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Use these tips to lower heating costs

Use these tips to lower heating costs

When we finally moved all of our belongings from Georgia to Minnesota we had so much stuff, that it completely filled an 18-wheeler.  Although the movers were hardworking, friendly fellows, the inevitable still happened; they broke a couple of things, namely two of the legs on my sofa.   I didn’t let it bother me, I simply called for the furniture repair company to come over and fix it.  (Our contents were insured, so it was no problem.)  A very chatty gentleman was sent out and in between his masterful repair skills, he asked me where I was from and what brought me to the Twin Cities.

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What killed 20,000 Americans in 2008?

What killed 20,000 Americans in 2008?

"Radon gas was responsible for more than 20,000 American deaths in 2008. Most of the victims never knew they had a radon problem. January is National Radon Action Month. Testing for radon in 2009 will save lives."

The Health and Press Association is encouraging Americans to test their homes for the invisible killer, radon gas. Radon causes more than 20,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States. All areas of the country are at risk; so all homes should be tested. It is easy and inexpensive to test for this deadly gas. Since you cannot see it, smell it, or taste it, the only way to know if a home is affected by radon is to test.

Not a crime, but an illness: Black folk and depression

Words cannot contain my admiration for Terrie Williams, a sister who has put her pain on “front street” with her book, Black Pan – It Just Looks Like We Aren’t Hurting (Schribner, 2008).  In this book, Williams reminds all of us that depression is not a crime, but an illness.
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 Cooped up, feeling down

 The wind is howling. Temperatures are well below freezing. And you’re curled up on the sofa with the cat, a good book and a crackling fire. How could you possibly feel so lousy? 

Maybe it’s the indoor air that’s chock full of allergens or irritants.

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Better New Year's resolutions for men's health

Better New Year's resolutions for men's health

Most men's New Year's resolutions sound the same: we all want to get healthier and make or save more money.

This year, why not get a little more specific in ways that delve beyond simply trying to quit smoking, drink less or exercise more? This year, resolve to get healthier by developing a plan for keeping your prostate healthy and preventing prostate cancer.

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Voting justice, voting hope: Progressive faith taking action in 2008

Voting justice, voting hope: Progressive faith taking action in 2008


The Plymouth Center for Progressive Christian Faith opens online registration for Voting Justice, Voting Hope: Progressive Faith Taking Action in 2008. This national gathering about faith and politics will occur on April 11, 12, and 13, 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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African Americans have the highest rate of hypertension in the world

African Americans have the highest rate of hypertension in the world

By Joyce Onyekaba, M.D., Medical Director, Crown Medical Center

African Americans and the people of African descent have the highest rates of hypertension of any race or ethnic group in the world. 35% of African Americans have hypertension, which accounts for about 20% of the African American deaths in the United States -- twice the percentage of deaths among whites from hypertension.
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