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Before dry cleaning and plastic bags, there were cedar closets. Surrounded by the insect-repelling properties of aromatic red cedar, woolens emerged from summer storage without holes or the pungent odor of moth balls. Planks vs. pressed sheets...
Special to the TribuneFixing a pipe leak isn't difficult if you're home when the pipe bursts, and have solder, flux and a propane torch in the toolbox. That's for copper pipe; it's even easier with plastic. But things can turn ugly at 3 a.m. when you stumble down the...
Special to the TribuneSturdy building block and fragile glass make an unlikely combination. But that's what you get with glass block -- the strength of masonry and the light of a window. It's used mainly on modern-style buildings but has practical applications around the...
Special to the TribuneDrywall suppliers can deliver the unwieldy panels almost anywhere—even with a crane through second-story windows. Without the hassle of hauling, that makes drywalling a new room or recovering a damaged wall a reasonable do-it-yourself project—...
Special to the TribuneSome people don't button up the house until caulking fails, wind whistles in, and the first eye-popping utility bill of the winter lands in the mailbox. But you can cut fuel costs, stop air leaks, and prevent damage from water, ice and snow by sealing the...
Tags: Death, Building Material, Metal and Mineral
When Richard Lee Norris opened his eyes after a marathon 36-hour surgery to give him a new face, he immediately wanted a mirror. A natural reaction for a man who had been practically living as a recluse since a 1997 gun accident took off his nose, chin,...
Tags: Health, Charity, Disasters and Accidents, Politics, Flu
A commercial website for people suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is rife with numerous illegal and misleading treatment claims, according to a recent warning letter sent to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum by the U.S. Food and Drug...
Want strong bones? Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, get plenty of exercise — and maybe steer clear of soda. In recent decades, as consumption of the beverage has steadily displaced the consumption of others —particularly milk —...
Tags: Children, Health, Osteoporosis, Ohio, Medical Research
Q: I published the original article on cranberry juice cocktail and urinary tract infections (Journal of Urology, May 1984). We also demonstrated in several nursing home studies that cranberry juice cocktail, not the plain juice, works best. Please...
Vibration platforms, which purportedly provide a host of bone, muscle, circulatory, flexibility and injury-rehab benefits by shaking your body 20 to 50 times a second as you stand on them, are becoming more varied and practical as the market grows...
If you're going to fall and break something, you should at least have a good story to tell. I have broken nine bones. No, I was not abused. Some stories are better than others. The last bone I broke, the ulna in my left arm, involved a ski jump. Good...
A stranger approached a cluster of women laughing and chatting at an Annapolis coffee shop and politely inquired what type of group was having so much fun. "One that you don't want to join," answered 55-year-old Sally Ring, setting off another wave of...
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