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Focus: A leading cause of death in U.S.

There was a time when discussion of ‘suicide’ was taboo. You didn’t read about suicides in the newspapers. Others might read about it and get the idea, too. The fact is, some people do at least think about it. The loss of a loved one can have that effect on a person. Earlier this week ...

Fatherhood: More than childhood memories

Her earliest memory is with her father. He carried her along a busy city street. When he stopped to enter a building, she saw their reflections in the plate glass window. The morning sun topped the building across the street and cast an aura around the young father and his little daughter with ...

June recognized as Men’s Health Month

Research shows men are less likely than women to visit the doctor regularly, which means they may be missing vital preventive health screenings. June is Men’s Health Month, and as a member of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program, I am highlighting ...

Ahead: Alzheimer’s pandemic?

Mr. Biden’s recent remarks about Alzheimer’s has gained public attention. Conspiracy theorists have jumped on it. But the concept is not a new one. The need for answers was as great 20, 30 years ago or longer. We know more now, but there is still so much that we don’t know. Mom has ...

Remembering  Memorial Days

Many years ago, Memorial Day weekend in Lisbon village started with families delivering flower pots with geraniums, begonias, petunias, green spikes and other favorite flowers to the graves at the cemetery on Saturday. It was a tradition that began back as Decoration Day in 1865 at the close of ...

GUEST COLUMN: Disaster planning does not end with COVID-19

COVID-19 changed the way we do business, but there’s one thing that didn’t change—the need for cohesive small business disaster plans. As we dive into spring and summer, traditional weather threats are obvious. Not so obvious are threats from civil unrest or cyber security. The U.S. ...