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Want to Spend Your Senior Years at Home? Here’s How to Do It

For 30 years, Pat Weis has called the Bay Indies community in Venice, Florida, home. It’s where she lived with her husband until his death three years ago and where she currently resides with a friend. Now 80, Weis has no plans to leave her house anytime soon. “I’ve been …

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How to Make Hiring a Home Contractor Less Like Gambling

Hiring a contractor to do a major home renovation is difficult for most of us. We’re risking a lot of money, so it’s important to avoid costly mistakes. Since it’s not something we do often, we have few opportunities to practice and improve our skills. Even for experienced home renovators, …

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Health

Rapid early weight gain tied to higher childhood blood pressure

Infants and preschoolers who gain weight rapidly may have higher-than-average high blood pressure later in childhood, a U.S. study suggests. The relatively small differences in blood pressure linked to rapid weight gain for youngsters in the study may be tied to an increased risk of other health problems in young …

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Researchers puzzled over why more babies being born with organs outside the body

Anna, Avery, Genevieve, Ian: Those are a handful of the names of American children with gastroschisis— whereby the intestines are born outside of the body, protruding from a hole beside the belly button— and who are featured in a newstory series published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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12-year-old Washington girl dies from flu

The family of a 12-year-old girl who died after contracting the flu said her illness progressed like “a freight train.” Peggy Lowery, of Kitsap County, Washington, described her daughter Piper as a usually very healthy child, according to Fox 8. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, Piper presented a high fever, and …

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Formerly conjoined twin heads home year after birth, brother still recovering

One of the formerly conjoined twin boys born in Jacksonville in December 2014 is now at home. The Florida Times-Union reports Conner Mirabal was released from Wolfson Children’s Hospital on Wednesday. His brother, Carter Mirabal, has had a slower recovery and remains hospitalized. Their mother, Michelle Brantley, says both boys …

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Film gives look at Gleason’s life with Lou Gehrig’s disease

Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason was never going to turn a film documenting his life with Lou Gehrig’s disease into a sanitized, feel-good story of triumph in the face of tragedy. Arguably more famous now for how he lives with ALS than he ever was for football, Gleason …

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Sierra Leone has 2nd Ebola case after epidemic believed over

A second case of Ebola emerged in Sierra Leone after health officials thought the epidemic was over, with a close relative of the first victim testing positive for the virus that has killed more than 11,000 people, authorities said Thursday. About 150 of the first victim’s contacts have been under …

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20-foot tapeworm found inside man’s intestines

Squeamish readers be warned: The South China Morning Post reports a Chinese man was recently found to have a 20-foot tapeworm living inside his intestines. According to Live Science, the 38-year-old man went to the doctor last spring after losing up to 22 pounds over the course of three days. …

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Listeria-contaminated salad from Dole Food kills 1, CDC says

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said one person had died and 12 were hospitalized due to a strain of listeria linked to packaged salads produced by Dole Food Co Inc in its facility in Springfield, Ohio. The company notified the CDC on Thursday that it had …

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