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CHICAGO — The breakthrough bite took place about 30 minutes into treatment. My daughter Kate bravely raised a cracker to her mouth and, with little hesitation, took a bite. That cracker had cinnamon in it, a spice she hadn’t tried in years.

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While many visit Florida or other citrus-bearing states this time of year, there’s no reason for the rest of us non-snowbirds to feel left out. We can live vicariously through their fruits.

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While the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers battle it out on the field, there’s no reason for you to be battling it out in the kitchen Sunday evening.

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This time of year, with snow and cold temperatures, it often feels like we’re on the inside, looking out.

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It’s a nasty season for colds and flu, and, if you’re like me, you’re washing your hands every time you turn around, wiping down shopping cart handles at the grocery store and holding your breath if someone around you sneezes.

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Holiday leftovers are gone and we’re back to packing school and work lunches.

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The holidays are over, but your pots, pans and cookie sheets may still be feeling the pain.

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GRAND RAPIDS — The holidays are a time to observe cultural and spiritual traditions, and to celebrate the gift of family and friends.

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If you’re scrambling for some last-minute gifts, stir up the sweet pot.

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When you purchase something like a jacket or shoes, they’re likely to come with silicone gel packs. Don’t throw them away!

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The turkey and fixings tasted great Thursday, but after a couple of rounds of leftovers, you may be yearning for a new taste twist.

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It’s almost feast time.

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Each month, local health care professionals answer your questions. Dr. Matthew Schoeck of Mercy Health Physician Partners North Ottawa Internal Medicine answers your questions about arthritis.

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If cleaning your cookware isn’t quite panning out for you, read on.

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Each month, local health care professionals answer your questions. This month, Dr. Stuart VanderHeide, of Hospice of North Ottawa Community, answers your questions about hospice care.

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Apples are a must-eat fall treat.

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If your fridge is like mine, it seems it’s always jam-packed with fresh groceries to be cooked, left-overs to be eaten and condiments for whenever.

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Before Jack Frost zeroes in on your garden, there’s still time to savor the tomatoes still clinging to the vine.

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Each month, local physicians will answer your questions. This month, Dr. Michael Schmidt of Envision Radiology answers your questions about breast health.

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Spiders, mice, wasps – oh my!

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As summer fades to fall, and daylight hours grow shorter by the day, our moods may not be as bright, either. So perhaps it’s no coincidence that September is National Suicide Awareness Month.

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Summer picnics may be coming to an end, but those pesky ants just keep coming.

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School is back in session and it’s time to turn our tips to fall.

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It’s no secret that teenagers can be moody, but research shows that ongoing moodiness often is far more serious. Dr. Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, says teen depression is much more common than most people realize.

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Thirty-something years ago in this column, I offered a free (expenses-only) speaking engagement to any community that would abolish all adult-organized-and-run children’s sports programs (except those run by high schools) and replace them with programs organized and run by the children themselves.

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While most New Year’s resolutions are well-intentioned, sometimes they look better on paper than in practice, actually doing more harm than good. Here are five so-called “healthy” resolutions worth giving up in 2018, as well as better solutions.

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Julia Rohan sits just 1 foot away from her husband in their home office — but after the work day is over, she doesn’t want a break from her best friend.

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By John Murawski / The Raleigh News & Observer (TNS)

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Love is an addiction that was biologically designed so that we can mate successfully, said Helen Fisher, a senior research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, and New York-based author of “Anatomy of Love” who did a study last year linking love to substance abuse.

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Whether you use a landline, mobile phone or both, you’ve likely received those pesky robocalls — phone calls that use a computerized auto-dialer to deliver a pre-recorded message.

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SEATTLE — Marcus Searles considers himself an enthusiastic consumer of knowledge and information, but over the past couple of months, he’s had to turn off the news.

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A study by people who study such things states that only 34 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions. A Forbes article said only 8 percent of people who make resolutions successfully keep them. Eight percent of 34 percent is 2.72 percent so, obviously, the real question is how does a .72 pe…

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Overspending at this time of year can be a serious problem, leading to a holiday hangover in January, when credit card bills are due.