1. Grand Canyon hike is one to remember for Way Out West Gang

    Life Times

    It wasn't my idea. Paris was my idea.

    But last November, I joined my husband and his buddies — five hoary photographers and a graphic designer, ranging in age from 49 all the way to 76 — in a challenge to hike the Grand Canyon, down to the bottom and back out again.

    Breathtaking views of the picturesque Grand Canyon, with sandstone buffed a tawny red, and sculpted, soaring cliffs, are awe-inspiring.
  2. Chemo treats cancer better with fasting, paper finds

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    The history of cancer treatment includes a long list of quack diets claiming patients can eat their way back to good health, but one approach, which involves eating less and minimizing carbohydrates, appears to produce genuine benefits.

  3. Exercise as good for brain as body

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    Our brains benefit from exercise just as much as the muscles in our bodies do. It was once believed that loss of brain function was a normal part of the aging process, but it is now believed that exercise enhances the growth and survival of new neurons in the hippocampus — the region of the brain essential for …

    Photos by MELISSA LYTTLE   |   Times
  4. Encore workshops time for reflection, discovery

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    Many of us, after 20, 30 or more years in one career, find ourselves looking around mid-life for something different. Whether it's from boredom or economic need, a second career — an "encore" career — may be just the answer.

    Christine Acosta says  her encore career is a “work in progress.” She is doing special projects.
  5. Dad fights way back from stroke with pluck and laughter

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    My dad had a slight stroke — an oxymoron if ever there was one.

  6. A bike tour of all 50 states? Retired teacher, 71, did just that

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    Dressed in a blue Bike Around Kansas souvenir T-shirt and capri pants, Dianne Franz, 71, moves her 5-foot-9 frame gingerly about her tidy Palm Harbor condo.

    Dianne Franz, 71, standing in front of a wall map on which she traced the routes of all her bike tours, holds a keepsake map laden with charms and pictures that her best cycling and Scrabble-playing (note the letter tiles) buddy, Linda Tilley, made for her. Franz biked her 50th state, Kansas, in June.
  7. Things to do for August

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    Mr. Maddon Head

    Get your Joe Maddon Mr. Potato Head when the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Anaheim Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 7:10 p.m. Aug. 2. You can put him on the shelf next to your Joe Maddon Bobblehead and your Zim Bear. Find tickets at

    Ready for some …

    This Florida panther cub sure looks like he wishes he was invited to join in the fun at WaZoo.
  8. Sarasota artist talks about dad, works in PBS documentary

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    “Art is long and life is short."

    That's how Gale Fulton Ross, 68, an acclaimed African-American artist in Sarasota, begins Baby Artist, a PBS documentary about her life. Baby Artist is the nickname her father, Herman Fulton Jr., who was an artist and designer himself, gave her when she was growing …

    Many Voices, One Story, a sculpture designed by Gale Fulton Ross of Sarasota, will be erected in Opa-locka this year. The sculpture is “the head of a strong, nurturing woman who could represent Mother . . . ”
  9. Seniors take to the road while feeling at home in their RVs

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    It's the time of year baby boomers take to the road driving or dragging RVs. • Moving down the open highways with their homes on their backs. Human turtles off to see their kids or see the world.

    Robin and Mary Murray rode in their 2011 Phaeton after it was loaded on a rail car for part of their tour through Mexico.
  10. Research finds insulin needs oxygen to work

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    A group of British scientists who trekked up Mount Everest has shed new light on how low levels of oxygen in the blood contribute to insulin resistance and adult-onset diabetes.

    Dan Martin, director of CASE Medicine, uses a specialized camera to measure blood flow under his tongue at the base camp on Mount Everest — 17,300 feet up.