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How much Medicare will cost in 2017

Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?”

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Practical tips to combat cold and flu

When cold and flu season strikes, millions of Americans find themselves coughing, sneezing, congested, aching, uncomfortable — and sometimes, downright miserable. The widespread prevalence of these symptoms sweeps the country each year and affects people of all ages.

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How to shorten the duration of a cold

Few things can be as uncomfortable as the common cold. In their book “Common Cold,” authors Olaf Weber and Ronald Eccles say the common cold has been around since the ancient times.

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Baby, it’s cold outside – easy ways to warm up this winter

As the cold weather settles in, staying snuggled up in your comfortable house around the clock may be tempting, but it’s not very realistic. So when you come back inside from work, running errands or a quick snowball war with the kids, you’ll need some easy ways to warm up.

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Fats – are they good until they’re not?

The Healthy Foodie

I woke up at 2:30 this morning, stressing out about this column. I had no ideas and I had a deadline for the health page.

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Creating harmony with health and education

December is the perfect time of the year to reflect upon and celebrate the complementary relationships in our community.

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Making an enrollment list and checking it twice

Affordable Care Act health insurance enrollment deadline is Dec. 15

Enrolling in health insurance can get complicated.

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High drug prices not all reflected in revenues

When Christie Tucker’s son Preston was diagnosed with diabetes, his insulin prescription cost just $40. Now, two years later, Christie is paying $650 for a six-week supply of the medicine.

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Internet ‘news’ that tequila is healthy a hoax

The Healthy Foodie

Under the category of fake news — a video floated by on my Facebook feed, “A single shot of tequila a day has some surprising health benefits.”

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Health Start prepares moms-to-be

When Lakrisha Stingley became pregnant with her first child, she did not feel prepared for the long road that lay ahead of her. At 18 and still in high school, Lakrisha was anxious.

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Gila County’s health detective

Craig Humphrey likens his job to being a “health detective.” As Gila County’s communicable disease specialist, Humphrey tracks and investigates all instances of communicable disease in Gila County.

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Bringing ‘better-than-new’ bikes to county youth

businesses. The landfill supports the bike program financially using its proceeds from selling recyclable materials.

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Drug take back efforts critical to fighting opioid abuse

More than 500 pounds of unused or expired medication was collected at a “National Prescription Take Back Day” in Payson at the end of October

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Subversive programs help fight food insecurity

The Healthy Foodie

There’s a couple of subversive food programs in Payson — and they’re not food banks.

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Explaining the job of constable in Gila County

Wyatt Earp is one of the history’s most well-known constables — a law enforcement office that dates back to the 1800s.