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Prevention the best medicine against meningitis

Tue, Sep 9, 2014 - 9:48 AM 0

all is the perfect time of year to talk meningitis vaccines. College...

SIDE STREETS: Exhilaration, pride after completing ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Life: Health Fri, Sep 12, 2014 - 3:10 PM 0

The moments before the ice water hit were excruciating. The actual soaking was exhilarating. After a two-week delay due to emergency gallbladder surgery, I finally completed my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday,...

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