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Visit Your Local Library during National Library Week

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When you think of a library, what do you imagine? Rows of dusty books? A silent, somber atmosphere befitting a funeral service? A librarian prowling the stacks and shushing patrons?

The Health Benefits of Laughter

health benefits of laughter

I have been to many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

STDs in Older Adults

sexually transmitted diseases

Sex can be an uncomfortable topic to discuss. So it can be even more uncomfortable to talk about some of the unintended consequences of sex and the need to protect yourself.

Ah-Choo! How to Manage the Allergy Season

describe the imageSneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes—these symptoms are well known to allergy sufferers everywhere.

Seasonal allergies are primarily due to tree, grass and weed pollen. The pollen gets into nasal passages and settles on soft mucous membranes in the nose and lungs. This triggers the release of histamine, which the body tries to get rid of through sneezing, coughing and other means.

Turning 65 in 2014? What You Need to Know About Medicare

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Bob Dylan released “The Times They Are a-Changin” back in 1964, and that sure seems to be the case 50 years later. From redefining aging to reinventing retirement, boomers continue to march to the beat of a different drum.

Planning for Your Digital Afterlife

digital assets

Many of us spend a good part of our days online. We email our grandkids, catch up with old friends on social media, pay bills—even watch movies. According to a report from Microsoft, the typical web user now has 25 different online accounts.

One Preventive Screening Test You Don’t Want to Miss

colorectal cancer

Perhaps no preventive screening test is put off more often—or for longer periods of time—than a colonoscopy. Common responses after finally having the test include: “I’m glad that’s over!” and “That wasn’t so bad.” Indeed, both may be true.

6 Diabetes Myths Debunked


Diabetes is a complicated disease that is often misunderstood. If you have diabetes or know someone who does, there’s a lot for you to learn—including sifting fact from fiction.

Volunteering: Good for Others, Good for You


April 5-12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week. Sponsored by the Points of Light nonprofit volunteer organization, National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.

Is Somebody You Love Still Smoking?

quit smoking

You probably already know the many reasons to quit smoking. We’ve had 50 years of public health education about it since the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report first linked smoking to lung cancer. So rather than rehash what you may have heard many times before, we’re going to give it to you straight from the horse’s mouth.

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