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A death in the family during the holidays invites questioning and reflection

A death in the family during the holidays invites questioning and reflection

It wasn’t the Thanksgiving holiday we were expecting. Two weeks prior, my 94-year-old stepfather, Melvin Zax, suffered a stroke after receiving dialysis and was rushed to a hospital near his residence in western New York. There he underwent a series of tests over the course of several days. With each test, Mel grew more agitated. …

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A Basket of Winners: Lowell General Holds Annual Basket Draw for Sun Santa

A Basket of Winners: Lowell General Holds Annual Basket Draw for Sun Santa

LOWELL — Of the 60,000 $1 tickets sold since Nov. 25, at Tufts Medicine/Lowell General Hospital’s 19th annual Themed Basket Raffle fundraiser for Sun Santa, only 23 people — the basket count representing the communities served by The Sun – could win a prize. But everyone came away a winner in Monday afternoon’s draw, knowing …

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Mental health expert offers advice as holidays lead to rise in anxiety and depression

Mental health expert offers advice as holidays lead to rise in anxiety and depression

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 64% of people report experiencing depression or anxiety during the Christmas holidays. It can be the most wonderful and stressful time of the year. “This expectation of everything comes together,” said Roger Williams, executive director of the Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center. “Nothing against Hallmark movies, but …

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The CDC encourages people to wear masks to help prevent the spread of Covid, flu and RSV during the holidays

The CDC encourages people to wear masks to help prevent the spread of Covid, flu and RSV during the holidays

The Centers for Disease Control Prevention on Monday encouraged people to wear masks to help reduce the spread of respiratory illnesses this season as Covid, influenza and RSV circulate at the same time. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, on a call with reporters, said wearing a mask is one of many daily precautions people can …

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They won't be home for the holidays: Why some people say no to family reunions and yes to themselves

They won’t be home for the holidays: Why some people say no to family reunions and yes to themselves

Sarah is not going home for the holidays. She plans to read, spend time with her dog, and even participate in a few yoga sessions. The 30-year-old, who uses her first name to protect her family’s privacy, lives in Seattle, just 30 to 45 minutes from her loved ones. Despite the short commute, she enjoyed …

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A nutritionist swears these tips will help you eat healthier during the holidays

A nutritionist swears these tips will help you eat healthier during the holidays

Welcome to the Everygirl podcast. Whether you’re looking for insider secrets from successful women who have your dream job, are interested in expert advice to transform your health and feel better, or just want to have fun and laugh with us during your ride, we’ve got you covered. Tis the season, meaning it’s the season …

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New subvariants, family reunions may bring more Covid-19 after holidays, but experts don't expect big surge |  CNN

New subvariants, family reunions may bring more Covid-19 after holidays, but experts don’t expect big surge | CNN

CNN — As millions of Americans travel to reunite with friends and family over the coming days, chances are Covid-19 will follow. Experts expect Thanksgiving gatherings to stir up social media and give new coronavirus subvariants new pockets of vulnerable people to infect. As a result, cases and hospitalizations may increase after the holidays, as …

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