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Daniel J Vance

Discussing Alzheimer’s Disease

Many Americans feel Alzheimer's disease shouldn't be talked about. But 80-year-old, Pennsylvania native Mimi Steffen isn't ashamed to say she has it. She was diagnosed five years ago and is now an Alzheimer's Association spokesperson.
Daniel J Vance

Teen Helps Others with Autism

Rather than be interviewed over the telephone for this column, 17-year-old Meghan Rodo of Reisterstown, Maryland, chose email.
Daniel J Vance

Bacterial Meningitis Can Be Prevented

The morning of February 24, 2004, was one Bob Werner would rather forget. It began when his 20-year-old, college student daughter wasn't feeling well.
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Volvo XC90: elegant and sophisticated

Roseville, CA- The 2017 Volvo XC90 review shares why there are plenty of reasons to be enamored with the XC90.
Daniel J Vance

Jacob Grys/Brittle Bone disease

Osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, is a “genetic disorder in which bones break easily,” reports a National Institutes of Health website. It can also cause brittle teeth, scoliosis, hearing loss and weak muscles. Seven-year-old Jacob Grys of Pekin, Illinois, has a severe form of it.
Daniel J Vance

Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of routine

"Routine, routine, routine," said 48-year-old Gary LeBlanc in a telephone interview, referring to what he believed most important in caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease. He regularly reads this column in the Hernando (Fla.) Today newspaper.
Realtor Julie Jalone

Housing Market Losing Steam

Sacramento Realtor, Julie Jalone, writes about how consumer caution could spell danger for the housing market.
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Honda Accord: Benchmark for family sedans

Roseville, CA- For overall value, nothing has essentially changed with the 2016 Honda Accord. It still delivers reliability, performance, comfort
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Nissan Juke is no joke

The Nissan Juke is one quirky-looking vehicle. It reminds me of a sawed-off shotgun and left me wondering what the heck happened to the back end of the car?
Realtor Julie Jalone

Foreclosures Increase

Sacramento Realtor, Julie Jalone who owes MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, explains why lenders may be more interested in short sales than ever before.