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Ken Barringer, founder of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, was recently honored at a dinner in Sun City Center. He told the crowd that serving God and others will help them leave a legacy.Photo by Candace Rotolo

Pioneering mental health advocate still going strong in Sun City Center

Ken Barringer has spent his life serving others, in the Navy hospital corps caring for civilians after the Battle of Okinawa in World War II, ministering to a Methodist congregation for more than 20 years, teaching college students sociology and offering counseling as a clinical psychologist. So when the newly reti …

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  1. Pioneering mental health advocate still going strong in Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    Ken Barringer has spent his life serving others, in the Navy hospital corps caring for civilians after the Battle of Okinawa in World War II, ministering to a Methodist congregation for more than 20 years, teaching college students sociology and offering counseling as a clinical psychologist. So when the newly retired …

    Ken Barringer, founder of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, was recently honored at a dinner in Sun City Center. He told the crowd that serving God and others will help them leave a legacy.
  2. What we now know about coffee and health

    Health

    Conventional wisdom on coffee has flip-flopped. Once considered an indulgence with potentially harmful health effects, coffee is now being talked about as a magical elixir.

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  3. Why researchers say fake and low-quality drugs are a 'global pandemic'

    Medicine

    Fake and substandard drugs are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths around the globe each year, and the persistent lack of reliable medicines in poor countries threatens to roll back decades of efforts to combat malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other conditions, researchers said Monday.

  4. Meet the Arizona doctor House Republicans like to quote

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Dr. Jason Fodeman may not be a household name in Florida.

  5. Gov. Rick Scott calls for special session, says tax cuts may be sacrificed to end stalemate

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Blaming the federal government for Florida's financial woes, Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday said he was prepared to call Florida lawmakers back for a special session to complete the budget — and even encourage them to pass a bare-bones budget if necessary.

    Gov. Scott says his tax cuts are in jeopardy.
  6. DIY lips are a pain in the glass

    Health

    Locate shot glass. Insert lips. And suck.

    Kylie got her lips without the aid of a shot glass.
  7. Tutu Tuesday brings smiles to Florida children's hospital

    Health

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — One morning last summer, Tony Smith slipped a multicolor tutu over his scrubs in the pre-op ward of a South Florida hospital to grant the wish of a young patient heading to surgery.

    Dr. Bob Kaye, right, talks to registered nurse  Nicole Maggi on a Tutu Tuesday in March at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. [Associated Press]
  8. Low-cost tests for breast cancer genes show promise

    Health

    A Silicon Valley startup with some big-name backers is threatening to upend genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer by offering a test on a sample of saliva that is so inexpensive that most women could get it.

    In an undated handout photo, Color Genomics' The Color Test for breast cancer. A Silicon Valley start-up with some big-name backers is threatening to upend genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer by offering a self-administered test that is so inexpensive that most women could get it, not just those meeting medical guidelines. [Jason Jurgens via The New York Times]
  9. Stretch yourself to recharge

    Health

    Do you lose energy and notice yourself fading by late afternoon? Add to that, perhaps, some tension from sore muscles? These issues often can be relieved by taking a time-out for some easy stretching exercises. Even 10 to 15 minutes of stretching can create a mental break and recharge your body. You might try making a …

    Tracy Decker shows how to do a chest stretch.
  10. Over 60? Take steps to try to avoid getting shingles

    Health

    It sounds like something from a sci-fi movie: a virus that lingers in your body, lurking within your nervous system until it one day emerges without warning, often as a cluster of nasty blisters and a world of pain.

    The zoster vaccine is a one-time shot.