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Sinusitis shares symptoms with many other conditions

Dear Doctors: Can you please talk about sinusitis? I’ve been having headaches and postnasal drip for a few months, and I thought it was because of my allergies. But my brother, who is a nurse, thinks it could be sinusitis. What are the symptoms, and how is it treated? Dear Reader: Sinusitis occurs when inflammation…

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Houseguest wants to give hostess a gift

DEAR HARRIETTE: I stay with a family friend every time I visit my son at college. It is so kind of her to offer to put me up. She is incredibly generous with her home and hospitality. She won’t allow me to give her any money, but I feel like I should give her something.…

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Even simple exercise may help aging brain, study hints

LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer New research hints that even a simple exercise routine just might help older Americans with mild memory problems. Doctors have long advised physical activity to help keep a healthy brain fit. But the government-funded study marks the longest test of whether exercise makes any difference once memory starts to slide…

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Appreciation: Bill Russell lived a life like very few others

TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Bill Russell hated autographs. Saw no point to them. If he was out dining and got approached by someone asking for his signature, Russell’s usual response was to instead ask the person to join him at the table to have a conversation about life. The autograph-seekers almost always declined. Oh,…

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Joe Manchin Blinks

Susan Estrich On Wednesday, just as the bad news was coming on the economy, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin announced that he had reached an agreement with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on the president’s signature legislative package. Build Back Better has now become Stop Inflation Now, or some such name, but what it really is…

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USDA getting tougher on salmonella in chicken products

DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government on Monday announced proposed new regulations that would force food processors to reduce the amount of salmonella bacteria found in some raw chicken products or risk being shut down. The proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture rules would declare salmonella an adulterant — a…

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Latest news on gut microbiome includes idea of stool banking

Dear Doctors: It seems like news about the gut microbiome keeps getting weirder. I just read about a doctor who said the new trend will be each of us storing our own poop for the future. What would be the advantage of doing that? And why is the gut microbiome in the news so often?…

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Family and friends offer backhand compliments

DEAR HARRIETTE: After months of hard work, I’m finally happy and comfortable with my current weight. I’ve been documenting my fitness journey on Instagram. I’ve been receiving a ton of positive comments from strangers and acquaintances, but also some backhanded compliments from the people I happen to be the closest to. My aunt commented, “Keep…

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Liz Weston: How to budget realistically for home repairs

LIZ WESTON NerdWallet If you’re a homeowner and haven’t faced a big repair bill yet, just wait. Even in the best-maintained homes, stuff will wear out or break. Budgeting for these inevitable bills isn’t always easy. One commonly cited rule of thumb — to save 1% to 4% of your home’s value each year for…

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