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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Health benefits of a low cholesterol diet

Cholesterol is a soft, waxy, fat-like substance found in your body’s cells and bloodstream. Your body produces cholesterol naturally, and th ... »

Medical Cannabidiol card application available

Iowans suffering from chronic epilepsy can now apply for a medical cannabidiol registration card, public health officials announced Monday.

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Iowa insurance division plans to liquidate CoOportunity Health

DES MOINES — The Iowa Insurance Division on Friday hammered the next-to-final nail into CoOportunity Health's coffin.

Iowa's Insuranc ... »

Cancers related to obesity a growing concern

Iowa has a higher than national average rate of certain cancers associated with obesity, according to a new American Cancer Society report.

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Surviving small

The nation's health care systems are in transition. And while hospitals across the country are grappling with changes to payment systems and qualit ... »

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Review: Caribbean Kitchen

At the Caribbean Kitchen, the jerk chicken is smoked for several hours in pimento wood, harvested from the allspice tree.

Owner and chef Pa ... »

Who knew? Pasta made from veggies can offer great taste

If you resolved to eat better this year, maybe you're wondering where to start. How can you eat more vegetables without eati ... »

Cooking up changes for Cook Club in 2015

Just as many of you do this time of year, we reflected on the past year and resolved to improve The Gazette KCRG-TV9 Cook Club.

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Cook Club: Wow with wontons

In my family, it's not a new year until we've gathered around a table to play games, watch football and eat finger foods.

It's appropriate, ... »

Everybody Eats: Gratitude starts with a chocolate chip scone

I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’m all for a fresh start, but in my mind, a resolution set to begin on the first day ... »

Monday, January 26, 2015
Miss Iowa kicking off series on diversity

Nina Yu still remembers the moment that stung, a moment when she was made to feel she shouldn’t be proud of who she is.

“I reme ... »

All in the Family: Get to the root of school avoidance

Congratulations! You have successfully gotten kids back to school after a long holiday break and officially started 2015 off with minimal disasters ... »

Iowa All Over: Masterpieces that do more than tell time

SPILLVILLE — Frank (1884-1965) and Joseph (1880-1964) Bily began carving on the farm where they were born, between Ridgeway and Spillville, ... »

Next generation of donors give time, skills as well as money

CEDAR RAPIDS — For Chris Demmer, joining the Cedar Rapids Jaycees had a lot of benefits.

It was a chance to meet new people and build ... »

Pants-Free Parenting: Sign me up for the next mission to Mars

In the year 2023, the company Mars One is preparing to establish a human settlement on Mars. The application on the Mars One website, describes gru ... »

Sunday, January 25, 2015
‘The Best American Nonrequired Reading’: Compilation includes range of writing

Each year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes its “Best American Series,” a set of books collecting notable work published in the la ... »

‘Lost and Found’: Debut novel destined to be a classic

When choosing ideal traveling companions for a raucous cross-country adventure, most of us wouldn’t choose a 7-year-old girl whose father ha ... »

‘A Sister to Honor’: Book explores culture clash between east and west

Afia and her brother Shahid have come to America from Pakistan. Shahid came first to play squash in college. He then convinced his family in Pakist ... »

You saw the movie, read the book

CEDAR RAPIDS — The lack of diversity among Academy Award nominees this year sparked controversy, but there is a wealth of variety among the ... »

‘Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn’ speaks English in new editions of first graphic novel hero

If you’ve yet to be captivated by the graphic novel, here’s the absolute place to start. IDW Publishing has just released “Cor ... »

Saturday, January 24, 2015
From the Ground Up: Caring for birds in the winter

LINN COUNTY — As we move though the coldest days of winter — we need to remember our wildlife friends. Although birds are well adapte ... »

From the Ground Up: These plants are easy to grow at home

Green plants inside your house are a great way to keep your spirits up and get a start on spring.

Remember, though, that houseplants need th ... »

From The Ground Up: Protect your trees, shrubs from winter harsh salt damage

De-icing salts are one of the necessities of winter in Iowa.

De-icing compounds, such as NaCl, CaCl2, KCl and MgCl2, can damage landscape pl ... »

From the Ground Up: From onlooker to insider

Shortly after I moved to Iowa, I attended the Linn County Master Gardener Winter Gardening Fair in February, 2012. You may not know it, but the LCM ... »

Learning to care for your holiday plants

You may already have purchased a seasonal flowering plant or received one as a gift.

Keeping that lovely holiday color as long as possible ... »

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