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A short guide to quarantining after holiday travel

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If you traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday, it's time to go into quarantine.

Specifically, if you went out of state, California has issued a travel advisory recommending that you quarantine for 14 days. If you had prolonged exposure to anyone outside of your household or existing pandemic pod, it's a good idea to self-quarantine as well.

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Hospitals race to set vaccine priorities for health care workers

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Large hospital systems are grappling with how best to decide which health care workers will be vaccinated first for COVID-19, a daunting task when it's unclear which shots they'll get, how many and when they'll arrive.

The first COVID-19 vaccine could be cleared for U.S. use as soon as next month, with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE's candidate ...Read more

Hospitals race to set vaccine priorities for health care workers

Health Advice / Health & Fitness /

Large hospital systems are grappling with how best to decide which health care workers will be vaccinated first for COVIC-19, a daunting task when it's unclear which shots they'll get, how many and when they'll arrive.

The first COVIC-19 vaccine could be cleared for U.S. use as soon as next month, with Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE's candidate ...Read more

Nutrition News: Dried Fruit Can Be Healthy

Health Advice / Nutrition News /

If you look at your diet, do you get enough fruits and vegetables? For most of us, the answer is no. Only 1 in 10 Americans get the recommended two cups of fruits per day (for a 2,000-calorie diet). Fruits have important dietary benefits; they are a good source of fiber as well as key vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Fruits are also a source...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q And A: What is palliative care and who needs it?

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 65 year-old-mother was diagnosed recently with Parkinson's disease. A friend mentioned that we should see a palliative care doctor to develop a care plan. I don't think my mother is dying anytime soon. Can you explain palliative care and why we might need a consultation?

ANSWER: I am sorry to hear about your mother's ...Read more

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Replace a fossil fuel furnace to lower emissions—and your bills

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Whether you want to reduce the greenhouse gases your home produces or lower the cost of your utilities, a heat pump might seem like a good idea. Here are some important factors to consider before you make a purchase.

IT'S A HEATER AND AN AIR CONDITIONER

The most commonly installed are air-source heat pumps, which resemble air conditioner units...Read more

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Parents complain that pediatricians, wary of COVID, shift sick kids to urgent care

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A mom of eight boys, Kim Gudgeon was at her wits' end when she called her family doctor in suburban Chicago to schedule a sick visit for increasingly fussy, 1-year-old Bryce.

He had been up at night and was disrupting his brothers' e-learning during the day. "He was just miserable," Gudgeon said. "And the older kids were like, 'Mom, I can't ...Read more

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Kindergartners struggle to learn online. But this mother-daughter duo keeps them glued

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LOS ANGELES — It was five minutes past 9 a.m. on the 59th day of school, and Ms. Tai was running late.

"Dad! The internet's not connecting!" the Los Angeles Unified School District kindergarten teacher hollered from her pocket-size classroom — little more than a desk and a couple of posters, screened off from a dresser and a tidy twin bed. ...Read more

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Cougar cubs, raccoons, kitty cats. After rehab, animals hurt by fires find new homes

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California's record wildfire season may not be completely over, but the trauma is ending for some of the state's most vulnerable inhabitants: animals rescued from the blazes.

Several animals found injured during wildfires this year have recovered and will soon be welcomed into new homes.

One happy caregiver welcomed home her "semi-feral" cat, ...Read more

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Artist hopes mural of 23-year-old killed in June shooting makes others pause before causing harm

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CHICAGO — A golden frame filled with the cosmos went up on a brick building near the Western Blue Line. Its creator, speckled in paint, finished off glints of light on the stars. In a few clean lines, he wrote, "memorial mural in progress."

For longtime Chicago artist Tyrue "Slang" Jones, the project was personal.

Brandon McGhee, 23, was ...Read more

Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

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PHILADELPHIA — Mackenzie Fierceton grew up poor, cycling through the rocky child welfare system. She bounced from one foster home to the next. One home, during her junior year of high school, was so "toxic" and crammed with other foster kids that she left for weeks at a time, sleeping each night on a carousel of couches at the homes of various...Read more

An urban farm feeding the poorest part of Philly fights to stay alive and growing

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PHILADELPHIA — The Life Do Grow Farm on N. 11th and Dauphin Streets in North Philadelphia was carved out of the poorest part of the poorest big city in America.

Once an illegal dump, set beside a SEPTA Regional Rail line, the nearly-three-acre plot is studded by trees — some in planters made of painted tires — and lined with beds normally...Read more

A Black family couldn't bury their young son where they wished because of racism. 60 years later, does an apology help?

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SEATTLE — Six decades after the state of Washington compounded her family's tragedy with insult and indignity, Bernice Price can only shake her head and sigh.

"Oh Lord," Price, 90, says. "It's been a long time."

She gestures toward the alley behind the Seattle home she's lived in for the better part of a century.

"Something happened during ...Read more

Better safe than sorry when it comes to potential COVID exposure

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am scheduled to play tennis with my friend tonight. His son tested positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic as of yesterday. He has not seen his son for at least one week before the diagnosis. Is my friend safe, and would it therefore be safe for me to play tennis with him? He seems to think he would have needed to see him ...Read more

Even one soft drink a day is too much

Two living presidents are avowed diet-soda fanatics. Bill Clinton is so identified with the beverage that he reportedly placed a Diet Coke, along with other items, in a time capsule at his official presidential library. And reports say Donald Trump downs as many as 12 Diet Cokes a day.

Now, we don't know what it would do for governing if chief ...Read more

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Captain Comics: More great graphic novels

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My mailboxes, analog and digital, keep filling with great graphic novels. Here are a few:

DUNE (Abrams ComicArts, $24.99)

The proper name of this hardback is "Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1: Dune" which sounds a bit redundant. The Preface explains this unfortunate nomenclature thusly: "The original novel was broken into three 'books,' (so) ...Read more

Cool it! The benefits of putting out the flame

At the end of October, more than 5,600 firefighters continued to battle 22 wildfires in California -- on the 28th alone, they responded to 29 blazes. You can bet they wished it were as easy to dampen the destructive power of those flames as it is to tamp down inflammation and resulting health hazards in your body!

New research from the Harvard ...Read more

There is help for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 78 and have some difficulty swallowing. I must take calcium and magnesium tablets, and they are very large. I have to chew them to get them down properly. I have actually choked on pills in the past. But chewing some tablets gives a terrible taste. Any suggestions? -- P.P.L.

ANSWER: Older people often have difficulty ...Read more

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Snow piling up early in Oregon for nordic skiers

BEND, Ore. — The pent-up demand for winter recreation is heightened this year due to the pandemic.

Luckily, Mother Nature recently delivered the goods for Central Oregon snow revelers, as area sno-parks had at least 2 to 3 feet of snow late last week for nordic skiers, snowshoers and fatbikers.

“The first day it snowed, people were up at ...Read more

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In Washington, annual wolf count sets policy for the coming year

How do you count one of the world’s more elusive ground animals?

Very carefully.

That’s one of the messages from a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife video released recently called “How to Count a Wolf.”

The video, which was produced by Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele in conjunction with WDFW, explains how WDFW estimates...Read more