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WHEN IS A LOLLIPOP MORE THAN CANDY?

When it is something new to calm the tummies of the estimated 58 percent of youngsters who get car sick. Queasy Pop Kids! are lollipops that use oils from ginger, peppermint, cinnamon, papaya, green tea and citrus to combat motion sickness. The lollies come in seven flavors, including cola, sour raspberry and cinnamon. The pops are $3.95 for a box of seven; to order, go to www.threelollies.com or call toll-free 1-866-773-4443.

Free guide to cancer research

The free "Your Guide to the Latest Cancer Research and Treatments" is aimed at helping patients understand how they might benefit from findings disclosed at this summer's American Society of Clinical Oncology conference. The organization CancerCare produced this booklet, which can be downloaded from www.cancercare.org or ordered by calling toll-free 1-800-813-4673.

By the numbers

48 percent of Americans who say they feel stress over their finances.

34 percent who feel stress over health issues.

32 percent who feel stress over their jobs.

82 percent who say that when stressed, they watch TV, listen to music or read.

62 percent who turn to prayer or meditation.

Source: Survey of 3,040 adults for the Mental Health America Attitudinal Survey

Tips to head off holiday headaches

Headaches are definitely a part of the busy holiday season. To avoid the most common triggers: Don't disrupt your normal sleeping - and waking - patterns by staying too long at parties. Both smoke-filled rooms and clusters of perfume scents are triggers, so get fresh air or find an area relatively free of these. Sip your alcoholic drinks, opt for beverages with fruit or vegetable juice, and alternate the hard stuff with soda or water

Ward off winter dryness and sun

Even during our mild winters, sun and lack of moisture in the skin can cause cracking and irritation. Follow these tips: Apply moisturizer after a bath or shower to help replenish necessary water and oils. Don't forget sunscreen and lipblocks or lipsticks that have a high SPF - a study revealed that men have a five to 10 times greater incidence of lip cancer than women. Long, hot showers can strip the skin of oils. For information, go to www.asds.net.

On the calendar

Wednesday , 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: "Alzheimer's disease: What caregivers need to know," speaker from Suncoast Alzheimer's & Gerontology Center, University of South Florida. Lunch provided. Cypress Palms in the Palms of Largo, 400 Lake Ave. NE. To register, call Eileen Poiley at (813) 974-4355 or toll-free 1-800-633-4563.

Compiled from staff reports

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