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Q: A lot of my friends are becoming vegetarians because they object to animal cruelty, have concerns about the negative effects of livestock on the environment, or for the health benefits. What are the health risks and benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet?

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I’ve never understood why so many women subject themselves to scalpels and skin peels, toxic injections and sutures, all in the vain attempt to look younger.

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Q: I am worried about my blood pressure because it’s been a little high ever since my family arrived for the holidays. Some of my relatives are really annoying, and we’ve all been eating and drinking too much all week. I have forgotten my blood pressure pills a couple times. Is it a big deal…

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I was sorting through a stack of long-forgotten childhood books when I came across a copy of “Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day.” The Encyclopedia Brown series had been one of my favorites as a child but now I looked at the book in horror.