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Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou talks avocados

Friday, August 22, 2014

Guacamole. What a great word. What a great dip. But don’t you ever wish there was something different you could do with those beautiful, ripe avocados sitting on your counter right this moment, getting more ripe by the minute? Of course you could just eat one with a spoon and maybe a little cottage cheese for a completely satisfying lunch or dinner. Plenty of protein there and it will satisfy … 0

Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CINCINNATI — A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group’s funding of embryonic stem cell research is “in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.” Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told … 0

Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. The World Health Organization officials said the combination strategy already is … 0

Cost to raise a child rises to more than $245,000

Monday, August 18, 2014

The cost for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2013 to age 18 rose to $245,340, up 1.8 percent from the previous year, according to a government report released Monday. Housing comprised the largest expense … 0

Peek into brain shows how kids learn math skills

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer. Now scientists have put youngsters into brain scanners to find out why, and watched how the brain reorganizes itself as kids learn math. The … 0

Health note: Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug

Monday, August 18, 2014

Better chance for a cure? Cervical cancer study of promising drug A national clinical trial is underway with the goal of improving survival rates for cervical cancer patients worldwide. Dr. Charles Kunos, medical director of radiation oncology at … 0

Treating depression

Monday, August 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The biggest danger with depression, said Karin Jeffers, chief executive officer of Clinical & Support Options in Northampton, is when people underestimate the impact it can have on the person suffering. People often “think it’s not their place to get involved,” she said, “when in fact … 1

Lessons of stigmas, stereotypes in Williams’ death

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jamie Masada, the owner of the fabled Los Angeles-based comedy club the Laugh Factory, vividly remembers a warm exchange with comic Richard Jeni of the two sharing words of encouragement and gentle ribbing. “The next day I heard … 1

Check it out: bereavement support, Parkinson’s disease dance program

Monday, August 18, 2014

LGBT BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT An eight-week LGBT Bereavement Support Group, for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender adults who have experienced the death of a life partner or spouse, will be held Thursdays from Oct. 2 through Nov. 20. Participants explore reactions to loss, learn about the grieving process and … 0

Health events

Monday, August 18, 2014

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ VISION, SPEECH AND HEARING STUTTERING — A support group for people dealing with stuttering meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. For information, contact Carla Bernier or Alex Young by email at … 0

A bourbon bubble? P roduction at distilleries hits highest point in US since ’70s

Sunday, August 17, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders’ lingo: … 0

Ex-host Gregory praised on ‘Meet the Press’

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell has paid tribute on “Meet the Press” to its abruptly departed host, David Gregory. Mitchell told viewers Sunday that the long-running public-affairs show has made a lot of history … 0

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. — Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children’s series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted “Little House on the Prairie” fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier … 0