To Your Health: Kidneys are vital, behind-the-scenes organs

I’ll admit it; I — like most of us, if we’re being honest — am pretty spoiled. Turn on a switch and the lights come on; twist the knob and water appears; turn the key and the car starts. And unless Mary’s visiting Kate, Andy and the girls in Chicago, open the fridge and there’s […]

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Capitol Roundup: Governor launches School Safety Task Force with Auditor General

WILKES-BARRE — Gov. Tom Wolf was joined by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale this week to announce the creation of a School Safety Task Force that brings together government officials, statewide education organizations, law enforcement, community members, school officials, teachers, parents, and students to talk about ways to improve school safety and security. “Ensuring the safety […]

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Beyond the Byline: Transplanted thoughts

WILKES-BARRE — It was a mild fall evening back in 1966. My mom and I were watching TV in the living room — she was in her favorite chair, and I was on the couch. I can’t really remember what show we were watching, but it probably was a sitcom or a variety show. Dad […]

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To Your Health: 4 reasons you might be feeling tired every day

You might wake up on Monday morning ready to take on the day. Or maybe you, like many people, make a beeline for the coffee maker after hitting the snooze alarm twice. For most people, waking up exhausted means you’re not getting enough sleep. However, it could also mean that something is disturbing your sleep […]

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Remember When: Advent of TV a watershed moment for kids and society

Remember what you were doing 65 years ago, if you were around, that is? I do — well, sort of. One Friday evening in March or so of early 1953, I was admitted to the holy of holies – the living room of a relative who owned one of the first TVs in our neighborhood. […]

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To Your Health: How to maintain healthy skin in the elements of winter

Have you had enough of winter yet? I bet your skin has. Along with the cold, ice, snow and wind, the air in winter is typically dry and that can make your skin feel itchy and irritated. So you have to work harder to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. The humidity levels drop […]

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To Your Health: Antibiotics not the answer in battling the flu

What a terrible flu season we’re in. Looks like after all the uncertainty, the vaccine is about 30 percent effective in preventing flu infection but quite a bit better at reducing the chances of important complications, hospitalizations and death if infections do develop. As usual, the young, the old and the infirm are the most […]

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Remember When: Nominations for slices of ’50s culture I’d like to see return

Go to many online message boards today and you’ll probably find fulsome praise of the 1950s. So, was that America’s best-ever decade? Who knows? I’m not going to take a position. But I will say there are some things that we did get right in that period – “right” in the sense that we long […]

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To Your Health: Heart disease diagnosis to manage, not sentence to accept

It’s been an odd week for me. Passing a kidney stone while recuperating from a successful back operation has forced me to ratchet the normally crazy pace of life back a bit. Fortunately, with a great team at work, spectacular medical advisors and wonderful friends, I’ve been able to rest up a bit yet still […]

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Beyond the Byline: Movin’ on up

“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” — Rodney Dangerfield WILKES-BARRE — The first time I ever moved from one home to another, it was the worst of times. It was 1969, about one year after my mom had died. My dad and I were still calling […]

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