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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu season was one of the worst on record. How can it be avoided? Simple, everyday acts like washing hands throughout the day and making sure all surfaces are clean can help stave off the flu. In fact, viruses that cause influenza can survive on hard surfaces like phones and keyboards for up to 48 hours. When considering the average cellphone user touches their phone 2,617 times every day, smartphones can be a hotbed for germs.

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FRANKLIN — Franklin VNA & Hospice wants sleep be a New Year's resolution for 2019. While some people may have a list of resolutions, including losing weight, eating better, spending more time with family and reducing stress, an important health habit is getting the recommended amount of sleep.

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LACONIA — Tai Chi 101 will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., from Jan. 24-March 1, and March 4–April 12, at the Lakes Region Creative Aging Center. The class is $70 per six-week session, and registration is required in advance. 

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There are certain serious health conditions that we often associate with older adults. Heart disease and cancer are a few that top the list. One that may not seem as obvious has the potential to be just as life-threatening as others in the category.

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There are certain serious health conditions that we often associate with older adults. Heart disease and cancer are a few that top the list. One that may not seem as obvious has the potential to be just as life-threatening as others in the category.

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The older we get, the more intense the holiday season seems to become, with an increasing number of responsibilities. There are parties to attend, relatives to visit, dinners to cook, gifts to buy and wrap — all within the span of just a few weeks. While these activities serve a greater purp…

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MANCHESTER — The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to make an appointment now to give, and help ensure patients can get the treatment they need at a moment’s notice.

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FRANKLIN — Stress, anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand with the holidays for some people. The holidays present a dizzying variety of demands — parties, baking, cleaning and shopping, just to name a few.