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Daniel J Vance

Depression

Jerry Bambery owns five fast food restaurants that grossed more than $12 million in combined sales last year. He agreed to this interview because he wants more people talking about major depression.
Daniel J Vance

Florida editor has dyslexia

Paula Nelson of Tampa, Florida, reads and spells words for a living. She is the special sections editor of the 20,000-circulation daily Hernando Today, which publishes this column. Nelson's occupational choice is striking,
Daniel J Vance

Elderly with disabilities

The 2000 U.S. Census reported that 14 million Americans over age 65 had either a mental, physical, sensory, self-care or mobility disability. As for Stone Harbor, New Jersey, U.S. Postal Service Letter
Dennis Godby, ND

Dropping Weight is as American as apple pie

(First of a two-part series on improving body composition and shedding unwanted, hard-to-lose pounds.)
Daniel J Vance

Matt Sechrist, spina bifida

Twelve-year-old Matt Sechrist lives near Gettysburg, Penn., and his goal is to earn a spot on his high school wrestling team. What makes his story unique is that he was born with spina bifida, and also has had both legs amputated below the knees.
Daniel J Vance

Multiple Sclerosis

Forty-year-old Tom Stewart and his little dog had quite a scare recently.
Daniel J Vance

Multiple Sclerosis

Forty-year-old Tom Stewart and his little dog had quite a scare recently.“I was just going down to the convenience station in my electric wheelchair to get something to eat,” he said in a telephone interview from his apartment in a Midwestern state.
Daniel J Vance

Dave Dravecky (part 2)

Recently, I interviewed baseball legend Dave Dravecky, whose comeback bid in 1989 was one of the greatest in sports history. After surviving radical cancer surgery, a year later
Daniel J Vance

Dave Dravecky (Part 1)

It was one of baseball's greatest moments: San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky surviving cancer surgery in his throwing arm and only a year later in August 1989 in a miraculous comeback bid pitching seven flawless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
Dennis Godby, ND

Gut Feeling: Some Bacteria Need to Survive

Americans fill 300 million antibiotic prescriptions every year - one for every man, woman and child.