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Do tablets, iPhones cause macular degeneration?

By Zack Steele Most people are aware that ultra-violet light is harmful to the eye and may lead to cataracts and other eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration. Without getting too much into technical stuff, UV light is that portion of the spectrum of invisible light below 286nm to 400nm. While the primary source of UV light is the sun, other sources include welder's flash, video display termin ...

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History deems May a hazardous month for members of this writer’s family

By June Mathews Here we are in the middle of May again, halfway through the month that Daddy’s side of the family considers “the valley of the shadow,” if you catch my drift. According to family lore, it’s the month in which members of our branch of the Harpers are most likely to give up the ghost, meet Our Maker, kick the bucket, pass over, perish or turn up our toes. Thus, we tend to move warily through t ...

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Great gift ideas for your high school graduate

By Abby Hathorn Graduation is a time for happy tears, big family hugs and proud moments -- it’s not a time for fretting about finding the perfect gift. Buying a gift for a high school graduate can be a bit of a daunting task because of the plethora of ideas floating around on Pinterest and the Internet. So, here are a few ideas just to get you started. If you’re more practical-minded, buy your graduate some ...

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Telling white lies in the real estate market

By Dave Parrish I was speaking with another realtor the other day and we got on the subject of telling buyers and sellers the truth versus what they want to hear, or in other words, the use of white lies. I don’t know about you, but as a kid I learned early on about lying and white lies. I’ll have to admit at first it was a little confusing. There was no doubt in our house that lying was a sin. But, “white ...

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What next if loved one didn’t have a will?

By Chesley Payne While having a will is the ideal situation, for those people who have loved ones who pass away without one, all is not lost. There remain several options available to you. The first is to open an administration. In this instance, the administrator appointed by the Probate Court will not have the powers of a personal representative under a will. However, the administrator will have many of t ...

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As Mother’s Day nears, annual search for the perfect gift shifts into high gear

By June Mathews Even though I’m well aware Mother’s Day rolls around every second Sunday of May, it sneaks up on me every year. Of course the same thing happens with Christmas, Easter and all the other holidays, so in that regard, there’s nothing different about Mother’s Day. But here I am, with only a few days to go, pondering what in the world I’m going to do for Mama this Sunday. When will we celebrate? ...

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3 important health questions to ask yourself

By Channing King What are some of your health goals? If you're like most Americans, you’ve set some health goals for 2014. Losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more are some of the most commonly set goals and are great to strive for. The problem, though, is that most never achieve those goals. Why is that? Why do so many fall short year after year? The answer may lie in some questions many have ne ...

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Lawmakers work to protect small business owners, pass job creation bills

By Slade Blackwell Since Republicans took office in 2010, one of our top priorities has been enacting legislation that will create jobs and grow Alabama’s private sector economy. Laws that help reduce taxes, eliminate government red tape and extend tax credits for small business job creation have built a strong foundation for continued economic growth in Alabama. The 2014 legislative session marked the end ...

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Cleaning floors causes trauma for humans and animals alike

By June Mathews I hate to mop. In fact, I hate anything having to do with cleaning floors. So while I manage to do a passable imitation of someone who keeps a decent house (but not spotless by a long shot, mind you), I’ve lately failed miserably in the floor-cleaning department. Right now, I believe my kitchen floor is dirtier than it’s ever been, and the hardwoods, well, I can hardly stand to think about t ...

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A few facts about glaucoma and treatment

By Zack Steele I often get questions about glaucoma from patients. It’s one of the well known eye diseases that many people have heard about, but may not be sure what the disease is and how it affects vision. Glaucoma is often a tough disease to diagnose, but eye care professionals have improved their ability to diagnose the disease with new state-of-the-art equipment. Glaucoma is an eye disease that’s usua ...

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