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Study Shows Gym Environments Are Reservoirs for Germs – Including Staph

In a friendly game of one on one, I pass you the basketball and a dangerous germ too. Researchers at the University of California-Irvine discovered that Staphylococcus aureus (staph infections) can and does survive on basketballs, volleyballs and other sports equipment for up to 72 hours. Therefore, athletes, coaches, trainers and parents must realize the necessity for properly cleaning sports equipment.

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Ground Squirrel in California Tests Positive for Plague, Forces Closure of Campgrounds in Los Angeles

A dead squirrel found in Los Angeles County tested positive for bubonic plague, forcing the closure of all nearby campgrounds.

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Cardiologist Explains Randy Travis’ ‘Unusual’ Condition

Bad luck is partially to blame for Randy Travis' downward spiral after catching a virus. A respected cardiologist named Dr. Marc Klapholz says viruses are rare in the summertime, and most don't progress into the heart muscle. Travis was admitted to the hospital earlier this month with viral cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure which led to a stroke three days later.

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5 Handy and Important Meeting Etiquette Tips

It seems like proper meeting etiquette should be obvious, but based on the number of workers who believe their time is wasted in meetings every day, we could probably all use a little refresher course on what exactly comprises good meeting etiquette.

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Former President George H.W. Bush Shaved Head for Child With Cancer

Regardless of your politics, you have to admit this is a class move by former President George H.W. Bush. 

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Learn the Symptoms and Prevention of Lyme Disease

With the recent rains insects are sure to become more active. That includes ticks. Ticks aren't just ugly pests that bother your pets, they too can cause problems for humans. They carry diseases like Lyme Disease. I know a little about this as my boyfriend has had it.There are ways to protect yourself though.

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What Glorious City Will Pay People to Lose Weight?

Shedding some pounds may have you feeling your weight worth in gold.

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2013 ‘Run or Dye’ – Abilene 5K

It's almost time to take on the challenge of a 5K and this isn't just any normal 5K. The Run or Dye 5k is one of the most colorful runs you will ever make. It's coming up August 17th at the Taylor Co. Expo Center and will benefit the local Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

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Doctors Inject HIV Into Girl Dying of Cancer in an Attempt to Fight ‘Fire With Fire’

My brother Jeff is a cancer survivor, and has a particularly soft spot in his heart for children who battle the disease that knocked him down, but not out. Jeff shared a video that absolutely shocked me, and I'm still having trouble wrapping my brain around.

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8 Unconventional Ways to Conquer Your Allergies

Summer is supposed to be a carefree time of sun and fun. But thanks to the insanely high pollen and all kinds of nature wackiness, we've been brought to our knees by out-of-control allergies.

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Eye-Opening Survey Reveals Americans Are Clueless About Washing Their Hands

If you think people are really washing their hands after using the bathroom, well, the soap is on you.

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Woman’s Extreme Diet Includes Nothing But Water, Tea and Light

Talk about your crash diet.

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