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A primer on e-cigarettes

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave

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More pro athletes are taking time off to be with their families in the delivery room. Yet Major League Baseball remains the only one of the four major professional leagues in North America to have a standardized paternity leave policy. The NFL, NBA and NHL leave the matter up to individual players and their teams.

Bee-friendly garden can help struggling species

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Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct. Even native solitary bees are in decline. But gardeners can help.

Powdered alcohols no longer have label approvals

A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said the approvals were issued in error.

Hangry? Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

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A quick candy bar prevent major fights between husbands and wives. That’s because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose.

At-home mothers on the rise, new research shows

NEW YORK — More women are staying at home full time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday. Factors cited by Pew to explain the increase include more immigrant mothers, who tend to stay home with children in …

Kosher Coke bubbles up for Passover

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Kosher Coke. It’s the real thing. The weekend before Passover begins, it flies off the shelves at stores such as Hungarian Kosher Foods in Skokie. For Passover, which begins Monday evening and ends April 22, Coca-Cola produces limited batches of its soft drink in accordance …

Glenview doctor, sanctioned for improper prescribing, tops list of Illinois docs profiting from Medicare

Before he found himself in hot water with state and federal watchdogs, Dr. Rakesh Jagetia was paid almost $20,000 for each Medicare patient he saw in 2012, for a total of nearly $5.3 million — the most, by far, paid to any Illinois doctor by …

Math may help whittle away jet lag

WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have …

Males can be victims of sexual assault too

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A new study published in the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity found that 43 percent of high school and college-age men report they have experienced “unwanted sexual contact.”

Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober: Study

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CHICAGO (AP) — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of …

Hockey moms go from the bench to the ice

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After a decade of watching her kids have all the fun, hockey mom Camy Gould went from the stands to the ice when she decided to play women’s hockey.

Chronic stress can slow the healing process

Q. My husband, 70, broke his ankle two years ago, and he still limps around in pain that keeps him awake at night. He’s always under a lot of stress, so I was wondering, could stress be why he isn’t healing properly? A. Many factors, …

Make sure expectations are clear before moving in together

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If you want a wedding in your future, living together doesn’t have to preclude that. Here are some things to keep in mind.

New car smell may be enjoyable, but risky

Q. I’m ready for a new car, but someone just told me that “new car smell” is actually toxic. Is that true? Should I get a used car? A. That was a fairly big problem in the not-so-distant past, but car manufacturers today are taking …

Push on as Obamacare deadline approaches

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Workers who help people find health insurance through the Affordable Care Act are making the final push as the March 31 deadline for signing up approaches.