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Couple's pandemic wedding is a parking lot promise to love and cherish, no matter what

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YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. - Carrie Grace McQuaid and John Michael Simpson exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon missing some of the trappings of a traditional wedding.

The bride didn't get a dance with her dad, nor the groom with his mother. There was no dinner banquet for 250 guests. Some loved ones had to watch via Zoom.

The whole affair took place in ...Read more

KC's largest healthcare insurance provider will return to Obamacare exchange in 2021

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KANSAS CITY - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the area's largest healthcare insurance provider, will return to the Affordable Care Act marketplace next year after leaving it in 2018.

The insurer lost more than $100 million on its exchange plans from 2014 to 2017, calling the losses "unsustainable" when it announced in May 2017 that ...Read more

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Private employers show new interest in expanded Medicare and regulated drug prices

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WASHINGTON - U.S. employers, battered by rising hospital and pharmaceutical prices, are increasingly open to a bigger government role in healthcare, including regulating prices and expanding Medicare to more working Americans.

In one recent survey, more than three-quarters of responding employers said government regulation of drug prices and ...Read more

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Ex-etiquette: What's in a name?

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Q. My son and daughter-in-law have been separated for a year. They have shared custody of their 4-year-old son. My son was very unhappy but chose to put up with it until he met someone else. Daughter-in-law did not handle the break-up well. There was lots of crying, screaming, threats, accusations, and harassment by phone, text and email. As a ...Read more

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How families are keeping Halloween from turning into a COVID nightmare

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DENVER - For Laura Stoutingburg and her family, Halloween has always been a monthlong celebration of corn mazes, pumpkin patches and, of course, trick-or-treating in their suburban Denver neighborhood.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the mother of two to change their plans.

"Traditional trick-or-treating house to house does not feel ...Read more

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Commentary: Why remote learning is hard — and how to make it easier

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We knew in March that students wouldn't learn much during lockdown, and they seem to be in for more of the same this fall. The problem isn't just that teachers lack experience with remote instruction. For reasons scientists only partially understand, it's demonstrably harder to learn via video than in person. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and ...Read more

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Lori Borgman: Two kinds of grandparents in this world

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There are two kinds of grandparents in this world-those who love personalized gifts emblazoned with adoring messages and those who do not. Naturally, the husband and I are opposites on this matter. I believe the Bible refers to this as "iron sharpening iron."

Yesterday, the husband opened the kitchen cabinet, coffeepot in hand, and announced ...Read more

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Ex-etiquette: What's in a name?

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Q. My son and daughter-in-law have been separated for a year. They have shared custody of their 4-year-old son. My son was very unhappy but chose to put up with it until he met someone else. Daughter-in-law did not handle the break-up well. There was lots of crying, screaming, threats, accusations and harassment by phone, text and email. As a ...Read more

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Life in a food desert, where fresh produce is 2 bus rides from home

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Willie Brown carefully guided his cart of groceries off the Trinity Metro Bus. The cart thumped on the ground, and he slowly pushed it across an empty parking lot toward home.

Thirty years ago, that empty parking lot would have been filled with shopping carts and families buying groceries. It would have been where Brown ...Read more

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Living with Children: Don't fall into this trap

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Q: My husband and I are not on the same page when it comes to our just-turned 4-year-old son. He thinks our son's behavior is a phase that he will outgrow. To me, his defiance and tantrums are alarming and need to be dealt with now to prevent them from getting worse. Most recently, he has started hitting and kicking us when he doesn't get his ...Read more

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Promises kept? On health care, Trump's claims of 'monumental steps' don't add up

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When it comes to health care, President Donald Trump has promised far more than he has delivered. But that doesn't mean his administration has had no impact on health issues - including the operation of the Affordable Care Act, prescription drug prices and women's access to reproductive health services.

In a last-ditch effort to raise his ...Read more

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Emotional exhaustion during times of unrest

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Local and world events have brought out strong emotions and stressors this year, often one right after another. They include COVID-19, social distancing, quarantines, stay-at-home orders, furloughs, job loss, masking, racial injustice, protests and demonstrations. There's no question 2020 has been a year full of change and trauma.

In addition ...Read more

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Commentary: Many more people are being diagnosed as bipolar, but those diagnoses are often wrong

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The diagnosis of "bipolar disorder" is tossed around these days with alarming regularity. Declaring with great seriousness that someone is bipolar now means that because their moods change rapidly they will be treated for a serious mental illness they likely do not have.

The truth may be more complex, but is usually much simpler. Unfortunately,...Read more

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Women's wellness: Is it safe to get a flu vaccination during pregnancy?

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Yes, it's safe to get a flu shot during pregnancy. In fact, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all women who are pregnant during flu season get a flu shot, regardless of their trimester.

A flu shot during pregnancy can help:

Prevent the flu and maternal complications. The flu is more likely to cause severe ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Q And A: Rotator cuff tears — treatment and recovery

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm a 49-year-old man, and I've played tennis for many years without any injuries. But a few weeks ago, I developed pain in my shoulder during a match and was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear. My doctor recommended rest and ice. That doesn't seem to be helping much, and the pain is keeping me awake at night. What other ...Read more

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Remote learning has created a new audience for an old ritual: Crying in school

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LOS ANGELES - During the second week of distance learning, 6-year-old Ezra Karpf clicked the "unmute" button on his computer screen so he could ask his teacher a question. It didn't work.

Ezra's frustration simmered. Then it peaked. Then it exploded.

"I can't unmute myself! I can't unmute myself!" he shouted repeatedly until his mother rushed ...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: This art is a big draw

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As a painter, I like to think I have something in common with Picasso, mainly because we both had blue periods, mine coming several years ago when I used that color to paint the bathroom.

But I pale (my beige period, when I did the soffits in the kitchen) compared to my granddaughters Chloe and Lilly, who not only deserve to have a brush with ...Read more

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Vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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The prospect of having a COVID-19 vaccine raises expectations and plenty of questions. While no one can pinpoint the elusive question of when there will be a vaccine, there are some questions that can be answered now.

Dr. Andrew Badley, head of Mayo Clinic's COVID Research Task Force, recently shared his expertise in this Q&A, starting with ...Read more

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Mayo Clinic Minute: The importance of stretching throughout your workday

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With some gyms closed and a number of people working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for many people to get in their daily workout. Sedentary behavior, including sitting for long periods of time, can contribute to adverse health effects, including something referred to as "sitting disease."

In this Mayo Clinic Minute...Read more

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Myths about fentanyl spread more prolifically online than articles correcting them, study finds

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PHILADELPHIA - News articles containing misinformation about fentanyl - falsely suggesting that people can overdose and die from simply touching the synthetic opioid - are shared and spread far more widely on social media than stories that attempt to correct such myths, a new study from researchers at Northeastern University finds.

Fentanyl has...Read more

 

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