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Why do teens take risks? A parenting expert says it's all in their heads

CALGARY — We've all got one — a story from our teenage years about a risky decision that we look back on with a mixture of pride and dread at the thought of what could have happened had something gone wrong.

The deaths of 17-year-old twin brothers who police say scaled a fence with six other friends to toboggan down an icy bobsled track in Calgary has raised the question of why do young people take such risks? READ

WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an "extraordinary event." READ

Zika virus poses only 'very low' threat to Canada: chief public health officer

The mosquito-borne Zika virus "does not present a significant public health risk to Canada," the country's chief public health officer said Friday. READ

Mind over Matter

Sitting across the table from Kristina Meyer, I am immediately struck by her passion and humility. READ

All B.C. paramedics, some firefighters, approved to administer life saving drug

Firefighters in Vancouver and Surrey, B.C., have been moved to the frontlines in the battle against the soaring number of overdoses and drug deaths. READ

Canadian Blood Services to defer donations from travellers to Zika-endemic areas

Canadian Blood Services will soon refuse blood donations from those who have travelled to countries where the mosquito-borne Zika virus has become widespread. READ

Air Canada to give refunds or allow passengers to change flights over Zika virus

Air Canada says it is allowing passengers and companions in their immediate family to change bookings or receive a refund if they cancel flights because of concerns about the Zika virus outbreak. READ

Rehm fighting for the good death

In theatrical makeup and camera-ready attire, her hair an ivory meringue, Diane Rehm is an intensely visual person — “I love clothes more than I love food,” she likes to say — whose medium happens to be radio. READ

Health minister: Brazil is 'losing battle' against mosquito

Brazil's health minister says the country is sending some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects — but he also says the war is already being lost. READ

A rustic winter tart

If you like savoury pies and tarts but find the whole crust process to be intimidating, I’ve got one word for you: galette. In case that doesn’t mean anything, I’ll give you two more: free-form. READ

An emotional rollercoaster

So I just realized I haven’t told you about our house selling experience. By now we will have already went through the process of moving into our new home, but you will have to wait a little longer to hear about that I’m afraid. If you’ve ever sold your house while living in it I applaud you. If you’ve ever sold your house while living in it with two small children I’d like to give you a standing ovation. READ

Clarifying expectations

“We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.” – Brian Tracy, best-selling American author and motivator READ

Study by Calgary doctors warns home cooks about parasites in raw fish

Calgary doctors say a rare parasite could become more common as uncooked culinary trends such as sushi, sashimi and ceviche grow in popularity. A new report in the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology examines the case of a Calgary man stricken by tiny parasitic worms in his stomach after eating raw, wild salmon from a grocery store. READ

An effective solution to the winter blues

Many of us, myself included, dread that Sunday every fall when we must turn the clocks back and sunset comes early. (I’d rather curse the darkness than light a single candle.) I miss being outdoors in the evening, walking or playing with my dogs, and I hate driving in the dark, when I don’t see as well. But these reactions are mild compared with what some people experience. For the more than 14 million Americans (an estimate extrapolated from research surveys) with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, the onset of shorter, darker days can trigger a far more serious reaction. READ

Moving to protect against Zika

Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic venues will be inspected daily during the games in a bid to prevent the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to a rare birth defect and also a condition that can cause paralysis, local organizers said Sunday. READ

WWE stars lay the smackdown on bullying

When WWE wrestlers stop beating each other with kendo sticks, plowing each other through tables or delivering chair shots to the back, they take a moment to deliver a simple, if paradoxical, message. Don’t be a bully. READ

Homes away from home: The rise of House Hunters

In this age of “peak TV,” when hundreds of intricate and high-quality shows must fight for survival, the success of a milquetoast show like House Hunters barely makes sense: The proudly formulaic HGTV series follows random homebuyers as they pat down laminate countertops and calmly discuss closet space. READ

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PAD: a slippery slope

“A rose by any other name is still a rose” is a line from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. It is what it is! A common saying used to put away a need for explanation for an event. No matter how many flowers you put on a garbage truck, it is still always a smelly garbage truck. READ

Red Deer hospital wait times available online or with app

The estimated wait time to see an emergency room doctor at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is available with the click or tap of a button. READ

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