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Helping Wings of Hope to fly

On Saturday, Oct. 11, at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Wings of Hope honored the many supporters, donors and volunteers who help the 52-year-old humanitarian charity make a real difference in the world. The themed celebration was called “On the Road to Wings of Hope,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 1940s-era Bob Hope/Bing Crosby “On the Road” comedies. Hope, along with his wife, Delores, were among the first members of Wings of Hope’s honorary council. About 200 guests enjoyed a buffet of global culinary treats prepared by Wings of Hope President Doug Clements and other staff members. The crowd then danced ...

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Health Capsules: Mixing meds

Mixing meds The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a consumer update to remind people of the potential dangers of mixing medications and dietary supplements. According to the update, taking prescription or over-the-counter medications along with vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements in some cases can pose a health risk because certain supplements can affect the absorption, metabolism or excretion of a medication and alter its potency. “Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other dietary supplements may decrease it,” said Robert Mozersky, FDA medical officer. “You may be getting either too much or ...

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Health Capsules: Healthier than a handshake

Healthier than a handshake When it comes to healthy greetings, fist bumps beat high-fives and handshakes hands-down, according to a study published in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. Researchers in the United Kingdom had a greeter immerse a sterile-gloved hand into a container of germs. When the glove dried, the greeter exchanged a handshake, high-five or fist bump with a sterile-gloved recipient for varying lengths of time and at varying intensities of contact. Next, researchers counted the bacteria transferred to the recipient and found that compared to the high-five, handshakes transferred almost twice as many ...

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