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Beyond the glossy shiplap and farmhouse décor is a fact about the “Fixer Upper” homes that many Waco, Texas, real estate agents – and owners – are learning the hard way: they’re not easy to sell. Earlier this month, the listing agent representing the “Asian Ranch House” featured on Season 2 of the hit HGTV show made headlines when she admitted that the home’s $679,000 price tag was likely burdening its sale. For comparison, real…

In the United States, nearly one out of every three adults has high blood pressure. For a much scarier number, we’d like to translate “one out of every three” to a cold, hard 70 million American adults with hypertension. Another 70 million or so adults have prehypertension; this means that, while they don’t have what’s diagnosed as actual high blood pressure, their blood pressure numbers are higher than normal. This ailment costs our country about…

As coronavirus started seeping from its origins in a Wuhan wet market in China late last year, the information coming from the World Health Organization (WHO) was one of dismissal, in line with the Chinese Communist Party’s muzzling of the disease’s potency. “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China,” WHO tweeted in January. Thus, after being left mostly unchecked in those first critical…

As fears spread of a possible coronavirus outbreak in the U.S, President Trump addressed the nation in a Wednesday evening news conference at the White House to discuss how his administration was handling the virus threat — saying that a vaccine is being developed “rapidly” and “coming along very well.” However, Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said later at the press conference that a vaccine would not be applicable to the…

Itchy flakiness, achy windburn, and chapped lips – for those of us who have to contend with cold temps, winter is not a wonderland. Skin may get slick and greasy during the balmy summer months, but the heat wave can also deliver a youthful glow. The chilly season, on the other hand, may not always be as pleasant as cozying up by the fireplace with a warm mug of hot cocoa. “As much as we…

Most businesses remain closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but supermarkets have been considered essential businesses for good reason. They provide millions of Americas with food and supplies, as the majority of people remain in their homes during the outbreak. Supermarkets throughout the U.S. have implemented safety measures during the pandemic, but some officials have recommended cutting back on grocery visits over the next couple of weeks. ANONYMOUS NEW ORLEANS ARTIST LEAVES UPLIFTING MESSAGES ON…

OxyFuel Review If you are looking for a new type of sweetener that does not contain sugarcane and its health risks, you should try coconut sugar. What Is OxyFuel? Coconut sugar is a byproduct of the coconut palm flowers. It is an organic and completely natural sweetener friendly to diabetics. Raw coconut sugar is dark brown in color, similar to brown sugar or muscovado sugar made from sugar cane. However, it doesn’t taste like ordinary…

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has defended his plan to reopen some businesses in his state, including gyms and hair salons, later this week after facing strong backlash for what critics say is a premature and irresponsible action. THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, STATE-BY-STATE “We are taking a measured step,” Kemp told “The Story” Tuesday. “I would urge people to really look at the guidance that we are going to be putting out the rest of the week.”…

Childhood obesity is on the rise and so are children’s cholesterol levels. Children between the ages of 2 and 19 should have a total cholesterol level of 170 or below, according to the American Heart Association. But poor eating and lifestyle habits are sending some children’s cholesterol levels above that threshold. “Kids are eating way too many fast foods and processed foods,” said Tanya Zuckerbrot, a nutritionist and author of “The F-Factor Diet.” “It’s not…

The popular build-and-survive video game Minecraft could very well be the most surprising tech success of this decade. Created in 2009 by programmer Markus “Notch” Persson, expanded by a small team, and advertised mostly by word of mouth, it now has more than 100 million users. To drive home its success, Microsoft bought the game a few months ago for a staggering $2.5 billion. I’m sure you’ve heard many kids, teens, and adults in your…