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  1. Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity

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    WASHINGTON — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity.

    A displaced Syrian child receives a vaccination against polio in November at a refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon.
  2. MaxQ Fitness formula: 30 minutes of exercise a week, plus diet, equals lean body

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    TAMPA

    Shea Showalter thought it sounded too good to be true. "Work out for 15 minutes twice a week and lose weight?" she recalled. "Let's just say I was skeptical."

    Kim Royals, 47, of Lutz works to complete a set on the torso arm machine with help from Bob Kissel at his MaxQ Fitness studio in St. Petersburg.
  3. Move over, french fries, and make way for zucchini fries

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    Zucchini are plentiful and affordable this time of year — for gardeners in some parts of the country, a little too plentiful.

    Zucchini can be cut into sticks to deliver that signature crunch and appealing golden hue. Paprika dipping sauce is a nice accompaniment.
  4. Fresh seafood key to Caribbean Shellfish Delight

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    June to September is calico scallop season along the west coast of Florida. During our annual trek to Homosassa Springs, concern about Red Tide and oil contamination seemed to outweigh the nutritional benefits of harvesting wild scallops — a real privilege for us on the west coast of Florida.

    Caribbean Shellfish Delight comes together quickly. You can use shrimp or scallops.
  5. A toast to Tuna and White Bean Bruschetta

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    Sometimes, the last thing you want to do at the end of a long hot summer day is turn on the oven and make a meal. So here's a delicious solution that requires no more heat than is necessary to grill some bread.

    Tuna and White Bean Bruschetta takes a half-hour to prepare. Canned salmon can sub in for the tuna.
  6. Put Chicken Paillards With Peach and Arugula Salad on Labor Day menu

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    Labor Day, summer's last hurrah, is a feast day. And mostly, we tend to overdo it. Ribs, steaks, burgers and hot dogs? Check, check, check and check.

    Get your fruits and your vegetables with Grilled Chicken Paillards With Peach and Arugula Salad.
  7. We must be aware of unhealthy messages we send children

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    In some of my recent articles I've discussed the effects — both positive and negative — that childhood experiences can have on adulthood. From those discussions, it should be obvious that we need to be more conscious of the messages we send children in this era of widespread childhood obesity. At no other …

    Lavinia Rodriguez
  8. Avoiding the HPV vaccine for your kids? Maybe it's time to reconsider

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    If you have an adolescent son or daughter, you might be wrestling with a big question: Whether to get your child the HPV vaccine.

  9. Bay area hospice affiliation reflects trend toward health care consolidation

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    TEMPLE TERRACE — Two well-known Tampa Bay hospice programs could soon be part of the same nonprofit corporation, yet another sign of the growing trend of consolidation in health care.

  10. Laughter provides benefits for a healthy life

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    It's a funny thing. Research continues to prove that humor can help to improve our physical health.