 23 percent effective
Medical student Chelsea Spriggs receives a flu vaccination in Chicago.
As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. It's only 23 percent effective, primarily because it doesn't include the bug that is making most people sick, according to a government study released Thursday.

Unique strategies to help you kick the habit

Unique strategies to help you kick the habit
FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2007 file photo, discarded cigarette cartons lie on the floor as people gather at a one hour " Stop Smoking" promotion in a bar in central London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Dr. Linda Petter shares with us some interesting strategies you might not have thought about.