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Ask Annie: How do I qualify for a home loan?
A nervous man named Jose called me and said, “I saw your television commercial. I want to learn how to buy my first home. But I don’t know if I have good credit so I’m not sure if you can help me.” “You are not alone,” I told him. “Most first-time homebuyers feel nervous about the entire home buying process. Would you feel more comfortable if you could attend an informational homebuyer seminar with valuable information about the buying process...
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Diabetes management critical in avoiding complications and p...
About 23 million Americans currently suffer from diabetes, and the number is expected to grow as the obesity rate continues to steadily climb. However, obesity is not the only cause of diabetes. In fact, many people with the disease are at a healthy weight or only considered moderately overweight. Factors such as age, ethnicity, and family history are also significant in diagnosing diabetes. Regardless of what puts someone at risk of the disea...
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LPGA Legends Tour Comes to Town
At a press conference Wednesday on the grounds of the Hidden Valley Country Club, many details of the Patty Sheehan & Friends LPGA Legends Tour were revealed. The tournament, for female players over 45 years old, will be held at Hidden Valley from June 3 to 6. As Sheehan explained it, “I have been asked for the past few years about the possibility of such an event in Reno and I did not feel that I could assemble a working committee until this ...
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Is this the right time to buy my first home?
If you are like most renters, writing the monthly rent check is a dreaded event because you are paying someone else’s mortgage. Do you ever wonder what else you could do with those dollars every month? Did you know that for most homebuyers their mortgage payments are lower than rent? If you’re renting, it’s time for you to invest in your own home. Do you live and work locally with no plans to move away anytime soon? If so, buying a home might ...
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Proper foot care is important to a healthy and active lifestyle
The feet are one of the more complex parts of the human body. A single foot consists of 28 bones, several joints and many tendons, ligaments and muscles. The feet also often are taken for granted and overlooked when it comes to care and medical attention. However, deciding not to seek treatment for foot pain can lead to serious consequences, including injury to other parts of the body and even loss of the ability to walk. Factors such as activ...
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When ‘Ole Man Winter’ was a Real Threat
Long time residents of the Truckee Meadows can probably give you book, chapter and verse about how tough some of the winters of the previous century were here. The granddaddy of them all seems to have occurred in 1952.
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Monroe, Gable, Sinatra
As mentioned in this column last week, one of the highlights of “The Misfits” filming here in the summer of 1960 was the invitation by Frank Sinatra for the principals in the movie to be his guests at the dinner show at the Cal Neva Lodge in Crystal Bay at Lake Tahoe. The Cal Neva at that time was under direction of one “Wingy” Grober, a diminutive man with one arm several inches shorter than the other, thus the nickname Wingy that had been be...
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Know heart attack risks, ways to prevent them
While you might feel that you have little risk of heart problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one in two people in the United States has at least one of three leading risk factors for heart disease. Since February is American Heart Month, now is the time to learn more about these risk factors and ways to combat them. When I see patients at the Northern Nevada Medical Center’s Chest Pain Center, I warn them...
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Restore your home-buying credit
Do you have bad credit after a short sale or foreclosure? Taking action to repair your credit is not only possible, it’s easy. As a professional Realtor, I have helped numerous home buyer clients repair their credit. Good credit is like having a good resume. It allows you to get low-interest loans, car loans and credit card loans. When it comes to buying a home, even if you have “less-than-perfect” credit you don’t have be a renter forever if ...
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Mystique of ‘The Misfits’
For a motion picture that was routinely panned when it was released some 50 years ago to still attract followers today is rare indeed. However, that was the case Sunday afternoon when a special screening of “The Misfits” was held at the University of Nevada, Reno and hosted by Robin Holabird, former film commissioner for the state. The movie, which was shot primarily in this area during the summer of 1960, starred Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, ...
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Remind loved ones about mammography
Valentine’s Day is a great day to show the special woman in your life that you care about her and her health. Whether it is your mother, wife, significant other or best friend, there are preventative measures that every woman should take to minimize their risk of getting breast cancer. Overall awareness of any changes or abnormalities of the breast tissue is the key to catching cancer in its early stages. Mammography coupled with regular self-...
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RTO getting its act together
The Reno-Tahoe Open (RTO) golf tournament at the Montreux Country Club every year seems to be better organized based on recent news releases. In the past, the RTO has butted heads with a major PGA tourney as well as Hot August Nights and, more recently, with the American Century Celebrity event at Edgewood in South Lake Tahoe.
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Know these heart attack signs and symptoms
With Valentine’s Day inspiring thoughts of the heart, February is the ideal month to think about your own heart and its health.
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Super Bowl I
On Sunday, the team that was victorious in Super Bowl I — The Green Bay Packers — are slight favorites to defeat AFC rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Physical therapy approaches to back and neck pain
Back and neck pain are prominent problems throughout the United States. Statistics show that 90 percent of the population will suffer from pain in their back or neck at some point in their life. In addition, it is the leading cause of missed work days in the country. The good news is back and neck pain can be successfully prevented and treated. However, it does require some lifestyle changes and, at times, the assistance of a physician or phys...
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Pack basketball beginning to jell
The University of Nevada, Reno basketball team is beginning to look like the talented squad that coach David Carter predicted it might be at the start of the season. After beating Fresno State 79-76 on Thursday, Nevada might merit the lofty ranking of No. 2 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
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New Year’s resolutions to improve health, quality of life
At the start of every New Year, I encourage my patients, especially those with diabetes and other chronic conditions, to make (and keep) New Year’s resolutions to improve their quality of life. Diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) all can lead to serious complications, and yet patients can act to control these conditions. To take control, make general New Year’s resolutions to improve your diet and in...
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Area loses great athlete
Northern Nevada’s answer to all-around athlete Jim Thorpe died Dec. 26. His name was Dale Landon and he was one of the best athletes ever to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. A muscular, 6 foot 1 inch tall athlete, he was adept at football, boxing, track, softball, handball and squash. Even at 70 years old, before his final debilitating illness, Landon was a daily workout visitor at the Reno Elks Club.
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Dream team ends dream season
The high-water mark for University of Nevada, Reno football was reached last Sunday when the Wolf Pack eked out a narrow victory over Boston College in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl game at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
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Know the signs of stroke, how to seek care
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death. Yet, if recognized and treated promptly, a person can reduce the ravages of this occurrence. A stroke is a “brain attack” and should be considered a medical emergency, the same as a heart attack. Similar to a heart attack, in which blood flow to heart muscle is blocked, a stroke results from a blood clot blocking a vessel carrying blood to or within the brain. Neur...
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