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Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Janine Mack, left, director of The Sleep Disorders Center at Blue Mountain Health System, tries on a sleep apnea mask with the help of Kathi Mickey, a registered sleep technologist. The center diagnoses and treats sleep problems, and offers tips for a better night's rest.

If you're having trouble sleeping, you're not alone.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans claimed they would feel better with an extra hour of sleep during a 2014 Better Sleep Council survey. About half of adults admit that they do not get enough sleep each night, with just 48 percent sleeping seven or more hours on weekdays.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon Vitaly Sawyna will offer free seminars on weight loss surgery at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 20 and Feb. 10, and 6 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 19. All sessions will be held in the third floor multipurpose room at the Palmerton Campus on 135 Lafayette Ave.

The bariatric surgery program can help individuals with severe obesity lose weight they have been unable to lose using other methods. Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Q. Is ALS an old-person's disease, or does it affect every age group?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis usually strikes between the ages of 40 and 70, but there have been cases of it in young adults, children and older people. The average age for getting ALS is 55.

ALS is known as Lou Gehrig's disease in the USA. Gehrig, who played baseball for the New York Yankees, died of the disease in 1941.

In other countries, ALS is often called motor neuron disease. It is not contagious.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thrivent Financial representative Susan Lovejoy will be hosting a workshop event titled "Prepare Wisely: End of Life Strategies," from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Lehighton.

Refreshments will be served.

Monday, January 12, 2015

For those people who wish to purchase health insurance, now is the time.

"Open enrollment," the one time of the year that all people can buy or switch health insurance plans, began in November and runs through Feb. 15.

"This is the only time you can enroll or make a change to your existing coverage without having a life-changing event," said Lori Tucker, a licensed insurance agent and the owner of Lori Tucker Agency in Danielsville.

Monday, January 12, 2015

January is National Thank You Month, the perfect opportunity to pause and express your gratitude for the gifts you received during the holidays, or to just thank someone who has special meaning in your life.

Here are etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore's seven tips on how to write the perfect thank-you note:

1. Keep it short and simple. A thank-you note doesn't have to be long, it just has to say thank you. The average thank-you note contains 4-5 lines.

Monday, January 12, 2015

We've all heard about the January White Sales, but the first month of the year is also a good time to buy other items as well.

According to Consumer Reports' product research experts, January is a great time to buy:

Ÿ Bedding

Ÿ Linens

Ÿ Toys

Ÿ Treadmills and ellipticals

Ÿ TVs

Ÿ Winter clothing

For the latest from Consumer Reports', go to consumerreports.org.

Monday, January 12, 2015

As taxpayers prepare for their 2014 returns, tax professionals are hearing one question above all others: How will my health insurance and the Affordable Care Act affect my taxes?

Last year was the first year that the ACA's individual health insurance mandate, and subsidies to help pay for insurance, took effect.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Pennsylvania Farm Show opens Saturday

Carbon County bakers will be well represented this year at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Four area bakers, three of whom have made this trek before, will head to Harrisburg Saturday to prove they make the best cakes, pies and brownies.

We wish them lots of luck!

Connie Wentz

Connie Wentz of Lehighton has made the trip many times; so many in fact, she doesn't remember the exact number, but guesses it's at least 10. This year she is representing the Carbon County Fair as winner of the PA Preferred Chocolate Cake Contest.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Mock Turtle Marionette Theater presents "Magic Day" at 10 a.m. Feb. 4 at the Charles Brown IceHouse in Bethlehem.

Internationally known magician, Joe Keppel, will present a magic and vaudeville performance followed by a hands-on magic workshop as part of Mock Turtles Saturday's Child series.

Kepple's show,"Magic, Mayhem, and Motion," will combine his performance of magic and comedy with lots of audience participation.