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Victor’s Mark Syverud was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 years ago but it wasn’t until just recently he realized he was experiencing a new symptom of the progressive neurological disease - his voice was starting to fade.

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Mass shootings have been an unfortunately common occurrence in the U.S. for some time now - media outlets report new tragedies on what seems like a weekly basis. But with every new case, many still look to the past for reference, the massacre at Columbine High School being one of the most frequently cited. The insurmountable emotions of these situations can be cause to create more anger, more hatred and more violence; it’s a vicious cycle with seemingly few solutions. But even the people directly affected by these tragedies have the ability to overcome and create an opposite reaction. One spurred on by hope and kindness.

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You wake up one morning with a scratchy throat, feeling anything but rested. It is an all-too-common scenario that can be annoying for a person who has fallen ill, but it can be difficult to determine whether to visit a doctor. Is it just the common cold, or could it be something more serious — something like strep throat?

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As the wintry atmosphere has settled outside and the heat gets cranked up indoors, the dry air can wreak havoc on the body — particularly your eyes. Your sight is an especially important sense; it’s important during these cold months to keep up on the health of your vision. If you’ve noticed that your eyes seem redder than usual, you have blurred sight or watery eyes, or you have a hard time making tears, the culprit could be something a bit more serious than the dreary outdoors.

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The cold air might be nipping at your nose, and now that we’ve said our goodbyes to the beach, sandals and shorts, there’s no better time to crank up the temperature in your kitchen with a tasty, hearty stew.

Scientists at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy have identified a new method to harvest a key ingredient responsible for making sunscreen products more environmentally friendly.

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Children who eat fish once a week or more sleep better and score higher, on average, on IQ tests than children who never eat fish or do so less than once a week, according to study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports.

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All of Georgia’s state parks are open Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, providing peaceful scenery and plenty of space for those who don’t want to get into the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

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If you decide to settle in a for a long autumn’s nap after your Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, don’t lay the blame for the desire to snooze on the turkey.

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A recent study by researchers at the University of Florida and around the nation shows that just under seven minutes of moderate walking or other exercise each day — 48 minutes a week — can improve physical functioning in the elderly and stave off major mobility disability.

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The holidays look picture-perfect in the media, but in reality, they may not be so full of harmony and smiles.

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Enjoy a stress-free holiday by preparing and freezing holiday meals and treats in advance. Freezing prepared foods allows for the satisfaction of homemade meals with the convenience of store-bought ones.

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Each October thousands put on the pink and participate in walks and other events bringing attention to breast cancer and the ongoing need for research. In Southwest Georgia, the Phoebe Foundation and Phoebe’s Cancer Center receive funding from some of these efforts and use those funds for research and to assist cancer patients with unexpected emergencies.

With the new school year, students are trying out for various sports teams and other activities. Some will make it, others will not.

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Vaccinations protect children from serious illness and complications of vaccine-preventable diseases, which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage and death.

Whether you need to be gluten-free as prescribed by a doctor or you are choosing to cut back for personal reasons, a gluten-free diet is healthy if followed carefully. That means making the right choices when substituting gluten-free in place of gluten foods.

Research shows that we typically get enough water through foods (which supply 20 percent of our water) and beverages (including coffee, soda and alcohol), and that for most of us, thirst is a reliable indicator of when we need more fluid, even during exercise.

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