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‘Brush, brush, brush,’ says Myakka City cavity fighter

Meet Kevin Monizdasilva, a 12-year-old from Myakka City who says it is cool to brush your teeth twice a day. Kevin flosses, too. In February, which is Children’s Dental Health Month, Kevin’s dentist, Dr. Bryan J. Morgan, is celebrating Kevin’s story and the story of why children need to have their own dentist and take care of their teeth.

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Prescribing opioids to seniors: It’s a balancing act

The national conversation about the opioid epidemic has mostly focused on young people who buy drugs illegally on the street. But the scrutiny of opioids has also changed the way doctors are prescribing medications to the elderly, to ease their pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more common in later life.

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Sniffing garlic to calm a cough

Q: I traveled once with a dry cough that, when triggered, wouldn’t quit. A lady sitting next to me on the plane pulled out a clove of garlic from her purse and told me to break the skin with my thumbnail, then inhale the garlic aroma.