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Author Archive: Scripps Howard News Service

What happens when the body dies?

Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies — and learning more about ways to perhaps interrupt the process, which takes longer than we might suppose. Death is the final outcome for 100 percent of patients. But there’s growing evidence that revival is possible for at least some patients whose […]

These are a few of my favorite things . . . about the holidays

By Barton Goldsmith For many reasons, this is my favorite time of year. One reason is not the colder weather. In fact, the temperature outside may be the only thing I don’t like, but the joy of the season more than compensates for it. Here are some of my favorite things about the holidays: * […]

Patients find they were never ‘in’ the hospital

Am I in or am I out? Many patients are finding after spending days in a hospital that they were never really there. It can be a costly discovery, particularly if they’re covered by Medicare. Although they’re “in” the hospital, often in a room that looks exactly the same as one down the hall, being […]

Food rituals may enhance enjoyment of food

By Bill Ward Is an Oreo cookie better when pulled apart? The answer might be yes, but not because a separated cookie has more flavor. Those who prefer the lift-and-lick method might not know it, but they’re performing a ritual. Same with people who peel an apple from left to right, fold a piece of […]

New imaging detecting long-term brain injury effects

By Lee Bowman Doctors have known for a long time that in some patients, damage to the brain lingerers long after an injury is inflicted by an explosion or a physical blow. Yet the causes of long-term problems from even mild concussions are often invisible to standard brain-scanning techniques. Recently, scientists have used several unusual imaging […]

‘Granny pods’ keep generations together

By Kathryn Moschella   Tampa Bay Times Daryl Whitaker can take comfort in knowing that her grandmother, Shirley Shear, is nearby — as close as her backyard. The 88-year-old, twice-widowed Shear lives behind Whitaker’s home in Tampa, in a former family guest house/game room. Shear, who owned a home in Lakeland for 50 years, fell […]

GG4: Trim your Christmas tree with these inspired ideas

Home & Garden Television During the holiday season, the Christmas tree is the centerpiece of many homes. Trim your tree with these inspirational decorating ideas. * Glass ball ornaments add a designer touch to any tree and work whether you want a classic or contemporary tree. For a traditional theme, look for solid ornaments in […]

Spruce up your home for the Christmas season

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann The holiday season is upon us. Beautiful lights twinkling everywhere indicate that Christmas is coming soon, so here are some decorating ideas for your home in these next fun-filled weeks. Let’s start with the front door. After all, that is the first thing guests see when they come to your house. […]

Buttoned Up: Strategies for traveling sanely this holiday season

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Over the river and through the woods… Although it is hard to believe, the holiday season is upon us again. That means many people will be hitting the roads, rails and skyways in the coming weeks as they celebrate the festive season with family and friends. If you are […]

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Electrical outlet safety for the holidays

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann Well, with Thanksgiving and particularly Christmas coming up, we should make sure our electrical outlets are safe. Plugging in all those lights will give a beautiful look to your house. But safety should be first, so let’s see if our electrical outlets and wall plates are up to par. Do you […]

Remodeling for the holidays? Don’t go crazy

By Rosemary Sadez Freidmann Are you gearing up for the fun, hectic, exciting, loving, partying, giving, family gathering season we are entering? You might be ready, but is your house ready too? If you are expecting to host parties and expecting to invite guests overnight, perhaps it’s time to give your house a critical look. […]

Organized holiday budget is a gift that keeps on giving

By Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore Love the holidays, but dread the financial hangover? Overextending yourself is easy to do, and almost guaranteed if you approach them wielding plastic but lacking a plan. Organization is your key to financial freedom this holiday. If you organize some essentials now, you increase the likelihood of getting […]

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