Friday, March 24, 2017


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polysols is a mouthful in more ways than one.

This group of foods is poorly absorbed by people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or what is commonly referred to as IBS.

Most people have something that bothers them when they eat it, and they know that abstaining will keep them from the bloating, pain or reflux it may cause. But for those diagnosed with IBS, there is an entire group of foods, commonly referred to as FODMAPs, that triggers IBS symptoms.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Heart attacks are the number one killer of women, yet it might be the last thing we think of when experiencing symptoms.

“Women present atypically,” says Steve Albrich, a physician assistant in the ER at Blue Mountain Health System.

“The most common symptom is chest pain for both men and women, but overall, I think women present more atypically. They describe symptoms such as a heaviness or pressure in the chest. I’ve also seen women come in and say they don’t feel right. They’re unusually fatigued, have nausea, upper abdominal discomfort.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fraudsters and scammers add new schemes in an attempt to take our money. Just yesterday, I had a phone call congratulating me on a $10,000 prize; all I had to do is give the caller my debit or credit card number, and the winnings would magically appear in my account.

“Oh, really,” I asked. “How does that work?”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Q. Are women happier than men?

There was a study of men and women in the United States that showed women are happier than men in their youth, and are unhappier when they are old.

The research was done by two economists, Anke Plagnol of the University of Cambridge and Richard Easterlin of the University of Southern California.

Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. — Bernard Meltzer

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a program on treatment options for chronic foot and ankle pain at 1:30 p.m. March 16 at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St., in Bowmanstown.

Podiatrist Seth Steber will talk about how foot and ankle pain can signal a serious medical condition, especially if the pain is caused by a traumatic injury or a chronic condition.

Chronic foot and ankle pain can also be caused by structural abnormalities or defects in the foot. Some types of foot pain, if left untreated, can progress, causing joint and tissue damage and disability.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Justin Timberlake, left, and Jessica Biel arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Copyright - 2017 Invision

Awarding the Best Picture Oscar to “La La Land” instead of “Moonlight” might not have been the only flub of Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony. According to some viewers, Dakota Johnson’s gold, strong-shouldered gown by Gucci was a flop.

“Dakota was a HUGE miss,” said Allison Hart. Soraya Gimenez said she “hated” it. Cindy Winegar also called it a miss.

Other dresses getting Winegar’s thumbs-down were worn by Faye Dunaway, Janelle Monae, Ginnifer Goodwin, Leslie Mann and Octavia Spencer.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fog had casually settled over Carbon County throughout January, and it was pure weather luck that on the 25th the sun had made an appearance for my first lesson at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton.

Friday, February 24, 2017

PAUL — A daughter, Rowan Alexandria Paul, was born at 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 11, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center, to Brittany A. Phillipeck and Ronald F. Paul III of Frackville.

She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Mark and Lisa Phillipeck of Tamaqua.

Paternal grandparents are Ronald F. Paul Jr., of Gordon and Janet L. Burda of Frackville.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Maura Malaska, third grade “Yes, chocolate.”

With Lent beginning on Wednesday, have you decided if you will be giving up something, and if so, what will it be?