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Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 28 June 2011 15:08Some misconceptions are merely inconvenient. And some—like the many myths that surround the use of fire sprinklers in homes—can be deadly.
The federal government and more than 400 local governments—not to mention the national model building code authority, the International Code Council—have all recommended that all new homes offer this life safety system.
In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a business that is not protected by fire sprinklers. Yet misconceptions persist about...
Written by Fred Cicetti Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:18Q: I heard that marijuana helps glaucoma. I’d like to try it, but won’t I get in trouble?
A: Marijuana can help your glaucoma and it could definitely get you in trouble because it’s illegal.
Marijuana refers to the parts of the Cannabis sativa plant, which has been used for medicinal purposes for more than 4,800 years. Doctors in ancient China, Greece and Persia used it as a pain reliever and for gastrointestinal disorders and insomnia.
Cannabis as a medicine was common throughout most of the world in the 1800s. It was used as the primary pain reliever until the invention of aspirin. The United States, in effect, made prescriptions for Cannabis illegal through the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. The only opponent to the legislation...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:57Selling, buying or just putting a house on the market may raise many questions. Can I get a good price? Are there any problems I should fix prior to listing my house? If I buy this house, will I encounter problems that may make me regret my decision?
The sale price of a house depends on many factors, including the market, location, size of the property, age of the house, condition of the structure, what appliances might be included in the sale and even how nicely the property and building were landscaped and decorated—just to name a few.
Having a qualified professional inspect your house prior to putting it on the market—or for prospective buyers, before closing on a sale—can help guide your decision.
But many homeowners and...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:56For most law-abiding Americans, legal assistance may not be a service you think you could need at a moment’s notice. While you may think of legal assistance in connection with a criminal offense, most of the legal work done in America is for people facing much more ordinary circumstances.
You may not realize it, but most Americans will have a legal need at some point in their lives. In fact, seven out of 10 Americans said they experienced a legal event within the past year, according to a recent survey conducted by ARAG, a legal solutions provider.
If having a legal plan in place seems unnecessary, consider the following instances where you may need legal assistance:
• Wills and estate planning. Planning for your own death isn’t...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 10 May 2011 16:07Audrey Baker grew up watching her mother put table salt on nearly everything—steak, potatoes, even gravy. Believing the nutrition myth that salt is bad for health, Baker sometimes scolded her mom for her old-fashioned ways.
As an adult, Baker carefully monitored what she ate, putting herself on a low-salt diet with lots of water. But one day at home, she became light-headed. Her heart raced, her chest pounded. She called 911 and was rushed to an emergency room.
The problem: hyponatremia, a more-common-than-you-might-think condition in which the blood level of salt (sodium) in your body becomes abnormally low.
“That’s when I realized my body does need salt,” Baker said. “They gave me a saline solution drip with sodium in...
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