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Protecting Adoption Act

Posted June 25, 2015 at 10:01 am

By Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District

Adoption is a wonderful way to fill empty arms with warm hugs, empty homes with vibrant families and empty hearts with a parent’s love. When children, moms, and dads are united through adoption, they have the peace and joy of knowing they are a forever family.

Many times, however, the adoption process becomes tangled, causing the process to stall, drag on or terminate altogether. Many would-be moms and dads are left empty handed, and children—who want nothing more than to be loved by their forever family—are left in a maze of legality.

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    Enjoy summer favorites from classics of the past

    Summer is the season when many of the best childhood memories are made. That’s why introducing future generations to treasured pastimes is an ideal way to ensure classic summer moments live on for years to come.

    Though the world has changed over the years, the simple pursuits of summers past can and should still live on. The long, warm days of the season are meant for making memories, and there’s no better way to do so than by revisiting “throwback” summer pleasures.

    Reminiscing

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    Stress and your heart: 4 stressors, and how you can cope

    Psychological stress—from workplace pressure, family or relationship problems, serious financial setbacks, or general anxiety—can take a toll on your physical health. Acute, or severe, immediate stress, is known to have a direct effect on your heart. Although the mechanism isn’t fully understood, experts have some clues as to how stress affects your heart.

    Here, the top four contributors to a compromised cardiovascular function:

    1. The Fight-or-Flight Response. In response to stress, your body releases hormones, such as adrenalin, as part of the “fight-or-flight” system that helps you get

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    How seniors can tame pet care costs

    Dear Savvy Senior

    What tips can you recommend to help senior pet owners with their veterinary bills? I have two cats and a dog that are family to me, but their vet bills have become unaffordable.

    Fix Income Frankie

    Dear Frankie,

    The high cost of veterinary care has become a problem for millions of pet owners today, but it can be especially difficult for seniors living on a

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    The hottest ‘new’ health remedy that’s been around forever

    Do you love the snap that chili peppers give to your food? Are you a fan of the heat they impart to a variety of dishes? Even if you’re not, you may want to take another look at the humble chili pepper. From migraine relief to weight control, researchers are verifying what some cultures have known for centuries: the chili pepper and its key constituents, like capsaicin, deliver a host of health benefits.

    Here are just some of the ways chili peppers are helping to fight some of the country’s most common

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    Raspberries provide significant health protection

    Red, black and purple varieties of raspberries are a delicious summer fruit that have been referred to as “nature’s candy.

    “No matter the color, raspberries offer a powerful punch of nutrition with their refreshingly sweet-tart taste,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    Health benefits

    According to the USDA Nutrient Database, 1 cup of raspberries contains about 64 calories, 1.5 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrate. Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C and also

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    Summer like a celebrity: 4 easy ways to go boating

    Perusing social media or flipping through a magazine, it’s common to see famous faces like George Clooney or Taylor Swift cruising around on fancy boats, but guess what? You don’t have to be rich and famous to enjoy boating. Get your feet wet this summer just like the stars without breaking the bank.

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association reports 71 percent of boat owners have an annual household income of less than $100,000. That means boating is more accessible than you may think – just ask the 87.3 million Americans who go

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    New hope for brain cancer patients

    When he started repeatedly dropping things from his left hand, Dr. Robert Saylor suspected he had carpal tunnel syndrome or some simple nerve or orthopedic issue. He never suspected a highly-aggressive tumor was spreading in his brain.

    “I felt fine,” said the nephrologist and director of Ethics at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

    He was quickly diagnosed with the most common and deadliest type of brain tumor, called a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). These tumors often form “fingers” that spread into many areas of the brain, and while they are nearly

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    COOL is anything but…

    by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

    “American-made” is something we are proud of as Missourians. We produce the best agricultural goods, automobiles, furniture and machinery in the world. Each year Missourians sell over $7 billion worth of goods to Canada and Mexico alone, and trade supports over 820,000 jobs in the state. These countries are our largest markets, yet these opportunities may soon be lost.

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    Raspberries provide significant health protection

    Red, black and purple varieties of raspberries are a delicious summer fruit that have been referred to as “nature’s candy.

    “No matter the color, raspberries offer a powerful punch of nutrition with their refreshingly sweet-tart taste,” said Dr. Pam Duitsman, nutrition and health specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

    Health benefits

    According to the USDA Nutrient Database, 1 cup of raspberries contains about 64 calories, 1.5 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrate. Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C and also

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