Holiday stress and tinnitus

The holidays, whether you are ready for them or not, always seem to be a very stressful time for many of us. Between shopping, holiday parties (either hosting or going to them), and visiting family, your stress and/or anxiety level may increase. As your stress level builds, you may notice a sound in your ears that wasn’t there before and is not from any outside source.

Toledo Zoo contender for Best Zoo Lights Display

For the second year in a row, the Toledo Zoo has been nominated in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest as a contender for Best Zoo Lights. The Zoo is asking for the community’s help to show the nation what this area has known for more than 30 years—the Toledo Zoo’s Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank display truly is the best!

Keep your teen driver safe this winter

Learning to drive is an important and exciting rite of passage for every teenager. For parents of teens, however, the excitement is tempered by the knowledge that their child will now be exposed to all the hazards of the highway. Of course, these driving dangers are greatly compounded once winter weather sets in, as it soon will in Northwest Ohio. Driving in winter conditions can be a harrowing experience for the most seasoned driver, let alone for a young person taking to the roads for the first time. The following tips will help keep your teen driver safe when faced with slick or snowy driving conditions:

Eating Well | Avoid the Jingle Bellies and Sugar Plumps

The holiday season is upon us—though for some people, that season keeps getting larger and larger along with their waistlines. Nowadays it seems “the holidays” begin with the opening of that first bag of Halloween Candy and continue right on through the Super Bowl with all its associated snacking. With nearly a third of the year now lumped under the “holiday” heading, it’s no wonder we’re packing on the pounds!

Miracle spice from alternative medicine

Medicines for the treatment of various diseases and ailments historically have come from plants. Aspirin was originally found in the leaves of willow trees. The first antibiotic, penicillin, was discovered in mold growing on petri dishes. Digitalis, a drug that makes the heart beat stronger, was first extracted from the foxglove plant.

Gift giving across the generations

With the holidays upon us, it is the time of year when giving gifts to others is a way to show our love and friendship. As we all know, there are limitless amounts of merchandise and services, at all price levels, that are sure to entice buyers to make a purchase. How do you choose? What can a grandparent give that has lasting meaning and won’t be quickly discarded and forgotten by the new year? And for families, what gift will delight grandparents—many of whom aren’t particularly interested in the newest and greatest electronic or gadget?

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