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Retired Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillman and his wife, Holly, have set aside a room in their house in New Tampa for a nursery. The VA will not pay for IVF treatements for the couple.  [Photo by Edward Linsmier for the Washington Post]

What VA benefits won't cover: a chance for wounded veterans to have children

TAMPA — After Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillman was paralyzed from the abdomen down in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, the Department of Veterans Affairs paid to retrofit his Chevy Silverado truck so he could drive it and bought him a handcycle so he could exercise. But the agency that cares for former troops won't pay for …

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Get moving to avoid physical, mental decline

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Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict

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  1. With midyear near, it's time for a 2015 health and fitness checkup

    Health

    It's almost June. That means it has been nearly six months since you ushered in the new year with plans to improve your health and fitness in 2015. Now is the perfect time to do a midyear inventory to be sure that your intentions are being followed and to address tweaks that may need to be made to your lifestyle change …

    Lavinia Rodriguez
  2. Joining Swim Across America on May 30? If not, you have a year to train

    Health

    CLEARWATER

    Ron Collins likes to go big. The open-water enthusiast wasn't satisfied just crossing Tampa Bay, so he had to swim the entire length, all 24 miles, from the Sunshine Skyway bridge to the Courtney Campbell Causeway.

    Ron Collins of Clearwater is a member of St. Pete Masters Swimming and local race director of Swim Across America. He's shown doing laps this month at the North Shore Aquatic Complex pool in St. Petersburg with members of St. Pete Masters Swimming. Swim Across America, which raises funds for Moffitt Cancer Center, comes to Clearwater Beach on May 30.
  3. When cycling in the heat, take steps to stay cool, safe

    Health

    In more than 40 years of riding, heat was never a problem for me. My legs cramped, but it was nothing I couldn't stretch out during a ride. A week before last month's Spring Classic, hosted by the St. Pete Bike Club, I tapered off my training and prepared for a century ride with a modest goal of shaving a few minutes …

    fat and tired girl riding bicycle
  4. Beets deliver a nitric oxide boost

    Health

    Beets are "the most underappreciated food in the history of eating," according to Carolyn Pierini, a nutrition consultant at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) meeting in Hollywood, Fla., last month. Beets have been used as a food source for centuries because they can be grown most of the year in a …

    Special to the Times  Get the health benefits of nitric oxide, which gets blood flowing and makes platelets less sticky, with Marinated Beets With Goat Cheese.
  5. Pineapple Core Ceviche a nourishing, flavorful summertime treat

    Health

    Eating fresh pineapple always reminds me of balmy vacation nights in Hawaii. And since pineapples run a few bucks a pop, buying them frequently translates into considerable savings when compared to an actual trip to Hawaii, particularly when you're carting along four girls, as I would be. Admittedly, the pineapple is a …

    In the great-for-summer Pineapple Core Ceviche, the acid in the marinade essentially “cooks” the raw shrimp.
  6. Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict

    Medicine

    The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax.

  7. Shriners Hospitals joins Mayo Clinic network to enhance physician collaboration

    Medicine

    TAMPA — Mayo Clinic expertise will now be available to patients and providers at Shriners Hospitals for Children as part of a new network relationship between the health care systems.

  8. Get moving to avoid physical, mental decline

    Health

    Retaining energy and vitality as you venture into the senior years can be a happy reality.

    Paul Merada and Tracy Decker show how to do a bodyweight with partner squat.
  9. Health law's disputed phrase may have been an oversight

    Health

    WASHINGTON — They are only four words in a 900-page law: "established by the state."

  10. Peeking into healthy brains to see if Alzheimer's is brewing

    Research

    WASHINGTON — Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer's are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.

    In this photo taken May 19, 2015, Judith Chase Gilbert, of Arlington, Va., is loaded into a PET scanner by Nuclear Medicine Technologist J.R. Aguilar at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. Gilbert shows no signs of memory problems but volunteered for a new kind of scan as part of a study peeking into healthy brains to check for clues about Alzheimer's disease.  [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]