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Beth Underwood: Nothing beats wrapping up in a ‘warm hug,’ but it may cost you some cold hard cash

I have a new obsession: weighted blankets. And I know what you must be thinking: What on earth are weighted blankets and why would anyone need one? Hang onto your horses, and let me answer the second part of that question first. I don’t like being cold. That’s why. Some nights (and days, for that matter) are worse than others, and I just can’t seem to get warm. I’ve reasoned that it’s because...

Rural Blog: American Water offers tips to avoid frozen pipes as frigid temps grip much of the nation

The nearly nationwide cold snap is expected to continue for a week or so, increasing chances that household pipes might freeze, and in some cases burst. Here are some tips from American Water, the nation’s main for-profit water company, on how to prevent and deal with frozen pipes, which usually occur in areas such as crawl spaces or along the outside walls where unprotected plumbing is more...

Some words of caution about staying safe while driving in the extreme cold; tips from AAA

The message AAA and other traffic safety advocates share in advance of New Year’s Eve typically focuses on impaired driving but this year there is an additional concern – the extreme cold.   AAA is encouraging drivers to not only dress for a warm New Year’s Day celebration but to also take along the additional layers they will need in the event of a break down.   AAA has responded to thousands...

So you think you have the flu: Sore throat, cough, runny nose, aches — is it a cold or the flu?

You’ve got a sore throat, cough, runny nose and ache all over. Is it just a cold, or is it the flu? Tough to tell. “Colds and flu are caused by different viruses, but they share a number of symptoms,” said Prashanti Rajagopalan, DO, with Baptist Health Urgent Care at Brannon Crossing in Nicholasville. “Generally speaking, flu is more severe and comes on quickly. If you’re an adult, having...

Science Guy: The weather outside is frightful, but making instant hard warmers is delightful

Keeping your hands warm when it gets cold outside can be a challenge. Not anymore.   “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how to use a few ingredients from around the house to create an instant hand warmer.   Instant Hand Warmer     INGREDIENTS · Calcium Chloride · Water · 1 Hefty Slider Quart Storage Bag   INSTRUCTIONS STEP...