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In this undated photo, fluorescent bulbs provide all the artificial light needed to root these cuttings during winter in New Paltz, N.Y. (Lee Reich via AP)

Artificial lights can keep houseplants growing in winter

Friday, February 12, 2016

Short days put sunlight at a premium. Even houseplants feel it. Mostly, they just sit and wait for better growing conditions. But for indoor gardeners who want plants to keep growing and even flowering this time of year, artificial light is the answer. Visible light is only a small slice of the electromagnetic wave spectrum, which runs from the very …

Get Growing: Amaryllis: Not a one-shot wonder

Friday, February 12, 2016

There’s no flower in the houseplant kingdom more majestic than the amaryllis. The gnarly bulbs are potted up in the fall or winter, and within seven to 10 weeks produce regal bell-shaped blossoms, as big as 10 inches across, on long slender stalks. When the first stalk is finished, there’s often a second, …

Design by social media: Kansas woman pins her hopes on Pinterest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Kelsey Cary of Eastborough, Kansas humbly says she’s just a good copycat. Long before she and her husband bought their house in 2014, the stay-at-home mom had pinned a photo of the exterior of a Georgia house that she’d fallen in love with — white brick, black windows, set back in the trees …

Climate change means more fleas, more heartworm for cats and dogs

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Climate change doesn’t just affect habitats for wildlife. It’s also affecting cats and dogs. Fleas and ticks are getting smaller, but there are more of them, they eat more often, and they’re causing problems in …

VA hospitals compare well on death, readmission rates

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHICAGO — Veterans’ hospitals compare pretty favorably with others when it comes to treating older men with three common conditions — heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, according to a study on death rates and readmissions. Chances for dying or being readmitted within 30 days of treatment for …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

50 Years Ago • Representatives of over 100 young people met with the Rev. Frank A. Danforth at the Methodist Church last night to formulate plans for a teen center. As an outgrowth of a Jan. 13 meeting, a petition had been drawn up and was presented by …

Beyonce’s Super Bowl show bringing both praise and criticism

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A day after the Super Bowl, people are still parsing over each frame from Beyonce’s halftime performance, trying to glean the messages, both subtle and overt, that made for a stunning display of unapologetic blackness and political activism during one of the most-watched events of the year. The …

Today in History

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

By The Associated Press Today is Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2016. There are 325 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first game of a match in Philadelphia against an IBM …

Federal panel recommends screening adolescents for depression

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or …

Super Bowl gets 111.9 million viewers, down from last year

Monday, February 8, 2016

NEW YORK — Setting television viewership records with the Super Bowl has become almost routine, but this year’s average of 111.9 million viewers for Denver’s victory over Carolina is down from the past two years. That makes Sunday’s …

Check it out: Health briefs

Monday, February 8, 2016

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com. Physician to speak on drug effects on teens Dr. Ruth Potee, a physician from Greenfield, will talk about the teen brain — what affects it and how to protect it — Feb. 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in …

Exercise in aging effortlessly: Northampton senior citizens try tai chi

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tai chi practitioners may not look like they’re up to much except moving slowly into various poses, but try this martial art, and you may find something quite different than you expect. Yes, the moves are subtle — …

Health Events

Monday, February 8, 2016

For a full list of upcoming health events visit www.gazettenet.com/living/health/ SUPPORT AND RELATIONSHIPS ALATEEN — Meeting for teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Meets first and second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton, entrance …