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Spring is a popular season for home repairs and improvements, and the Iowa Attorney General cautions homeowners about hiring home-repair contractors work. Home improvement problems are among the most commonly reported complaints to the Attorney General Consumer Protection Division. The...
Keep yourself and everyone else safe while swimming this season. This includes two major categories: drowning prevention and water-borne illnesses. Starting with preventing the spread of water-borne illness, all individuals should shower before entering a swimming pool. Wash children under...
When you’re feeling stressed and sad, the last thing you need is people congratulating you about how wonderful life must be for you. Their comments trigger guilt that you’re not over-the-moon happy. Nearly 20 percent of women experience this emotional...
When was the last time you had an eye exam? If you have health insurance, it may cover this service and pay for all or part of the cost of eyeglasses. If you have private insurance through your employer covers vision,...
The soil is warming, and many area gardeners have planted early crops such as onions and lettuce. Folks are hovering around the seed displays in stores and are checking at home for gardening gloves and hose nozzles. It's spring in...
What are your first thoughts when you hear the words foster care or foster parents? For some people, it brings up negative images. And rightly so, given the recent history of several horrific cases in our area during the past...
Most babies hear well right from birth, but about .02 percent of the general population of newborns and some 2 percent to 4 percent of babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) have less than perfect hearing, according to...
Have you heard of the exercise program called Walk with Ease? It was developed by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and is designed to reduce pain and improve overall health. Walk with Ease is a community-based physical activity and self-management education...
The dictionary says that anxiety is fear or nervousness about what might happen. Although we all experience anxiety at times, some people have an anxiety disorder, which is a diagnosable disease featuring more intense, long-lasting fearfulness that interferes with...
Most of us think of health insurance as complicated and a little mysterious. The Health Navigators at the Dallas County Health Department frequently hear people puzzling over what their insurance includes or wondering why someone else gets a benefit that...