Gout is more than arthritic flareup

November 15, 2011

Gout, a form of acute arthritis, is a painful, inflammatory reaction in joints from fluid buildup that creates needlelike crystals. Thinkstock

More than 8.3 million Americans are affected by gout.

A form of acute arthritis, gout occurs as a result of the body’s inflammatory reaction to needlelike crystals that form in joint fluid when there is an excess of uric acid in the fluid. Uric acid is a waste product of cell metabolism in the body.

Gout has been recognized and studied since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Hippocrates called gout the “un-walkable disease.” Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin all suffered from gout. In times when overindulgence and obesity was a rarity, gout was considered a disease of the rich and powerful and was frequently referred to as “the disease of kings.”

When these crystals appear in a joint, the joint and surrounding tissue become inflamed, leading to swelling and causing nerve endings in the area to become irritated, leading to intense pain. Occurring most commonly in the big toe, attacks are usually sudden and cause extreme and often debilitating pain. The pain is usually so excruciating that the sufferer cannot bear weight on the afflicted joint. The inflamed skin over the joint will appear red, shiny and dry.

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Skyline Spartans claim opening round in run for state title, 27-17

November 15, 2011

Skyline High School’s football team is renowned for always having an explosive offense. However, the Spartans also know that this time of the year a team had better be playing solid defense, especially if it has aspirations of playing for a state title in the Tacoma Dome.

And Skyline always has those aspirations.

The Spartans, coming up strong on defense, moved another step closer to the Tacoma Dome Nov. 12, when they defeated the Greater Spokane League Champion, 27-17, in a first-round game in Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium.

With the victory Skyline, 8-3, hosts Central Valley, another Spokane-area team, at 1 p.m. Nov. 19 in a Class 4A state quarterfinal. The winner of the game will meet either Union or Woodinville in the semifinals Nov. 26 in the Tacoma Dome. The semifinal winners play for the state title Dec. 3 in the Tacoma Dome.

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Issaquah voters re-elect Councilman Joshua Schaer

November 15, 2011

Joshua Schaer (right), calls his mother Nancy Schaer, of Redmond, to tell her about his lead in the Issaquah City Council race, as former Councilman David Kappler chats with other election night partygoers at the Issaquah Brewhouse. By Greg Farrar 

Joshua Schaer, the only City Council member to face a challenger in a little-noticed campaign season, trounced opponent TJ Filley as the off-year election came to a close.

Incumbents scored leads in the initial election results released just after 8 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 8, eliminating the prospect of a long pause before a frontrunner emerged. Schaer, alongside incumbents on the Issaquah School Board and Port of Seattle Commission, pulled ahead early.

Though voters decided on the majority of council seats, only Schaer attracted a challenger. Incumbent Councilman Fred Butler, appointed Councilwoman Stacy Goodman and candidate Paul Winterstein cruised into office in the other council races. Terms for the triumphant candidates start in January.

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Troopers remind motorists to beware dangers of drowsy driving

November 15, 2011

State troopers urged motorists to wake up to the dangers of drowsy driving during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week.

In addition to drunken driving and distracted driving, drowsy driving can cause devastating effects on Washington roadways.

In 2010, drowsy driving caused 17 deaths and 74 seriously injured motorists in Washington. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate drowsy driving results in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents nationwide each year.

“It always breaks my heart to hear that someone was killed or injured because a driver fell asleep at the wheel. These are totally preventable deaths and collisions,” Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement.

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Liberty girls soccer team takes out Chieftains, Seagulls to reach semifinals

November 15, 2011

Kiana Hafferty, Liberty High School junior forward, threatens to score again in the second period against Columbia River Nov. 9 after giving the Patriots the early lead in a 2-1 victory. By Greg Farrar

It has been a while but the Liberty High School girls soccer team has reached the Class 3A state semifinals again.

Liberty defeated Columbia River, 2-1, Nov. 9 in the first round of the state tournament, and then downed Everett, 2-0, Nov. 12 in the quarterfinals.

The Patriots, 17-1-0, meet Eastside Catholic at 4 p.m. Nov. 18 in the semifinals at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium. Meadowdale and Seattle Prep meet in the other semifinal at 2 p.m. The winners play for the state title at 2 p.m. Nov. 19 and the losers meet at 10 a.m. to settle third and fourth place.

This is the fourth time Liberty has reached the semifinals. The last time was in 2001, when the Patriots fell to West Valley of Yakima, 2-0. Liberty also lost to Lakeside, 2-1, on a shootout in 2000, and fell to Highline, 2-1, on a shootout in 1998. Each time the Patriots finished third in the tournament.

The KingCo Conference 3A/2A champions reached the Final Four thanks to its victory against visiting Everett.

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Voters return Issaquah School Board incumbents Brian Deagle, Suzanne Weaver

November 15, 2011

In the races for the two contested seats on the Issaquah School Board, the two incumbents outdistanced their general election opponents by similar margins.

“I’m glad to see the results the way they are,” board member Brian Deagle said shortly after initial vote totals were available last week.

As of Nov. 10, the latest election returns show Deagle leading challenger Patrick Sansing 10,157 to 5,378.

The other incumbent, Suzanne Weaver, was outpacing challenger Brian Neville 10,121 to 5,681.

Anne Moore will join the board in January; she ran unopposed for the seat to be vacated by board President Jan Colbrese.

Like Deagle, Weaver also expressed gratitude over the results.

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‘Hutch High’ provides DNA for additional scientific learning

November 15, 2011

Neil Schmidt (left) and Phil Velozo, Tiger Mountain Community High School seniors, attempt to extract the DNA from strawberries during a science workshop at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. By Tom Corrigan

Hang Tran, a graduate student at the University of Washington and a volunteer at “Hutch High,” said the main point of the experiment she was overseeing was to extract DNA from the strawberry mush she and a handful of students from Tiger Mountain Community High School were creating.

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Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers classes

November 15, 2011

Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers the following classes at its Issaquah clinic, 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E. Register by calling 688-5259.

  • “Weight Loss Surgery Seminar” — 6 p.m. Nov. 22, free
  • “Condensed Series Preparation for Childbirth & Newborn Care” — 9 a.m. Dec. 2 & 10, $95 per couple
  • “You and Your New Baby” — 10 a.m. Nov. 14, $55

Swedish/Issaquah offers classes

November 15, 2011

Swedish/Issaquah Medical Center, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive, offers the following classes (register or learn more about costs at www.swedish.org/Classes-and-Resources):

  • “Baby Needs a Doctor” — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16
  • “Postpartum Preparation — 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 6
  • “Childbirth Preparation: 1-day Seminar” — 9 a.m. Nov. 20
  • Free birth center tour — 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20
  • “Newborn Preparation” — 9 a.m. Nov. 26 and 10 a.m. Dec. 10
  • “Coping with Confidence: Labor Coping Techniques” — 6 p.m. Nov. 29
  • Free birth center tour — 6 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and 5 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2
  • “Infant Safety and CPR” — 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 and 6 p.m. Dec. 7
  • Free birth center tour — 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 4

Port of Seattle incumbents sail ahead

November 15, 2011

Port of Seattle Commission incumbents Bill Bryant and Gael Tarleton sailed to re-election Nov. 8. Bryant trounced challenger Dean Willard, a Sammamish resident, and Tarleton defeated Richard Pope in a lopsided contest to remain on the nonpartisan commission.

The race hinged on the economy and the environment, and the role the Port of Seattle plays in relation to each issue. The commission is the agency responsible for the Port of Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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