DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a relatively healthy 48-year-old nurse with no history, no meds and no allergies. I developed severe abdominal pain and was diagnosed with diverticulitis. I knew immediately, as I have been preaching to my patients, that nuts, seeds, corn and popcorn were out of my diet, which my gastroenterologist confirmed. Although I am not a big nut and seed fan, I do like corn and popcorn.
Throughout the last ten years of her life, my grandmother knitted hats for the newborn babies at her local hospital. What she didn't realize was that this small act of kindness, her form of volunteering, not only benefited those babies and their families but was likely to have improved her own health. That's right, volunteering not only benefits the community but it can benefit the mental, physical, and social well-being of volunteers.
HOUSTON - Surgeons successfully implanted a pacemaker in former Polish President Lech Walesa on Friday and hope it will keep the Nobel laureate from needing a heart transplant.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA on Friday cleared space shuttle Endeavour for liftoff in less than two weeks on the longest space station visit ever.
ST. LOUIS - Dogs may have a hard time wrapping their paws around this one: Robotic competition is nipping at their heels in the man's-best-friend department.
AUSTIN, Texas - Democratic candidate Barack Obama said Thursday the economy is ''on the brink of a recession'' and blamed economic policies espoused by President Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain.
WASHINGTON - Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader selected Matt Gonzalez, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, to be his running mate.
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HOUSTON - Republican presidential hopeful John McCain said his remark that American troops could stay in Iraq for 100 years has been distorted, yet he still suggests a lengthy U.S. presence comparable to that in Korea and other countries.
LONDON - Prince Harry has been serving on the front line in Afghanistan with the British Army, calling in airstrikes on Taliban positions and going out on foot patrols, the Ministry of Defense announced Thursday.
NEW YORK - The dollar dipped further Thursday, reaching a new low against the euro, after data confirmed that the U.S. economy nearly braked to a halt at the end of last year - limiting the Fed's options as it tries to steer through the housing and credit crises.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli aircraft struck a series of targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing 18 Palestinians - including five youths - in a fresh surge in fighting that threatened to provoke even harsher Israeli action.
HANGING ROCK, Ohio - Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton offered a plan to improve childhood nutrition and set a goal to reduce by half the 12 million youngsters living in poverty over the next dozen years.
FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The Army on Thursday rolled out the first revision of its operations manual since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, putting stability operations - nation-building - on par with combat.
Southeast Bulloch High School senior David Casey Woodrum loves math. He also likes a challenge. So, after woodrum scored a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT using a calculator during his junior year, he took the test again in his senior year without using a calculator.
AVONDALE, La. - Erik Compton birdied three of five holes after a nearly six-hour rain delay Saturday, giving the two-time heart transplant recipient a share of the lead with Jason Day early in the third round of the rain-plagued Zurich Classic.
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Sleeping in the streets and shell-shocked, Nepalese cremated the dead and dug through rubble for the missing Sunday, a day after a massive Himalayan earthquake killed more than 2,200 people. Aftershocks tormented them, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets.
HONOLULU - A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.
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RICHMOND HILL - Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan's vice president of public affairs, was the first to speak at a public hearing inside the Richmond Hill City Center regarding the company's proposed Palmetto Pipeline project.
VALDOSTA - Student demonstrators who walked on an American flag to protest racism sparked a countermovement, prompting a south Georgia university to cancel classes Friday ahead of a rally that drew a large crowd to Valdosta.
DUBLIN - Laurens County closed all of its public schools Friday after an estimated 150 children went home sick the day before with what health officials suspect is highly contagious norovirus.
For six years, the Southeast Bulloch school record for the 4x400 time was 3:28.88, that is until Cecil McCollum, Ladarion Fonseca, Javarious Spaulding and Justin Youmans shattered it by one second in one of the biggest meets of the season.
PHILADELPHIA - Freddie Freeman mishandled Ben Revere's ground ball to first, allowing Freddy Galvis to score in the ninth to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 1-0 win over theAtlanta Braves on Friday night.
AVONDALE, La. - Hudson Swafford didn't want to dwell on the pressure of the high-stakes weekend that awaits him.
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It was an explosive game for Bulloch Academy's baseball team on senior night Thursday afternoon. The Gators piled on seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 9-0 victory over Edmund Burke Academy for the final home game of the regular season.
The American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90, with assistance from the 2015 Leadership Bulloch class, will hold an "All-American Cookout" on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to honor veterans in the Bulloch County area.
NEW YORK (AP) - With a perfect ride through their first homestand, the surprising New York Mets matched the best start in team history.