Health & Fitness

Atwater: Outside support often needed to escape family cycle

“Tim’s” mom was a troubled lady. He had never known his dad, and he, his mom and his sister saw themselves like they were survivors in a lifeboat.

Atwater: In Robin Williams, the disease took another good man

Robin Williams was a funny guy, no doubt about it. There was hardly a time when I wasn’t laughing ’till the tears rolled down my cheeks when he was doing his thing. But comedy and acting was his job, so let’s not confuse someone’s profession with how they’re expected to feel and act in their personal life.

//Videos aim to inform patients about their medical options at the end of life//

When Ted Goff was hospitalized late last year, barely breathing and with advanced emphysema, his doctor said the prognosis was bad. They talked about Goff's last wishes and whether he wanted to be placed on a breathing machine. Goff wasn't sure. So his doctor suggested he watch a video explaining this technique and other options for end-of-life care.

Atwater: News about drugs doesn’t tell the whole story

I’m a news junkie, but I pretend not to be. I watch the local news, then the national and international news, and for good measure I study up on hurricanes, tornadoes and other sensational natural disasters on the weather channel.

Seniors learn ‘parkour’

LONDON (AP) — On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as "parkour."

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