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TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2015

Cookbook review: A taste of Lima

Quick look: Traditional Peruvian flavors with a modern perspective are the focus of this new cookbook from London’s first Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant. What’s inside: Chef Virgilio Martinez is known for using contemporary techniques and traditional Peruvian ingredients: sweet potatoes, corn, ...

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Holiday meal mediation is thankless task

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am caught between two people in a question of holiday meal etiquette. When my mother, the host, asks my longtime boyfriend how he’d like a certain food, and he responds he doesn’t like something, she reacts with shock. She drags out her exclamations of surprise. “I’ve never known anyone who doesn’t like such-and-such!” she cries out. “You want such-and-such PLAIN? Oh-kayyy ...” she says.

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The Slice: Staring into the gaping maw

Today The Slice presents a transcript of an exclusive interview with The Spokane Guy Who Talks With His Mouth Full. Just in time for our most food-focused holiday. You won’t believe what he had to say. Q: So you are ...

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2015

In caring for sickest infants, doctors tap parents for tough calls

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently advised that parents should be given wide latitude to decide how aggressive doctors should be in cases where their child is at high risk of death or serious disability. In practice, this means parents willing to raise a child with severe disabilities might elect to pursue more aggressive care than those parents who do not want to take on the risk.

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Depression can happen to anyone 

Many cases of depression, especially when diagnosed early, can be helped by things that tend to protect against developing depression in the first place. Social interaction, exposure to light and fresh air, regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and limiting alcohol consumption can all be helpful. So is helping others.

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Alternative methods

Q. My wife has late-stage Alzheimer’s disease. She is now in a memory-care facility. They often give her sedatives to calm her agitation. I have read that such drugs are dangerous, especially for older people with dementia. Is there anything that might be safer?

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Carolyn Hax: Split Christmases show favoritism 

Dear Carolyn: My daughter and her husband have three families to see, her parents being divorced and remarried. I understand how stressful and demanding holidays are for her. My problem is that it is always me and her stepdad on the “bottom of the barrel.” Her other two families have more members, making it fun to get together, and people their age and the ages of their little children. It is just me and my husband, much less festive. I get it.

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The Slice: Planes, Trains and a memorable line

Do you feel this vehicle is safe for highway travel? How would you answer that question, originally posed in 1987’s “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”? A) “Yes. Yes, I do.” B) “Well, the car is OK, but like many drivers in ...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 22, 2015

Annie’s Mailbox: Smelly coworker makes uneasy situation

Dear Annie: I work in a small department within a larger corporation. One of my co-workers is a rather large gentleman who has very bad body odor. I am a larger gal myself, and I sweat more than others. I know this, so I bathe daily and use antiperspirant. This co-worker comes into the office smelling this way, so he probably doesn’t shower every morning. He works with the public, and I can’t help but wonder what kind of an impression he leaves about our department. I am not the only one who has noticed this, but I am not comfortable enough to talk directly to this person. Should our supervisor say something? Please help. – Suffocating in Saskatchewan

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Metabolic syndrome is beatable

DEAR DOCTOR K: My doctor says I have metabolic syndrome. He said it’s “like diabetes but not diabetes,” which I don’t understand. Can you explain what it is, and how I can fix it? DEAR READER: Metabolic syndrome is quite common, but not well known. Many of my patients have it; nearly 50 million Americans have it – and many of them don’t know it.

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