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Wednesday, August 3, 2016
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NEW YORK — McDonald’s, which is trying to shake its image for serving processed junk food, said Monday it’s eliminating some unpalatable ingredients from its most popular menu items.

That includes making Chicken McNuggets and other items without artificial preservatives, and removing high-fructose corn syrup from its burger buns. McDonald’s did not immediately respond when asked about which specific preservatives are being removed.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — In a key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive scan of human DNA has turned up the apparent hiding places of more than a dozen genes linked to the disorder.

If those genes can be identified and studied, it could give scientists clues about the mysterious biology of depression. And that, in turn, could point the way to developing new treatments.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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WASHINGTON — Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing — changes in behavior or personality might be an early clue.

Researchersoutlined a syndrome called “mild behavioral impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families.

Losing interest in favorite activities? Getting unusually anxious, aggressive or suspicious? Suddenly making crude comments in public?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Q. Do older people faint more than younger people?

Yes. When you pass 70 years, you double the chances of fainting. And the odds triple after 80. Fainting is common. About one in three people faint at least once in a lifetime.

Syncope (SINK-o-pea) is the medical word for fainting or a temporary — a few seconds — loss of consciousness. Fainting happens when your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen from your blood supply.

Syncope is often foreshadowed by “premonitory symptoms” that include nausea, feeling lightheaded and irregular heartbeats.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on doctors to more aggressively screen pregnant women for the Zika virus and to take advantage of new testing technology to improve the diagnosis, follow-up and monitoring of those who have been infected.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a free workshop on “Art Therapy: Creating a New Outlet” from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

Art therapy is a creative process that encourages people to express their feelings and emotions through nonverbal outlets.

It is based on the belief that the creative process is used to help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviors and achieve insight.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Elder Easton homes are often associated with their former owners.

Rob and Amy Collins own Oliver Fehr’s home at 19 S. Fifth St. The Italianate Victorian is big and it’s welcoming and it wears its history well in all its decay and bloom.

Fehr and his wife, Christina Louisa Seyfried Fehr, bought the place the year after it was built in 1869 by a merchant named Lane. They raised daughters Dagmar, Anna and Carrie there. It didn’t leave the family until 1969, not long after Carrie’s death.

Oliver

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Arling Love of Lehighton recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married July 18, 1966, in Northampton County by a justice of the peace.

Mrs. Love is the former Marietta Borger, daughter of the late Claude and Naomi Borger of Treichlers. Her husband is the son of the late Richard Love and Marion Schlegel of Moore Township.

The couple has two daughters, Geraldine Hartzell and Barbara Love-Dellecker. They have seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Cade Albert Hablett

HABLETT — A son, Cade Albert Hablett, was born at 4:13 a.m. June 25, 2016, at St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, to Jacy and Wesley Hablett of Lehighton.

He weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 22 inches long.

He was welcomed home by a brother, Cole, who is 3.

Maternal grandparents are George and Barb Albert of Jim Thorpe and Richard and Bonnie Hablett of Minersville.

Paternal grandmother is Karen Hablett of Pottsville.

Maternal great-grandmother is Dorothy Benyo of Jim Thorpe.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

The engagement of Emily Lienhard of Easton to Matthew Sweitzer of Nazareth has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Teresa and Eugene Lienhard of Easton. She has an associate degree from Northampton Community College in culinary arts, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Stroudsburg University. She is employed as a teacher at Lightbridge Academy in Bethlehem Township.