Health

CRP level may determine if you need statin

Q: A news report recently said that statins are under-used. I'm 50 with normal cholesterol. Should I take one just in case?A: Statins, which are a type of cholesterol-lowering medication, have consistently shown benefit in reducing the risk of heart …

Should boys get the HPV vaccine?

Q: My teenage daughter got the HPV shot. Should my son get it as well?A: The vaccine against HPV infection was initially created for females under the age of 26 to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Human papilloma virus, or HPV, has been shown to be the cause of virtually all cervical cancer cases in women. …

A 'check engine' light for your health

WASHINGTON — A next step for smart watches and fitness trackers? Wearable gadgets gave a Stanford University professor an early warning that he was getting sick before he ever felt any symptoms of Lyme disease.Geneticist Michael Snyder never …
Food

Vietnam inspires a healthy chicken salad

Call it a resolution or just a last-minute attempt to button your pants, but come January, many of us strive to put the cookies behind us and make thoughtful food choices. But one sure-fire way to find yourself off track on a healthier eating plan …

'Oxford Companion to Cheese' leaves few holes in story of ancient food

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Cheese is far more than something slapped on a sandwich or sprinkled on top of a pizza, according to a new reference book edited by a Vermont professor.The more than 850 entries in "The Oxford Companion to Cheese," from …

Bruschetta, 3 ways, for a satisfying main dish

There are few dishes more elemental and satisfying than bruschetta. A mainstay at many Italian restaurants, it's an appetizer comprising slices of grilled bread adorned with any number of toppings.I like to make bruschetta on my stovetop grill at …
Outdoors
Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Annual bird counts inventory birds in Berkshire County

In my Dec. 25 column, I was hoping for birds from the far north to invade our area, though thus far I have heard nothing of the usual erratic species that surprise us in large numbers some years and are all but absent others. I anxiously waited …

Stargazer: Sirius - a stunning celestial sparkler

Stargazer: Well, that's a star of a different color!

Thom Smith | Naturewatch: Wire may deter birds from roosting on awning

There's more to poinsettias than their showy leaves

Entertainment
Time to cut the cord on old electronics

I don't like looking at the three bins in my basement that are overflowing with old electronics, much less touching them. So let me make one thing clear: Do as I say, not as I do.Make a plan to sell, donate or recycle your old electronics now.

Mind your Manners: What should you do when someone passes away? Call, write and show up

Give your appliances some TLC in 2017

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