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Lifestyle changes, lifelong learning can reduce risk of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative disease that causes memory loss, confusion and other kinds of cognitive decline, affects more than six million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But there are ways to be proactive and help reduce your risk of developing it. “I ...

Tai chi can improve your balance and strength

One fall can be all it takes for some older people to jettison physical activity altogether and be sedentary for the rest of their lives. But physical therapist Adrineh Mehdikhani says there’s a simple way for seniors to improve their balance, build strength and get moving regularly: tai ...

Officials: States’ obesity rates hit all-time highs

Washington — The number of states with high obesity among residents has nearly doubled since 2018, according to new data Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 16 states that had adult obesity rates of at least 35% last year, with Iowa, Ohio, Delaware ...

Occupational therapy helps patients get back to their everyday lives

If you’ve ever broken your wrist or had a nerve or brain injury, your doctor may have prescribed a course of occupational therapy. But don’t let the name fool you — occupational therapy isn’t just meant to get people back to work. Occupational therapy is used to help people become ...

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Garden Variety: Butterflies and moths add grace and color near season’s end

By August in Kansas, gardens are a little less enchanting than they were in the spring for many gardeners. Plants show the stress of summer’s heat, the war on weeds seems never-ending, and leaves are blemished from insect feeding and leaf-spot diseases. Late summer flowers are in full bloom ...

Garden Variety: Create a cutting garden for flower arrangements

Fresh flowers can brighten indoor spaces as well as landscapes and gardens, and arrangements of them offer opportunities to mix colors and textures in unique ways. For gardeners and others who especially enjoy bouquets, consider creating a cutting garden — a devoted garden space for flowers ...

Garden Variety: How to attract orioles to your yard

Orioles are brightly colored birds that migrate through Kansas each spring and fall and sometimes stay for the summer. Enthusiasts enjoy watching them at feeders and hearing their sweet songs and anxiously await the spring migration each year. In the Lawrence area, oriole migration usually ...

Garden Variety: Add mint to your garden this year

Mint is a longtime garden favorite in the Midwest that is chosen for its culinary value and hardiness. Although common, this perennial herb deserves attention and a place in every garden. If you already grow mint, consider adding a new flavor this year. If mint is new to you, try a few ...

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CRAVE: Pumpkin butter uses up produce, makes tasty treats

For many years I regretted, but thought unavoidable, the waste that occurred when I’d cut open a huge pumpkin or winter squash in order to make a few pies. The dilemma was solved, though, when I came across “pumpkin butter” and pumpkin butter recipes. To make 15 to 17 quarts of the ...

CRAVE: Savory recipes add variety to autumn’s bountiful harvest

As autumn descends, vibrant oranges, reds and golds dapple the countryside, especially at local farm stands and urban markets, where richly hued pumpkins and squash are piled high in assorted shapes and sizes. You can enjoy these quintessential fall fruits in a variety of nutritious soups, ...

CRAVE: Squeeze out the last bits of summer with one more cookout

Picnic Potato Salad Ingredients: 6 large potatoes, cooked and cubed 3 eggs, hard boiled and chopped 3⁄4 cup chopped dill pickles 3⁄4 cup sliced radishes 1⁄2 cup chopped green onions 1 teaspoon salt 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon lemon ...

CRAVE: Fall soups are perfect complement to cooler weather

Sweet Corn & Bell Pepper Soup Yields 6 servings. Ingredients: 7 cups vegetable or chicken stock 8 ears corn on the cob, shucked 1 medium carrot, grated 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1⁄2 cup diced green bell pepper 2 tablespoons cooking oil 2⁄3 cup raw ...

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Spirits: Mint juleps steeped in American social, political history

I’m sure most of us have heard of the mint julep, a bourbon-based cocktail associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby. During the Civil War and up until 1920s, the mint julep was the drink of choice and Tom Bullock made one of the best around. Born in 1872, Bullock was the son ...

Garden Variety: How bitter cold affects plants — and pests

The bitter cold that accompanied recent winter storms in the Lawrence area will likely have long-lasting effects on certain trees and landscape plantings. And while many gardeners think the silver lining of the cold is a decrease in insect and mite populations, the actual effect is difficult ...

Local History: Was local artist Adam Rohe a forgotten Stan Herd?

One of Lawrence’s most famous artists is Stan Herd. Originally born in Protection, he’s done crop and earthwork art around the world, and his ingenious use of nature has delighted viewers. It has always seemed appropriate to me that he is following in the footsteps of Adam Rohe, an ...

Garden Variety: Should you remove vines from trees?

English ivy, Virginia creeper and other perennial vines are sometimes found growing up the trunks of trees in landscapes and wooded areas. They are more obvious in winter months than other times of year because of the lack of greenery on affected trees. Most experts recommend removing vines ...