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Extend the hand of friendship

Dear Sam: My neighbour has always been pleasant, but suddenly whenever I run in to him, he is very curt and cold. I’m assuming I’ve done something to annoy him, but I can’t for the life of me imagine what it was. It’s so bad that I dread going out in case I see him in the driveway. What should I do?

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Three things that age the skin

Yes, it is true that some people age better than others. One might look young at 65, while another looks old at 40. To some extent it’s a game of chance. If you pick the right parents your genetic makeup will help you age gracefully, and well. But it isn’t all predetermined.

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9 ways to decrease the risk of heart attack

Every 37 seconds someone dies of a heart attack in North America. But there are several natural remedies to protect the health of our hearts. They’re all available in health food stores and are not associated with the complications of cholesterol-lowering and other prescription drugs. Remember, the first rule of medicine is to do no harm:

Laurie de Grace, a former University of Alberta student, interviewed 21 people for her research on how elite athletes may be at a higher risk for substance abuse. (Larry Wong)

Sports may be linked to addiction

Athletes who compete at an elite level may be at greater risk of substance abuse, says a University of Alberta researcher. Laurie de Grace, who has interviewed 21 people recovering from addiction, wants to raise awareness about the potential link between athleticism and the use of drugs and alcohol.

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Can breakfast help keep us thin?

NEW YORK — Cereal makers have happily encouraged the belief that eating breakfast can help keep us thin and bring other benefits, partly by paying for studies that seem to support the idea.

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Flu cases on rise: Experts

TORONTO — The number of cases of influenza, as well as hospitalizations and deaths due to the viral respiratory illness, continue to escalate in Canada, and infectious diseases experts say there’s no telling how soon the seasonal scourge will reach its peak and begin to taper off.

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Flu docs question every-year vaccination

Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough and get your annual flu shot, right?Just as the seasonal push for the flu vaccine is in full swing, mounting research is raising questions about that advice for healthy Canadians.One leading Canadian researcher is calling for a “critical review” of Canada’s influenza vaccine programs