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As ketamine clinics emerge to treat mental illness, so does debate...

In a spalike clinic overlooking Lake Union with moss walls and floor pillows, Bridget Carnahan treats patients for mental illness with blindfolds, noise-canceling headphones, talk therapy, and a psychoactive drug called ketamine.

Mental health and the holidays: Holiday stress

Those who are vaccinated for COVID-19 may be planning family gatherings, gift exchanges and big meals this year. After last year, a lot of people are feeling more pressure to make this holiday season even better for their loved ones. Do you have any tips for coping with the stress of it all?

Did a collision of COVID-19 and HIV forge the Omicron variant?

The Omicron variant, now present in at least 23 countries around the world, was probably incubated in the body of a person with an immune system battered by HIV or another immune-compromising condition that can cause a prolonged coronavirus infection, according to the South African scientist who detected the fast-spreading genetic mutant.

On Nutrition: Peppermint 101

I like traditions. So I admit being somewhat bothered when I hear Christmas carols on the radio before my turkey dinner is digested. And why do they call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” when I’m still giving thanks for leftovers?

Dr. Erika Kube: Is there such a thing as drinking too...

Jeff came to the emergency department via ambulance with slurred speech and altered mental status. The paramedics were called to his home by his wife, who found him in the bathroom confused. When he didn't come out, she went into the bathroom to check on him and found him standing at the sink with the water running. She asked if he was OK and immediately realized something was wrong. He seemed startled to see her and didn't understand what she was saying. When he finally spoke, his speech was slurred and he was disoriented.