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Holidays got you down? Tips for battling 'tis-the-season blues

Holidays got you down? Tips for battling 'tis-the-season blues

Is your Christmas more blue than otherwise? Are your holidays happiest when they’re over?

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HEALTHY WEIGHT: Use strategy to manage weight in December

HEALTHY WEIGHT: Use strategy to manage weight in December

Last month, we talked about ways to maintain your weight during the holidays; here are some more suggestions.

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SHIP Medicare Q&A: Did you miss the Medicare enrollment deadline?

SHIP Medicare Q&A: Did you miss the Medicare enrollment deadline?

Your questions on Medicare and Medicaid answered by the local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), an objective, not-for-profit c…

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Health Matters: Homelessness is a community issue

Health Matters: Homelessness is a community issue

Much has been said and written lately about the challenges of homelessness in our community. Complaints from business owners, shoppers and oth…

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Billings' health care system a significant part of the local economy, study shows

Billings' health care system a significant part of the local economy, study shows

A new report from a University of Montana economist predicts that health care — already the largest piece of Billings’ economy — will grow eve…

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Organizers thank the many who make Montana Marathon go

Organizers thank the many who make Montana Marathon go

The 120 or so volunteers who make the Montana Marathon work every year aren’t in it for the money, but they were pleased to be thanked and rew…

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Ebola stops Havre native's missions to African nation

Ebola stops Havre native's missions to African nation

We hear Sierra Leone these days and think “Ebola.”

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Lockwood health fair on Jan. 15-16

The Lockwood Community Health Fair will be held Jan. 15 and 16, from 6:30 to 10 a.m. in the Lockwood Intermediate School Voting Gym. Services …

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Billings health care centers to receive emergency training courses

The Goodman Group, a national leader in developing and managing senior living and health care communities, recently announced it has signed an…

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PLASTIC SURGERY: Unfavorable surgery outcome begets complex road to rehab

PLASTIC SURGERY: Unfavorable surgery outcome begets complex road to rehab

The first bad sign was the length of the operation.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Changing habits can reduce risk of developing diabetes

HEALTH MATTERS: Changing habits can reduce risk of developing diabetes

Estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we make important lifestyle changes to improv…

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3rd ExpressCare clinic to open next Tuesday

3rd ExpressCare clinic to open next Tuesday

Tuesday near near the pharmacy in the Albertsons at 511 Central Ave.

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Economist: Medicaid expansion a good deal for state; lawmakers remain reluctant

HELENA — Accepting federal money to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of low-income Montanans looks like a good financial and policy deal for…

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Billings Clinic to light luminarias in remembrance

The Billings Clinic's Season of Luminaria Holiday Glow will be at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 in the hospital atrium. 

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HEALTH MATTERS: 10 tips for handling depression during the holidays

HEALTH MATTERS: 10 tips for handling depression during the holidays

Getting through the holidays can be tough if you’re depressed. It’s hard not to feel cut off from the world if it seems like everyone around y…

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St. Vincent offers seminar on smoking cessation

St. Vincent Healthcare is offering a free informational seminar for anyone interested in learning more about the "Freedom From Smoking," cessa…

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Program set to educate public on health insurance

Billings Clinic is holding a free informational program called “Nine things you need to know about health insurance.” A panel including Dr. He…

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HEALTHY WEIGHT: Increasing rate of childhood obesity can be curbed by easy steps

HEALTHY WEIGHT: Increasing rate of childhood obesity can be curbed by easy steps

Dear Dr. Baskett: It seems as if the children in our country are getting heavier. Is this true?

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Guest view: Parents are under a lot of pressure to create perfect childhood

Guest view: Parents are under a lot of pressure to create perfect childhood

Its hard for me to even write about this because it brings up a lot of ick in me.

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Outdoors

Juvenile white sturgeon struggling to survive in upper Columbia River

Juvenile white sturgeon struggling to survive in upper Columbia River

Tribal and state fisheries researchers landed a big incentive this fall to continue their work on reviving white sturgeon numbers in the Columbia River upstream from Kettle Falls.

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Health

China punishes hospital for operating room photos

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery.

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Announcements

Marjorie Jo Nybo Nash

Marjorie Jo Nybo Nash

LAUREL — Marjorie Nybo Nash, 65, of Laurel, enrolled in a heavenly angels quilting group on Tuesday, Dec. 16, after a valiant 2-½ year battle with cancer.

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Your Home

Simple ways to start your own family tradition:

• Purchase an Elf on the Shelf as your new family mascot, or better yet, make your own. (Rough-around-the edges elves have more character anyway.)

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Recipes

Prepare breakfast ahead for Christmas morning

Prepare breakfast ahead for Christmas morning

Christmas morning is a special time, and it calls for a special breakfast or brunch. But who wants to spend a lot of time cooking when you want to be spending time with the family, opening gifts and enjoying what Santa has left in the stocki…

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Religion

German bishops signal opening for some divorcees

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German Bishops' Conference says German bishops support allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion "under certain conditions."

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Pets

Pet of the Week: Bennett

Pet of the Week: Bennett

Bennett, a 5-month-old male kitten, is available for adoption at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter.

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Travel

Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path

Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path

SEATTLE — Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries.

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