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Over 60? Take steps to try to avoid getting shingles

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 risk of developing shingles grows with age, and nearly a third of us will develop it in our life …

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Signs Ebola spreads through sex prompts new CDC warning

    World

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines on Ebola transmission on Sunday night, urging survivors to abstain from all forms of sex or use condoms every time "until more information becomes available," rather than three months as previously recommended.

  4. Whoops! Anti-vax mom is forced to change her tune

    Medicine

    In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, score this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down …

  5. Slew of health care proposals gain steam late in session

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — A contentious debate over Medicaid expansion has overshadowed much of the 2015 legislative session, but it isn't the only health care issue under consideration.

    Telehealth is a top issue for Senate Health Policy Chairman Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach.
  6. Study: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

    Health

    NEW YORK — Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows.

  7. Training for a triathlon? You might want to team up with others

    Health

    CLEARWATER

    It wasn't the swimming, biking or running that drew Tom Kennedy to triathlons back in the early '80s. It was the camaraderie.

    Triathletes with Kennedy Law Racing wrap up an evening training swim recently off Dunedin Causeway.
  8. Learn to see yourself in photos and in the mirror without distortion

    Health

    My last column addressed how to cope with physical characteristics that are impossible to change, and how not dealing with that can get in the way of your health and happiness. You may now be motivated to work at letting go of such a preoccupation.

    Lavinia Rodriguez
  9. Overcome that case of early morning grogginess

    Health

    DALLAS

    When Susie Phillips wakes at 5:30 a.m., before the sun rises, before cars zoom down the street ferrying the bleary-eyed to work, before children stomp down the sidewalk on their way to school, it isn't drudgery.

    Artist Susie Phillips of Dallas fleshes out pieces from her sketchbook recently. She adheres to a regular routine to take advantage of morning hours, when she feels most creative and productive.
  10. Magnesium deficiency linked to several health problems

    Medicine

    This scenario occurs often in American health care: